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  1. . Lawyer for doctor dragged off United flight representing woman in American Airlines incident Mon April 24, 2017 - Associated Press NEW YORK—A lawyer for the Kentucky doctor who was dragged from a United Express flight says he is representing a woman who got into a verbal confrontation with a flight attendant on American Airlines. Attorney Thomas Demetrio said, during an appearance on NBC’s Today show, that the attendant took away the woman’s stroller, nearly hitting her child in the process. A video taken by a passenger and posted on Facebook shows the sobbing woman holding a small child and saying, “You can’t use violence with baby.” American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott has said the airline is looking into the incident that occurred just before the woman boarded a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas. The attendant has been removed from duty. The incident came less than two weeks after cellphone video showed Dr. David Dao being violently dragged off a United Express flight in Chicago by airport police after he refused to give up his seat on the full plane to make room for crew members. Demetrio says it’s too late for the airline’s CEO to apologize face-to-face and that his client intends to file a lawsuit. He said United CEO Oscar Munoz had the opportunity to apologize and didn’t, called Dao belligerent, and then finally issued an apology. Demetrio has said previously that he and his client accepted the airline CEO’s public apology, but think it was insincere. .
  2. . Air Canada offers apology and ‘very generous compensation’ after bumping 10-year-old boy from flight Mon Apr 17, 2017 - National Post CHARLOTTETOWN — Air Canada has apologized to a Prince Edward Island family after the airline bumped a 10-year-old boy from a flight. Brett Doyle booked four tickets from Charlottetown to Costa Rica for his family last August. A day before their March break vacation, Doyle said he tried to check in his family online, but he could not select a seat for his son. After hours on the phone with Air Canada, Doyle’s wife drove to the airport and was told the flight was oversold and their son had been bumped. The family then drove to Moncton to catch a different Air Canada flight to meet the Costa Rica flight in Montreal, but when that flight was cancelled they were forced to drive to Halifax and stay overnight in a hotel. Air Canada said in an email it has apologized to the Doyle family. “We are currently following up to understand what went wrong and have apologized to Mr. Doyle and his family as well as offered a very generous compensation to the family for their inconvenience,” Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said in an email Monday. Doyle said he was offered a $2,500 voucher, which expires in one year, and was told Air Canada may cover his expenses. The family’s misadventure underscores the airline industry’s controversial practice of overselling flights and bumping passengers. In the P.E.I. family’s case, Doyle said an Air Canada agent told him at the airport that the plane had only 28 seats, but 34 tickets had been sold. “She said it was very unlikely that six people wouldn’t show up for a flight over March break,” he said. Arthur said families travelling with children under the age of 12 are typically seated together, but she said a “miscommunication” occurred because the airline was not dealing directly with the family. However, Doyle said he reached out to Air Canada several times before and after the family’s trip, to no avail. “It wasn’t until the media picked up the story that Air Canada actually contacted us,” he said. The airline spokeswoman said the overselling of flights is done using computer algorithms that look at historical data to identify patterns of where and when customers do not show up. While the airline sells below what the patterns predict, she said there are times when customers must be moved to another flight due to an over-sale. “Typically, we are able to find volunteers to take a later flight and if not, we will base our decision on other factors, such as families travelling together, whether the customer has onward connections or if they are checked-in and have an assigned seat,” she said. .
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  4. . Looks like there might be a target rich environment as far as lawsuits are concerned.... United Airlines passenger suffered broken nose, concussion: lawyer Thu Apr. 13, 2017 - Reuters by Don Babwin CHICAGO - A passenger dragged from a United Express flight suffered a “significant” concussion and broken nose, and he lost two front teeth, one of his lawyers said Thursday. Dr. David Dao has been discharged from a hospital but he will require reconstructive surgery, said attorney Thomas Demetrio, whose law firm is representing the 69-year-old Kentucky physician. Dao was removed from the plane Sunday after he refused to give up his seat on the full flight from Chicago to Louisville. One of Dao’s five children, Crystal Pepper, said the family was “horrified, shocked and sickened” to learn and see what happened. She said seeing her father removed from the Sunday flight was “exacerbated” by the fact it was caught on video and widely distributed. Demetrio said he likely will file a lawsuit on Dao’s behalf, adding that airlines — and United in particular — have long “bullied” passengers. The video of a passenger being dragged by an officer from a United Express flight shined an unwanted spotlight on the little-known police force that guards Chicago’s two main airports and could threaten the agency’s future. Chicago’s aviation officers are not part of the regular police force, unlike in many other big cities. They get less training than regular officers and can’t carry firearms inside the airports. Three of them were put on leave amid outrage over how they treated the passenger. Cellphone footage of the confrontation “really has put it at risk,” Alderman Chris Taliaferro said Wednesday, a day before aldermen were scheduled to grill United and the Chicago Aviation Department about why a Kentucky physician was yanked out of his seat after he refused to get off the full jetliner at O’Hare Airport. The City Council is looking for answers about the embarrassing video that has been seen around the world. At the top of the list of questions is whether the airport officers even had the legal authority to board the plane, said Alderman Michael Zalewski, who leads the council’s aviation committee. “They are allowed in the terminal and baggage area, but my understanding is they may not be allowed on a plane,” he said. Zalewski also said that he is not sure if the officers have the authority to make arrests or if they are authorized only to write tickets. 'The agency’s history is a decidedly Chicago story. According to Zalewski, the force was created years ago by the legendary Mayor Richard J. Daley. “The chief of his bodyguard detail, when he retired, was sent to O’Hare to head up a new security detail ... called gate guards.” he said. “In the old days, it was all patronage. It was all clout to get those jobs.” .
  5. . Video shows security dragging United Airlines passenger off ‘overbooked’ flight United said four passengers were chosen at random to leave the overbooked flight. Representatives requested enforcement when one refused to leave. Mon., April 10, 2017 - Toronto Star CHICAGO—Video shows three security officials dragging a passenger from a United Airlines flight at a Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The (Louisville) Courier-Journal reports a United representative confirmed Sunday night that a person was removed from Flight 3411 to Louisville, Kentucky, saying it was “overbooked.” Passenger Audra D. Bridges posted the video on Facebook. It shows the guards grabbing then dragging the passenger down the aisle. Screaming is heard and other passengers say “Oh my God” and “Look at what you did to him.” United said airline representatives chose four passengers at random when no volunteers agreed to leave the overbooked flight. They requested law enforcement assistance when one of them refused to leave. Bridges says United asked for four passengers to relinquish their seats for airline employees on stand-by. ed. info on other sites indicate it was to accommodate a deadhead crew for an early AM flt ex Louisville Mon morning. .
  6. . Toronto Runway 5/23 Closed Until May
  7. Driving in 'Park' or really stringing out 2nd gear?
  8. . Drunk pilot who appeared to pass out in cockpit sentenced to 8 months Judge also barred Miroslav Gronych from flying for 1 year after he's released from jail Mon Apr 03, 2017 - CBC News A pilot who pleaded guilty to being impaired while in control of a Sunwing Airlines jet has been sentenced in Calgary to eight months in jail, minus time served, and barred from flying for a year after his release. Miroslav Gronych's sentence works out to 219 days in custody. Provincial court Judge Anne Brown also imposed on the Slovakian national a one-year prohibition from flying an aircraft. Gronych pleaded guilty last month to having care and control of an aircraft while he had a blood alcohol level that was three times the legal limit. He was escorted off a Sunwing Airlines plane in Calgary on Dec. 31 that was supposed to fly to Regina and Winnipeg before continuing to Cancun, Mexico. Crown prosecutor Rosalind Greenwood said she's satisfied with the outcome. "I think eight months sends a pretty clear message that [the judge] agrees denunciation and deterrence are really important here," she said. "Don't fly drunk. It's pretty simple." The defence had asked for a three- to six-month sentence, while the Crown sought one year in jail. 'He has since lost his job.' .
  9. . here a vote, there a vote... Muslim prayers in schools get provincial endorsement following intense meeting Liberal ministers Mitzie Hunter and Michael Coteau issue statement of support the morning after a Peel school board meeting where tempers flared and police had to clear the room. Thu March 23, 2017 - Toronto Star By Kristin Rushowy - Queen's Park Bureau The morning after a tense meeting at the Peel school board — where a spectator tore up a Quran and others yelled Islamophobic comments — the province has issued a statement in support of the board providing space for Muslim students’ Friday prayers. Education Minister Mitzie Hunter and Michael Coteau, minister of children and youth services, said “we know that the Peel District School Board has been working closely with their students and the community for more than a decade on religious accommodation in their schools and we are pleased to see their commitment to inclusion. “… Realizing the promise of Ontario’s diversity is a continuous process grounded in actively respecting and valuing the full range of our differences.” At issue in Peel is the board providing space for Muslim students to pray as a group, on Fridays. The practice has been going on for years — as it has in some Toronto public schools — but only recently been targeted by critics by way of protest and petitions demanding the 20 minutes of group prayer, called Jummah, be banned. Critics believe it leads to segregation among students and inappropriate exposure to religion in a secular school system. At Wednesday night’s board meeting, police were present and had to clear the room after tempers flared. Chair Janet McDougald said the board is “appalled … by the anti-Muslim rhetoric and prejudice we have seen on social media, read in emails and heard first-hand at our board meetings . “It has caused some of our students to feel unsafe, to feel targeted. We must not allow hatred toward any faith group to flourish. We will not stand for that. It is not consistent with our board values, with our role as trustees, or for us as Canadians.” She said the “concerted effort to share deliberate misinformation, to counter a known legal requirement for Peel” is unacceptable. She went on to say that as a board, the issue is settled, and “we have said we will no longer hear delegations, nor accept public questions on this provincial requirement. We need to focus on the business of the board.” The board has also created an information sheet that “addresses the questions we are repeatedly asked. From this point on, our “Key Facts” stands as our response,” she said. “Staff will use this sheet in response — and nothing else — in responding to questions and concerns including social media.” School boards are required to have a religious accommodation guideline in place to help boards establish open, fair and transparent processes for considering individual requests, Coteau and Hunter also wrote. “We encourage parents and students to have an ongoing dialogue with their schools if an accommodation is required or whether there are concerns. “While it is our expectation that all public school boards comply with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code, we know that hate continues to spread, even in the most diverse regions of our province.” The government recently announced a three-year anti-racism plan, they said, which entails a “whole-of-government approach to combat systemic racism, with specific targets to address Islamophobia. We need to all work together to strengthen relationships with racialized communities through community collaboration. . .
  10. . Sunwing defends 6-hour break between flights for pilot who returned to duty drunk Double-flight shift legal under Transport Canada rules but pilots' group says the practice raises eyebrows Thu Mar 23, 2017 - CBC News By Robson Fletcher Sunwing Airlines is defending its scheduling in a case where a pilot showed up for the second flight of his 11-hour shift so drunk that he appeared to fall asleep in the captain's chair. But a pilots' group says the scheduling practice raises concerns. Miroslav Gronych pleaded guilty this week to having care and control of an aircraft with a blood alcohol level over .08 after being arrested at the Calgary airport on Dec. 31, 2016. According to an agreed statement of facts presented in court, Gronych flew into the Calgary airport at 12:48 a.m and was supposed to report back at 6 a.m. for a 7 a.m. flight that was scheduled to make stops in Regina and Winnipeg before continuing on to Cancun, Mexico. Gronych was scheduled to finish his shift after the plane stopped in Regina. Federal aviation regulations require that pilots have the opportunity for at least eight hours of sleep prior to reporting for flight duty at the beginning of a shift. In this case, though, Sunwing said Gronych's duty had begun the previous night and included two separate flights, so the roughly six-hour break between them fell within the rules. But Greg McConnell with the Canadian Federal Pilots Association (CFPA) said "split duty" shifts like these raise concerns about pilot readiness. "When I saw that … it raised my eyebrows immediately," he said of the duration between Gronych's scheduled flight times. The CFPA represents professional pilots whose duties include aviation inspections, flight testing of pilots, certification of operators and the development of operating standards. Fly, wait at hotel, then fly again Sunwing declined an interview but, in an email, the company said Gronych's scheduling fell within Transport Canada guidelines. The shift began when he reported for duty at 10:25 p.m. on Dec. 30 in Winnipeg and flew to Calgary, arriving just before 1 a.m. on Dec. 31. "Sunwing then arranged a room for him at the Delta Calgary Airport Hotel where he was to wait until his next scheduled flight later that same morning," spokesperson Jacqueline Grossman said in the email. But Gronych was late reporting for the 7 a.m. flight, according to the agreed statement of facts. At 6:50 a.m., the flight's co-pilot called Sunwing's operations centre, who then contacted Gronych. He said he was lost in the airport and struggling to find the right gate. Gronych eventually arrived at the correct gate at 7:05 a.m., court heard, after passengers had already boarded the plane. Signs of impairment At this point the co-pilot observed what he described as obvious signs of impairment — slurred speech, staggering and difficulty in accomplishing simple tasks like hanging up his jacket. He then took Gronych off the aircraft to tell him he wouldn't be flying the plane. When the co-pilot then called Sunwing's operations centre to update them on the situation, court heard that Gronych then returned to the flight deck, sat in the pilot's chair, and appeared to fall asleep. He later left the aircraft voluntarily and was arrested by police at 8:08 a.m. Had Gronych completed his shift, Sunwing said he was scheduled to arrive in Regina at 9:25 a.m., where he would have ended his shift. He was not scheduled to continue on to Cancun. "It is important to note that Gronych was continuously on duty throughout the entire 11 hour and 15 minute period, which abides with Transport Canada's guidelines stating that a duty period cannot exceed 14 hours," Grossman said. 'You don't want us falling asleep' .
  11. . 'Ashamed' Sunwing pilot pleads guilty to impaired charge Maid found an empty 26-ounce bottle of vodka in Miroslav Gronych's hotel room Tue Mar 21, 2017 - CBC News By Meghan Grant After emptying a 26-ounce bottle of vodka in his hotel room, Sunwing pilot Miroslav Gronych was so drunk when he stumbled onto the airplane he was supposed to fly from Calgary to Regina that his wing pin was on upside down and he appeared to pass out in the captain's chair. Gronych, 37, a foreign national from Slovakia in Canada on a work visa, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to having care and control of an aircraft with a blood alcohol level over .08. He was arrested and charged on Dec. 31, 2016. His lawyer said Gronych is addicted to alcohol and had already begun treatment in Saskatoon, where he had been living. Gronych showed up at court on Tuesday in a navy suit and red tie. He sat in the prisoner's box and offered a tearful apology. "I feel very ashamed," said Gronych. "I feel a lot of remorse." The married father of two young children said he hasn't had a drink since the day of his arrest. 'A crime of dramatic proportion' That morning, Gronych flew into the Calgary airport at 12:48 a.m. He was scheduled to report back at 6 a.m. for a 7 a.m. flight scheduled to make stops in Regina and Winnipeg before continuing to Cancun, Mexico, with 99 passengers and six flight crew on board. "This was a crime of dramatic proportion," said prosecutor Rose Greenwood. "The last thing the public should have to do is question the sobriety of the pilots." The details of Gronych's crime come from an agreed statement of facts read in court on Tuesday. About an hour after he was supposed to report in, Gronych's second-in-command — the first officer — called Sunwing's Operations Control Centre (OCC). The OCC tracked down the missing pilot, who told them he'd gotten lost after going through security and couldn't find the gate. Gronych told to get off plane Gronych staggered onto the airplane about 7:05 a.m. Airport and airline employees he'd passed along the way had already tracked down the first officer to voice their concerns after noting the pilot was slurring his words and couldn't walk in a straight line. On the plane, Gronych took about 30 seconds to hang up his jacket. The first officer took Gronych to the bridge and told him he seemed impaired and had to get off the plane. "He seemed very nonchalant and said 'OK, if that's what you feel,'" said the first officer. Glassy eyes, slurred speech While Gronych's second-in-command was contacting the OCC with an update, the drunk pilot returned to the cockpit and appeared to pass out with his face against the window. When he woke up, co-workers told him to leave on his own or be forcibly removed by police. Gronych walked off the airplane, and gate agents held him at the end of the bridge until police arrived. Passengers were told the pilot had suddenly fallen ill, but many had seen him stumble in and believed he was drunk. Police noted Gronych had slurred speech, a tired look and glassy and pink eyes. He smelled of alcohol, and his pilot wing pin was fastened upside down. Prosecutor wants pilot jailed As police escorted Gronych through the airport, they noticed he wasn't able to walk in a straight line, and he staggered when standing. A replacement captain was found, and the plane left at 8:30 a.m. In his Delta Airport Hotel room, a maid found an empty 26-ounce bottle of vodka. Gronych's intention was to book off the flight as he was feeling ill the night before, according to his account of the morning in question. He drank some of the vodka, fell asleep and woke up to a phone call from his employer. 'Lacked the willpower not to drink' Gronych drank the rest of the vodka and headed to the airport. "There is no reason he can give as to why he decided to drink the alcohol," said Gronych's lawyer, Susan Karpa. "He lacked the willpower not to drink." Crown prosecutor Rosalind Greenwood has asked provincial court Judge Anne Brown to sentence Gronych to a year in jail. Gronych breached the trust of the airline, passengers and crew, she argued in her sentencing submissions. Though there was "ample opportunity" for Gronych to change his mind, the pilot consumed an "incredible amount of alcohol" instead of going to bed. "He had literally an awesome responsibility," said Greenwood. Seeking treatment for addiction The Crown wasn't able to find any Canadian cases of pilots charged and sentenced under the Criminal Code. In her research, Greenwood told the judge she was only able to find a U.S. example of pilots being intoxicated and charged. In that case, the captain was sentenced to five years in prison despite his blood alcohol being much less than Gronych's. Gronych realized he had a drinking problem in 2010, said Karpa. He didn't seek help at the time, but since he was charged, Gronych has begun treatment in Canada and has committed to continuing in Slovakia. "He will do everything he needs to do to conquer the addiction," said Karpa. Gronych's wife says her family has been "bombarded by the media" and faced a "public shaming" that feels like he's already faced punishment for his crime. Karpa has proposed a three- to six-month sentence. Gronych will begin serving his sentence on Tuesday, but the judge hasn't yet decided how long that jail term will be. Judge Brown will deliver her decision on April 3. .
  12. Why indeed? . .
  13. . Air Canada denies U.S. security chief's assertion that its jets have been focus of any terror plots Fri Mar10, 2017 - The Globe & Mail by Robert Fife and Michelle Zilio OTTAWA — U.S. Homeland Secretary John Kelly says there have been countless attempts by terrorists to blow up passenger jets operated by Air Canada and U.S. airlines – plots that have been stopped because of intelligence work by U.S. and Canadian intelligence agencies. “The most significant threat is a terrorist attack on aviation. That seems to be their Stanley Cup playoff. They want to knock down airplanes and they are trying every day to do it,” Mr. Kelly told CTV’s Power Play after meeting with senior Trudeau cabinet ministers on Parliament Hill. “I can’t count the number of aircraft that have not been blown up in flight, whether they are United [Airlines] or Air Canada … but I can tell you there are dozens and dozens of plots ongoing all the time.” Air Canada issued a strong denial that the airline had been the focus of any terrorist plot. “Air Canada’s policy is generally not to discuss issues of security. However there is no truth whatsoever in the suggestion that Air Canada may have been involved in such threats,” spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told The Globe and Mail. Mr. Kelly would not provide further details, saying the information was classified but he added that Canada and the U.S. are considered “hard targets” by terrorists because of the security measures the two countries have put in place and the seamless co-operation on the sharing of information, including on passengers. “We take security both here in the Western Hemisphere as well as in ports of entry overseas – airports that fly directly to our countries. We take it very, very seriously,” he said. “But we have to be on guard and I am not an alarmist.” "Whatever they tell the press is their business but no one is stopped to be checked for their religion or their political opinion,” .
  14. . WestJet reports February load factor of 85.2 per cent Airline increases traffic by 5.2 per cent CALGARY, March 9, 2017 /CNW/ - WestJet today announced February 2017 traffic results with a load factor of 85.2 per cent, an increase of 2.0 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 5.2 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 2.7 per cent over the same period. The airline flew a record 1.8 million guests in February, a year-over-year increase of 5.8 per cent or approximately 100,000 additional guests. "We are pleased with our continued strong traffic growth as we achieved a 200 basis point improvement in load factor year over year and flew a record number of guests while celebrating WestJet's 21st birthday," said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. "I want to thank our more than 12,000 WestJetters for continuing to deliver a safe and caring guest experience." February 2017 traffic results Feb 2017 Feb 2016 Change Load factor 85.2% 83.2% 2.0 pts ASMs (billions) 2.370 2.308 2.7% RPMs (billions) 2.019 1.919 5.2% YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Change Load factor 82.4% 81.5% 0.9 pts ASMs (billions) 5.023 4.803 4.6% RPMs (billions) 4.141 3.917 5.7% .
  15. . Who wants pizza?': WestJet pilot buys food for stranded Air Canada passengers Air Canada employee tells customers that no food was available at midnight Mon Feb 13, 2017 - CBC News By Stephanie Kinsella A WestJet pilot is earning high praise after paying for pizza for passengers that got rerouted while travelling to St. John's — on an Air Canada flight. "There was outwards applause when it happened," said John Samms, who lives in St. John's. The Air Canada plane that had originated in Toronto couldn't land in St. John's on Feb. 8 due to bad weather and ended up landing in Fredericton. Samms said passengers were told by an Air Canada employee at the airport at midnight that it wasn't possible to get food delivered. "Out of nowhere, a WestJet pilot emerged and said, 'Hey ... I am from WestJet and we do things differently. Who wants pizza?'" Samms told CBC's St. John's Morning Show. "Within 20 minutes to half an hour the pizza had arrived and I think he paid for it out of his own pocket." While Samms isn't sure how many people had a slice, he said at least four extra large pizzas were delivered to the terminal. Air Canada says sorry Samms said it was especially surprising, since all of the passengers were travelling on a competing airline. "That was the irritating part for me ... I had taken it as perhaps a lack of effort on Air Canada staff," said Samms, who had lived in Fredericton for a few years and knew there were at least a few pizza places open. For its part, Air Canada is apologizing to customers, and acknowledging the efforts of the WestJet employee. "Unfortunately the food service was closed but thankfully, a caring customer, an airline employee himself, so truly empathetic to the situation, stepped up," Air Canada said in a statement provided to CBC News. "Clearly we should have done better for our customers." Samms said no airline is perfect all the time, but people remember when staff go out of their way. "A little bit of effort can go a long way when it comes to customer service," he said. CBC News asked WestJet for comment and the mystery pilot's name, but had not heard from that airline as of Monday. .