Toddler Terrorist of the Day

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JetBlue, ever the customer-friendly airline, is making waves once again, after it booted an 18-month-old toddler whose name allegedly appeared on a no-fly list. The family believes they were profiled because of their Middle Eastern heritage and the Transportation Security Administration claims that the girl's name was never flagged. JetBlue offered the generic explanation/non-apology:

We are investigating this particular incident. We believe this was a computer glitch. Our crewmembers followed the appropriate protocols, and we apologize to the family involved in this unfortunate circumstance.

[newsfeed]

Unfriendly Skies of the Day

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Unfriendly Skies of the Day: A JetBlue plane en route to Las Vegas was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, this morning due to a "medical situation" involving the pilot.

In its official statement, JetBlue would not comment on the nature of the "medical situation," but passengers on board reported seeing the pilot run up and down the aisle after being kicked out of the cockpit.

According to one witness, the pilot emerged from the restroom mentioning a bomb and shouting "Iraq, al-Qaida, terrorism, we’re all going down." He then reportedly approached the cockpit and began repeatedly banging on the door asking for the code which had apparently been changed to prevent his reentry.

He was allegedly subdued by multiple passengers prior to landing.

"It seemed like he went crazy," passenger Gabriel Schonzeit is quoted as saying. "We all knew in the front rows if he got back in the cockpit, we were going down." 

Upon arrival at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, the pilot was removed from the plane and taken to Northwest Texas Hospital. An off-duty captain assumed the pilot's responsibilities "once on the ground."

JetBlue said in its statement that it was cooperating with local law enforcement and the FBI, but a TSA spokesman said "it seems to be more of a medical issue than a security issue at this point." 

[newschannel10 / amarillo / chron.]

Follow Up of the Day: Peeing Plane Passenger Out Of Olympics

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Follow Up of the Day: Peeing Plane Passenger Out Of Olympics
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Follow Up of the Day: Robert "Sandy" Vietze, an Olympic hopeful who made headlines yesterday after he was arrested for drunkenly peeing on an 11-year-old girl aboard a JetBlue flight, has been kicked off the US Ski Team for conduct violations.

Vietze was set to attend the 2014 Winter Gam

Unfriendly Skies of the Day

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Unfriendly Skies of the Day
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Unfriendly Skies of the Day: An 11-year-old girl aboard a JetBlue red-eye en route to New York's JFK awoke to find herself being urinated upon by an inebriated passenger.

18-year-old Robert Vietze told police he had consumed eight alcoholic beverages before stumbling drunk down the aisle to find a restroom. "I was drunk, and I did not realize I was piss