A Massachusetts doctor said she had a hard time convincing a couple of flight attendants on a Republic Airlines flight that she was, in fact, qualified to treat a sick patient.
Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, who practices medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and teaches at Harvard Medical School, said she continued having issues with proving her medical expertise even after she showed the on-board crew her medical license.
It all happened on a Republic Airlines Lines flight, a connection carrier for Delta, Tuesday night when a passenger next to Stanford fell ill.
"Lots of shaking, hyperventilation," Stanford said.
Without being asked, Stanford said she presented her medical license to a flight attendant so she could provide the passenger medical assistance.
"She looked at it, walked down to the back of the plane, and then the second flight attendant approached me and said, 'Well, can I see your license again?' [and] I said, 'Absolutely,'" Stanford said.
As Stanford worked to calm the panic-stricken passenger, she said the second flight attendant asked for a clarification.
"[She said,] 'I just talked with the first flight attendant, and she said you're not really a doctor, you're just a head doctor,' [and] I said, 'Excuse me? What do you mean by that?' [To which she replied,] 'Oh, so you're not really an MD, are you?'" Stanford said.
Coincidentally, Stanford had just attended a conference on medical bias two weeks ago at which she interviewed another doctor who had a similar experience aboard another Delta flight.
In that incident, a licensed doctor – also a black woman – charged that flight attendants turned away her offer to help a sick passenger in favor of a white male doctor.
"At that time, she did not actually have her credentials on her, and that's when I began to make sure that I was always equipped with my license," Stanford said.
And yet, even with her medical license in hand, Stanford's qualifications were still questioned more than once, she said.
That prior incident prompted Delta to no longer require flight attendants to ask for medical credentials for offers of medical assistance.
"It was quite disconcerting that here I was trying to help a fellow passenger who happened to be seated directly next to me, and my value and worth in that situation was questioned," Stanford said.
A Delta Air Lines representative issued a statement to WFXT, saying, in part: "We thank Dr. Stanford for her medical assistance and are sorry for any misunderstanding that may have occurred."
He mentioned that flight attendants have to be mindful that those offering to help in a medical emergency should be capable of doing so.
A Lion Air plane carrying 189 people crashed into the sea just minutes after taking off from Indonesia’s capital on Monday.
A Southwest Airlines flight that was heading to Orlando, Florida, was struck by lightning Tuesday, an airline spokesperson said.
Flight 2515 from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire to Orlando International Airport had to be diverted shortly after takeoff.
The pilot landed the plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.
Officials later confirmed the plane was struck by lightning.
The 135 passengers and crew members on board are OK.
The aircraft is out of service for a maintenance review.
No other details were released.
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A Frontier Airlines passenger at Florida's Orlando International Airport was removed from her flight by police Tuesday after she tried to bring her "emotional support" squirrel on board.
The woman refused to get off the Cleveland-bound plane, so the crew called police.
Frontier Airlines officials said the woman noted in her reservation that she was bringing an emotional support animal but did not indicate it was a squirrel.
Rodents, including squirrels, are not allowed on Frontier flights, officials said.
The crew asked the woman to get off the plane, but she allegedly refused. Orlando police were called and asked everyone to deplane so they could deal with the woman.
Officers eventually escorted the passenger off the plane and brought her to the main terminal.
Video shows crowds cheering as she was taken off the plane.
The incident is one of many recent cases involving emotional support animals on planes.
In the last year, all the major airlines have changed their policies for bringing animals into the cabin.
Most airlines require a note from a doctor, advanced notification and the animal’s vaccine records.
Most airlines have also restricted which types of support animals are allowed on board.
Delta, for example, has banned goats, hedgehogs and any animals with horns.
Atlanta-based Delta said it is capping fares at $299 each way Oct. 9-11 for coach class to and from Pensacola, Panama City, Destin-Fort Walton Beach and Tallahassee, Florida; and Mobile, Alabama.
First-class fares are capped at $499 each way for those cities during that Tuesday-Thursday time period.
Delta is also waiving certain change fees for passengers flying to, from or through those cities Tuesday or Wednesday who want to change their plans to avoid the storm.
The airline said it is monitoring the storm, which is predicted to move through south Georgia and the Carolinas “by mid-week into Friday as the storm weakens,” according to the carrier.
Meanwhile, Dallas-based Southwest warned that flights could be disrupted in Atlanta through Friday. Flights also could be disrupted through Tuesday in Cancun, Mexico, and Havana, Cuba; and from Tuesday through Thursday in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Panama City and Pensacola, Florida, according to Southwest.
Flights may be delayed, diverted or canceled, the airline said.
Southwest said customers who have flights booked to, from or through those cities on those dates can rebook without paying an additional charge, under certain restrictions.
When rapper T-Pain was boarding a Delta flight last month, he was anything but thrilled to be hearing the same songs the airline often plays.
So he did what most people do these days: He tweeted about it.
“@Delta we gotta change these boarding/taxiing songs more often guys. All of Us Million milers (quick brag) have to hear these same joints multiple times a day," he wrote. "I gotta go perform in the staples center in a minute and Adele just put me in the weirdest mood. Now I’m crying. Thanx.”
The person running Delta’s Twitter account responded in a good-natured way.
“Our boarding/taxing songs are intended to provide a relaxing experience. Can you imagine what would ensue if we played ‘buy u a drank’ (a personal fave), with everyone snappin’ their fingers and what not? We’d never get anywhere on time. Necessary sacrifices, Mr. Pain. *HBN”
“Mr. Pain” (his real name is Faheem Rasheed Najm) and Delta exchanged a few more tweets before takeoff. But Delta had a surprise in store for the rapper.
When T-Pain arrived back in Atlanta this weekend after a trip to Los Angeles, he removed his headphones to hear “Buy U a Drank” playing over the the speakers on the plane.
“We just landing back in Atlanta from LAX and @delta decided they wanna show out and starts blastin 'Buy u a drank' over the speakers in the plane. Not gon lie it felt pretty (expletive) cool. Made me chuckle like a lil girl,” he wrote on a video post on Instagram.
“Delta lit,” he said in the video.
Florida’s Orlando Melbourne International Airport has reopened after an early morning security breach Thursday morning, and a 22-year-old college student is now in police custody, authorities said.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 1:25 p.m. EDT Sept. 20: Airport officials said the suspect was a 22-year-old part-time college student from Trinidad and Tobago who had a pilot’s license. Authorities had earlier said the suspect was 26.
The man parked his car outside the terminal and left it running, police said. He then ran through the grass and jumped the barbed-wired fence to gain access, officials said.
"This is a first for me. I fly out of here two to three times a year. This is an odd incident," traveler Lenny Rife said.
An airport employee saw the man enter the Airbus 321, and called airport police, who then called the Melbourne Police Department, MIA representative Lori Booker said.
The man was confronted by two airport maintenance workers inside the cockpit, but he managed to get away. The man was later tackled by the workers and held on the ground near the maintenance hangar until police arrived, officials said.
Florida Institute of Technology released this statement: “Florida Institute of Technology has monitored this morning’s incident at Orlando Melbourne International Airport. The university has confirmed that the suspect from Trinidad & Tobago is a part-time Florida Tech student studying aviation management who had completed some flight training in the past. It would be inappropriate for the university to release the suspect’s name, and law enforcement is continuing its investigation. University officials will collaborate with authorities to further review this matter. No additional information is available at this time.”
Update 7:59 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: Airport officials said a college student with a pilot’s license breached airport security and boarded a full-size passenger jet that was undergoing maintenance.
The student jumped the fence to gain access, officials said. An airport employee saw the man enter the Airbus 321, and called airport police, MIA representative Lori Booker said.
Airport police apprehended the man and called Melbourne police.
"Melbourne Police Department responded within two minutes, " Booker said.
The student's car, which was parked outside the terminal, was towed after a robotic device searched it, Booker said.
The FBI and the Terrorist Task Force also assisted in the investigation.
The man, whose name has not been released, was born in Trinidad and entered the U.S. through Canada, Booker said.
Booker also said the man had a Florida driver's license.
Update 7:08 a.m. EDT Sept. 20: The airport has reopened, Melbourne police tweeted just before 7 a.m. EDT Thursday. Travelers should check with their air carriers to see whether their flight was delayed, police said.
Original report: Florida’s Orlando Melbourne International Airport is closed due to police activity, officials said Thursday morning.
All flights have been suspended, officials said.
Police are asking people to avoid the area.
The airport will be closed until further notice, police said.
Melbourne officials said that a college student with a pilot’s license breached airport security and boarded a full-size passenger jet that was undergoing maintenance.
The student jumped the fence to gain access, officials said.
The student was apprehended by airport police.
The airport is being secured, and the student’s car that is parked outside the terminal is being investigated.
The student’s name has not been released.
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A Southwest Airlines employee was arrested and charged with voyeurism Sunday morning at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle.
A witness told KIRO-TV that he saw Port of Seattle police officers surround the suspect and put him in handcuffs near gate B-9 about 11:30 a.m.
The suspect, Nicholas Williams, 25, who works for Southwest, was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism.
He was booked in to the King County Jail and appeared before a judge Monday afternoon.
Prosecutors say Williams put a camera in a bathroom at the gates that children sometimes use on their own.
Investigators say Williams admitted he had done it four or five times before.
Southwest Airlines released the following statement:
"We will work with the appropriate authorities as they investigate an accusation that involves one of our Seattle employees. We do not have additional details to provide."
Besides working for Southwest Airlines, Williams also volunteers at the Chehalis Centralia Railroad and Museum. He posted pictures on his Facebook page last Friday.
The judge set his bail at $90,000. If he gets out of jail, he is not allowed to have contact with children.
Passengers were evacuated from a Delta Air Lines plane Tuesday night after smoke was reported in the cabin.
According to KDVR, 146 passengers were on board the MD-90, which was traveling from Detroit to Denver, the Atlanta-based airline said. The evacuations occurred after the MD-90 landed at Denver International Airport just after 8 p.m. local time, the airline said.
"After arrival in Denver and during taxi to the gate, Delta Flight 1854 from Detroit to Denver stopped on a taxiway where customers deplaned via slides and over-wing exits due to an observance of smoke in the cabin," Delta said in a statement, KDVR reported. "Airport response vehicles met the aircraft out of an abundance of caution and customers were transported to the terminal via buses. The safety of Delta's customers and crew is our top priority and we apologize for the concern this situation has caused."
At least one person was injured and taken to the hospital, officials told KUSA.
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