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The shoe shop, the walkout and the online fallout

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The shoe shop, the walkout and the online fallout

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WNYC News

JetBlue Pilot in Disturbance Not Guilty Due to Insanity

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

A JetBlue Airways pilot who left the cockpit during a flight and screamed about religion and terrorists has been found not guilty by reason of insanity, though a federal judge ordered he be sent to a mental health facility for further examination.

 

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WNYC News

JetBlue Pilot Indicted for Flight Disruption

Thursday, April 12, 2012

JetBlue Airways pilot accused of disrupting a Las Vegas-bound flight when he left the cockpit screaming about religion and terrorists has been indicted.

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WNYC News

JetBlue Pilot Charged with Interfering with Crew

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Federal authorities have charged a JetBlue Airways captain who sprinted down the cabin of a flight screaming about a bomb with interfering with a flight crew. Earlier in the day, the airline suspended the captain whose erratic behavior caused an emergency landing of an early morning flight from New York bound for Las Vegas.

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Transportation Nation

Is JetBlue Planning N.Y.-D.C. Shuttle?

Friday, December 02, 2011

JetBlue has acquired enough airport slots to run eight flights a day between LaGuardia and Washington Reagan National Airport in D.C.

"We just won the slots and are reviewing what we can and can't do, so I wouldn't rule anything out," Mateo Lleras, JetBlue spokesman told Transportation Nation. "We haven't announced anything yet," he said, adding he doesn't expect any official news to come out for "a few weeks." There are restrictions on what routes can be flown from each airport -- from LGA, less than 1,500 miles, and from DCA, less than 1,250.

JetBlue and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that that the discount airline, with a hub at New York's larger and less convenient JFK airport, and Canadian carrier WestJet had won an auction for slots being divested from Delta airlines.

JetBlue will pay $40 million for eight pairs of daily slots at Reagan National (DCA) and $32.0 million for eight slot pairs at LaGuardia (LGA). A slot pair allows for one arriving and one departing flight per day at an airport. Delta's popular LGA to DCA shuttle leaves roughly once an hour during business hours.

JetBlue already offers limited flights from LGA and DCA, but none between the two.

The U.S. DOT and the FAA required Delta and US Airways to divest a total of 48 slots between the two airlines as a condition for granting them permission to exchange other slots at LGA and DCA.

Across the country, short haul flights have been on the decline over the past years. While on the Northeast corridor, bus and train travel has grown rapidly.

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WNYC News

Passenger in JetBlue Flight Scuffle Charged with Assault

Monday, November 28, 2011

A passenger accused of attacking a JetBlue flight attendant who tried to stop him from drinking has been charged with assault by New York City prosecutors.

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WNYC News

Feds Probe Plane Tarmac Delays During Storm

Monday, October 31, 2011

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating several tarmac-delay related incidents from the surprise weekend storm that left some passengers stranded for hours.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: MTA Prepares To Go Beyond MetroCard, JetBlue Goes NextGen, and House Transpo Committee Announces ReAuth Road Trip

Thursday, February 03, 2011

A bill will be introduced in Albany today that would give NYC more authority to regulate discount, intercity buses (think BoltBus). State Senator Daniel Squadron told the New York Times that the scramble for curbside space and shifting loading zones, with their potential to confuse customers, had produced an atmosphere akin to the Wild West.

A Bolt Bus boards on New York's 33rd Street (Alex Goldmark)

The Toronto Transit Commission has approved a scaled-down plan to cut weekend and late-night service on some bus routes. (CBC News)

The Los Angeles Times has an editorial about the bus lane drama unfolding in that city. "Ever wonder why L.A.'s public transit system seems haphazard, with rail lines that don't go where they're most needed and inadequate bus service? A political battle over bus-only lanes on Wilshire Boulevard serves as an instructive example of the ways the best-designed plans of transit engineers are often thwarted."

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz says the city's cycling policy stigmatizes car owners. From his State of the Borough address: "For the majority of New Yorkers, it is simply not feasible to make bicycles their primary mode of transport. And unfortunately, that's the direction I believe the city's policy is heading. They are trying to stigmatize car owners and get them to abandon their cars, when the fact is, even many bicyclists also own cars. Cycling is no substitute for mass transit. And there are still tens of thousands of Brooklynites who live far from public transportation and who rely on a car to reach their jobs and live their lives." (NY1; video)

In the most extensive effort of its kind in the California Bay Area, the Valley Transportation Authority on Thursday approved a plan to give qualified homeless people in Santa Clara County free bus and light rail rides beginning in April. (Mercury News)

JetBlue goes NextGen: the carrier has signed an agreement to equip as many as 35 planes with satellite-based technology that allows air traffic controllers to see the planes at all times. (Wall Street Journal)

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee announced locations (but not final dates) for a series of national field hearings and public forums on the reauthorization bill.  First stop: February 14 in West Virginia. "At least a dozen other sessions across numerous states are currently planned for February 17-25."  A list of cities can be found here.

The MTA is preparing for the next generation of MetroCard--or, as Second Avenue Sagas puts it, "the death clock for the MetroCard moves another second toward midnight."

According to the MTA (and the commuter railroad industry), a train that arrives within five minutes and 59 seconds of its scheduled arrival time is not late. But an official advisory council says the MTA should set a higher standard than that. (Gothamist)

The residents of a new urbanist village built around planned light rail (or bus rapid transit) have decided that they don’t actually want the transit their community was designed for.  (NRDC/Switchboard)

Did you abandon your car along Lake Shore Drive in this week's blizzard? The city of Chicago is using the web to reunite you with your relocated vehicle.  (Jalopnik)

Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: Virginia scales back HOT lanes after lawsuit; Karsan unveils a prototype for NY's Taxi of Tomorrow, and Staten Islanders will get real time bus info by the end of this year.

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WNYC News

JetBlue Flight Attendant Pleads Guilty to Mischief

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The JetBlue flight attendant who made the phrase "deploy the slide" popular after he quit his job by grabbing two beers and exiting his airplane on the JFK tarmac has pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to avoid jail time.

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Transportation Nation

WSJ Finds Gas Mileage for Airlines. Will it Change Your Choice?

Friday, August 13, 2010

It's was a wonderful piece of reporting this week in the Middle Seat column of the Wall Street Journal: a review of DOT data, yielding what amounts to an MPG rating for the airlines.  Alaska came out on top, with a bit of luck (like being West Coast-based) and some good practices (like shutting down engines quickly at the gate).  The worst guzzlers turn out to the three biggest U.S. carriers.

But here's the big question: would information like this -- that getting you from LAX to JFK sucks around 10 gallons more fuel on Delta than it does on JetBlue on average -- cause you to change who you buy your ticket from?  Let us know in the comments.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: Digital Education, and "Slaterisms"

Friday, August 13, 2010

It's not just Friday, it's "Follow-Up Friday"! Mark Malaspina, the Chief Officer of Operations & Strategic Partnerships at Computers for Youth, follows up on a story about broadband access to disadvantaged areas by discussing his organization's efforts to help low-income children perform better in school and how they can leverage technology to improve their learning environment at home. Then, Ben Zimmer, "On Language" columnist for the New York Times, discusses the various phrases that have come into the lexicon as a result of flight attendant Steven Slater's quitting-by-emergency-slide.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Doubts about JetBlue flight attendant, runaway UK tube train, Ford's new Mustang

Friday, August 13, 2010

Runaway London tube train goes four miles without driver‎ (BBC News)

Investigators begin to doubt JetBlue flight attendant's story of provocation (WSJ)

Holocaust ties come up in CA high-speed rail, may hurt French bidder (AP)

First look at overhauled Ford Mustang.  Can good gas mileage come with a supercharged V-8?  (Chicago Tribune)

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WQXR News

JetBlue to Stay in Queens

Monday, March 22, 2010

JetBlue says it's sticking with New York City.

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