A scorpion stung a passenger on a United Airlines flight on Thursday, sending her to the hospital.
United Airlines confirmed that the arachnid stung one of its passenger on flight 1554 from San Francisco to Atlanta. Medical personnel met the flight when it landed in Atlanta.
“Our crew responded immediately and consulted with a MedLink physician on the ground who provided medical guidance,” a United Airlines spokesperson said. The woman was then transported to a local hospital.
Fortunately, while scorpion stings can be painful, most aren’t toxic enough to be fatal. While there are 1,500 scorpion species worldwide, only 30 have stings that are potent enough to be life-threatening — although children and the elderly are at heightened risk.
Scientists are sending mighty mice to space, but rather than being gym rats, their strength was enhanced through genetic experimentation in the hopes of preventing human astronauts from experiencing muscle loss in microgravity.
NASA is sending 40 genetically modified mice to space via this week’s scheduled SpaceX Dragon launch as part of its “Mighty Mice in Space” experiment to investigate the possible effect of disabling the body’s natural muscle growth limiter.
The protein responsible for limiting muscle growth is known as myostatin, which acts like a traffic cop preventing drivers from going too fast on the roadways.
Two of the many challenges astronauts face are muscle and skeletal atrophies experienced in microgravity which long term exposure can cause heart disease and osteoporosis.
Scientists hope by blocking the actions of myostatin within mice and inducing muscle and bone growth should counter act the effects of microgravity, according to NASA.
As a result the mice are not only stronger, but also bigger than the average mouse.
Israeli fighter jets were sent to fly over the Gaza Strip on Saturday after suspicious activity was detected in the Palestinian enclave.
The aircraft were dispatched three times, according to the Kan public broadcaster, but nothing out of the ordinary was found.
The incidents came a day after weekly border protests resumed after a three-week hiatus. The temporary break in the weekly protests followed a large-scale battle last month between the IDF and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the second largest terror group in Gaza.
Four SpiceJet pilots have been grounded after their mandatory preflight medical test showed they were drunk when they arrived to fly their scheduled flights.
The incidents happened between a period of five days from November 29 to December 2, the airline said.
In its media statement, a SpiceJet spokesperson said the pilots who failed to clear the preflight alcohol test were immediately grounded as per DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) rules.
“Crew members have to take a compulsory breath analyser test before operating a flight. SpiceJet has a zero tolerance approach to pilots flying under the influence of alcohol. The airline permits zero alcohol level in blood right before a pilot flies an aircraft and takes the strictest possible action against anyone found violating the rules,” the airline said in the statement.
The Australian Government has announced beefed up security measures at 9 Australian airports. The measures include Australian Federal (AFP) police officers with assault rifles. While making the announcement the government said the security threat level hasn’t changed.
The Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), Australia’s domestic spy agency, recommended the implementation of new Protection Operation Response Teams (PORT). PORT officers will be equiped with Mk18 Short-Barrel Rifles and body cameras. PORT members will be trained to undertake behavioural assesments. More explosive dectecting canines will also be rolled out. There will be 135 PORT officers.
The rollout will see PORT officers in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast airports within the next 6 months. Cairns, Adelaide and Darwin Airports will follow in 2021. A trial has already been undertaken at Canberra Airport. The rollout will commence at Brisbane Airport before Christmas.
The Federal Government is increasing counter-terrorism measures across nine airports by boosting the Australian Federal Police's capability to disrupt and deter high-risk-incidents. Our first priority is always to keep Australians safe. @ScottMorrisonMP@AusFedPolicepic.twitter.com/9llpOva4XH
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the average passenger is not expected to undergo increased screening. He further said, “And so as we as people move around, they will see these officers appearing more and more around airports. And I would hope that that gives people a great sense of reassurance. They are there to protect the public and the travelling public. Today’s announcement doesn’t reflect the change to the risk level that implies, but what it does recognise is an understanding of the new world which we all live in today. And I think all Australians understand there needs to be a heightened sense of security, particularly in places like airports, as we’ve seen in many other places of public gathering. This is common sense, this is understanding the world in which we live in. The message here is that we are very much looking to continue to stay ahead of these issues.”
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told media, “We know that Australia is at risk. In July 2017, a major terrorist plot was disrupted targeting a passenger flight departing from Sydney. Just this week, our law enforcement agencies have arrested a 21 year old who is alleged to have been involved in advocating and preparing for terrorist acts.”
The Australian Government has budgeted $107 million (£55.79 million, €66.04 million, $US73.26 million) for the new measures.
Australia’s terror level threat has been at probable, the 3rd of 5 levels, since September 2014.
Jetstar pilots have joined Jetstar baggage handlers and ground crew in voting to approved protected industrial action over the Christmas period. However, pilots have committed to keep the week between Christmas and New Year free of industrial action to avoid disruption to holiday plans for travellers.
The industrial action will begin the weekend of 14 and 15 December with limited 4 hour work stoppages. Narrow bodied aircraft pilots will stop between 5-9am on the 14th and 15th. International pilots will stop work between 2:30-6:30pm the 14th and 9:30am-1:30pm on the 15th. Approximately 80% of Jetstar’s 800 pilots are members of the union, the Australian Federation of Airline Pilots (AFAP). The action was approved by more than 90% of AFAP member pilots.
Jetstar pilots back down from Christmas strike – More than 90% of eligible AFAP members voted in favour of industrial action in the week-long ballot that closed at midday today.https://t.co/VlU8Q5vFcY
Other potential action includes 24 hour stoppages, overtime bans and refusing to follow fuel saving procedures.
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) said their 250 of their works would undertake protected industrial action in Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide airports.
Jetstar Chief Executive Gareth Evans told the Sydney Morning Herald, “We’re doing everything we possibly can to mitigate those possibilities and make sure that customers can get away on time. We call on the union to put a fair and reasonable agreement on the table that ensures the future of low fares for all Australians”. He further told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), “The impact of any potential industrial action by members of the TWU is likely to be minimal as we have strong contingency plans in place.”
While #Jetstar makes $3.9billion, workers are forced onto part-time hours and insecure work, leaving some struggling on just $429 a week.
Jetstar workers are fighting for more hours, secure jobs, better pay and improved safety.
TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine told the ABC that the workers had received a pay freeze in recent years and that, “Security at our airports is under threat because of bad working conditions, chronic fatigue and deliberate understaffing.”
The TWU is asking for a 4% pay rise, more rest breaks, minimum 12 hours between shifts, and a minimum 30 hour working week.
Full statement from Jetstar CEO
JETSTAR RESPONDS TO POTENTIAL UNION ACTION
Friday 6 Dec 2019
To be attributed to Jetstar Group CEO, Gareth Evans:
It is deeply disappointing that the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) is threatening to disrupt the holiday plans of tens of thousands of Australians at the busiest travel time of the year.
The AFAP is demanding the equivalent of a 15 per cent pay increase in the first year.
The union’s demands would put significant pressure on the low fares our customers rely on and force us to review our investment in new aircraft, new technology and new destinations.
Our captains earn on average over $300,000 a year and we are offering a three per cent annual increase.
This is 40 per cent above Australia’s annual wage growth and consistent with our position across the Qantas and Jetstar Groups.
We remain committed to reaching a new agreement to support the great work our pilots do every day, but not any cost.
Strong arm tactics from the AFAP will not change our position on this.
We will do everything we can to protect the travel plans of our customers and minimise the disruption to their journeys.
However, customers may face delays and cancelled flights if the union choose to take industrial action.
With less than 20 days until Christmas, we say to the union: come to the table with a reasonable offer that is fair for pilots and which also ensures the future of low fares travel for Australians. Do not put the holiday plans of tens of thousands of Australians in doubt.
Ground crew ballot
We are surprised the TWU pursued a protected action ballot given they only provided their full list of claims two weeks before applying to take this step.
It’s important to understand less than half our total ground crew voted to take action.
We have also offered this work group a 3% annual wage increase.
The impact of any potential industrial action by members of the TWU is likely to be minimal as we have strong contingency plans in place.
An American Airlines flight landed with an extra passenger.
On Wednesday, Nereida Araujo gave birth to a healthy baby girl on flight 868, after the plane landed in Charlotte, North Carolina from Tampa, Florida during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.
The uncommon birthplace inspired the newborn’s fitting moniker: Lizyana Sky Taylor.
“Baby Sky decided to enter the world on a plane,” Araujo wrote on Facebook. “Mommi (sic) handled it well thanks to everybody who assisted us with love & care.”
American Airlines spokesperson Crystal Byrd told USA TODAY that the airline “requested medical personnel due to a passenger who needed assistance” upon landing in Charlotte.
“Paramedics, along with the Charlotte Fire Department, assisted in the delivery of a healthy baby girl at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on the jetway,” Grace Nelson, spokesperson for Mecklenburg EMS Agency, told USA TODAY.
According to Charlotte’s local news station, WSOC, Araujo said she was 38 weeks pregnant and cleared to fly by the airline and her doctor, before her water broke toward the end of the 1-hour-and-39-minute flight.