Law student Katie Gould recently found herself stuck at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after missing her flight to Milwaukee.
“I actually missed my flight because security was so long,” Gould told Travel + Leisure. “I’m used to Hartsfield-Jackson security being busy, but this was more than usual for the time of day. They had less TSA agents than they normally do, so I assumed the shutdown had something to do with it.”
By Monday morning, her video had more than 56,000 retweets and 357,000 likes.
The official Twitter account for Hall & Oates replied, saying, “Impressive you can dance that long!”
“They’re so going to use this against you when you’re a freshman congresswoman in the future 😂,” one Twitter user joked, referencing the time a Twitter user tried to embarrass new congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by posting a video of her dancing.
“If anything I hope it helps my case,” Gould replied.
Gould told Travel + Leisure that she was happy the video cheered people up.
“I was pretty frustrated that whole day with missing my flight, but doing something fun and silly really helped remind me not to take life too seriously,” she said.
A large freeway sign crashed onto the road below Monday in Melbourne, Australia, crushing a vehicle and sending one woman to the hospital.
According to 9News, the 4- by 5-meter sign, which was over the Tullamarine Freeway near the Essendon Airport, somehow detached and fell onto the car around 5:30 p.m. The driver, a 54-year-old woman, suffered "minor neck injuries" and is in "stable condition," the station reported.
Another driver's dashcam captured video of the scary moment.
Authorities are investigating what caused the incident and examined other signs nearby, 9News reported.
"Equipment was used to test surrounding areas ... and the experts say there are no concerns that it will happen again," Graeme Chambers, delivery director of the Major Road Projects Authority, told the station.
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 man in a wheelchair died Wednesday after he attempted to go up an escalator at a Metro station in Washington, D.C., authorities said.
The man tried to go up an escalator around 1:30 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Metro Station, a Metro spokesman told NBC 4 in Washington. Security footage showed the man, whose name was not released Wednesday, initially tried to use the elevator.
“A review of camera footage revealed the man waited 10 to 15 seconds for the elevator, which was in service at the time, and then diverted to the escalator,” Metro spokeswoman Sherri Ly told The Washington Post.
The footage showed that the man tried to steady his motorized chair by holding onto the handrails on either side of him, but the wheelchair tipped backward and fell on top of him, NBC 4 reported.
While lightweight manual wheelchairs can weigh as little as 15 to 20 pounds, electric wheelchairs can weigh in excess of 200 pounds, depending on the weight of the motor and other components.
A witness to the aftermath of Wednesday’s accident told the NBC affiliate that several people attempted to help the man, who was lying on the ground, his legs covered with blood. The exact nature of the victim’s injuries were not made public.
“Several bystanders and the station manager immediately rendered aid until medics arrived,” Ly told the Post. “The man was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.”
The escalator was shut down for hours as investigators took notes and photos, NBC 4 said.
The Post reported that while the Metro is considered one of the most accessible public transit systems in the country for people with physical disabilities, the people who must rely on the transit system’s elevators say they often encounter elevators that are out of service.
Some Metro users voiced that same frustration on social media.
“Incredibly tragic,” Anthony LaMesa wrote. “This man was likely so inured to #WMATA elevators being broken that he just assumed it would never come.”
Another Twitter user, Christopher Walkup, wrote that D.C. needs to become a more accessible city for everyone.
A woman responding to a tweet last week about problems within the Metro system wrote about having to be carried up the stairs because the elevator at one station had broken down.
“I had to figure out how to get my wheelchair up & down stairs bcuz no one knew the elevator was broken & knew it wouldn’t be fixed,” wrote the woman, whose Twitter handle is Mama Penguin. “I had to be carried up while someone lugged my chair, just so we could try and find a Metro (with) working elevators late on a weekend. Not that bad my (expletive).”
Another Twitter user wrote that all he sees on Twitter is complaints about how nothing within the D.C. Metro works for the disabled.
“And now here are your results,” the man wrote, posting a story about Wednesday’s fatal accident.
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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