‘Deplorable’ couple forces Jet2 flight to divert after argument turns violent

A couple flying on Jet2 from London to Spain have been charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft after their fight over a text message forced the flight to divert, reports claim.

Ronald St. Ville, 53, and Pauline Gordon, 66, were flying to the Spanish island of Gran Canaria last year, July 2017, when the couple reportedly got into an expletive-laced argument over a text message found on St. Ville’s phone, BBC reported.

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A witness claimed St. Ville threatened to hit Gordon, while another witness said they saw Gordon hitting St. Ville with her fists.

Caitlin McAleese told the Hertfordshire Mercury, "I heard raised voices and shouting. I turned around to assess the situation and I realized that it was the two passengers. I went down the gallery to see what was happening and as I was walking down the woman flew across the aisle and went at the gentleman.”

The pair were initially separated for the safety of the flight before the pilot made the diversion to Portugal.

"Some of the children had got a bit upset, there were two crying children. I felt very intimidated. I was scared of the potential of the gentleman,” McAleese said to the Mercury.

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In a statement on the airlines blog, Phil Ward, MD of Jet2.com said, “It is staggering to think that people would behave in this violent fashion on an aircraft full of holidaymakers and families. I would like to thank our crew as well as the two police officers, who did a superb job of handling the situation and ensuring everybody’s safety. As a family friendly airline we take a zero tolerance approach to disruptive behavior in all forms, and we will now be taking all necessary steps, including legal action if necessary, to recover the losses that were incurred by the deplorable behavior of this couple.”

The couple has denied the charges.

Power restored at Reagan National Airport after outage

Power was restored to Reagan National Airport Wednesday night following a brief power outage, FOX 5 reported, citing officials.

Flights had been suspended late Wednesday and authorities worked to determine the cause. Early reports identified a small electrical fire, but airport officials said, "there was no fire related to this power outage."

Inbound and outbound flights were suspended while officials found a resolution, FOX 5 reported, citing a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesman. The spokesman said the power outage affected the entire airport.

"Power is restored to the airport and systems are coming back online. Some flights may be delayed. Thank you for your patience," the airport tweeted.

British Airways employee claims he was fired for his man bun

One former British Airways staffer is speaking out against the carrier, claiming he was "discriminated against" and ultimately fired for his man bun hairstyle.

The Sun reportedMonday that new hire Sid Ouared said he had no idea his "trendy" hairstyle broke protocol until the last day of a two-week training for a customer service role with the airline, which sparked a conflict with his supervisors that ultimately led to the termination of his employment.

"I got fired from British Airways because I have a man bun, which according to them doesn’t comply with their uniform policy,” the 26-year-old Londoner told the outlet. “The fact that they dismissed me for being a man with long hair is ridiculous and sexist. They have discriminated against me.”

Ouared told ITV News that the decision made him feel "bullied" and "violated."

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"They basically said cut it, put it in a turban like a Sikh, or turn it into dreadlocks like a Rastafarian,” he further divulged. “I am not any of those things and I can’t believe that they would make me wear my hair like something that I am not."

Ouared said that he’s previously worked with “lots of luxury retailers” who have never had qualms about his hairdo, adding that British Airways would never have made such a statement to a female employee.

"Right now we live in multicultural Britain. We live in the age of equality and we should be open minded,” he said. “But this stuffy old airline won’t allow me to have my hair as I like it."

Representatives for British Airways returned Fox News’ request for comment with the following statement: “We don’t comment on employment matters relating to individuals.”

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According to the most recent dress code guidelines available online for British Airways staffers, male employees must wear their hair “clean, tidy, well-groomed and neatly styled so that it remains in place whilst working.”

Men’s hair styles “must not touch the shirt collar at the back or sides.” Furthermore, staffers “handling food, drink or using machinery must observe extreme care regarding the length of hair and personal care. Hair must not fall over the face when leaning forward.”

The uniform regulations state that ponytails “are only permitted to secure dreadlocks” for men.

World’s biggest catapult opens in New Zealand, launches thrill-seekers almost 500 feet

A new thrill ride in New Zealand last week promises to deliver a "gut-wrenching" experience for anyone brave enough to attempt it, and early footage from the first few riders certainly confirms the "gut-wrenching" aspect.

The Nevis Catapult, which is the newest thrill ride fromAJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand, launches riders nearly 500 feet through a canyon in Nevis Valley, near Queenstown, at speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour — all while they swoop across the sky.

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"The experience is exhilarating," AJ Hackett co-founder Henry van Asch told Escape.com.au of the ride, further describing it as "gut-wrenching."

"Up to 3 Gs of force and acceleration of around 100 kilometers in 1.5 seconds is not your typical experience — and I think people are going to get a pretty big kick out of it,” he added.

Van Asch says AJ Hackett has been thinking about adding such a ride for a long time,, saying, "after seeing a guy skydiving out of a plane with his bike, we wanted to try our bungy version of that."

A few years and millions of dollars later, the Nevis Catapult opened alongside the Nevis Bungy, which is exactly what it sounds like, and theNevis Swing — a similarly terrifying ride that swings riders through the Nevis Valley through a 300-meter arc.

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Early reviewers describe the ride as "epic" and "one of the scariest" experiences, although footage seems to suggest those might be understatements.

“For me, the most exciting part of it is how surprising it is," said van Asch. "The speed, the height and then the sudden drop. You don’t know exactly when you’re going to go either, and that adds to the fun.”

Barcelona’s tourists are urinating in the streets, ruining city, locals say

Barcelonians are reportedly at their wit’s end with the wild antics of rowdy tourists, who are said to be urinating in public, littering playgrounds with drug paraphernalia and passing out drunk in the streets of the Catalonian capital.

The Sun reported that residents are officially demanding answers from the city’s "left wing" mayor, Ada Colau, whose policies some feel have allowed “over-tourism” to root and ravage the historic city.

“People cannot rest. Many residents are leaving the barrio –people who were born here– because they cannot go on living like this,” Manel Martinez, vice president of the Barceloneta Neighbors’ Association, told The Telegraph in a recent interview.

A man takes a selfie at Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, August 16, 2015. Barcelona's new mayor is picking a fight with home rental websites as she tries to crack down on uncontrolled tourism that she fears could drive out poor residents and spoil the Catalan capital's charm. Picture taken on August 16, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea - RTX1PQRT

A man takes a selfie at Las Ramblas in Barcelona.(Reuters)

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“Do you do this in your own country? We don’t understand how people end up in this state,” he added.

As The Independent reported last year, Barcelona “has been stretched to a breaking point” through “massive overcrowding,” with a record number of tourists pouring into the city each year. The increasing popularity of home-sharing networks like Airbnb have increased foot traffic in the metropolis, in turn inspiring landlords to drive up rent in a move that threatens to push locals out.

Home to a population of around 1.6 million, over 15 million people have visited Barcelona in the last year, according to The Sun.

City councilman Alfred Bosch has said that things have gotten so bad, Barcelona will soon become “the drug capital of Europe” if policies do not change.

Banners against touristic apartments hang from balconies as people walk past them at Barceloneta neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain, August 18, 2015. Barcelona's new mayor is picking a fight with home rental websites as she tries to crack down on uncontrolled tourism that she fears could drive out poor residents and spoil the Catalan capital's charm. The banner reads "no touristic apartments". Picture taken on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Albert Gea  - GF10000182219

Banners against touristic apartments hang from balconies as people walk past them at Barceloneta neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain. The banner reads “no touristic apartments.”(Reuters)

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Days ago, "sick" anti-tourism posters began popping up in the Spanish city, urging tourists to leap off balconies to their death, The Sun reports.

The campaign is thought to be linked to the city’s mounting “extreme anti-tourism movement," which includes protests from anti-tourism groups, one of which stormed buses in Barcelona and other Spanish citys to detonate smoky flairsand decry overtourism.

In similarly controversial travel news, the city of Paris has recently rolled out sidewalk urinals, in hopes of combatting public urination, NPR reports.

American Airlines flight makes emergency landing after passengers say ‘flames’ came out of engine

An American Airlines flight was forced to turn around Wednesday morning after experiencing a mechanical issue, a spokesperson for the airline told Fox News. Passengers on board said the plane began shooting sparks.

At 7:45 Wednesday morning, an American Airlines flight carrying 187 people departed Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina for Chicago. Almost immediately the flight turned around and landed safely back at Charlotte Douglas airport at 8:16 am.

“It returned due to a mechanical issue – a compressor stall. The aircraft returned to Charlotte, landed safely, and taxied to the gate. Took off at 7:42 a.m. ET, and landed back at CLT at 8:16 a.m. Passengers boarded a different aircraft, which then re-departed for Chicago,” the airline said in a statement to Fox News.

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According to Channel 9, passengers on the plane said the flight was shaky from the get-go.

“As we took off from Charlotte, there was a rattling and shaking on the plane,” Jesse Batson said. “It was a very bumpy take-off.”

Several passengers seated near the window said they saw sparks flying from the engine – and one person on the ground filmed the plane flying over with what appears to be visible sparks shooting from the plane.

One passenger, Mark Barber, told Channel 9 he could hear the engine making noise.

"You could hear it popping," passenger Mark Ponder said. "As we went up in the air, I could hear large noises and almost immediately you can see flames coming from the engine."

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Though the pilot told Channel 9 that he did not see flames, he still requested fire crews to meet the plane when it landed.

No one was reported injured.

Identical twin newlywed couples honeymoon at Disney World

The happiest place on earth was recently seeing double as two sets of identical twins from Michigan honeymooned in Walt Disney World. The foursome fittingly sported matching Mickey and Minnie Mouse gear for the occasion.

Kristie Bevier married Zack Lewan on Aug. 3, and her identical twin sister Kassie Bevier married Nick Lewan on Aug. 4, Fox News reported at the time.

The two sets of 24-year-old twins first crossed paths at Grand Valley State University four years ago when Kassie and Nick met in a psychology class. Soon after, they invited their siblings along for their first date at church on a Sunday morning, and the rest is history.

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Fittingly, the newlyweds all sported matching Mickey and Minnie Mouse gear for the occasion. (Walt Disney World)

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Celebrating their nuptials with a joint reception and jetting to the Orlando theme park for their honeymoon, the two new Mr. and Mrs. Lewan say they wouldn’t have it any other way. According to Disney Weddings, they made the most of their time at the resort, visiting Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom, too.

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“I wanted to meet Mickey and Minnie so bad!” Kassie exclaimed of the highlight. (Walt Disney World)

“[We’re] very happy that we set up the honeymoon that we four can all enjoy it together,” Zach told Disney Parks Blog of their big trip.

“Kassie and I are more of the thrill-seekers, and they’re more of the cautious,” he said of his brother and new sister-in-law with a laugh.

Meanwhile, one of the brides was simply thrilled to meet Disney’s iconic mascots.

“I wanted to meet Mickey and Minnie so bad!” Kassie exclaimed of the highlight.

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“Kassie and I are more of the thrill-seekers, and they’re more of the cautious,” Nick said of his brother and new sister-in-law with a laugh. (Walt Disney World)

“We’ll definetely want our kids to come here,” her new husband added.

“Anniversaries, birthdays, any time we can find an excuse,” Krissie agreed.

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Coincidentally, on Aug. 4, the day that the two new couples elebrated respective weddings, two othersets of identical twins also tied the knot.

Brittany and Briana Deane of Virginia married Josh and Jeremy Salyersof Maryland at the famous Twins Day festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, in a “double fairy tale” ceremony that marked a “lifelong dream” come true.

Pilot wanted for secretive ‘Janet Airlines’ to fly to Area 51

If you’ve got loads of experience in top secret missions and an affinity for UFOs, then a job opportunity has arrived that may be impossible to pass up.

‘Janet Airlines,’ the unofficial name of the classified fleet for the U.S. Air Force, is looking for a pilot to join their secretive ranks at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

A Boeing 737 (737-600) jetliner, registered to the U.S. Department of the Air Force, passes the Luxor Hotel/Casino as it takes off at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada on Mar. 3, 2016. The jet is rumored to fly contactors to and from Area 51 and is nicknamed Janet Airlines.  (Larry MacDougal via AP)

Inconspicuous: Janet planes are painted white with a horizontal red band along the side, and reportedly transport military employees and contractors to restricted sites, including Area 51.(AP)

The planes, which don’t carry any company logos and are painted white with a horizontal red band along the side, transport military and contract employees to restricted sites, including the infamous Area 51 and the TonoPah Test Range in Nevada.

They are referred to as ‘Janet’ because that is the call sign they use while flying over civilian airspace — it’s believed to stand for “Just Another Non-Existent Terminal."

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A job opening has been posted on the website of private defense contractor AECOM for a First Officer based in Vegas. Although it doesn’t go into specifics about where they will be flying, the demands for those applying are high.

The posting calls for the applicants to "have a minimum of 3,000 fixed wing flying hours in-seat with 300 in-seat hours within the last 5 years." The advert also says applicants “must qualify for and maintain a TS government security clearance and associated work location access."

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In January, AECOM also posted a job opportunity for flight attendants.

Founded in 1972, the ‘Janet’ fleet as of 2015 consisted of six Boeing 737-600s, as well as five smaller executive turboprops, according to Jalopnik.

The CIA only acknowledged the existence of Area 51 back in 2013 thanks to declassified documents.

George Washington University’s National Security Archive obtained a CIA history of the U-2 spy plane program through a public records request and released it five years ago.

Alaska Airlines blames odor that forced plane to land on ‘someone or something’ in the cabin

A stinky situation aboard an Alaska Airlines flight forced the plane to make an uncheduled landing on Sunday — but the airline isn’t about to take blame for the stench.

Following an earlier statement in which Alaska Airlines confirmed a "strong odor" was responsible for forcing a flight from San Francisco to New Orleans to divert to Los Angeles on Sunday, the company now says the smell was not caused by the aircraft itself, but rather "someone or something in the cabin."

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"After a maintenance inspection of [the plane], it was determined the odor was not caused by the aircraft," a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines told KCRA. "The cause of the odor is believed to have emanated from someone or something in the cabin. The aircraft is back in service."

In an earlier statement shared with Fox News, Alaska Airlines had simply said "strong odor was detected onboard during the flight in the aft cabin."

The plane landed safely at LAX around noon on Sunday, and the 136 passengers were reaccommodated on other flights, according to The San Francisco Gate.

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Emergency crews responded to the scene, though no hazardous substances were found on board.(WBTW)

At the time, the airline had also confirmed that the plane was “being inspected by technicians to pinpoint the cause.”

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The Alaska Airlines’ flight’s unscheduled stop follows news of a Spirit Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing on July 26, after passengers detected an unusual odor that one likened to “dirty socks.” A hazmat team was called in to inspect the plane, and several passengers were treated on the scene for symptoms including headache, nausea and difficulty breathing.

United Airlines planes collide on the ground at Chicago O’Hare Airport

Two United Airlines planes collided on the airfield at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, but thankfully no injuries were reported.

Around 4:20 p.m., Flight 645 was taxiing from Gate C30 when the aircraft’s left wing clipped the left wing of Flight 2746, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Federal Aviation Administration rep Tony Molinaro confirmed that both United planes sustained damage to their wings in the accident.

According to CBS Chicago, the Portland-bound Flight 645 had passengers on board and the incident ultimately delayed their trip by two hours. Flight 2746, bound for Cleveland, was eventually canceled.

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The FAA is investigating, the Sun-Times reported.

“I’d call that a minor accident,” one witness said of the scene. (ORD Insider)

“I noticed a lot of people over by the windows looking out, wondering what was going on. A lot of airport employees, people with their cameras up,” witness Alexandra Carley told CBS.

“Our plane that was supposed to come into O’Hare had to circle around for a while after the accident and by that point, the weather got bad,” United passenger Melissa Wester said.

“This many planes in this area, this many times a week. Something is bound to happen at some point. I’d call that a minor accident,” United passenger Mark Ritchie, who witnessed the accident from a flight nearby, told the outlet.

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United returned Fox News’ request for comment with the following statement:

“Prior to its departure on Wednesday afternoon for Portland, Oregon,United flight 645’s wingtip came into contact with the wingtip of another aircraft parked at a nearby gate. There were no customers on board the parked aircraft at the time of the incident and no reported injuries on either aircraft," a spokesperson said.

"We assisted our customers and operated the flight to Portland with a different aircraft. The flight departed at 6:32 p.m. yesterday.”