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Problems at Heathrow

Monday, October 27th, 2014

A computer problem at Heathrow caused chaos on Saturday, affecting departures, baggage, and landing. Hundreds of passengers sat on the tarmac waiting for their flights to depart, the baggage system was disabled and therefore whole flights took off with no baggage, and many planes that landed couldn’t park to unload passengers. British Airways was the hardest hit, with 23 jets waiting to take off at 9:30 pm.

According to a Heathrow spokesperson, the IT problem happened but it didn’t cause any delays and passengers who thought otherwise had been misinformed by pilots. Despite this denial, angry passengers caused some scenes inside Heathrow terminals and tweeted their frustrations. Some talked about how they took off, without their luggage, others missed connecting flights, and some were still on the tarmac at 1 am after hours of waiting to take off.

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Typhoon Vongfong affecting flights

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Japan flight cancelations are increasing during Typhoon Vongfong. The country’s two largest carriers, ANA Holdings Inc. and Japan Airlines Co., canceled more flights Sunday during the second week of Typhoon Vongfong. ANA canceled 101 flights with 16,600 passengers affected; Japan Airlines cancelled 49 flights for Sunday and five for Monday. These cancelations will be added to the ongoing total of over 450 flights that were scratched yesterday and last week because of the storm.

As of 7 am on Sunday, Okinawa Prefecture reported 23 injuries on its website. More than 200,00 people were to evacuate. Just under 47,000 homes were without power as of 10 am.

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U.S changes flight paths to avoid walrus stampede on beach in Alaska

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Approximately 35,000 walruses are crowded on one Alaska beach because of disappearing sea ice. Because of the number of the animals, a stampede would kill a majority of them, especially the young ones and females, so the FAA has ordered all flights re-routed. Local communities are also asking bush pilots, curiosity seekers, and the media to keep away. The FAA has asked pilots to stay above 2,000 feet and at least half a mile away from the animals. Helicopters must stay at least 3,000 feet up and a mile away because they are louder than planes.

On September 27, scientists on an aerial survey flight saw the walruses on the barrier island in north-western Alaska. This is the largest sighting of walruses on dry land in the U.S Arctic, and it happened just as the summer sea ice fell to its sixth lowest level.

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