Last year saw a sharp rise in fatalities from air crashes compared with 2017 but 2018 was still the ninth safest year on record, figures show. Airliner accidents killed 556 people last year compared with 44 in 2017, the Aviation Safety Network (ASN) reports. Last year’s worst civilian accident was in October when a Lion Air plane crashed in Indonesia, killing 189. The year 2017 was the safest in history for commercial airlines with no passenger jet crashes recorded.
Nineteen people were reported ill after an Emirates airplane was quarantined at JFK Airport in New York. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that of the 521 passengers aboard the flight from Dubai, about 100 initially complained of a flu-like illness. Eleven people went to the hospital while others declined treatment.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been compiling a secret list of ‘unruly’ passengers who may pose a threat to TSA staff at airport checkpoints. Actions that pose a physical threat or are described as ‘offensive and without legal justification’ can land a person on the list. The list is being called ‘The 95 List.’