Southwest Airlines flight attendant Marty Cobb recently gave her passengers some safety instructions, but added some humor.
“My ex-husband, my new boyfriend and their divorce attorney are going to show you the safety features of this Boeing 737 800 series,” Cobb told passengers, noted DigitalJournal.com (video below).
“Everybody gets a door prize in the seat back pocket in front of you, along with dirty diapers, chewing gum wrappers, banana peels and all other gifts you leave for us from time to time, it’s the safety information card,” added Cobb.
According to The Blaze, more of Cobb's one-liners included:
“Position your seat belt tight and low against your hips, like my grandmother wears her support bra.”
“As you know it’s a no-smoking, no-whining, no-complaining flight. It’s a please and thank you, and you are such a good-looking flight attendant.”
“If you’re traveling with small children, we’re sorry.”
“Basically, just do what we say and nobody gets hurt.”
Cobb’s video has almost 2 million views since being posted on April 12.
She states on her YouTube page, "Hilarious SWA flight attendant... wants to meet Ellen & Jimmy Fallon!!"
US Airways accidentally tweeted a picture of a woman with a plastic airplane inside her vagina in response to a complaining customer on Twitter.
The incident began when a passenger tweeted at US Airways about her hour flight delay, noted Jalopnik.com.
US Airways responded with:
We don't like to hear this. Please provide feedback to our public relations team here.
Below the text was a picture of a woman using a small Boeing 777 as a sex toy, reports Salon.com.
The obscene tweet was reportedly online for twenty-two minutes before it was taken down.
After deleting the offensive tweet, US Airways issued an apology on Twitter:
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) reportedly set up a checkpoint at a Boston subway stop on March 28.
The Bay State Examiner blog reports that a “Transit Watch” sign at the checkpoint said that everyone who chose to ride the subway would be "subject to security inspections of their handbags, briefcases and/or other carry-on items."
If a passenger refused to be searched, then he or she could not ride the subway and had to leave the area (public property) or be charged with trespassing.
A Bay State Examiner cameraman shot a video (below) of the sign and the subway, but was reportedly warned by police officers and threatened with arrest for “loitering."
In January 2013, local activists protested the warrantless searches at five subway stations in Boston, noted Examiner.com.
According to the MBTA website, these warrantless searches started back in 2006 and are based "on a random basis through the use of a computer generated sequence of numbers."
A TSA employee, Eddie Palacios, jumped onto the tracks of a Chicago subway yesterday and flagged down a train so that it would not hit a woman who had fallen on the tracks.
A DNAinfo Chicago employee, who happened to be at the scene, filmed Palacios waving his arms in a successful effort to stop the train (video below).
Palacios was off duty, but heading for work at Chicago O'Hare Airport when he heard yelling, noted ABC News.
"I heard somebody yell, 'She fell, she fell! You gotta get out of the way! The train is coming!'" Palacios told DNAinfo Chicago. "So I turned around to see what they were talking about."
"I looked over and saw a lady just yelling," Palacios recalled. "When I looked over, I actually thought it was a child who had fallen. They actually staggered three times trying to get up and get out of the way."
"When I saw the train coming, the first thing I thought to myself was, 'OK, I've got an orange hoodie on. They are bound to see me,'" added Palacios. "And I jumped on the train [tracks] so they can at least see me, and I'd have time [to get] the person out of the way. I was hoping someone would jump down to help them up because I could see they couldn't get up."
After the woman was eventually pulled off the tracks, she claimed she "slipped" and quickly left the scene. She was later found, placed in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital.
Bus passengers in Pittsburgh will be observed today by TSA agents, Port Authority Police and first responders as part of a “security exercise."
According to CBS Pittsburgh, the Port Authority says the city's transit system is being used as a test location (video below).
The "security exercise" is being led by the TSA Mass Transit and Passenger Rail Division to detect and prevent any terror threats or attacks.
A similar TSA “security exercise” happened in Houston, Texas in 2012, but didn't go so well, reported ABC 13 (video below).
TSA agents rode buses, interrogated passengers and performed random bag searches.
Angry citizens complained at a Houston METRO board meeting about what they saw as a violation of the 4th amendment by the TSA.
Chinese relatives of passengers on the missing Malaysia Airliner recently went ballistic.
During a meeting today between Malaysian officials and the Chinese relatives in Beijing, China, three people threw water bottles at the officials and yelled, "Tell us the truth" (video below).
According to the Daily Mail, people asked exactly what the Malaysian military knew about the missing airlines.
Malaysian military officials have claimed they have seen images of what might be the plane on radar recordings that show the airliner possibly turning west, reports The Telegraph.
However, the government of Malaysia has refused to share its radar records and turned down offers by foreign countries, including the U.S., to help with the search of the missing plane.
The City of Tamarac, Fla., has set up a red-light camera across from a local hospital to photograph and ticket motorists who are rushing to the ER with an emergency.
People with real medical emergencies have had their tickets upheld by a local magistrate, whose salary comes from city income such as ticketing.
“I really couldn’t breathe, I was sweating, just a lot of things going on,” motorist Jacob Alcahe told Local 10. “I was just kind of scared and I wanted to get to the hospital as soon as possible."
Alcahe soon received a $158 ticket in the mail for running the red light at the hospital’s entrance.
Back in February, Shelley Rappaport was suffering a kidney stone attack, ran the same light to get to the ER and was ticketed.
She challenge the violation at city hall, but lost.
"I had all expectations that it was going to be thrown out," she told ClickOrlando.com. "It was literally a life-or-death situation."
However, Tamarac Mayor Harry Dressler defended the ticketing outside the ER.
“The city is not condoning anything,” Dressler told Local 10. “Neither are we preying on anyone.”
When asked if people should wait for a green light during an emergency when they're having trouble breathing, Dressler refused to answer.
“Okay, it’s two minutes before my meeting," Dressler stated. "You’re going to have to excuse me. Please tell your viewers it’s illegal and it’s dangerous."
"The person that's acting as the judge is paid by Tamarac," Fort Lauderdale ticket attorney Ted Hollander countered. "Tamarac is the same city that's giving the ticket so why wouldn't that person say, of course, Tamarac gets the money?"
By its own count, the City of Tamarac has issued 494 red-light violations at the intersection since the camera was turned on in August 2013.
Rob Weber recently got a shock when a bird, possibly a hawk, flew into the windshield of his small airplane during a flight last Saturday.
Weber had a camera inside his plane, which caught the collision on video (below).
After the bird smashed into the windshield, Weber was forced to land his 1986 Piper Saratoga plane at Page Field in Fort Myers, Fla.
“I always wondered what it’d be like to have a bird strike take out your windshield, and now I know," Weber told WINK News.
Weber was flying at 170 m.p.h when the bird imploded on his windshield. All that was left was a leg.
“I didn’t even see the bird coming,” Weber told the News-Press. “He managed to miss the prop and ended up with me inside the plane and then he was out.”
“It was a total shock,” added Weber. “I have a had a lot of close-call bird strikes, but this was the first hit.”
“Everything went cattywampus. At first, it kinda knocked it out of me, startled me,” said Weber. “The wind got my eyes real bad, and I tried to cup the mic so the controller could hear me.”
Weber suffered a minor injury to his head, but showed a sense of humor by wearing an Angry Birds T-shirt while speaking to the News-Press.
This week the Dallas City Council voted to approve changes to a law that banned protesters from carrying signs within 75 feet of a major freeway.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the approved changes now also ban “individuals carrying signs, wearing costumes, or engaging in other activities intended to draw attention to their signs or themselves.”
The new law will also “prohibit all conduct intended to distract motorists by individuals standing within the lateral curb lines of the highways, including adjoining service or frontage roads, as well as on bridges or overpasses over the highways.”
Council member Philip Kingston, who voted against the law, said it was “against free speech.”
Kingston noted that the City of Dallas has already been sued over the original law and there is a state law to protect drivers.
Courthouse News reported in October 2013 that six protesters sued the City of Dallas twice after they were arrested for holding signs that read "I [heart] the Bill of Rights" and "I love the First Amendment" on a street corner.
But law enforcement supports the speech ban because the state law supposedly isn't strong enough.
“We don’t believe state law application is going to cover the behavior of protesters over overpasses, hanging signage,” stated Dallas Police Chief David Brown.
Council member Dwaine Caraway claims the new law “is not anti-protest,” but is “pro-safety.”
However, the City of Dallas has failed to prove that the protesters have endangered anyone.
A man who created a TSA parody video claims that a TSA official recently called him and demanded he remove the video from YouTube.
The video (below) was produced by Telly Blackwood, who uses the YouTube handle "Off the Hook TV."
Blackwood created the TSA parody video for the “We Will Resist TSA & NSA Tyranny” 10K film contest sponsored by the conspiracy website InfoWars.com.
The parody video is entitled, “TSA touched my TNA,” and is set to a rap song while showing TSA agents molesting passengers with invasive searches.
Blackwood recorded the recent call (audio below) from the purported TSA official and posted it on YouTube.
The TSA has not confirmed or denied the authenticity of the call, which may or may not be real.
Blackwood writes on his YouTube page:
I received a call from a man named John on January 19 claiming to be from the TSA and had some questions for me. I asked him to call me back next day that I couldn't hear him well. He agreed and within an hour or two I download an app so I can record phone calls. Today January 20th around 5:42pm while sitting outside he called back and I was able to record the whole thing. It was a strange call but very laughable. Sounds like one irritated TSA agent had enough of my video.
“My concerns are our workers are being portrayed as criminals when they’re here to protect us from terrorists. They do that on a daily basis,” stated the TSA rep.
Blackwood asked TSA agent,“How many terrorists have you guys caught since day one of this program?”
The TSA official could not name a specific incident, but instead claimed the NSA stops “potential terrorists” every day, which he was also unable to verify.
The TSA rep. seemed to be confused why Blackwood would parody TSA agents groping passengers, which has happened numerous times.
“As federal employees we would like to request you take this video down immediately and if your not willing to comply we will pursue getting your video removed from YouTube by all legal means and take you to court for defamation of character,” stated the TSA official.
“We’re prepared to take action if you don’t comply by this and if you don’t comply, they’re going to take some serious action I’m telling you. You can say whatever you want but you can consider your name flagged when traveling the airways,” added the TSA rep.