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14 September 2022: Bronx

A woman from the Bronx who pled guilty to shoving a flight attendant and spitting on another passenger while on a flight from Los Angeles to Dallas last year, was sentenced to four months in prison, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona. Kelly Pichardo, 32, of The Bronx, pleaded…

3 September 2022: Tupelo, Mississippi

A man was taken into custody and “being charged with grand larceny and making terroristic threats,” Tupelo Police Chief John Quaka said at a press conference Saturday 3 September. “We do anticipate that the federal government will proceed with federal charges in the very near future,” Quaka said. The man,…

22 August 2022: En Route From Seattle to San Diego

Alaska Airlines Flight 558 was diverted back to Seattle shortly after takeoff, according to a statement from the airline. The flight “reported an unusual vibration on the left side of the aircraft soon after departure,” a representative for Alaska Airlines said in the statement. “The aircraft returned to the airport…

7 September 2022: Toronto from Saskatoon

Air Canada flight AC1934 en route to Toronto from Saskatoon had to make an emergency stop in Winnipeg so that two out of control passengers could be removed by police. According to the RCMP, Winnipeg Airport police were alerted to two disruptive passengers on board the flight. The two male…

17 August 2022: En Route From Neward to Costa Rica

An unruly passenger caused a United Airlines flight from Newark Liberty Intl. to divert to a Virginia airport while flying to Costa Rica, officials said. United flight 1080 departed Newark airport around 8:30 a.m. and diverted to Dulles Intl. Airport in Virginia, where the plane landed around 11 a.m. The…

11 September 2022: Richmond, Virginia

A North Carolina resident was arrested by the police after Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Richmond International Airport caught him with a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag yesterday (Sept. 11), on the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. The .45 caliber handgun was…

22 August 2022: Atlanta, Georgia

A woman shot and killed two people in Midtown Atlanta. A third person was injured. The woman fled and a huge police search ensued. Raissa Djuissi Kengne was later arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Police officers recovered a semiautomatic handgun and did not immediately discuss a possible motive. “We…

30 April 2022: Over France

Two ITA pilots allegedly fell asleep en route from New York City to Rome in May. The plane, an Airbus A330 at 38,000 feet, was transporting around 250 passengers when air traffic control tried to make contact with the pilots. They got no response for more than ten minutes. One…

3 June 2022: Charlotte, North Carolina

A man, 22-year-old Alexander A. Lopez-Morel, a lawful permanent resident of the United States arrived in Charlotte on a flight from the Dominican Republic but was shortly thereafter when he was stopped in the airport with more than 23 pounds of cocaine. The drugs were hidden in the seat cushions…

6 July 2022: Atlanta, Georgia

Around 200 guns have been found trying to go through TSA security checkpoints so far this year at the Atlanta Hartsfield Intl. Airport (ATL) in Atlanta, Georgia – the most in the nation. This is however, slightly slower pace than last year’s at ATL. Of those found, 175 of those…

1 August 2022: USA

U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin was denied boarding on a flight due to his wheelchair. He was booked on a Lufthansa flight out of Boston but the Lufthansa agents stopped him due to the type of batteries powering it. Langevin, a quadriplegic, serves as a chairman of the House of Representative’s…

18 July 2022: Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

A screener at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City was suspended for failing to detect a passenger who had a knife in her carry-on luggage. The knife made it onto the flight and was observed being used by the passenger. The 20cm knife was used…

27 May 2022: San Diego, California

The passenger who punched and broke a flight attendant’s teeth has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. The woman, Vyvianna Quinonez, 29, admitted punching a Southwest Airlines flight attendant as she was being asked to wear a mask and fasten her seatbelt. She was also ordered to pay…

6 June 2022: London, UK

Reports have surfaced that Ryanair is refused to let South African passengers board flights if they fail a language test. Some have said that South African travelers were required to answer questionnaires issued in Afrikaans. The airline told one media outlet that customers would be refused travel if they are…

7 June 2022: New York, New York

U.S. authorities are attempting to seize two jets that are linked to Roman Abramovich. The jets are a Gulfstream worth approximately $60 million and a Boeing reportedly worth $350 million which is believed to be one of the world’s most expensive private aircraft. Both have been linked Abramovich and a…

14 September 2022: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

U. S. Coast Guard and federal, state, local agencies and industry organizations from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands conducted a functional area maritime security exercise Wednesday, 14 September, throughout the Captain of the Port Zone area of responsibility. The exercise was part of the nationwide Area Maritime Security…

23 August 2022: Gibraltar, Spain

A superyacht reportedly worth $75-million and linked to Russian steel billionaire was auctioned on 23 August in Gibraltar. This sale is the first of its kind since Russia invaded Ukraine in February of this year. The yacht, Axioma, was impounded by authorities in March after JPMorgan said its alleged owner,…

6 September 2022: Green Cay, Bahamas

A cruise ship passenger from died after being attacked by a shark. The passenger was snorkeling according to authorities. The woman, in her 50s, was cruising on the Royal Caribbean ship, Harmony of the Seas, and was attacked in Green Cay, off the coast of Nassau, as confirmed by the…

2 September 2022: Miami Beach, Florida

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous offloaded approximately 22 pounds of cocaine and 1,256 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $3 million, on 2 September at their base in Miami Beach. The drugs were interdicted in the international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean by crews from Cutter…

27 June 2022: Aqaba Port, Jordan

A gas leak at Jordan’s port of Aqaba killed 13 and injured more than 260 others, according to a state media report. A crane malfunctioned while moving a storage container filled with chlorine gas, the state reported. CCTV footage captured the event and showed the container being hoisted into the…

2 July 2022: South China Sea

The engineering vessel Fujing 001 and its 30 crew members were carrying out work when Typhoon Chaba hit on Saturday, July 2. The vessel was caught in the storm and snapped in half, then dragged anchor, the anchor chain broke and the vessel floated away, eventually sinking. Rescuers saved at…

31 July 2022: Off the Coast of the Bahama Islands

At Least 17 Haitian migrants heading for the United States died when their boat capsized. The incident happened off the coast of the Bahama Islands on Sunday, July 31. Bahamamian defense forces were called when witnesses observed the situation in the early morning hours. “Rescue teams recovered 17 — sadly…

7 August 2022: Near Pingtan Island, China

Close to a dozen Chinese and Taiwanese boats from each country’s navy were reportedly staying close to the median line of the Taiwan Strait near Pingtan Island amid heightened tensions between the two countries. The Chinese boats repeatedly “pressed” into the unofficial buffer, while Taiwan’s navy stayed close-by to monitor…

17 August 2022: Off the Coast of Sicily

A group of migrants were rescued by the Spanish charity group Open Arms after nine days at sea. The migrants, 101 mostly Egyptian male migrants in a rickety wooden boat, had been adrift for days. One man needed immediate medical attention and was release to hospital. The others had to…

22 August 2022: Mediterranean Sea

The Italian coastguard were able to rescue the nine people on board – four passengers and five crew. It was reportedly heading from Gallipoli to Milazzo when it sank. An investigation into the reason the yacht sank is ongoing.

31 August 2022: Suez Canal, Egypt

An oil tanker was briefly stranded in Egypt’s Suez Canal but tugboats were able to refloat it. The tanker was said to have had a technical fault with its rudder, according to the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) which caused the mishap harkening back to the Ever Given fiasco which ran…

7 June 2022: Chittagong Seaport, Bangladesh

A blaze erupted at a container depot near a port city in southeastern Bangladesh, killing 49 people. Nine of those killed were firefighters responding to the scene. More than 100 people were injured and the fire burned for a second night as the fire brigades struggled to get it under…

16 June 2022: Honolulu, Hawaii

A yacht owned by Russian Suleiman Kerimov arrived in Hawaii’s Honolulu Harbor flying an American flag in mid-June. The yacht, dubbed Amadea, was seized by the U. S. in response to the war started in the Ukraine by Russia. The U. S. won a legal battle fought in Fiji to…

4 April 2022: Berdyansk, Ukraine

A Russian ship was attacked and destroyed in the occupied Ukrainian port city of Berdyansk. Footage showing the Orsk on Thursday, March 24, appears to confirm that is was hit by Ukrainian forces. The footage was posted by the Ukrainian military. It is unclear what caused the explosion and fire…

25 May 2022: Villa Blanca, Cuba

A boat carrying 842 Haitians headed for U. S. ended up in Cuba. The group is likely the largest group to attempt reaching the U. S. as Haitians flee from the embattled country. Red Cross officials in the province of Villa Clara said the group was being taken care of…

September 12 2022: U. S. Nationwide

Railroads in the U. S. stopped accepting shipments of hazardous and other security-sensitive materials due to the looming threat of a strike Friday the 16th of September. A major national railroad, Union Pacific, whose operations would be stopped by a strike, said it was being done to “protect employees, customers,…

24 August 2022: The English Channel

A Le Shuttle incident began when the train’s alarms went off. Passengers were left stranded for several hours inside the Channel Tunnel when the train from Calais to Folkestone broke down. In footage that emerged later, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle passengers were shown being evacuated through an emergency service tunnel after…

27 June 2022: Brentwood, California

Three people died and two others were seriously injured when an Amtrak train collided with a car in Brentwood, California, over the weekend according to the East Contra Costa Fire Department. The two people who were wounded (one was a child), suffered serious injuries and were taken to a local…

28 June 2022: Mendon, Missouri

Three people died and another 50 were injured when an Amtrak train derailed after hitting a dump truck in Missouri, authorities said. Cpl. Justin Dunn, a spokesperson for Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B, told reporters that two of the people who were killed were aboard the train while the…

24 August 2022: Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine

Twenty-two people were killed on Wednesday 24 August in an attack on the Chaplyne train station in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. “Chaplyne is our pain today,” said President Volodymyr Zelensky. “As of this moment, there are 22 dead, five of them burned in the car, a teenager died, he was 11 years…

29 March 2022: Kaduna, Nigeria

An attack on a passenger train, the second since October happened on 29 March. Armed rebels in the northeast and bandits who have kidnapped hundreds for ransom in the center and northwest parts of the country have left the population scared. Nigerian government officials said a passenger train headed left…

8 June 2022: Tabas, Iran

A train derailed in eastern Iran, killing 21 people and injuring 87 more, according to reports. The train was part of state-run Islamic Republic Railway and was carrying around 350 people when it derailed near the town of Tabas, 340 miles southeast of Tehran, on its way to the city…

3 June 2022: Burgrain District, Germany

A train derailment ina Bavarian Alpine resort in southern Germany killed five and injured 30. Rescuers used ladders to reach passengers who became trapped. “In the serious train accident, as of 3:32 pm (1532 GMT), four people were fatally injured,” a police statement said. The train was “very crowded and…

8 April 2022: Kramatorsk, Ukraine

A Russian attack on a train station in eastern Ukraine has killed as many as 50 people according to sources inside Ukraine. Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration released a statement on Telegram. The people killed were civilians waiting to evacuate the area to safety. Krylenko’s statement…

25 May 2022: New York, New York

Police rescued a blind man who had fallen onto the track just as a train was pulling into the station. Body cam footage shows the officers running towards the man who struggled to climb back onto the platform. In the image the man’s cane can be seen.

19 April 2022: Times Square Station, New York

Martial Simon, a schizophrenic man accused of fatally shoving Michelle Go in front of a subway train in January, will be sent to a locked psychiatric facility indefinitely, after prosecutors agreed not to contest that he is unfit to stand trial. Simon, 61, was declared unfit by Bellevue Hospital Center…

29 April 2022: Manhattan, New York

Two people were killed when a subway train hit them at a Manhattan station, according to local police said. This was the latest in a rise in deaths involving “unauthorized people venturing onto the tracks.” The collision happened around 10:45 a.m., when a southbound No. 1 train pulled into the…

22 May 2022: Manhattan, New York

A 48-year-old man was shot in the chest while riding a Q train in Lower Manhattan, the police said. Investigators believe the attack was unprovoked. The gunman fired once hitting Daniel Enriquez in the chest and killing him, a police spokesman later said. The gunman fled after the train pulled…

24 May 2022: New York, New York

A man was charged in an unprovoked killing of a train rider in May. After the shooting, the man instructed other passengers to “put their cellphones away” the prosecutor told a judge on Wednesday. Andrew Abdullah, 25, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of the passenger, Daniel Enriquez.…

25 August 2022: Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas, was hit with approximately 10 inches of rain in about six hours causing flash flooding that crippled transportation, highways and roads and trapped people in their cars.

24 July 2022: Mevo Dotan, Palestine

A man who ran over and killed two IDF soldiers and seriously injured two other soldiers in Palestine in 2018 was convicted on charges of murder and two counts of attempted murder in July by the Samaria Military Court. The man claimed that the incident was a car accident and…

6 August 2022: Dover, Delaware

Delaware Police arrested a 27-year-old Wilmington man on gun and drug charges after he allegedly rammed his vehicle into police vehicles as he tried to flee. Delaware State News reported that the arrest was made in the parking lot of Bally’s Resort and Casino after a lengthy investigation by the…

27 June 2022: San Antonio, Texas

Inside a box truck 62 people being smuggled from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, something went wrong. When found, most of the group were already dead from the heat. The death toll was 53 dead, in what officials are calling one of the worst episodes of migrant death in the United…

14 August 2022: Washington D. C.

A man, Richard A. York III, 29 years old from Delaware, drove to the U. S. Capitol and crashed his car into the vehicle barricade at East Capitol Street and Second Street. While the man was getting out of the car, it became engulfed in flames. York then fired several…

23 March 2022: Strepy-Bracquegnies, Belgium

While more than 100 people waited for a parade Sunday morning, 20 March, in Strepy-Bracquegnies, Belgium, a car crashed into crowd at high speed. The car smashed into carnival performers, leaving six people dead and seriously injuring 10 more. Around 150 people gathered early on Sunday for the town’s annual…

22 March 2022: Atlanta, Georgia

An armed man on board a northbound Greyhound bus in the Atlanta area caused traffic to be delayed in both directions and fear among fellow passengers on 22 March. Greyhound said the bus was bound for New York City. The man was described as being in a “behavioral health crisis”…

10 June 2022: Wilmington, Delaware

The Delaware State Police are investigating the carjacking of an armored truck that took place on Maryland Avenue in the Wilmington area. The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 10, 2022, when the carjacking of a Garda armored truck occurred at Pabian Properties located at 101 N. Maryland…

29 March 2022: Texas/Mexico Border

Federal agents discovered $715,000 worth of cocaine at the U. S.-Mexico border, the according to U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB). The drugs were intercepted on at Hidalgo International Bridge, a major crossing of the Rio Grande between Texas and the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. An officer referred the…

26 March 2022: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Interstate 81, approximately 50 miles northeast of Harrisburg, Penn., was shut down on Saturday, March 26, after a crash involving dozens of cars injured multiple people, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Although multiple people reported injuries, fortunately no life-threatening injuries were reported. Snowy winter weather was blamed reducing visibility and…

11 June 2022: Coeur D’Alene, Idaho

Thirty-one people found inside a U-haul were arrested after police were alerted to the group by a concerned citizen. That person observed the group loading into a U-haul with masks and shields. The concerned citizen stated the group “looked like a little army.” The police pulled the vehicle over and…

27 April 2022: Lake Jessup, Florida

An 11-foot alligator blocked a road in Florida when it wandered onto Florida State Road 417 and held up traffic for an hour. Bob Kealing, public information administrator for the local sheriff’s office said the gator likely came from Lake Jesup, which is “quite the gator-populated lake.” Media and law…

8 June 2022: Berlin, Germany

A German-Armenian man, 29, was arrested after driving into crowds in Berlin in what appears to be a vehicle ramming attack. One person died and more than 30 others were injured when the man, named only at Gor H., rammed shoppers. The person killed was a teacher out for a…

11 June 2022: Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Police Department investigating a traffic collision that involved nine pedestrians in Rampart Area. A male driver who was driving a black 2001 Ford F150 truck, for an unknown reason, drove on the sidewalk crashing into several street vendor stands and pedestrians, which included two children, at the…