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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…

9 June 2022: Sydney, Australia

An American, who was arrested with a loaded firearm in his luggage at Sydney International Airport earlier this year was sentenced in Central Local Court. AFP officers were called to a security screening area of the airport in March after a worker monitoring an x-ray machine detected a suspected firearm…

24 May 2022: Atlanta, Georgia

A video capturing a man attacking a Southwest Airlines gate agent at Altanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Intl. Airport went viral and an investigation was initiated into the incident. A passenger was reportedly being disorderly after being asked to get off of a flight. The investigation revealed the suspect, Courney Drummond, refused to…

28 April 2022: Montreal, Canada

Thirty-seven Sunwing passengers on a party flight were fined a total of $59,500 for non-compliance with vaccination requirements as well as for violating masking rules that were in place at the time of the flight. Videos seen on social media of the charter flight from Montreal to Cancun showed unmasked…

23 May 2022: Newark, New Jersey

Brendan Langley, former NFL football player, hit a United Airlines gate and was arrested and charged with simple assault. The incident occurred at Newark Liberty International Airport and the worker ended up on the floor. Law enforcement officials say Langley was arrested, not the employee, even though the passenger maintains…

18 May 2022: En Route from Denver to Orlando

En Route from Denver to Orlando A Frontier Airlines flight attendant helped deliver a baby that “couldn’t wait” to enter the world en route from Denver, Colo. to Orlando, Fla. When the baby’s mother went into early and unexpected labor during the flight. But a flight attendant, Diana Giraldo, helped…

6 June 2022: Gatwick Airport, London

A woman paralyzed from the neck down was left onboard an aircraft for more than an hour and a half after all other passengers had been deplaned. Gatwick officials issued an apology to which the woman said the airport needs to “get its act together.” She did praise the British…

16 April 2022: En Route from Zurich to Dublin

En Route from Zurich to Dublin Passengers on an Aer Lingus flight from Zurich to Dublin were told the aircraft was going to make an emergency landing into the sea. However about two minutes later the passengers were told to ignore the announcement, which was made when the flight was…

20 April 2022: Buffalo, New York

A California woman became agitated with flight attendants during taxi out and opened the airplane emergency exit setting off the inflatable slide. She then jumped down the slide just before takeoff in Buffalo, New York. The passenger, Cynthia McKnight, reportedly ran around on the airport tarmac before being caught by…

6 April 2022: Frankfurt, Germany

Germany’s biggest airport operator Fraport said on Twitter it had to cancel flights as it was struggling to hire enough people after massive job cuts due to the COVID-19 impact on air travel. The group was especially struggling to find enough workers for ground handling positions. The group, which runs…

30 May 2022: Dublin, Ireland

Chaos reigned at the Dublin Airport in late May as travelers returned to the skies in force. DAA Chief Executive Dalton Philips met with Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan and Minister of State for International Transport Hildegarde Naughton the day after to try and understand why travelers were facing such…

23 March 2022: Bozeman, Montana

After missing a flight in Bozeman, Mont., Sen. Ted Cruz became “unruly” with airline employees, according to witnesses. Law enforcement had to be called when he would not calm down. He reportedly said something to the effect of “Don’t you know who I am?” A video was posted to Reddit…

28 March 2022: Miami, Florida

Paul Manafort, an advisor and 2016 campaign chairman to Donald Trump, was stopped by U. S. customs officials at Miami International Airport recently. He was denied boarding and removed from a flight headed to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Manafort was denied the ability to travel by U. S. Customs and…

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…

25 May 2022: Off the Coast of Tunisia

Seventy-six migrants were presumed dead when their boat sank off the coast of Tunisia, the United Nations migration agency reported. The boat departed Libya carrying around 100 people. 24 were rescued. Tunisian Coast Guard rescued those people but only found one person dead in the water. They said the others…

31 May 2022: Mariupol, Ukraine

A ship left the southern Ukrainian port of Mariupol. It was the first ship to depart since Russia claimed “victory” taking control of the city. This report was according to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic leader who spoke on behalf of Russian authorities.The RM-3 vessel headed for Rostov in western…

2 June 2022: Shanghai, China

Imports were expected to rise as Shanghai ended a two-month COVID-19 lockdown. Experts are concerned that goods will overwhelm California and other West Coast ports. Although the Port of Shanghai was open during the city’s shutdown, cargo shipment slowed dramatically. Area factories ran out of components for making everything from…

6 June 2022: Volusia County, Florida

Officers from the Volusia Co. Sheriff’s Office asked to borrow a family’s boat to track down a man who was adrift on a stolen jet ski. The jet ski had apparently run out of fuel and the officers quickly caught up to the thief drifting in the water on the…

9 June 2022: Javara Valley, The Amazon, Brazil

British journalist Dom Phillips and Bruno Araújo Pereira were reported missing in early June while on assignment in the Amazon. Rescue teams had been deployed to search for them. But, on Wednesday, June 8, blood has reportedly found in a boat owned by a man who quickly became a suspect…

22 March 2022: Near Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Near Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents intercepted a center console vessel near Cabo Rojo, finding 695 pounds (315.4 Kilos) of cocaine inside its hull and one firearm. The two occupants of the craft were arrested. The estimated value…

26 April 2022: Off the Coast of Larne, Northern Ireland

Off the Coast of Larne Northern Ireland A P&O ferry temporarily without power and was left adrift in the Irish Sea briefly. It lost power about five miles off the coast of Larne, Northern Ireland. The European Causeway, which has the ability to hold up to 410 passengers, left Cairnryan…

24 February 2022: Azores, Portugal

A 656-foot cargo ship, the Felicity Ace, which is a roll-on roll-off car-carrying ship, caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean. It was carrying cargo, including luxury cars such as Porsches and Volkswagens. The ship was en route from Germany to Rhode Island. At the time the ship caught fire, it…

16 March 2022: Norfolk, Virginia

The Ever Forward, operated by Evergreen Marine Corp. — the same company that operated the Ever Given — ran aground Sunday in Chesapeake Bay as it traveled from the Port of Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia. William P. Doyle, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration, said in a tweet: “The…

26 February 2022: Hoi An, Viet Nam

A tourist boat carrying 39 tourists and crew capsized in poor weather including rough waters and strong winds near Hoi An. Fifteen people died and two are still unaccounted for. The boat was returning to Hoi An from Cu Lao Cham island, a local favorite for diving and snorkeling. The…

20 February 2022: Corfu, Greece

One person was found dead on a ferry that caught fire and burned near the island of Corfu, Greece in late February. He was the first person believed to have been killed in the fire, but 10 others were missing and thought to be dead. Hundreds were taken off the…

5 March 2022: Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea fired a probable ballistic missile into the sea on Saturday 5 March, a week after firing another. It was at least the ninth one launched in 2022 so far. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the weapon was fired toward the country’s eastern waters. A televised statement…

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.…

31 May 2022: Kyogle, NSW Australia

The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau has begun an investigation into the derailment of freight train number 2BS4 near Kyogle, New South Wales, on 31 May 2022. At approximately 1:00am on May 31, 2022, freight train 2BS4, operated by Pacific National derailed 11 wagons near Kyogle, New South Wales. The train…

12 April 2022: Brooklyn, New York

Frank R. James, a 62-year-old man injured 23 people in a Sunset Park, Brooklyn subway train shooting. Dressed in a safety-orange vest and a green construction helmet, James is accused of strapping on a gas mask, releasing two smoke grenades and firing a gun he was carrying. The gunman was…

29 May 2022: Atlanta, Georgia

A man was struck and killed on the MARTA tracks forcing a shutdown at the Atlanta City East Point station for more than four hours. In the early morning, a person on the northbound trackway was struck and killed by a train approaching East Point Station, a spokesperson for the…

14 January 2022: Brussels, Belgium

A man pushed a woman onto the train tracks at the Rogiers metro station in Brussels. The train was able to stop inches from the woman, who was seen motionless on the tracks during the incident. The 55-year-old woman was taken to a hospital suffering shock but was reportedly not…

15 January 2022: New York, New York

A homeless man with a history of mental problems is accused of pushing Michelle Go onto the train tracks at a New York City station, where she was hit by a train Saturday, January 15. She was waiting for a southbound train when the attack occurred. “This incident was unprovoked,…

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…

Armed Man on Bus Causes Traffic Delays on I-85 that Lasts Hours

An armed man onboard 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” and…

28 February 2022: Boston, Massachusetts

A truck carrying U. S. mail plunged off a bridge near Boston, Mass. The driver was unhurt and climbed out of the truck on his own. Mail spilled into the icy river. Rescuers helped the driver, who did not know how to swim, get out of the frigid waters.

5 March 2022: Lakewood, California

Catalytic converter thefts, like the one shown here in Lakewood, California, are on the rise. Multiple thefts have occurred within close proximity of each other in the same night. Police are investigating. In this photo, a large group is shown pulling up to a home and smashing a resident’s vehicle…

28 December 2021: Atlanta, Georgia

A UPS driver in Atlanta, Georgia, was kidnapped at gunpoint on Tuesday December 28. The company began to retrace the driver’s route when the scheduled deliveries for the truck were not made. The driver had just left the warehouse facility when he was kidnapped at gunpoint while waiting for a…

21 January 2022: Danville, Pennsylvania

A truck loaded with monkeys crashed while en route to a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved quarantine facility after arriving Friday morning at New York’s Kennedy Airport from Mauritius. A pickup collided with a dump truck on the Pennsylvania highway which led to the truck with the monkeys crashing. Numerous…