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27 November 2021: Miami, Florida

A man hid in the wheel well of an American Airlines flight from Guatemala to Miami, November 27, 2021. The man, 26, was found stunned from the experience at Miami International Airport. He was taken to a local Miami hospital. “Persons are taking extreme risks when they try to conceal themselves in confined spaces such as an aircraft,” Customs and Border Patrol said. The man was crammed into the gear area of AA Flight 1182 for close to three hours in freezing conditions. The flight was likely flying at an altitude of more than 30,000’ where temperatures can be -40 degrees or colder. The flight was “met by law enforcement due to a security issue,” American Airlines said in a statement. “We are working with law enforcement in their investigation,” the airline added. Miami-Dade Police also said they would be assisting CBP in the investigation.

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27 October 2021: En Route from Rhode Island to California

In what American Airlines CEO Doug Parker called “one of the worst displays of unruly behavior we’ve ever witnessed,” a flight attendant was hit in the face by a passenger and suffered a concussion during a flight from Rhode Island. An FBI report says a witness reported that Brian Hsu, of Irvine, California, “punched the flight attendant in the face near the lavatory.” In the FBI report it says a witness reported that Hsu “punched the flight attendant in the face near the lavatory.” The flight diverted and landed in Denver. Hsu says in the FBI report that he was returning home to California from New York after having brain surgery in another state. Hsu said he accidentally bumped a flight attendant and claimed the flight attendant then “charged at him and hit her nose against the palm of his right hand.” The flight attendant said she was struck on the head while talking to another flight attendant. After telling the passenger to sit down because the fasten seat belt sign was lighted, “the male passenger raised his arms as though he were going to stretch” but then struck her on the head, the FBI reports says. The flight attendant said she “took a defensive posture” and then he charged at her flailing his arms, the FBI affidavit goes on to say. The man started to retreat but then charged and “struck her in the face.” The flight attendant was diagnosed with a concussion after being removed from the aircraft by stretcher and she reports continuing pain in the nose, head and sinuses. 20-year-old Hsu was charged with assaulting a flight attendant and interference with flight crew.

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29 November 2021: En Route from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Nashville, Tennessee

A woman was restrained with cable ties on a U. S. flight on 29 November after attacking two members of the cabin crew, punching one and pulling the other’s hair, according to reports at the time. The Spirit Airlines flight had left Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 6pm for Nashville, Tennessee. Crew contacted police on the ground before landing. The police arrested the passenger for public intoxication shortly after the flight arrived at the gate.

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2 December 2021: El Dorado Intl. Airport Bogotá, Columbia

Hundreds of insects and spiders including tarantulas, scorpions and giant cockroaches were found packed in plastic containers and tightly stowed in a suitcase headed for Europe. They were seized by authorities at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá, Colombia. Airport police spotted the haul in luggage belonging to two German citizens who were leaving the country, and they alerted the Ministry of Environment, the agency said in a statement after the seizure on December 2. After the discovery, authorities confiscated more than 300 animals in 210 plastic containers that the travelers had stored between rolls of film. The tubs held 232 spiders both trapdoor spiders and tarantulas, a scorpion with seven young, 67 giant cockroaches, and nine spider eggs, according to the statement. The German citizens claimed that they were transporting the arthropods to Germany for research, but they did not have the proper permits and authorization for taking the animals out of the country, ministry officials said.

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4 December 2021: Phoenix, Arizona

A Southwest Airlines passenger exited a plane through a rear door while the aircraft was taxiing to a gate at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, airport officials reported. The incident happened in the morning on Flight 4236 from Colorado Springs. The captain stopped the plane and notified Air Traffic Control, Southwest said in a statement that afternoon. The passenger on board who jumped down to the ramp from a rear galley door was later identified as 30-year-old Daniel Ramirez.

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5 November 2021: Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca, one of Spain’s busiest airports, had to be shut down for hours on November 5, after a bizarre series of events. A medical emergency was reported on board a flight en route from Casablanca, Morocco, to Istanbul, Turkey. The flight was diverted to Palma de Mallorca. After landing, 21 passengers left the aircraft and ran across runways, ultimately climbing over the perimeter fence around the airport. About a dozen of those people were found and arrested but the rest were still on the loose. An investigation is underway to determine if the group planned this event as a way to immigrate illegally. Aina Calvo, Delegate of the Government in the Balearic Islands, said they had never seen anything like this at a Spanish airport. The sequence of events after landing in Palma de Mallorca is that emergency services boarded the aircraft, operated by Air Arabia Maroc, to assist with the medical emergency. When they did, the 21 passengers ran down the air stairs and began hiding amid the planes parked on the ramp in a supposed attempt to enter the country illegally.

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9 November 2021

The mother of a biracial child is suing Southwest Airlines for racial profiling after airline employees targeted the two as a potential human trafficking situation. Mary MacCarthy and her daughter Moira, 10 years old, were flying from Los Angeles to Denver for the funeral of her brother. Upon arrival in Denver, the two were met in the jetway by Denver Police. “I got quite a shock; having lost my brother the night before, I thought that someone else in my family had died and that police had been sent to deliver the news!” MacCarthy said in an email to Southwest Airlines and also in the police report. “As for my daughter, she was terribly frightened: she was already experiencing the trauma of her uncle’s death, and she is scared of police due to constant headlines about how police treat Black people (she is Black). She began to sob and was inconsolable,” her email said. The Denver Police report says, “Both Mother and child were cleared.” The report also states that they responded to a “possible Human Trafficking reported by Southwest flight attendant.” MacCarthy says she did not know that at the time and only found out two weeks later that she was suspected of human trafficking when she got a call from Denver Police human trafficking unit letting her know they were following up on the incident, she said.

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10 November 2021

A November attempt at the assassination of the Iraqi prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, failed. Armed drones were used in the attack at his residence. He suffered minor cuts and seven of his security guards were wounded. At least two drones were involved. The prime minister took to television to make a speech and assure people the attempt failed. In his speech he said “Cowardly rocket and drone attacks don’t build homelands and don’t build a future.” Leaders from around the world condemned the attack. Security video footage showed damage to the home and grounds. A van was badly damaged, and there appeared to be damage to a landing near a stairway and cracks in the ceiling and walls of the balcony.

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20 November 2021: Atlanta, Georgia

A passenger’s weapon fired at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta on November 20, 2021. The sequence of events is that a prohibited item was seen on a routine X-ray scan of a passenger’s bag, TSA federal security director for Georgia, Robert Spinden, said at a news conference. The bag was flagged for a secondary search. During that search, the passenger lunged for the weapon and it went off. The man fled with the weapon. Three people were injured with “non-life-threatening injuries,” a TSA statement said. Those people were not shot but apparently injured in the ensuing chaos. The discharged ammunition went into the passenger’s bag, reports said. An evacuation was initiated and together with the firing of the weapon, the crowded area of the airport became chaotic, causing many to rush for safety. The suspect was identified as 42-year-old Kenny Wells, according to Atlanta Police Department Airport Precinct Commander Reginald L. Moorman. “We have taken out warrants for carrying concealed a weapon at a commercial airport, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm and reckless conduct,” Commander Moorman said. “We are actively pursuing this individual.”

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26 November 2021: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fights broke out between multiple passengers at Minneapolis airport after a flight landed on Friday 26 November. The incident occurred just before midnight, after a Frontier Airlines flight landed and parked at the gate. The violent outburst, which took place at the airport’s terminal 2, was caught on camera and shared on social media. Around twelve men and women who were on the flight were involved in the kerfuffle after two large groups of travelers deplaned from a Frontier Airlines flight just before midnight Friday, said Patrick Hogan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission. Punches were exchanged among several people and some of them threw stanchions and broke chairs, Hogan said. Airport police responded to the scene in less than two minutes and Bloomington police were also present in baggage claim to help, Hogan said.