Posts Tagged ‘Air France’

What to do with an out-of-control priapic passenger?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Imagine, dear readers, that you are in the airline industry, and your most notorious passenger is, shall we say, lacking in self-restraint. He is also immensely influential, and you can not, by any stretch of the imagination, deny him the service available to any other person willing to pay for transport.

What to do, then?

Air France ordered male-only cabin crew for Strauss-Kahn

The claim was reported Thursday by Le Parisien newspaper, which also says lawyers for the former IMF chief’s alleged victim, Nafissatou Diallo, are soliciting testimony from female flight attendants at the national carrier, who may have been subjected to inappropriate behavior by the Frenchman.

The lawyers already received two accounts from disgruntled staff, along with an anonymous letter detailing the Air France male-only order, the report said.

How out-of-control are we talking about?

“Air France has a few hundred complaints from clients, employees, crew members who met the man suspected of having abused your client Madame Diallo,” the letter alleged, adding, “it was decided by Air France that ‘only male employees should be deployed in the first class cabin when this client [Strauss-Kahn] was traveling.’”

A few hundred?

Where is Tina Brown when he needs her?

UPDATE,
Linked by Dustbury. Thanks!

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Two linked to terrorism in Air France crashed plane?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Terror Names Linked To Doomed Flight AF 447
Two passengers with names linked to Islamic terrorism were on the Air France flight which crashed with the loss of 228 lives, it has emerged.

Soon after news of the fatal crash broke, agents working for the DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure), the French equivalent of MI6, were dispatched to Brazil.

It was there that they established that two names on the passenger list are also on highly-classified documents listing the names of radical Muslims considered a threat to the French Republic.

A source working for the French security services told Paris weekly L’Express that the link was “highly significant”.

Agents are now trying to establish dates of birth for the two dead passengers, and family connections.

There is a possibility the name similarities are simply a “macabre coincidence”, the source added, but the revelation is still being “taken very seriously”.

The Baron sends also this link to London’s Evening Standard with similar information.

So far 47 bodies have been recovered.

Brazilian Air Force find debris of Air France plane

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

UPDATE
Debris Is Confirmed as Air France Plane

Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said air force planes had found a long line of debris in the ocean off Brazil’s northeast coast, confirming prior sightings of wreckage and the destruction of Air France Flight 447.

No survivors have been found.

EARLIER TODAY

Debris Possibly Found From Missing Air France Plane

Brazil’s Air Force said Tuesday it found remains of an airplane in the sea near where an Air France flight bound for Paris with 228 people on board disappeared after encountering turbulence.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m., local time, Air Force officials said a search aircraft had spotted debris about 400 miles north west of Fernando de Noronha, an Atlantic island near where Flight 447 last made radio contact on Sunday night.

“The search continues because its very little material given the size of the airplane,” said Col. Jorge Amaral, an Air Force spokesman.

The debris was picked up using radar, which detected metallic material in the ocean. Officials said oil and a airplane seat had also been spotted.

The findings are the first evidence of what has been feared since Monday, that the Air France flight and its passengers crashed into the ocean after the plane encountered unknown problems on its flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

The Air Force said the debris was located around 1 a.m, on a night during which five Brazilian planes, including three Hercules C-130 and a plane equipped with radar, tracked the expected course of Air France 447, searched for remains or signs of life.

Here’s Reuters video of the search:

My prayers are with the families of the passengers.