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Spokane International sees record number of passengers in 2018

More Spokane travelers are taking flight from Spokane than ever, according to Spokane International Airport, which is reporting a 12.6 percent increase in passenger activity in 2018, with passengers totaling …

What air travelers should know about the government shutdown

The partial government shutdown is starting to affect air travel.

Deported immigrants get their last flight on ‘ICE Air’

Shackled at their ankles and wrists and their shoelaces removed, a long line of men and women waited on the tarmac as a team of officers patted them down and …

Sea-Tac tests allowing visitors beyond security checkpoints in attempt to recreate pre-9/11 airport experience

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is trying out a plan to allow nontravelers to once again access passenger-only areas that lie beyond the security checkpoints run by the federal government. That would …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 5:03 p.m.

Foggy conditions cause flight diversions from Sea-Tac to Spokane

A blanket of fog over the Seattle area was blamed for multiple flights being diverted to the Spokane International Airport, causing delays Friday for local takeoffs.

Boeing 737 flies into brick wall – and just keeps going

An Air India pilot flew a Boeing 737 through a brick wall Friday. Incredibly, that marked the beginning of its journey and not the end.

Judge: U.S. can’t deny passport over refusing to pick gender

U.S. officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender, a federal judge said Wednesday.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

Qantas envisions 20-hour flight with luxury amenties

A direct flight from Sydney to London was the goal in mind when Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce called upon Boeing Co. and Airbus SE to fashion a plane …

Police: Woman tries to open door during flight to Boise

Authorities say a woman is in custody after she attempted to open an aircraft door during a flight from San Francisco to Boise, Idaho.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 11:34 a.m.

Naked passenger forces plane back to Anchorage

An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle was forced to return to Anchorage early Wednesday after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom, took off all his clothes, and refused to …

Naked passenger forces plane back to Anchorage

An Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle was forced to return to Anchorage early Wednesday after a passenger locked himself in the bathroom, took off all his clothes, and refused to …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

Tokyo-bound flight live-tweeted by Chrissy Teigen carried 2 unauthorized passengers, TSA official says

A Tokyo-bound flight from Los Angeles that turned back to widespread attention on social media was carrying not one but two passengers unauthorized to be on board, the Transportation Security …

Former Facebook exec says she was harassed on flight

Alaska Airlines said Thursday it’s investigating a claim that flight attendants allowed a passenger to sexually harass a former Facebook executive on a flight.

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 8:46 a.m.

Flight carrying Oklahoma City Thunder encounters bird

Delta Airlines officials said a charter flight carrying the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team from Minneapolis to Chicago apparently encountered a bird when it was landing.

Florida man indicted in brawl on flight to be released

A Florida man who fought with flight attendants and passengers when he tried to open the exit door of a Delta Air Lines flight bound from Seattle to China has …

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 12:36 p.m.

Passenger dragged off flight claims racial profiling

A woman seen on video being dragged off a Southwest Airlines flight in Maryland has said she believes she was a victim of racial profiling.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

Woman removed from plane at Baltimore airport after reporting allergy, refusing to leave

Police removed a woman from a Southwest Airlines flight before it left Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Tuesday night, after she reported a life-threatening allergy to two animals aboard …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Seattle-bound flight stops in Spokane for medical emergency

An Alaska Airlines flight from Chicago to Seattle made an emergency landing in Spokane because of a medical emergency.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 5:24 p.m.

U.S. ban on Americans traveling to North Korea takes effect

A U.S. ban on Americans traveling to North Korea took effect Friday amid concerns about the fate of those who have been detained there in the past. The U.S. said …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

Analysis: Flight of ex-Thai prime minister boosts junta rule

As a prominent opponent of Thailand’s ruling junta, ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra would have been a thorn in the government’s side no matter how the country’s top court ruled …

North America’s shortest international flight to take off

North America’s shortest scheduled international flight – at less than 20 minutes – will soon leave daily from Friday Harbor Airport in Washington and land in Victoria, Canada.

Disturbance on L.A.-to-Hawaii flight brings FBI, fighter jets

Two U.S. fighter jets were summoned Friday to escort a flight from Los Angeles to Hawaii after an unruly man was subdued by passengers and flight attendants, who used a …

Oregon man sentenced for groping girl on flight from Texas

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced an Oregon man to home detention and probation for groping a 13-year-old girl who was traveling alone a flight from Dallas to Portland last …

UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

Pullman-Moscow Airport has gone to the birds

Work to re-configure the runway at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport has inadvertently created habitat for wildlife and a potential hazard for aircraft.

Oregon woman pleads guilty to assaulting passenger on flight

An Oregon woman pleaded guilty Friday to a felony assault charge that was filed after a female passenger complained that she had been groped during a flight from Las Vegas …

British Airways starts scanning faces to enable faster boarding

British Airways is rolling out technology that will allow passengers to go through boarding gates at its main London Heathrow Airport hub using facial recognition.

Alaska Airlines to drop Virgin America name and logo

Alaska Airlines says as part of their merger with Virgin America they will drop the Virgin America name and logo.

Woman burned when headphones explode on flight to Australia

An Australian woman suffered burns to her face after her battery-operated headphones exploded during a flight from Beijing to Melbourne, Australian air safety investigators said Wednesday.

UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Travelers fret about Wi-Fi, but it might be about to get better

When it comes to travel, internet access has never been more ubiquitous – or more underwhelming.

United Airlines: Pilot taken off San Francisco-bound flight

United Airlines says it’s investigating after a pilot was removed from a San Francisco-bound flight before it left Austin, Texas.