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Unruly Air Passengers Set to Receive Unprecedented Fines

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we could look around and see the ways in which the crisis wore on us all.  Humanity all became a little less humane after a few months of masks and social distancing and wiping down our groceries.

Tempers flared across the board.  Facebook arguments went nuclear in a hurry, folks were losing their cool in the grocery store.   Airline passengers began acting out in unprecedented ways, and often on camera.

Now, two people involved in these airline incidents are set to face the music, and it could cost them a pretty penny.

The FAA has proposed a civil penalty of $81,950 against a passenger who struck a flight attendant on the head, tried to open a cabin door and headbutted, spit at and tried to kick crew members and passengers even after she was placed in flexible handcuffs. The incident happened on an American Airlines flight last July and the passenger was later arrested.

The FAA is also seeking a $77,272 fine against a woman who tried to open a cabin door during a flight and bit another passenger repeatedly before she was restrained by the crew on a Delta Air Lines flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta last July.

These two fine were part of a much larger picture.

The FAA said the fines are part of roughly $2 million in proposed penalties it has announced since January 1.

The incidents have become so frequent and violent that Delta Airlines has asked the FAA to create a “no-fly list” for the unruly passengers.  Thus far, the FAA has resisted the idea.

 

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US Air Force Reveals Successful Hypersonic Missile Test

This could put the US back in the driver’s seat as far as missile tech goes.

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Much like the global arms races that came before, the superpowers of the world are now looking to add a terrifying new doomsday machine to their arsenals in 2022:  Hypersonic missiles.

The missiles, which could be loaded with nuclear or traditional munitions, fly several times faster than the speed of sound and are said to be unstoppable by current defense technologies.  (The US has played coy with this claim, however, suggesting that our nation is well-defended against them).

Russia and China already possess such weapons.  North Korea keeps insisting that they do too, but the claim is dubious.

The United States, who previously admitted that they were a bit behind in developing these projectiles, made a major announcement on the subject this week.

UPI reports a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft successfully released a AGM-1831 Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) over the weekend that achieved speeds five times greater than the speed of sound.

The test was conducted somewhere off the coast of Southern California, it said.

“This was a major accomplishment by the ARRW team for the weapons enterprise and our Air Force,” Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force program executive officer for weapons, said in a statement.

“The team’s tenacity, expertise and commitment were key in overcoming the past year’s challenges to get us to the recent success.”

The news comes just months after China secretly test launched a hypersonic missile that circumnavigated the globe before hitting its target.

 

Much like the global arms races that came before, the superpowers of the world are now looking to add a terrifying new doomsday machine to their arsenals in 2022:  Hypersonic missiles. The missiles, which could be loaded with nuclear or traditional munitions, fly several times faster than the speed of sound and are said to be unstoppable by current defense technologies.  (The US has played coy with this claim, however, suggesting that our nation is well-defended against them). Russia and China already possess such weapons.  North Korea keeps insisting that they do too, but the claim is dubious. The United States, who previously admitted that they were a bit behind in developing these projectiles, made a major announcement on the subject this week. UPI reports a B-52H Stratofortress aircraft successfully released a AGM-1831 Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) over the weekend that achieved speeds five times greater than the speed of sound. The test was conducted somewhere off the coast of Southern California, it said. “This was a major accomplishment by the ARRW team for the weapons enterprise and our Air Force,” Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force program executive officer for weapons, said in a statement. “The team’s tenacity, expertise and commitment were key in overcoming the past year’s challenges to get us to the recent success.” The news comes just months after China secretly test launched a hypersonic missile that circumnavigated the globe before hitting its target.  

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