What we’re reading: New airline rules put to the test, Sacramento to get private screeners, Arab prince threatened with taser


Bad flight saved by airline crew, new laws, amiable travelers

Last week, AOL reporter Chris Owen was flying from Newark to Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s what happened next that puts the passenger bill of rights to the test.

The first leg of our travel plan on United Airlines took us through bad weather from Orlando (MCO) to Newark (EWR) rather smoothly, arriving a few minutes late at 8:15 p.m. On landing, a text from my FlightTrack Pro iPhone app informed me that our next flight, from EWR to Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI), scheduled to leave at 9:55 p.m., would be delayed until 12 p.m.

Sacramento International Airport gets preliminary OK to use private security screeners

Sacramento International Airport gets the preliminary go-ahead to use private screeners rather than TSA employees.

The move, if finalized, would make Sacramento the third largest U.S. airport to switch to private contractors for security screening. San Francisco International, Kansas City and 14 smaller airports currently employ non-government employees at security checkpoints.

Arab prince threatened with 50,000-volt Taser gun on British Airways flight for being drunk

An Arab prince was thrown off the plane and threatened with a 50,000 volt Taser gun for being drunk.

The 28-year-old, believed to be a close relative of Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, had boarded a Boeing 777 at London Heathrow airport when he began shouting and complaining about the poor service on the BA125 flight to Doha, Qatar via Bahrain.