What we’re reading: Passengers injured on turbulent flight, Florida Express Jet may take to the skies in March, Alaska Air’s FAs reject tentative agreement


Turbulence on United flight causes injuries to passengers, crew members

Three crew members and two passengers were injured when a United flight encountered severe turbulence on Monday.

The captain declared an emergency on United Flight 1676, which was flying from Denver, Colorado, to Billings, Montana, said United’s Christen Davis. The flight met turbulence as it descended.

“Our primary focus is assisting our employees and passengers who were injured, and our flight safety team will review what happened,” the spokeswoman said.

New airline alert: Florida Express Jet may get a move on in March

A new airline based in Florida may start flying in March.

This one kind of snuck up on us, but apparently Florida Express Jet is doing its thing as soon as next month. The plan is to fly in and around Florida — no crossing state lines here — with things taking off on March 20.

Alaska Airlines flight attendants reject tentative agreement, demand improvements

Flight attendants at Alaska Air have voted down a tentative agreement with management.

Negotiations began two years ago and, in May 2013, AFA filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board. During negotiations, Alaska Airlines earned record-breaking profits and continued to earn top awards and accolades for customer satisfaction with the assistance of the flight attendants.