United Airlines, one of the world’s largest carriers, is facing fresh criticism over plans to charge passengers extra for the use of overhead lockers.
The airline, which welcomed almost 139m passengers in 2015, will introduce a new “basic economy” fare in 2017. Those who opt for the cheapest ticket will be allowed to travel with a single small item of luggage, measuring no more than 9” x 10” x 17” (23cm x 25cm x 43cm), but they must place it under a seat and not in the overhead bins. They will also be automatically allocated a seat on the day of departure, meaning passengers on the same ticket could be forced to sit apart.
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American and British spy agencies have tried to intercept data from passengers’ mobile phones on commercial airlines including Air France, media reports say, citing documents from US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The French flag-carrier was an early target of the US National Security Agency and its British counterpart GCHQ as it was seen as a terrorist mark and it carried out tests in 2007 on allowing the use of mobile phones on its aircraft.
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Correction: Nov. 21, 2016
An incorrect military title and first name were included in the print and initial online version of this article. The errors have been corrected.
Eight militants planning attacks in Russia’s Republic of Chechnya were killed in a shootout with local police, the Interior Ministry said.
The incident took place early on Sunday morning.
“As the police were about to inspect two cars in Chechnya’s Gudermes District, a shoot-out began” when the passengers opened fire at the officers from inside the vehicles, a representative of Chechnya’s Interior Ministry branch told RIA-Novosti.
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Less than a month after launching the first test of self-driving vehicles on the streets in Signapore, Cambridge-based nuTonomy Inc. announced late Thursday that it had struck a deal with an Uber-like company to significantly expand the trial.