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Flight to Atlanta grounded due to tarantula problem

ATLANTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- We've all heard of snakes on a plane, but how about spiders? A Delta flight from Baltimore to Atlanta was delayed Thursday morning, not by weather or mechanical issues, but an eight legged issue.

Traveling can be a real headache, and it certainly was for one flight coming into Atlanta. "Delta told us it's a mechanical issue, and they weren't sure when the plane was going to be ready but that we would all be re-booked," said one passenger, Aileen Carlucci.

Aileen Carlucci was all set to fly from Baltimore to Atlanta when she and her husband were told their plane was not going anywhere. "All of the excitement in Baltimore and Washington has been the Pope being in town. I did not expect the excitement of what happened to me on the Delta flight," she said.

The excitement, some fellow travelers, most passengers didn't even know about. "My husband and I went to go be booked at another counter, and when we did the ticketing agent said they had tarantulas on the plane and that was the reason nobody could get on to the plane," the passenger said.

A Delta representative tells us an employee saw a tarantula loose in the baggage carrier. The plane had traveled from Atlanta to Baltimore, and was returning back to Atlanta. They could not comment on how many spiders were on board the flight due to customer privacy. "The plane had some in the night before, someone had transported the tarantulas, they weren't sure how many had gotten loose, but they were loose!" Carlucci said.


American Airlines accidentally sends wrong plane to Hawaii - Yahoo News

Washington (AFP) - American Airlines accidently sent the wrong plane across the ocean from Los Angeles to Hawaii, a company spokesman confirmed to AFP Sunday.

In the August 31 incident, first reported by transportation blogger Brian Sumers, a plane that was not authorized to fly long distances over open water made the flight -- albeit safely -- to Honolulu.

American Airlines spokesman Casey Norton said they were still looking into how the mix-up happened.


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Black box shows co-pilot Lubitz sped up plane's descent -

Marseille, France (CNN)Initial tests on the flight data recorder recovered from downed Germanwings Flight 9525 show that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz purposely used the controls to speed up the plane's descent, according to the French air accident investigation agency, the BEA.

The flight data recorder, or "black box," was found Thursday by recovery teams that have spent days since the March 24 crash scouring the mountainside in the French Alps where the plane went down.


The five worst states to grow old in

The U.S. elderly population has grown dramatically in recent decades. The number of Americans 65 and older grew from 35 million in 2000 to 41.4 million in 2011 and to an estimated 44.7 million in 2013. This trend is expected to continue as members of the baby boomer generation reach retirement age.

The United States will face increasingly large challenges. In the coming years, state officials, families, and individuals will need to pay more attention to the needs of the elderly — to improve medical care, access to services, infrastructure, or other factors that become more necessary late in life.

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Southwest Airlines Can Use Planes That Missed Inspection, FAA Says - ABC News

Federal officials agreed to let Southwest Airlines keep using planes that missed an inspection of a backup rudder system if the planes are checked in the next five days.

Southwest grounded 128 planes — about one-fifth of its fleet — on Tuesday after discovering the missed inspections.

According to a statement by the airline, the Boeing 737-700 jets were found to have overflown a required check.


A State-by-State Guide to the 50 Coolest Things in America

Let’s face it — no one state in the country has the corner on the awesomeness market. There are things in every state that make you go “Wow!” With no strict definition of “cool” in mind, Yahoo set out to bring you one thing in each of the 50, designed to make you want to jump on a plane, train, or automobile and explore this very cool country of ours.

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An undiscovered Caribbean retirement option

Cartagena is Colombia's number-one draw for foreign tourists. However, just 150 miles up the Caribbean coast is Santa Marta, a much lesser known destination that offers sandy beaches, calm waters, excellent diving, an upbeat and energetic culture and one of the best Caribbean lifestyle options you'll find anywhere in the region. Cartagena is a great place to visit, but it's Santa Marta where you might want to think about settling in retirement.


US airfares on the rise, outpacing inflation - Yahoo Finance

NEW YORK (AP) -- Travelers, prepare to pay more for your flight.

The average roundtrip ticket within the U.S., including taxes, reached $509.15 in the first six months of this year, up nearly $14 from the same period last year. Domestic airfare continues to outpace inflation, rising 2.7 percent compared to the 2.1 percent gain in the Consumer Price Index.

Airfare has gone up 10.7 percent in the past five years — after adjusting for inflation — according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes ticket transactions for airlines and more than 9,400 travel agencies, including websites such as Expedia and Orbitz