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Watch What Happens When Some Guy on an Airplane Jokes About Having Ebola: VIDEO



Not funny.

Fear about Ebola — warranted or not — is definitely ramping up.

The overall death toll stands around 3,865. Nearly all of the deaths have taken place in West Africa, which is several months into the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Two recent deaths in the United States and Spain have raised concerns that — despite repeated assurances by public health authorities — the outbreak could spread overseas.

Much of the anxiety has come since the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man flew to Dallas on Sept. 20 while infected with Ebola. He had no symptoms but had been in direct contact with an infected woman back in Liberia. He died on Oct. 8.

Since Duncan's case came to light, airports in the United States have announced new screening measures. But that's not reassuring everyone. At LaGuardia International Airport, workers who clean airplane cabins have gone on strike, afraid that they could come into contact without bodily fluids carrying the disease.

And it's in this climate of anxiety, misinformation, and human error that the above video appears. It was filmed on an Oct. 8 flight from Philadelphia, Penn. to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. While in flight, an American passenger apparently sneezed or coughed and then joked about having recently been in Africa.

Of course, the guy hadn't been in Africa and didn't have Ebola. Here, in shaky smartphone video form, are the incredible repercussions of it all.


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Dutch Foreign Minister Delivers Angry, Emotional Address to the UN on MH17 Tragedy: VIDEO


Frans Timmermans of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs , addressed the United Nations yesterday over the shooting down of MH17, which had among its 298 passengers 192 Dutch citizens (including one passenger with dual US-Netherlands citizenship).

Timmermans's speech reflected the anger and bewilderment the world is feeling over the incident and its aftermath, along with the emotion. Said Timmermans of the victims:

"Did they lock hands with their loved ones? Did they hold their children close to their hearts? Did they look each other in the eyes one final time in a wordless goodbye? We will never know."


(via mashable - note: Timmermans is misidentified in the CSPAN embed as  Karel J. G. van Oosterom)

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Watch What a Pilot on Your Next 787 Dreamliner Flight Could Do (But Probably Won't): VIDEO


Boeing showed off its longer, energy-efficient 787-9 Dreamliner at the Farnborough International Airshow in England this week, CNET reports.

The flight is an important moment for Boeing, which is introducing the energy-efficient 280-passenger jet to prospective buyers from around the world and to thousands of spectators. Boeing has customer orders for 409 of the 787-9 jets, but only delivered its first on Friday to Air New Zealand.

The plane is a crucial player in Boeing's competition with its French rival, Airbus Group. The two companies have been one-upping each other in recent years in the competitive "twin-aisle" segment for larger craft. Airbus began selling its gigantic double-decker A380 as Boeing was introducing its energy-efficient but much smaller Dreamliner, and now Airbus is countering with an energy-efficient craft of its own, the A350 XWB (Extra-Wide Body).

Check out some of its maneuvers, which we wish they had done with people and cameras inside, AFTER THE JUMP...

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TSA May Stop You from Boarding Your Plane if Your iPhone isn't Charged

IphoneThe TSA has announced a new set of airport rules regarding electronic devices.

Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.

As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.

TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.

Crisis Averted: Two Planes Almost Crash In Barcelona - VIDEO


Got a fear of flying? You might want to skip this video. Footage has emerged of two large planes in a near-miss in Barcelona on Saturday. A Barcelona planespotter had a good view of this close-call and didn't hesitate to start filming; the resulting hi-res video is captivating.

Watch AFTER THE JUMP as an Aerolineas Argentineas Airbus A340-300 starts taking off, while a Utair Boeing 767-300 from Moscow attempts to land. Oy vey!

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Flight Attendant Replaces Safety Announcement With Hilarious Sassy Speech: VIDEO


On a San Francisco to Chicago flight June 17th, a male flight attendant replaced the usual safety announcement with a sassy speech.

The unidentified attendant said that seat belts should be “low and tight across your hips just like the hot pink Speedo I’m going to be wearing when I get the [other flight attendants] to a hotel hot tub tonight.”

According to YouTube uploader David London, the attendant also threw a cocktail party half way through the flight.


You may recall another sassy Southwest attendant from this clip that went viral back in April. Seems as though they're trying to take some of the drudgery out of air travel.

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