Feb 7, 2010
Australia's Office of Transport Security reported that there were 461 reports last year of air rage incidents, up from 279 in 2008 and 67 in 2007, covering events in which passengers were disruptive, intoxicated or involved in altercations. Labor unions are calling for stiffer penalties. Australian Services Union Federal Secretary Linda White claimed the typical AUS5,500 fine is not sufficiently severe. They are not afraid to speak up. They have had enough of the abuse," she said. An ASU survey in 2008 found that 81 percent of airline workers claimed abuse by passengers. The Flight Attendants Assn. of Australia previously lauded the new alcohol restrictions and also has called for tougher penalties. Feb 2, 2010
Beginning today, American Airlines First and Business Class customers traveling to and from Tokyo can savor a new, enhanced menu that artfully blends the deep traditions of Japanese cuisine with the flavors of Western fare. Sam Choy, celebrity consulting chef for American, has created new Asian-fusion entrees to augment the American Airlines premium cabin inflight experience. "We are excited to have the opportunity to utilize Chef Choy's award-winning culinary expertise for our Japanese menu," said Lauri Curtis, American's Vice President Onboard Service. "Our refreshed menu, the traditional Japanese amenities offered inflight, and American's premium class seats combine to provide our customers with a premier travel experience." New, signature dishes from Chef Choy featured on American's premium class menus will include: Edamame Hummus with Pita Chips roasted garlic edamame hummus with pita chips Gingered Scallops with Lobster Sauce ginger-marinated scallops with lobster sauce served over penne pasta with sauteed carrots, red peppers, and zucchini Grilled Beef Filet with Mushroom Medley grilled filet of beef accented by a mushroom truffleyaki sauce served with mushroom bread pudding, sauteed broccoli, carrots, and red peppers Hibachi Miso Chicken hibachi miso-marinated chicken breast served with brown fried rice with bacon, sauteed broccoli and carrots Pulehu Filet with Shiitake Mushroom Cream Sauce grilled filet of beef paired with a shiitake mushroom cream sauce served with spinach and corn mashed potatoes and sauteed seasonal vegetables Tahitian Crabmeat Soup a hearty, creamy soup with coconut milk, spinach and crabmeat Teriyaki Filet with Braised Pineapple grilled filet of beef complemented by a...