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Interview with author and investigative reporter Leslie Kean (Audio - MP3)

2013-06-19 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 49s

In this interview from 17 June 2013, Dr. Todd Curtis interviewed Leslie Kean, New York Times best selling author of the 2010 book 'UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record.' For more information, visit ufo.airsafe.com or Kean's site at ufosontherecord.com.…

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Cockpit Confidential author and ailrine pilot Patrick Smith (Audio - MP3)

2013-05-26 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 57s

In this interview from 21 May 2013, Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com interviewed airline pilot and author Patrick Smith about his newest book, 'Cockpit Confidential.' For more on Patrick Smith and his work, visit patrick.airsafe.com.…

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Crash of a National Airlines 747-400 at Bagram Air Base (Audio - MP3)

2013-05-26 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The National Airlines 747-400, N949CA, had just departed on a cargo flight to Dubai, UAE on 29 April 2013 when the aircraft entered a stall and crashed near the end of the runway, killing all seven crew members.…

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Dr. Curtis discusses the grounding of the 787 on the Fox Business Network (Audio - MP3)

2013-01-19 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

Dr. Curtis talks about his new book AirSafe.com Airline Complaint Guide on the Rudy Maxa radio show, and invites the audience join the mailing list at subscribe.airsafe.com to get a free copy.…

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Dr. Curtis discusses his new book AirSafe.com Airline Complaint Guide (Video - M4V)

2012-10-14 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 10s

Dr. Curtis talks about his new book AirSafe.com Airline Complaint Guide on the Rudy Maxa radio show, and invites the audience join the mailing list at subscribe.airsafe.com to get a free copy.…

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Dr. Curtis discusses his new book AirSafe.com Airline Complaint Guide (Audio - MP3)

2012-10-14 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 10s

Dr. Curtis talks about his new book AirSafe.com Airline Complaint Guide on the Rudy Maxa radio show, and invites the audience join the mailing list at subscribe.airsafe.com to get a free copy.…

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The AirSafe.com Air Traveler Ebook Project (Video - M4V)

2012-07-24 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

After the positive response to AirSafe.com's first ebook, AirSafe.com Baggage and Security Guide, we've decided to launch a new series of ebooks aimed at air travelers, and we'd like to ask for your help. Like the first ebook, this one will be provided without cost to the traveling public, and will provide air travelers with a valuable resource that will help them avoid or manage many common problems when they fly.…

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The AirSafe.com Air Traveler Ebook Project (Audio - MP3)

2012-07-24 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 1s

After the positive response to AirSafe.com's first ebook, AirSafe.com Baggage and Security Guide, we've decided to launch a new series of ebooks aimed at air travelers, and we'd like to ask for your help. Like the first ebook, this one will be provided without cost to the traveling public, and will provide air travelers with a valuable resource that will help them avoid or manage many common problems when they fly.…

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Changing FAA Rules on Passenger Electronics (Audio - MP3)

2012-05-03 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 3s

An April 19, 2012 bird strike near JFK brings up issues about FAA rules on the use of electronic devices by passengers, and why those rules may have to change.…

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How to Fly with a Sex Toy (Audio - MP3)

2012-01-05 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 3s

Discussed a 2011 incident where a TSA screener was fired for making inappropriate comments about a passenger's sex toy, and provided advice traveling safely with a sex toy.…

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767 Lands with Gear Up in Warsaw (Video - M4V)

2011-11-04 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 1s

Discussion of two recent gear up landing events. The first on 1 November 2011 involved a LOT 767 that had been on a flight from Newark, NJ to Warsaw, Poland, and a second on 18 October 2011 involved an IranAir 727 that had been on a flight from Moscow to Tehran. No passengers or crew members were injured in either event. For more information on airline safety, visit http://www.airsafe.com or http://www.airsafenews.com.…

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767 Lands with Gear Up in Warsaw (Audio - MP3)

2011-11-04 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 1s

Discussion of two recent gear up landing events. The first on 1 November 2011 involved a LOT 767 that had been on a flight from Newark, NJ to Warsaw, Poland, and a second on 18 October 2011 involved an IranAir 727 that had been on a flight from Moscow to Tehran. No passengers or crew members were injured in either event. For more information on airline safety, visit http://www.airsafe.com or http://www.airsafenews.com.…

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BBC interview about new and harsher FAA rules concerning lasers (Audio - MP3)

2011-06-01 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

The BBC program The World Today interviewed Dr. Todd Curtis about the June 1, 2011 announcement by FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt that the FAA would start imposing fines of up to $11,000 on people who point lasers at aircraft. For more information on airline safety, visit http://www.airsafe.com or http://www.airsafenews.com.…

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BBC interview about issues related to sleeping air traffic controllers (Audio - MP3)

2011-04-14 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 4s

The BBC program Newshour interviewed Dr. Todd Curtis about the April 14, 2011 removal of the FAA official in charge of air traffic control services in the wake of a string of embarrassing incidents where air traffic controllers were asleep while on the job. For more information on airline safety, visit http://www.airsafe.com or http://www.airsafenews.com.…

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BBC interview about Southwest 737 fuselage rupture (Audio - MP3)

2011-04-03 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 4s

The BBC program The World Today interviewed Dr. Todd Curtis about some of the issues surrounding the April 1, 2011 incident where a Southwest Airlines 737-300 experienced a rupture in the upper fuselage that led to a loss of cabin pressure and an emergency landing. The early findings of the NTSB investigation hint at a wider problem in the worldwide 737 fleet. For more information on airline safety, visit http://www.airsafe.com or http://www.airsafenews.com.…

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Rejected Landings and Safety Issues at National Airport (Audio - MP3)

2011-03-30 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 4s

WTOP radio in Washington, DC interviewed Dr. Todd Curtis about the issues raised in a March 30, 2011 article in the Washington Post newspaper about the relatively high rejected landing rates at Washington's National Airport. For more information on airline safety, visit http://www.airsafe.com or http://www.airsafenews.com.…

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Michele Tafoya and Dr. Todd Curtis discuss FAA order to remove emergency oxygen from lavatories (Audio - MP3)

2011-03-20 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 6s

In this March 11, 2011 interview with Michelle Tafoya on WCCO radio in Minneapolis, Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com discussed the implications for passenger safety of the FAA order to remove emergency oxygen equipment from the lavatories of over 6,000 US airliners. For more information on airline safety, visit http://www.airsafe.com or http://www.airsafenews.com.…

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Rudy Maxa interviews Dr. Todd Curtis on 2010 airliner crashes (Audio - MP3)

2011-01-11 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

In this January 8, 2011 interview with Rudy Maxa's World, Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.om discussed the most significant plane crashes and safety and security events of 2010. For more information on airline safety, visit http://www.airsafe.com or http://www.airsafenews.com.…

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WTOP TSA Interview with Dr. Todd Curtis 16 Nov 2010 (Audio - MP3)

2010-11-21 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

In this November 6, 2010 interview with WTOP radio in Washington DC, Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.om discussed why the new TSA procedures using full body scanners and enhanced pat downs are were less effective than they should have been, in part because the changes were made without consulting pilots, passengers, and other who would be affected by security procedures. For more information on security procedures, visit http://tsa.airsafe.org.…

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Are convicted rapists working at the TSA? - Two Interviews on Rudy Maxa's World (Audio - MP3)

2010-11-07 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 10s

Dr. Todd Curtis has two interviews with travel show host Rudy Maxa of Rudy Maxa's world where they discuss both the effectivelness of full body scanners and whether the TSA employee screening process may have allowed convicted rapists and other criminals convicted of sex related crimes to join the TSA and pat down passengers.…

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Two Qantas Engine Failures near Singapore (Audio - MP3)

2010-11-05 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 3s

This BBC Radio 5 interview with Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com on November 5, 2010 came in the wake of two unusual engine failure events. On November 4, 2010, a Qantas A380 had an engine failure about 15 minutes after taking off from Singapore's airport. The following day, a Qantas 747 had another failure about two minutes after taking off from the same airport. Both planes landed safely.…

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British Airways chairman calls for changes to US security procedures (Audio - MP3)

2010-10-27 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 8s

Dr. Curtis was interviewed by the BBC radio program Europe Today about comments made by British Airways chairman Martin Broughton, who called for changes to security requirements for flights headed to the US. Brougton was especially concerned about the security differences between domestic US flights and international flights headed to the US.…

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Two Airline Passengers Arrested and Then Released by Dutch Authorities (Audio - MP3)

2010-09-12 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 10s

Dr. Curtis was interviewed by CBS Radio News about the August 2010 detention of two passengers in Amsterdam on suspicion of being involved in some kind of terror related event. The passengers were later released because they had done nothing wrong.…

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CHQR Radio Interview About Attempted Bombing of Northwest Flight 253 (Audio - MP3)

2010-01-29 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 6s

Dr. Curtis was interviewed by KPAM radio in Portland, Oregon where he discussed three recent security events, including two situations where the behavior of unruly passengers led to the military escorting the airliners with fighter jets. Dr. Curtis also discusses several issues around the attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas day 2009, including the role of air marshals.…

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AirSafe.com Airline Safety Review for 2009 (video - MP4)

2010-01-04 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 7s

The year 2009 had the second fewest fatal airline crashes in any year since AirSafe.com began it's annual review of airline safety events in 1996. This 14th annual review discusses eight fatal airline events, and 10 other noteworthy events from 2009.…

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AirSafe.com Airline Safety Review for 2009 (video - WMV)

2010-01-04 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 7s

The year 2009 had the second fewest fatal airline crashes in any year since AirSafe.com began it's annual review of airline safety events in 1996. This 14th annual review discusses eight fatal airline events, and 10 other noteworthy events from 2009.…

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AirSafe.com Airline Safety Review for 2009 (audio - MP3)

2010-01-02 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 7s

The year 2009 had the second fewest fatal airline crashes in any year since AirSafe.com began it's annual review of airline safety events in 1996. This 14th annual review discusses eight fatal airline events, and 10 other noteworthy events from 2009.…

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CHQR Radio Interview About Attempted Bombing of Northwest Flight 253 (Audio - MP3)

2009-12-30 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 16s

Dr. Curtis and host of the Calgary Today show Whitney Dean of CHQR radio in Calgary, Canada discuss a number of issues related to the Christmas day bombing attempt on Northwest flight 253, including Nigerian airline security, a review of US terrorists databases, and the technologies and procedures that are currently used to prevent airliner bombing attempts.…

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WGN Radio Interview About Attempted Bombing of Northwest Flight 253 (Audio - MP3)

2009-12-29 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 14s

As information about the unsuccessful bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253 continues to be uncovered, some are questioning the usefulness of some of the security measures being implemented, and whether profiling may be needed to deter attacks.…

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TSA Accidentally Releases Secret and Sensitive Security Information (Video - WMV

2009-12-28 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for helping to secure US airports and airline flights, had accidentally released very sensitive information about their security procedures. The show highlights the most sensitive data that was revealed, and also tells listeners where they can download the complete manual, including all the previously blacked out material.…

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TSA Accidentally Releases Secret and Sensitive Security Information (Video - MP4)

2009-12-28 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for helping to secure US airports and airline flights, had accidentally released very sensitive information about their security procedures. The show highlights the most sensitive data that was revealed, and also tells listeners where they can download the complete manual, including all the previously blacked out material.…

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BBC Interview About Attempted Bombing of Northwest Flight 253 (Audio - MP3)

2009-12-28 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 4s

As the investigation into the unsuccessful bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253 enters its early stages, there are already several security issues that are being discussed by the media, including short term security measures and issues with US government terrorist databases.…

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TSA Accidentally Releases Secret and Sensitive Security Information (Audio - MP3)

2009-12-24 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for helping to secure US airports and airline flights, had accidentally released very sensitive information about their security procedures. The show highlights the most sensitive data that was revealed, and also tells listeners where they can download the complete manual, including all the previously blacked out material.…

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The Evolution of Social Media's Role at AirSafe.com (Video - WMV)

2009-11-07 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 7s

The January 2009 ditching on the Hudson River showed how important social media was as a source of news and information, and how it showed how it makes individuals as powerful as traditional media in some areas. This show provides a general definition of social media and then provides specific examples of how it was used by AirSafe.com to expand the site's audience and to enhance the usefulness of its information. …

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The Evolution of Social Media's Role at AirSafe.com (Video - MP4)

2009-11-07 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 7s

The January 2009 ditching on the Hudson River showed how important social media was as a source of news and information, and how it showed how it makes individuals as powerful as traditional media in some areas. This show provides a general definition of social media and then provides specific examples of how it was used by AirSafe.com to expand the site's audience and to enhance the usefulness of its information. …

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Two Recent Scary Incidents: Northwest Airlines A320 Overflies Airport and Delta 767 Lands on Taxiway by Mistake (Audio - MP3)

2009-10-24 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 4s

The week of October 19, 2009 saw what could have turned into two airline disasters. In Atlanta, a 767 landed on the taxiway instead of the runway, and in Minneapolis an airline crew stopped communicating with the outside world for over an hour while flying past its destination by well over 100 miles.…

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The Evolution of Social Media's Role at AirSafe.com (Audio - MP3)

2009-10-16 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 7s

The January 2009 ditching on the Hudson River showed how important social media was as a source of news and information, and how it showed how it makes individuals as powerful as traditional media in some areas. This show provides a general definition of social media and then provides specific examples of how it was used by AirSafe.com to expand the site's audience and to enhance the usefulness of its information. …

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Jet Airliners with Lowest Fatal Crash Rates (Video - WMV)

2009-09-26 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

In its latest update of fatal plane crash rates by aircraft model, AirSafe.com has identified the top five models with the lowest fatal crash rates. The analysis uses flight data through the end of 2008, and crash data through August 2009.…

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Jet Airliners with Lowest Fatal Crash Rates (Video - MP4)

2009-09-25 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

In its latest update of fatal plane crash rates by aircraft model, AirSafe.com has identified the top five models with the lowest fatal crash rates. The analysis uses flight data through the end of 2008, and crash data through August 2009.…

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Jet Airliners with Lowest Fatal Crash Rates (Audio - MP3)

2009-09-25 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

In its latest update of fatal plane crash rates by aircraft model, AirSafe.com has identified the top five models with the lowest fatal crash rates. The analysis uses flight data through the end of 2008, and crash data through August 2009.…

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Social Media's Role in Airline Safety (Audio - MP3)

2009-09-05 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 6s

This show discusses the role that social media applications like Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr have had in shaping the public's relationship to aviation safety issues. Using the example of the January 2009 ditching of a US Airways aircraft in the Hudson River, the show discusses why any organization that intends to influence aviation safety policy or the aviation safety community should embrace these emerging technologies in order to better serve their members and the general public.…

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Air France Flight 447 the BBC Interviews (Audio - MP3)

2009-07-09 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 18s

This show features two interviews with Vincent Dowd from the BBC World Service and Dr Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com. They discussed several issues surrounding the crash of Air France Flight 447, including differences in flight control philosophy between Airbus and Boeing, how aircraft manufacturers respond when one of their airplanes crash, and how this accident demonstrated how may be possible to use advanced technologies to supplement or even replace the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.…

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Infomercial Celebrity Billy Mays Dies After Flight (Audio - MP3)

2009-06-29 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 3s

Television infomercial celebrity Billy Mays died in his sleep less than a day after he was involved in a landing incident where he was struck in the head by one or more falling objects. US Airways Flight 1241, a 737-400, departed from Philadelphia, PA just after noon on June 27, 2009 on a nonstop flight to Tampa, FL. …

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Crash of an Air France A330 in the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil (Video - WMV)

2009-06-09 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 4s

On June 1st, 2009, Air France flight 447, a scheduled international flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, crashed in the Atlantic Ocean in an area roughly 600 miles, or 960 kilometers, off the northeast coast of Brazil. Several areas of suspected aircraft debris were also found near the estimated position of its last radio communication. All 216 passengers and 12 crew members, together representing over 30 nationalities, are missing and presumed dead.…

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Crash of an Air France A330 in the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil (Video - MP4)

2009-06-09 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 4s

On June 1st, 2009, Air France flight 447, a scheduled international flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, crashed in the Atlantic Ocean in an area roughly 600 miles, or 960 kilometers, off the northeast coast of Brazil. Several areas of suspected aircraft debris were also found near the estimated position of its last radio communication. All 216 passengers and 12 crew members, together representing over 30 nationalities, are missing and presumed dead.…

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Crash of an Air France A330 in the Atlantic Ocean near Brazil (Audio - MP3)

2009-06-04 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 4s

On June 1st, 2009, Air France flight 447, a scheduled international flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, crashed in the Atlantic Ocean in an area roughly 600 miles, or 960 kilometers, off the northeast coast of Brazil. Several areas of suspected aircraft debris were also found near the estimated position of its last radio communication. All 216 passengers and 12 crew members, together representing over 30 nationalities, are missing and presumed dead.…

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NTSB Hearings on the Buffalo Plane Crash (Audio - MP3)

2009-05-19 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 15s

On May 12th, 2009, the NTSB began a three-day public hearing about its ongoing investigation into the fatal February 2009 crash of a Continental Connection airliner in Buffalo, NY. Among the issues that came up were the possible roles of crew fatigue and crew training in the accident. During the last day of the hearing, noted aviation consultant Mike Boyd and I sat down with host Dave Berns of the "State of Nevada" program on KNPR radio in Las Vegas. …

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Emirates A340 Accident Report Released (Audio - MP3)

2009-05-06 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 21s

On 20 March 2009, an Emirates A340 aircraft, with 275 passengers and crew on board, was involved in a tail strike accident during takeoff from Melbourne, Australia. The aircraft suffered some damage, but there were no injuries to anyone on board. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) recently released preliminary findings that indicated that an incorrect weight had been used when making performance calculations prior to departure. The calculations were based on a takeoff weight that was 100 tons below the actual takeoff weight of the aircraft.…

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Swine Flu Risks for Airline Passengers (Video - WMV)

2009-04-29 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

After a rapid spread of the swine flu virus, the World Health Organization announced an increase in its global alert level on April 27, 2009. So far, about 150 people have died from the disease, all in Mexico. In this report, AirSafe.com summarizes the current situation and offers passengers suggestions on how to deal with flu threats on their flight.…

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Swine Flu Risks for Airline Passengers (Video - MP4)

2009-04-29 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

After a rapid spread of the swine flu virus, the World Health Organization announced an increase in its global alert level on April 27, 2009. So far, about 150 people have died from the disease, all in Mexico. In this report, AirSafe.com summarizes the current situation and offers passengers suggestions on how to deal with flu threats on their flight.…

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Swine Flu Risks for Airline Passengers (Audio - MP3)

2009-04-28 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

After a rapid spread of the swine flu virus, the World Health Organization announced an increase in its global alert level on April 27, 2009. So far, about 150 people have died from the disease, all in Mexico. In this report, AirSafe.com summarizes the current situation and offers passengers suggestions on how to deal with flu threats on their flight.…

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Crash of a FedEx Express MD-11 in Tokyo on 23 March 2009 (Video - MP4)

2009-03-23 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The aircraft was on a cargo flight from Guangzhou, China to Narita Airport near Tokyo, Japan. The aircraft bounced on landing, and contacted the runway a second time nose wheel first. The plane then rolled to the left, hit the runway with its left horizontal stabilizer and wing, caught fire and rolled over onto its back, coming to rest off the left side of the runway. Both crew members were killed. This was the first fatal accident at Narita Airport since it opened in 1978.…

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Crash of a FedEx Express MD-11 in Tokyo on 23 March 2009 (Video - WMV)

2009-03-23 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The aircraft was on a cargo flight from Guangzhou, China to Narita Airport near Tokyo, Japan. The aircraft bounced on landing, and contacted the runway a second time nose wheel first. The plane then rolled to the left, hit the runway with its left horizontal stabilizer and wing, caught fire and rolled over onto its back, coming to rest off the left side of the runway. Both crew members were killed. This was the first fatal accident at Narita Airport since it opened in 1978.…

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Crash of a FedEx Express MD-11 in Tokyo on 23 March 2009 (Audio - MP3)

2009-03-23 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The aircraft was on a cargo flight from Guangzhou, China to Narita Airport near Tokyo, Japan. The aircraft bounced on landing, and contacted the runway a second time nose wheel first. The plane then rolled to the left, hit the runway with its left horizontal stabilizer and wing, caught fire and rolled over onto its back, coming to rest off the left side of the runway. Both crew members were killed. This was the first fatal accident at Narita Airport since it opened in 1978.…

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British Airways 777 Crash Update March 2009 (Video - WMV)

2009-03-19 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

In March 2009, the AAIB released findings from the investigation of the January 2008 British Airways 777 accident that point to ice buildup in the fuel system as the key factor in the crash in London. On March 11th, 2009, the NTSB called for a redesign of the fuel system, and for the affected aircraft to have those changes installed within six months after the redesign is complete.…

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British Airways 777 Crash Update March 2009 (Video - MP4)

2009-03-18 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

In March 2009, the AAIB released findings from the investigation of the January 2008 British Airways 777 accident that point to ice buildup in the fuel system as the key factor in the crash in London. On March 11th, 2009, the NTSB called for a redesign of the fuel system, and for the affected aircraft to have those changes installed within six months after the redesign is complete.…

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Fixing the Problem That May Have Caused the British Airways 777 Crash (Audio - MP3)

2009-03-13 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

Recent findings from the AAIB accident investigation point to ice buildup in the fuel system as the key factor in the January 2008 crash of a British Airways 777 in London. On March 11th, 2009, the NTSB called for a redesign of the fuel system, and for the affected aircraft to have those changes installed within six months after the redesign is complete.…

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Turkish Airlines Plane Crash in Amsterdam on 25 February 2009 (Video - M4V)

2009-02-25 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The aircraft, on a scheduled international flight from Istanbul, Turkey, to Amsterdam, Netherlands crashed in a field about a mile (1.6 km) short of the runway. The fuselage was broken into three major sections, and both engines were torn off. There was apparently no post crash fire. Three crew members, including both pilots, were killed, as were at least six others among the 135 passengers and crew members. …

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Turkish Airlines Plane Crash in Amsterdam on 25 February 2009 (Video - WMV)

2009-02-25 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The aircraft, on a scheduled international flight from Istanbul, Turkey, to Amsterdam, Netherlands crashed in a field about a mile (1.6 km) short of the runway. The fuselage was broken into three major sections, and both engines were torn off. There was apparently no post crash fire. Three crew members, including both pilots, were killed, as were at least six others among the 135 passengers and crew members. …

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Turkish Airlines Plane Crash in Amsterdam on 25 February 2009 (Audio - MP3)

2009-02-25 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The aircraft, on a scheduled international flight from Istanbul, Turkey, to Amsterdam, Netherlands crashed in a field about a mile (1.6 km) short of the runway. The fuselage was broken into three major sections, and both engines were torn off. There was apparently no post crash fire. Three crew members, including both pilots, were killed, as were at least six others among the 135 passengers and crew members. …

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Crash of a Continental Airlines 737-500 in Denver on 20 December 2008 (Audio - MP3)

2009-02-14 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The aircraft departed the left side of runway 34R during takeoff from Denver International Airport. The scheduled, domestic passenger flight was en route to Houston. There were 83 occupants in the aircraft, and 32 were injured, five seriously. The aircraft was substantially damaged and experienced a post-crash fire, which was located on the right side of the aircraft. …

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Crash of a Continental Airlines 737-500 in Denver on 20 December 2008 (video - M4V)

2009-02-14 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The aircraft departed the left side of runway 34R during takeoff from Denver International Airport. The scheduled, domestic passenger flight was en route to Houston. There were 83 occupants in the aircraft, and 32 were injured, five seriously. The aircraft was substantially damaged and experienced a post-crash fire, which was located on the right side of the aircraft. …

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2009-02-14 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The aircraft departed the left side of runway 34R during takeoff from Denver International Airport. The scheduled, domestic passenger flight was en route to Houston. There were 83 occupants in the aircraft, and 32 were injured, five seriously. The aircraft was substantially damaged and experienced a post-crash fire, which was located on the right side of the aircraft. …

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Continental Connection Crash in Buffalo 12 February 2009 (video - WMV)

2009-02-13 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 1s

A Continental Connection Dash 8 aircraft crashed into a residential area near Buffalo, NY, killing all 45 passengers and four crew members on the aircraft, plus one person on the ground. The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Newark, NJ, and crashed about five miles from the Buffalo Airport at about 10:20 pm local time. …

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2009-02-13 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 1s

A Continental Connection Dash 8 aircraft crashed into a residential area near Buffalo, NY, killing all 45 passengers and four crew members on the aircraft, plus one person on the ground. The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Newark, NJ, and crashed about five miles from the Buffalo Airport at about 10:20 pm local time. …

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Continental Connection Crash in Buffalo 12 February 2009 (audio - MP3)

2009-02-12 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 1s

A Continental Connection Dash 8 aircraft crashed into a residential area near Buffalo, NY, killing all 45 passengers and four crew members on the aircraft, plus one person on the ground. The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Newark, NJ, and crashed about five miles from the Buffalo Airport at about 10:20 pm local time. …

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Interview with Bird Strike Expert Dr. Ron Merritt (audio - MP3)

2009-02-11 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 34s

On January 18th, 2009, three days after the bird strike related ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York, I interviewed bird strike expert Dr. Ron Merritt. He's currently the president of Detect, Inc., which manufactures bird strike avoidance radars. He was also at one time the military commander of US Air Force unit responsible for understanding and reducing bird strike hazards to Air Force aircraft. For the next half hour or so, you'll hear Ron and I discuss a variety of bird strike and wildlife hazard topics, including the need for wildlife experts in the US Airways accident investigation team, wildlife control policy issues, and the history of the key bird strike organizations in the US and Canada. …

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Interview on the Escapes Radio Talk Show (audio - MP3)

2009-02-10 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 21s

On February 9th, 2009, I was a guest on the "Escapes" radio show hosted by Ann Lombardi of the the Trip Chicks, who along Wendy Swartzell run the Atlanta area travel company Passport to Adventure. During the show, we discussed several of the issues around the previous month's ditching accident involving a US Airways A320 in New York, including what can be done about bird strike hazards, and how passengers should deal with fear of flying. …

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Interview on WGN Radio after the US Airways Ditching (audio - MP3)

2009-01-24 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 13s

On 15 January 2009, a US Airways A320 encountered a flock of birds shortly after takeoff. Both engines lost power, apparently as the result of experiencing multiple bird strikes, and the crew was able to successfully ditch the aircraft in the Hudson River. All five crew members and 150 passengers survived the accident. The following day, Dr. Todd Curtis was a guest of Dean Richards on Chicago's WGN radio. They discussed the US Airways event, how the public's fear of flying is affected by extensive media coverage of airline accidents, and what kind of measures could be taken to deal with the threat of bird strikes. …

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Ditching of a US Airways A320 on the Hudson River in New York (video - WMV)

2009-01-16 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

On 15 January 2009, a US Airways A320 experienced a loss of power to both engines shortly after taking off from New York's LaGuardia Airport. The crew was able to successfully ditch the aircraft in the Hudson River near midtown Manhattan. Reportedly, the aircraft encountered a flock of birds shortly after takeoff. The aircraft reached an maximum altitude of about 3200 feet before it began to descend. After ditching, all five crew members and 150 passengers evacuated the aircraft. One passenger sustained serious injuries.…

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2009-01-16 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

On 15 January 2009, a US Airways A320 experienced a loss of power to both engines shortly after taking off from New York's LaGuardia Airport. The crew was able to successfully ditch the aircraft in the Hudson River near midtown Manhattan. Reportedly, the aircraft encountered a flock of birds shortly after takeoff. The aircraft reached an maximum altitude of about 3200 feet before it began to descend. After ditching, all five crew members and 150 passengers evacuated the aircraft. One passenger sustained serious injuries.…

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Ditching of a US Airways A320 on the Hudson River in New York (audio - MP3)

2009-01-15 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

On 15 January 2009, a US Airways A320 experienced a loss of power to both engines shortly after taking off from New York's LaGuardia Airport. The crew was able to successfully ditch the aircraft in the Hudson River near midtown Manhattan. Reportedly, the aircraft encountered a flock of birds shortly after takeoff. The aircraft reached an maximum altitude of about 3200 feet before it began to descend. After ditching, all five crew members and 150 passengers evacuated the aircraft. One passenger sustained serious injuries.…

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AirSafe.com's Airline Safety Review for 2008 (video - WMV)

2009-01-08 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 4s

The year 2008 had the fewest fatal airline crashes in any year since AirSafe.com began it's annual review of airline safety events in 1996. This 13th annual review discusses seven fatal airline events, and fifteen other significant events from 2008. As AirSafe.com looks back at the fatal and significant aviation safety events of last year, the most noticeable fact about this 13th annual review is that 2008 had fewer fatal airline events than any of the previous 12 years reviewed by AirSafe.com. The most was 19 fatal events in 1997, and the previous low was eight fatal events in 2003, 2006, and 2007.…

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2009-01-08 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 4s

The year 2008 had the fewest fatal airline crashes in any year since AirSafe.com began it's annual review of airline safety events in 1996. This 13th annual review discusses seven fatal airline events, and fifteen other significant events from 2008. As AirSafe.com looks back at the fatal and significant aviation safety events of last year, the most noticeable fact about this 13th annual review is that 2008 had fewer fatal airline events than any of the previous 12 years reviewed by AirSafe.com. The most was 19 fatal events in 1997, and the previous low was eight fatal events in 2003, 2006, and 2007.…

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2008-12-31 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 4s

The year 2008 had the fewest fatal airline crashes in any year since AirSafe.com began it's annual review of airline safety events in 1996. This 13th annual review discusses seven fatal airline events, and fifteen other significant events from 2008. As AirSafe.com looks back at the fatal and significant aviation safety events of last year, the most noticeable fact about this 13th annual review is that 2008 had fewer fatal airline events than any of the previous 12 years reviewed by AirSafe.com. The most was 19 fatal events in 1997, and the previous low was eight fatal events in 2003, 2006, and 2007.…

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Crash of an F/A-18 Jet near San Diego (video - M4V)

2008-12-28 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 1s

Update on an 8 December 2008 crash involving a US Marine Corps F/A-18 jet based at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station which crashed during approch about two miles short of the runway. The pilot successfully ejected, but four people, including two children, their mother, and their grandmother were killed in one of the two houses destoyed by the jet. No one else on the ground was injured.…

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2008-12-17 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 1s

Update on an 8 December 2008 crash involving a US Marine Corps F/A-18 jet based at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station which crashed during approch about two miles short of the runway. The pilot successfully ejected, but four people, including two children, their mother, and their grandmother were killed in one of the two houses destoyed by the jet. No one else on the ground was injured.…

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Risks from Incapacitated Pilots and Pilots Who May Deliberately Crash Airplanes (audio - MP3)

2008-11-26 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

AirSafe.com reviews the investigation into a January 2008 incident where an Air Canada pilot became mentally incapacitated and had to be removed from the cockpit. Once the first officer was removed, the captain was able to safely land the aircraft. The event caused some in the aviation community to question whether this kind of incident may have led to serious problems in the past. While a review of the available incident and accident record by AirSafe.com revealed no proven cases of a mentally incapacitated pilot deliberately causing death or serious injury to passengers, there have been several cases where such behavior was suspected, and one case where a pilot crashed an airliner on purpose. …

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Interview on 'The Gregg Knapp Experience' - 18 November 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-11-20 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 9s

This interview from the Radio America show The Gregg Knapp Experience focused on a TSA behavior detection program that singles out passengers for extra screening based on what the TSA describes as suspicious behavior. Since the program began in 2006, over 160,000 passengers were pulled aside for additional checks such as a pat-down search or an interivew. Less than one percent of those passengers were arrested, often on charges related to drugs or carrying false identification. The TSA didn't mention whether any of those searched or arrested were on any kind of terror watch list, or intended to commit a terrorist act. For more information about what passengers can do to deal with TSA security issues, please visit tsa.airsafe.org. There you'll a number of resources, including extensive information on current TSA rules, advice on packing, advice on traveling with duty free items such as alcohol and perfume, and links to airline complaint resources. …

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Complacency and the Qantas A330 Accident of 7 October 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-10-21 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 7s

The accident earlier this month involving a Qantas Airbus A330 on a flight from Singapore to Perth seriously injured several passengers, but didn't result in any fatalities. The event drew substantial news media attention in Australia and Asia, but very little attention from major US media. Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com believes that this may be an example of how when it comes to airline events, it's difficult to get the attention of the US public, or of the policy makers in the US, if no one is killed, especially when there have not been any fatal airline events involving US airlines in over two years. The current 26-month period since the last fatal US event is the longest period without a passenger fatality on a US airliner since airlines in the US first began using jet aircraft in 1958. Dr Curtis suggests that there is always room for improvement, and one way to improve the system is to study the results of accident investigations, including the ongoing Qantas investigation. AirSafe.com provides links to that investigation at http://qantas.airsafe.org. …

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Interview with a Passenger on the Qantas A330 Accident Flight of 7 October 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-10-11 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 27s

This show features an interview with Keesin Ng, a passengers on a Qantas A330 aircraft that experienced a violent in-flight upset during a flight from Singapore to Perth on 7 October 2008. About 75 passengers and crew members were injured during this event, with 14 hospitalized with serious injuries such as fractures and lacerations. The interview occurred three days after the event with passenger Keesin Ng, who provides additional details about the in-flight drama.…

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Serious Injuries on a Qantas A330 Flight on 7 October 2008 (video - WMV)

2008-10-07 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

A Qantas Airbus A330-300, with 303 passengers and 10 crew members on board, was on a scheduled international flight from Singapore to Perth. While in cruise, the aircraft reportedly experienced some type of sudden and unexpected altitude change. The crew issued a mayday call before diverting the aircraft to the airport at Learmonth, near the town of Exmouth, about 1100 kilometers or 680 miles north of its intended destination of Perth. About 36 passengers and crew members were injured, with over a dozen severe injuries. AirSafe.com is providing additional information about the event is available at http://qantas.airsafe.org.…

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2008-10-07 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

A Qantas Airbus A330-300, with 303 passengers and 10 crew members on board, was on a scheduled international flight from Singapore to Perth. While in cruise, the aircraft reportedly experienced some type of sudden and unexpected altitude change. The crew issued a mayday call before diverting the aircraft to the airport at Learmonth, near the town of Exmouth, about 1100 kilometers or 680 miles north of its intended destination of Perth. About 36 passengers and crew members were injured, with over a dozen severe injuries. AirSafe.com is providing additional information about the event is available at http://qantas.airsafe.org.…

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2008-10-07 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

A Qantas Airbus A330-300, with 303 passengers and 10 crew members on board, was on a scheduled international flight from Singapore to Perth. While in cruise, the aircraft reportedly experienced some type of sudden and unexpected altitude change. The crew issued a mayday call before diverting the aircraft to the airport at Learmonth, near the town of Exmouth, about 1100 kilometers or 680 miles north of its intended destination of Perth. About 36 passengers and crew members were injured, with over a dozen severe injuries. AirSafe.com is providing additional information about the event is available at http://qantas.airsafe.org.…

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Discovery of the Steve Fossett Crash Site (video - WMV)

2008-10-03 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

On September 3rd, 2007, adventurer Steve Fossett took off from Yerington, Nevada on a short flight in a Bellanca Super Decathlon, and went missing. After more than a year, a hiker found some of his personal effects high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California on September 29, 2008. Two days later, authorities spotted wreckage from his aircraft. Possible human remains were also found at the site. The aircraft crashed into a steep granite slope at an elevation of about 10,000 feet, seven miles west of the town of Mammoth Lakes, California. The crash site is about 93 miles or 150 kilometers south of Yerington, Nevada. Pieces of the plane were scattered over a steeply sloped area, with the engine about 300 feet from the fuselage wreckage. There was also evidence of a post crash fire. Fossett was the only occupant. …

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Discovery of the Steve Fossett Crash Site (video - M4V)

2008-10-03 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

On September 3rd, 2007, adventurer Steve Fossett took off from Yerington, Nevada on a short flight in a Bellanca Super Decathlon, and went missing. After more than a year, a hiker found some of his personal effects high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California on September 29, 2008. Two days later, authorities spotted wreckage from his aircraft. Possible human remains were also found at the site. The aircraft crashed into a steep granite slope at an elevation of about 10,000 feet, seven miles west of the town of Mammoth Lakes, California. The crash site is about 93 miles or 150 kilometers south of Yerington, Nevada. Pieces of the plane were scattered over a steeply sloped area, with the engine about 300 feet from the fuselage wreckage. There was also evidence of a post crash fire. Fossett was the only occupant. …

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Discovery of the Steve Fossett Crash Site (audio - MP3)

2008-10-02 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

On September 3rd, 2007, adventurer Steve Fossett took off from Yerington, Nevada on a short flight in a Bellanca Super Decathlon, and went missing. After more than a year, a hiker found some of his personal effects high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California on September 29, 2008. Two days later, authorities spotted wreckage from his aircraft. Possible human remains were also found at the site. The aircraft crashed into a steep granite slope at an elevation of about 10,000 feet, seven miles west of the town of Mammoth Lakes, California. The crash site is about 93 miles or 150 kilometers south of Yerington, Nevada. Pieces of the plane were scattered over a steeply sloped area, with the engine about 300 feet from the fuselage wreckage. There was also evidence of a post crash fire. Fossett was the only occupant. …

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Fatal Jet Crash Injures Blink-182 Drummer Travis Barker (video - WMV)

2008-09-27 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

Travis Barker, former drummer for the music group Blink-182, Adam Goldstein, more widely known as DJ AM, and two other passengers were in a Learjet 60 aircraft that was on a chartered flight from Columbia, South Carolina to Van Nuys airport in Los Angeles. The crash, which happened shortly before midnight, occurred during takeoff. The crew was attempting to abort the takeoff because of what they thought was a blown tire. The NTSB also reported that accident investigators reviewing the recording heard sounds consistent with a tire blowout. The crew was unable to stop the aircraft before it departed the runway. The plane struck a series of antennas and lights, crashed through a fence, crossed a nearby highway, and came to rest on an embankment where it burst into flames. The crash and subsequent fire killed both flight crew members and two of the four passengers. The two survivors, Barker and Goldstein, escaped the aircraft but suffered severe burns. …

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2008-09-27 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

Travis Barker, former drummer for the music group Blink-182, Adam Goldstein, more widely known as DJ AM, and two other passengers were in a Learjet 60 aircraft that was on a chartered flight from Columbia, South Carolina to Van Nuys airport in Los Angeles. The crash, which happened shortly before midnight, occurred during takeoff. The crew was attempting to abort the takeoff because of what they thought was a blown tire. The NTSB also reported that accident investigators reviewing the recording heard sounds consistent with a tire blowout. The crew was unable to stop the aircraft before it departed the runway. The plane struck a series of antennas and lights, crashed through a fence, crossed a nearby highway, and came to rest on an embankment where it burst into flames. The crash and subsequent fire killed both flight crew members and two of the four passengers. The two survivors, Barker and Goldstein, escaped the aircraft but suffered severe burns. …

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Fatal Jet Crash Injures Blink-182 Drummer Travis Barker (audio - MP3)

2008-09-27 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

Travis Barker, former drummer for the music group Blink-182, Adam Goldstein, more widely known as DJ AM, and two other passengers were in a Learjet 60 aircraft that was on a chartered flight from Columbia, South Carolina to Van Nuys airport in Los Angeles. The crash, which happened shortly before midnight, occurred during takeoff. The crew was attempting to abort the takeoff because of what they thought was a blown tire. The NTSB also reported that accident investigators reviewing the recording heard sounds consistent with a tire blowout. The crew was unable to stop the aircraft before it departed the runway. The plane struck a series of antennas and lights, crashed through a fence, crossed a nearby highway, and came to rest on an embankment where it burst into flames. The crash and subsequent fire killed both flight crew members and two of the four passengers. The two survivors, Barker and Goldstein, escaped the aircraft but suffered severe burns. …

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Two Veteran Airline Captains Discuss the Crash of a Spanair MD82 (audio - MP3)

2008-09-23 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 26s

The previous podcast reviewed the initial findings from the Spanish accident investigation. The video version of the podcast also included portions of a security camera video that captured the final moments of the flight. This podcast features a discussion that was originally recorded on August 23rd, 2008, three days after the crash of the Spanair MD82, and featured Capt. Tom Bunn of the SOAR fear of flying organization, and Capt. Steve Fisher, a veteran airline pilot who has flown for a major US airline for over two decades. …

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Preliminary Findings: Crash of Spanair MD82 (video - WMV)

2008-09-19 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

Dr. Todd Curtis reviews the preliminary findings in the investigation of the 20 August 2008 crash of a Spanair MD82 in Madrid. Spanish investigators reportedly found that the flaps were not properly configured for takeoff and that the crew flap configuration alarm was not activated. A video taken by the Spanish airport authorities also show that there was no indication of a fire or explosion while the aircraft was airborne. …

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2008-09-19 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

Dr. Todd Curtis reviews the preliminary findings in the investigation of the 20 August 2008 crash of a Spanair MD82 in Madrid. Spanish investigators reportedly found that the flaps were not properly configured for takeoff and that the crew flap configuration alarm was not activated. A video taken by the Spanish airport authorities also show that there was no indication of a fire or explosion while the aircraft was airborne. …

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Preliminary Findings: Crash of Spanair MD82 (audio - MP3)

2008-09-18 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

Dr. Todd Curtis reviews the preliminary findings in the investigation of the 20 August 2008 crash of a Spanair MD82 in Madrid. Spanish investigators reportedly found that the flaps were not properly configured for takeoff and that the crew flap configuration alarm was not activated. A video taken by the Spanish airport authorities also show that there was no indication of a fire or explosion while the aircraft was airborne. …

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Crash of Aeroflot-Nord 737-500 on 14 September 2008 (video - WMV)

2008-09-14 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 1s

Dr. Todd Curtis discusses the fatal event involving an Aeroflot-Nord 737-500 near Perm, Russia. There were 82 passengers and six crew on the aircraft. All 88 passengers and crew were killed, including six children and one infant.…

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2008-09-14 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
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Dr. Todd Curtis discusses the fatal event involving an Aeroflot-Nord 737-500 near Perm, Russia. There were 82 passengers and six crew on the aircraft. All 88 passengers and crew were killed, including six children and one infant.…

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Crash of Aeroflot-Nord 737-500 on 14 September 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-09-14 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 1s

Dr. Todd Curtis discusses the fatal event involving an Aeroflot-Nord 737-500 near Perm, Russia. There were 82 passengers and six crew on the aircraft. All 88 passengers and crew were killed, including six children and one infant…

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Airline Travel Issues and Hurricanes (video - WMV)

2008-09-02 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

When hurricanes or tropical storms threaten the Gulf or Atlantic coastal areas of the US, passengers across the country may be affected. Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com reviews some of the steps that passengers should take if hurricane or tropical storm approaches.…

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Airline Travel Issues and Hurricanes (video - M4V)

2008-08-31 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

When hurricanes or tropical storms threaten the Gulf or Atlantic coastal areas of the US, passengers across the country may be affected. Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com reviews some of the steps that passengers should take if hurricane or tropical storm approaches.…

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Airline Travel Issues and Hurricanes (audio - MP3)

2008-08-31 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

When hurricanes or tropical storms threaten the Gulf or Atlantic coastal areas of the US, passengers across the country may be affected. Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com reviews some of the steps that passengers should take if hurricane or tropical storm approaches.…

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Crash of Spanair MD82: Comments from Capt. Patrick Smith (audio - MP3)

2008-08-30 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 20s

Two days after the crash of a Spanair MD82 on 20 August 2008, Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com interviewed Patrick Smith, an airline captain with a major US carrier and the author of the book "Ask the Pilot." They discussed several crash-related issues, including the quality of media coverage of the event, and provided some insights into what areas may be important in the ongoing investigation.…

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Crash of an Itek Air 737-200 on 24 August 2008 (Video - WMV)

2008-08-24 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 1s

Dr. Todd Curtis discusses the fatal event involving an Itek Air 737-200. The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to Tehran, Iran. About 10 minutes after takeoff, the crew turned back to the departure airport and also reported some kind of technical problem, crashing short of the runway. There were about 83 passengers and seven crew on the aircraft, including 17 members of Kyrgyzstan's national basketball youth team. Seven team members reportedly survived. At least 65 of those on board, including five of the seven crew members, were killed.…

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2008-08-24 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 1s

Dr. Todd Curtis discusses the fatal event involving an Itek Air 737-200. The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to Tehran, Iran. About 10 minutes after takeoff, the crew turned back to the departure airport and also reported some kind of technical problem, crashing short of the runway. There were about 83 passengers and seven crew on the aircraft, including 17 members of Kyrgyzstan's national basketball youth team. Seven team members reportedly survived. At least 65 of those on board, including five of the seven crew members, were killed.…

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2008-08-24 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 1s

Dr. Todd Curtis discusses the fatal event involving an Itek Air 737-200. The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to Tehran, Iran. About 10 minutes after takeoff, the crew turned back to the departure airport and also reported some kind of technical problem, crashing short of the runway. There were about 83 passengers and seven crew on the aircraft, including 17 members of Kyrgyzstan's national basketball youth team. Seven team members reportedly survived. At least 65 of those on board, including five of the seven crew members, were killed.…

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Crash of Spanair MD82 on 20 August 2008 (Video - WMV)

2008-08-21 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

Dr. Todd Curtis discusses the fatal event involving a Spanair MD82 which crashed in Madrid, Spain on 20 August 2008 shortly after taking off on a scheduled domestic flight to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. There were 162 passengers and 10 crew members on board, and 153 of the 172 occupants were killed.…

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2008-08-21 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

Dr. Todd Curtis discusses the fatal event involving a Spanair MD82 which crashed in Madrid, Spain on 20 August 2008 shortly after taking off on a scheduled domestic flight to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. There were 162 passengers and 10 crew members on board, and 153 of the 172 occupants were killed.…

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2008-08-21 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

Dr. Todd Curtis discusses the fatal event involving a Spanair MD82 which crashed in Madrid, Spain on 20 August 2008 shortly after taking off on a scheduled domestic flight to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. There were 162 passengers and 10 crew members on board, and 153 of the 172 occupants were killed.…

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Secrets of AirSafe.com: Dealing with Legal and Social Realities (audio - MP3)

2008-08-17 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 6s

Dr. Todd Curtis discusses how the laws of the U.S., particularly those dealing with free speech and copyright protection, have allowed AirSafe.com and other sites to flourish, and also how the availability of a variety of free services have allowed all who are online to be much more creative when it comes to producing and consuming online content.…

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Dr. Todd Curtis on the Discovery Channel (audio - MP3)

2008-08-11 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 8s

This show features a segment from the the Discovery Channel series "Survive This!" That segment featured the 21 September 2005 landing gear event involving a jetBlue A320 near Los Angeles. During the clip, Dr. Todd Curtis explains some of the factors that led to a dramatic, but safe end of the flight. The series "Survive This!" ran for one year during the 2007 season…

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Interview with Amanda Ripley, Author of "The Unthinkable" (audio - MP3)

2008-08-03 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 29s

This show features an interview with Time Magazine senior writer Amanda Ripley, Author of the book "The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes And Why." Amanda has traveled the world, writing about and studying a number of disasters, including the attacks of 9/11, and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. She currently covers both risk and homeland security issues for Time Magazine.…

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Investigation Update for the Qantas 747 Decompression Event of 25 July 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-07-28 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 19s

Dr. Todd Curtis reviews information from provided by Australian investigators that points to a aircraft systems failure as a possible cause of the explosive decompression event. Also, fear of flying expert Capt. Tom Bunn discusses the media's response to this incident.…

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Secrets of AirSafe.com: Key Technology Trends and How They Are Used (audio - MP3)

2008-07-27 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 11s

AirSafe.com creator Dr. Todd Curtis discusses key online technological innovations, including search engines, blogs, and subscription services, that have influenced how AirSafe.com changed over time to accommodate the needs of the audience.…

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In-Flight Emergency Involving a Qantas 747-400 Near Manila on 25 July 2008 (video - WMV)

2008-07-27 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

AirSafe.com creator Dr. Todd Curtis reviews the initial information about a Qantas rapid decompression event over the Pacific Ocean which led to a diversion to Manila. Dr. Curtis also discusses possible causes of the event, as well as selected previous episodes where an airliner had a decompression event coupled with a loss of part of the fuselage.…

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2008-07-26 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

AirSafe.com creator Dr. Todd Curtis reviews the initial information about a Qantas rapid decompression event over the Pacific Ocean which led to a diversion to Manila. Dr. Curtis also discusses possible causes of the event, as well as selected previous episodes where an airliner had a decompression event coupled with a loss of part of the fuselage.…

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2008-07-25 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

AirSafe.com creator Dr. Todd Curtis reviews the initial information about a Qantas rapid decompression event over the Pacific Ocean which led to a diversion to Manila. Dr. Curtis also discusses possible causes of the event, as well as selected previous episodes where an airliner had a decompression event coupled with a loss of part of the fuselage.…

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Secrets of AirSafe.com: A How-to Guide on Becoming an Internationally Recognized Expert (audio - MP3)

2008-07-21 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 9s

AirSafe.com creator Dr. Todd Curtis talks about how he has been able to get interviewed by major national and international news media organizations, and he describes how he used his experiences, credentials, and published works to attract the attention of producers and editors at newspapers, magazines, and television.…

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Secrets of AirSafe.com: How Visitors Use the Site (audio - MP3)

2008-07-14 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 9s

AirSafe.com creator Dr. Todd Curtis shares his observations of how visitors use the site, and how these traffic pattern continues to influence the content of the site. Research on media behavior around plane crashes, especially the events reported by the New York Times, was the basis of the original design of the site. After the site's launch, visitor traffic patterns and visitor feedback became the key factors that influenced site design and site content.…

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Secrets of AirSafe.com: Online Resources and Content Guidelines (audio - MP3)

2008-07-07 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 6s

AirSafe.com creator Dr. Todd Curtis discussed some of the key Internet resources that have made it possible to build and maintain an audience, and how those resources have changed over the years. In addition, he'll also talk about the criteria and guidelines that determine what kind of information shows up in the site. …

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Introducing the Secrets of AirSafe.com (audio - MP3)

2008-06-30 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

AirSafe.com creator Dr. Todd Curits reflects on the 12 years that AirSafe.com has been in operation, and introduces the "secrets" of AirSafe.com, which are the tools, insights, and lessons learned that have been key to the development of the site and its audience. …

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Crash of Patagonia Airlines Cessna Caravan in Chile on 7 June 2008 (video - WMV)

2008-06-26 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

This show features an Al-Jazeera broadcast of the recovery of the surviving passengers four days after the crash. The only death was to the pilot, who died two days after the crash.…

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2008-06-25 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

This show features an Al-Jazeera broadcast of the recovery of the surviving passengers four days after the crash. The only death was to the pilot, who died two days after the crash.…

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2008-06-25 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

This show features an Al-Jazeera broadcast of the recovery of the surviving passengers four days after the crash. The only death was to the pilot, who died two days after the crash.…

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Crash of a TACA Airbus A320 at Tegucigalpa, Honduras on May 30th, 2008 (video - WMV)

2008-06-19 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from San Salvador, El Salvador, to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The aircraft landed, overran the runway, went down an embankment, and struck several vehicles. One of the six crew members and two of the 118 passengers were killed. Two people outside the aircraft were also killed.…

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2008-06-19 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from San Salvador, El Salvador, to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The aircraft landed, overran the runway, went down an embankment, and struck several vehicles. One of the six crew members and two of the 118 passengers were killed. Two people outside the aircraft were also killed.…

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The Roots of Fear of Flying with Capt. Tom Bunn and Lisa Hauptner (audio - MP3)

2008-06-06 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 52s

This show features two pioneers in the treatment of fear of flying, Captain Tom Bunn and Lisa Hauptner of SOAR fear of flying organization. These two experts, who are both trained therapists, reveal a number of surprising facts about fear of flying, including the roots of fear of flying and the fact that the fear is often only indirectly related to flying.…

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Crash of a TACA Airbus A320 at Tegucigalpa, Honduras on May 30th, 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-05-30 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

This initial report on the crash of a TACA A320 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The aircraft ran off the runway and hit several cars on a nearby road. Early media reports indicate that two passengers and the captain were killed, as well as an occupant in a car hit by the aircraft. This was the first fatal jet airliner event for TACA.…

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AAIB Investigation of British Airways 777 Crash 17 Jan 2008: Update 4 (video - WMV)

2008-05-25 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

Second update on the ongoing investigation into the accident at London's Heathrow Airport involving a British Airways 777. This report is based on information released by the AAIB on 23 January 2008.…

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Interview on the Radio America Show 'The Gregg Knapp Experience' - 14 April 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-04-13 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 9s

This interview from the Radio America show The Gregg Knapp Experience focused on issues that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee discussed in their hearings that started on April 3rd, 2008. Topics covered included the threats that were alleged to have been directed at whistleblowers in the FAA who wanted to report problems with the oversight process.…

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Interview on the BBC Show 'The World Today' - 7 April 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-04-07 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

This interview from the BBC show The World Today focused on issues that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee discussed in their hearings that started on April 3rd, 2008. Topics covered included the role of whistleblowers in the FAA and whether the FAA is doing their job of protecting those who fly.…

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Interview on the Don Shelby Show on WCCO Radio in Minneapolis - 7 April 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-04-07 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 10s

This interview from the Don Shelby Show on WCCO radio in Minneapolis focused on issues that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee discussed in their hearings that started on April 3rd, 2008. Topics covered included the risks passengers may face as a result of recent maintenance problems, and issues around airline maintenance that us outsourced to companies outside of the U.S.…

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Interview on the Ankarlo Morning Show on KTAR Radio in Phoenix - 3 April 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-04-03 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 11s

This discussion with KTAR host Darrell Ankarlo focused on issues that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would likely discuss in their hearings that started on April 3rd, 2008.…

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The A Discussion of Concerns After a String of Airline Safety Events - 1 April 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-04-01 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 47s

This was a roundtable discussion, first broadcast on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU radio on 1 April 2008, featuring Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Aviation Daily Jim Matthews, and the vice president for operations and safety of the Air Transport Association Basil Barimo.…

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The FAA Inspection Process and Southwest Airlines - 28 March 2008 (video - MP4)

2008-03-29 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 9s

Dr. Todd Curtis discusses a proposed $10.2 million dollar fine against Southwest Airlines and how problems with FAA safety inspection process allowed the airline to continue to fly airplanes that were not in compliance with a mandatory safety inspection. Dr. Curtis also discusses the role the FAA played in allowing Southwest to fly out of compliance aircraft, and how subsequent actions by the FAA may ensure that all airline operators may be following the rules but may also inconvenience passengers and undermines their confidence in the FAA.…

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2008-03-29 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

Dr. Todd Curtis discusses a proposed $10.2 million dollar fine against Southwest Airlines and how problems with FAA safety inspection process allowed the airline to continue to fly airplanes that were not in compliance with a mandatory safety inspection. Dr. Curtis also discusses the role the FAA played in allowing Southwest to fly out of compliance aircraft, and how subsequent actions by the FAA may ensure that all airline operators may be following the rules but may also inconvenience passengers and undermines their confidence in the FAA.…

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2008-03-28 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 9s

Dr. Todd Curtis discusses a proposed $10.2 million dollar fine against Southwest Airlines and how problems with FAA safety inspection process allowed the airline to continue to fly airplanes that were not in compliance with a mandatory safety inspection. Dr. Curtis also discusses the role the FAA played in allowing Southwest to fly out of compliance aircraft, and how subsequent actions by the FAA may ensure that all airline operators may be following the rules but may also inconvenience passengers and undermines their confidence in the FAA.…

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Interview with Airline Pilot Patrick Smith, Author of the Book 'Ask the Pilot' - 5 March 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-03-05 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 35s

Patrick Smith and Dr. Todd Curtis discuss several issues, including popular misconceptions about airline safety, the role of the Internet in shaping the public's perception of airline safety, as well as how the TSA should be changed in order to enhance airline security.…

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Crash of a British Airways 777 in London 17 January 2008 Update 3 (video - MP4)

2008-02-21 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 8s

In this show, Dr. Todd Curtis provides passengers with an overivew what is allowed and not allowed either in carry on or checked baggage, and he also provides insights into how to avoid the most common airport security hassles.…

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2008-02-21 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

Third update on the ongoing investigation into the accident at London's Heathrow Airport involving a British Airways 777. This update is based on information released by the AAIB on 18 February 2008, and focuses on analyses of the fuel system, the engines, and their associated control systems.…

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2008-02-20 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 8s

Third update on the ongoing investigation into the accident at London's Heathrow Airport involving a British Airways 777. This update is based on information released by the AAIB on 18 February 2008, and focuses on analyses of the fuel system, the engines, and their associated control systems.…

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Things You Should Not Bring On Board - 13 February 2008 (video - MP4)

2008-02-13 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 6s

In this show, Dr. Todd Curtis provides passengers with an overivew what is allowed and not allowed either in carry on or checked baggage, and he also provides insights into how to avoid the most common airport security hassles.…

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2008-02-13 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

In this show, Dr. Todd Curtis provides passengers with an overivew what is allowed and not allowed either in carry on or checked baggage, and he also provides insights into how to avoid the most common airport security hassles.…

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2008-02-13 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 6s

In this show, Dr. Todd Curtis provides passengers with an overivew what is allowed and not allowed either in carry on or checked baggage, and he also provides insights into how to avoid the most common airport security hassles.…

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Interview with Kate Hanni of the Coalition for an Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights - 5 February 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-02-05 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 27s

This interview covers several of the areas of interest of the group, including changing the airline industry's rules on how delayed passengers should be treated. Also discussed was the role that the AirSafe.com audience can play in bringing about these changes.…

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Interview with Mike Blanchard of Calgary Today CHQR AM 770 on 16 January 2008, Plus Remembering the Challenger Disaster 22 Years Later (audio - MP3)

2008-01-28 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 13s

The first part of the podcast is a discussion of the suspected turbulence event on 10 January 2008 involving an Air Canada A319 with a focus on the possible role that it may have been caused by wake turbulence from another aircraft. The second part of the podcast commemorates the 22nd anniversary of the last flight of the space shuttle Challenger by replaying audio clips from the launch and from President Reagan's address to the nation.…

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Crash of a British Airways 777 in London 17 January 2008 Update 2 (video - MP4)

2008-01-25 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 6s

Second update on the ongoing investigation into the accident at London's Heathrow Airport involving a British Airways 777. This report is based on information released by the AAIB on 23 January 2008.…

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2008-01-25 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

Second update on the ongoing investigation into the accident at London's Heathrow Airport involving a British Airways 777. This report is based on information released by the AAIB on 23 January 2008.…

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2008-01-25 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 6s

Second update on the ongoing investigation into the accident at London's Heathrow Airport involving a British Airways 777. This report is based on information released by the AAIB on 23 January 2008.…

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Crash of a British Airways 777 in London 17 January 2008 Update 1 (video - MP4)

2008-01-23 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 8s

First update on the ongoing investigation into the accident at London's Heathrow Airport involving a British Airways 777. This report is based on information released by the AAIB shortly after the crash.…

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2008-01-23 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

First update on the ongoing investigation into the accident at London's Heathrow Airport involving a British Airways 777. This report is based on information released by the AAIB shortly after the crash.…

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2008-01-23 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 8s

First update on the ongoing investigation into the accident at London's Heathrow Airport involving a British Airways 777. This report is based on information released by the AAIB shortly after the crash.…

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Aircraft Incident Involving Senator Barack Obama on 12 January 2008 (video- WMV)

2008-01-18 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

Overview of a minor aircraft incident involving Senator Barack Obama, and the related public policy issue of managing air travel risks of presidential candidates.…

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Crash of a British Airways 777 in London 17 January 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-01-17 :: Dr. Todd Curtis

Initial report of a non-fatal accident at London's Heathrow Airport involving a British Airways 777…

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Aircraft Incident Involving Senator Barack Obama on 12 January 2008 (audio - MP3)

2008-01-17 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

Overview of a minor aircraft incident involving Senator Barack Obama, and the related public policy issue of managing air travel risks of presidential candidates.…

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Turbulence Event on an Air Canada A319 Flight on 10 January 2008 (video - MP4)

2008-01-11 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation reviews a possible turbulence event that injured several passengers and crew members.…

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Aircraft Incident Involving Senator Barack Obama on 12 January 2008 (video - MP4)

2008-01-11 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

Overview of a minor aircraft incident involving Senator Barack Obama, and the related public policy issue of managing air travel risks of presidential candidates.…

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Turbulence Event on an Air Canada A319 Flight on 10 January 2008 (video - WMV)

2008-01-11 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation reviews a possible turbulence event that injured several passengers and crew members.…

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2008-01-11 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation reviews a possible turbulence event that injured several passengers and crew members.…

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Accident Updates for Events in Venezuela and Iran (video - MP4): January 6, 2008

2008-01-06 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 3s

Dr. Todd Curtis updates the status of two airline accidents that occurred in the first week of January 2008, and requests that members of the audience submit details about a 2 January 2008 takeoff accident in Tehran, Iran.…

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2008-01-06 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

Dr. Todd Curtis updates the status of two airline accidents that occurred in the first week of January 2008, and requests that members of the audience submit details about a 2 January 2008 takeoff accident in Tehran, Iran.…

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2008-01-06 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 3s

Dr. Todd Curtis updates the status of two airline accidents that occurred in the first week of January 2008, and requests that members of the audience submit details about a 2 January 2008 takeoff accident in Tehran, Iran.…

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AirSafe.com Year in Review (video - MP4): Fatal Airline Events of 2007

2008-01-03 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 9s

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation reviews the eight fatal airline events of 2007, and also looks at fatal event trends over the last decade.…

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2008-01-03 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation reviews the eight fatal airline events of 2007, and also looks at fatal event trends over the last decade.…

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2008-01-03 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 9s

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation reviews the eight fatal airline events of 2007, and also looks at fatal event trends over the last decade.…

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Evacuation Issues (video - MP4): Lessons from the Crash of an Air France A340 in Toronto, Canada 2 August 2005 (video - WMV)

2007-12-25 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 13s

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation reviews a crash involving an Air France A340 in Toronto, Canada on 2 August 2005, and also provides a digital recreation of the accident. Also discussed are evacuation issues brought up by this event, and advice for passengers that may help them survive a crash.…

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2007-12-25 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation reviews a crash involving an Air France A340 in Toronto, Canada on 2 August 2005, and also provides a digital recreation of the accident. Also discussed are evacuation issues brought up by this event, and advice for passengers that may help them survive a crash.…

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Evacuation Issues (MP3): Lessons from the Crash of an Air France A340 in Toronto, Canada 2 August 2005

2007-12-25 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 13s

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation reviews a crash involving an Air France A340 in Toronto, Canada on 2 August 2005. Also discussed are evacuation issues brought up by this event, and advice for passengers that may help them survive a crash.…

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Aircraft Crash Positions (video - MP4)

2007-12-10 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 7s

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation reviews the six basic types of aircraft crash positions that passengers and cabin crew may face in flight.…

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2007-12-10 :: TheConversation@AirSafe.com (Dr. Todd Curtis)

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation reviews the six basic types of aircraft crash positions that passengers and cabin crew may face in flight.…

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2007-12-10 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 7s

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation reviews the six basic types of aircraft crash positions that passengers and cabin crew may face in flight.…

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Overview of the 30 November 2007 Fatal Event Involving Atlasjet of Turkey (video - mp4)

2007-11-30 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation provides an overview of the 30 November 2007 fatal event involving Atlasjet of Turkey.…

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Overview of the 30 November 2007 Fatal Event Involving Atlasjet of Turkey (audio)

2007-11-30 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 2s

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe.com Foundation provides an overview of the 30 November 2007 fatal event involving Atlasjet of Turkey.…

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Interview on the Don Shelby Show on WCCO Radio on November 26, 2007 concerning a crash of a Cirrus SR22 aircraft

2007-11-28 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 13s

Dr. Todd Curtis and Don Shelby discussed sevaral issues related to the flight characteristics of high-performance single engine aircraft like the Cirrus R22.…

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The AirSafe.com Foundation and the One Laptop Per Child Project

2007-11-24 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 13s

The AirSafe.com Foundation's latest effort will evaluate the unique capabilities of the One Laptop Per Child Project's computers and will share the lessons learned with the public.…

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Minnesota Public Radio interview on November 16, 2007 concerning a GAO report about airport security vulnerabilities.

2007-11-22 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 28s

During a 2007 audit of airport security procedures, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigators sucessfully passed through TSA checkpoints with components for a number of improvised explosive devices. Dr. Todd Curtis of AirSafe.com and Dr. Randolph Hall of USC discussed the security implications of these findings.…

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Interview with the Voice of America on November 6, 2007 Concerning Airline Safety Issues in Africa.

2007-11-09 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 7s

In recent years, several high profile airliner crashes in Africa have called into question the level of safety and security of the continent's airlines. In the November 6, 2007 edition of the Perspectives program of the Voice of America, Dr. Todd Curtis was one of several noted aviation experts who spoke about the role of aviation in Africa and also about the factors that contribute to Africa's a relatively high accident rate.…

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Interview the BBC on October 30, 2007 Concerning Problems with Abandoned Airliners in Nigeria.

2007-11-03 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

Over the last several years, a number of airliner aircraft have been abandoned at several Nigerian airports. In this BBC interviw from October 30, 2007, Dr. Todd Curtis discusses this situation and offers comparisons with how aircaft become abandoned in the U.S. and the developing world.…

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Interview with Jearlyn Steele of WCCO Radio January 21, 2007

2007-11-02 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 28s

This interview covered a variety of aviation safety and security topics with an emphasis on TSA issues. …

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MSNBC Interview with Dr. Todd Curtis About Airborne Disease Risks

2007-10-28 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

After a man with a suspected case of infectious tuberculosis had traveled on several flights over about a two week period, there was concern about possible risks to other passengers. This podcast features a May 31, 2007 MSNBC interview of both Dr. Todd Curtis that discussed the risks faced by other passengers and the options that airlines have for dealing with those risks.…

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NASA Refuses to Release Research Results October 22, 2007

2007-10-23 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 8s

On 22 October 2007, Associated Press reports revealed that NASA had ordered that the data from a multi-year survey of 24,000 pilots not be released because of the possible negative impact on the public's perception of aviation safety. This podcast features a BBC interview of both Dr. Todd Curtis and Congressman Brad Miller of North Carolina.…

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CNN Interview with Dr. Todd Curtis August 29, 2007

2007-09-05 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 6s

Dr. Todd Curtis provides insight and background into his August 29, 2007 interview on the CNN program American Morning. The interview focused on actions taken by airlines and civil aviation authorities in the aftermath of a a fire that destroyed a China Airlines 737-800 aircraft after a landing in Okinawa, Japan.…

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Year in Review - 2006

2007-01-02 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 7s

AirSafe.com reviews the most significant airline safety and security events of 2006, including five airliner crashes that killed every passenger.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #16 - An Update to Things You Should Not Bring On Board

2006-09-26 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 12s

In the wake of a foiled attempt to bomb airliners using liquid explosives, the rules on what is allowed on aircraft have changed dramatically, and AirSafe.com addresses those changes in this podcast.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #15 for August 11, 2006 - British Authorities Foil Plot to Sabotage U.S. Airliners

2006-08-11 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 3s

A review the details of a plot uncovered by British authorities that prevented the possible destruction of up to 10 U.S. airliners. Also provides suggestions on how passengers can do their part to help prevent future threats to aircraft.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #14 for June 28, 2006 - Highlights of Recent Complaints

2006-06-28 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 22s

A review of recent noteworthy complaints submitted to AirSafe.com, with a focus on delays, issues with unaccompanied children, lost luggage, and the fact that in most cases the airline is not required to provide any compensation. This conversation also discusses discusses ways to reduce or eliminate the risks of some of these problems.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #13 for May 23, 2006 - Baggage Basics for Checked and Carry-on Items

2006-05-23 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 11s

Provides advice for reducing the risk of having your baggage lost, stolen, damaged, or delayed. This conversation also discusses specific strategies for reducing your risk of laptop computer theft. Additional resources include links to overhead storage bin risks, information about prohibited items, and a guide on how to file a complaint.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #12 for May 12, 2006 - Flight Delays and Overbookings

2006-05-12 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 10s

This conversation reviews the the different kinds of compensation that passengers may receive as a result of flight delays and cancellations, highlighting the differences between U.S. airlines and airlines from the European Union.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #11 for April 1, 2006 - The Safest Airlines in the World

2006-03-31 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 10s

This conversation reviews the fatal event rates of airlines both large and small, and identifies some of the airlines that have not had a fatal event in the last 20 years. It also discusses the frequency of fatal events and describes how all airlines, even those without fatal events, remain at risk.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #10 for March 24, 2006 - The European Union Bans 96 Airlines

2006-03-23 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

This conversation covers key details concerning the 96 airlines that are banned from operating in the European Union, the effect this will likely have on passengers, and further steps that can be taken by the world's civil aviation authorities to provide more useful information to the average air traveler.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #9 for March 21, 2006 - Bird Flu Risks for Air Travelers

2006-03-21 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 5s

Reviews some of the key issues that may cause Bird Flu to be a major problem for air travelers. This conversation also reviews the case of the deaths of six passengers in 2003 after in flight exposure to the SARS virus.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #8 for March 20, 2006 - Airline Rules for Unaccompanied Children

2006-03-20 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 12s

AirSafe.com offers a basic overview of the rules many airlines have for unaccompanied children, and tips for avoiding many of the problems of travel by unaccompanied children.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #7 for February 16, 2006 - How to Make a Successful Air Travel Complaint

2006-02-17 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 12s

AirSafe.com offers basic advice for making complaints about your air travel experience and how to document a complaint to give you the best chance of getting compensation.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #6 for January 27, 2006 - Guidelines for Using Personal Audio and Visual Devices

2006-01-27 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 10s

AirSafe.com explores privacy and personal space issues centering on the display of adult oriented material on the passenger personal entertainment devices of airline passengers, and also presents suggested guidelines for the responsible use of personal entertainment devices.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #5 for January 16, 2006 - Significant Aviation Safety and Security Events for 2005

2006-01-16 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 17s

AirSafe.com reviews the 17 most significant airline safety and security events of 2005, including six crashes that killed all passenger and crew.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #4 - TSA Changes for December 2005

2005-12-22 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 8s

AirSafe.com reviews several TSA changes that take effect in December of 2005 means that passengers will face increased risks due to previously banned items being allowed on the aircraft, but decreased risks due to an TSA increased emphasis on explosives detection.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #3 - Things You Should Not Bring On Board

2005-11-07 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 9s

Even four years after 9/11, many passengers still have questions about what is allowed on airliners, questions that AirSafe.com addresses in this podcast on on its web site.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #2 - Top 10 Airline Safety Questions

2005-11-01 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 22s

Of the many questions submitted to AirSafe.com over the years, these 10 represent the most frequently asked categories of questions.…

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The Conversation at AirSafe.com #1 - Airline Blacklists

2005-10-25 :: Dr. Todd Curtis
Length: 11s

The US, UK, France, and several other countries have publicized lists of countries and airlines that are banned from operating in their respective country. AirSafe.com founder Dr. Todd Curtis explains why these governments have not gone far enough to inform the public.…

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