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Low-frills carrier Ryanair is doing its bit to help the Spanish economy with its "Rescue Offer". The airline is promoting one way flights to Spain from £12.99 on its homepage, informing passengers "This summer Spain needs you!" 

A woman travelling from Las Vegas to New York with Southwest Airlines was told by airline staff they she was dressed "innapropriately" and ordered to cover up if she wanted to board the flight, reports Huffington Post. The woman was later allowed to board without covering up and the airline offered an apology, but it maintains that it has the right to refuse passengers with "lewd, obscene or patently offensive" clothing.

Remember the JetBlue flight that was diverted to Amarillo in March due to the captain's "erratic behaviour"? Ten passengers on board that flight this week filed a lawsuit against the airline, claiming they feared for their lives. The passengers are seeking unspecified damages for emotional distress, reports AP.

South African carrier, Kulula, is famed for its funny marketing gimmicks. Remember the gift of a cow to Prince William and his bride last year? Or how about Fourth Wife Flies Free special promotion to Jacob Zuma's latest nutpials? Shashank Nigam at SimpliFlying interviews the marketing head of the "world's funniest airline" to find out how some of the airline's best campaigns went viral.
Helsinki Airport has turned its nose up at the traditional idea of selling retail space for a book shop. Instead, the airport has set up a book swap in terminal 2. Australian Business Traveller visited recently and took some snaps.
In an effort to help improve the public image of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the U.S. House Homeland Security Transportation subcomittee has come up with some suggestions. "There are certain people that are just so well-known that you've just got to use your common sense," said Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), who named Beyonce as an example. According to this LA Times report, TSA agents should also stop patting down familiar faces like former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. 

A light aircraft that lost power immediately after take-off crash landed directly in front of a stop sign on Cessna Drive, Erie, reports the Daily Mail, which calls it "the most appropriate crash landing in history."

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