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Air rage granny

An intoxicated 58-year-old grandmother travelling on a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Wellington has been fined A$3500 after she assaulted a fellow passenger on board the aircraft. She has also been ordered to pay A$18,245 to Qantas to cover the airline's costs after it was forced to turn back to Melbourne due to her drunken antics, reports The Age. The grandmother had to be restrained by crew who "used three child seatbelts attached together to strap her across the shoulders." 

Hair rage diversion

A Monarch flight from Manchester to Majorca carrying 212 passengers had to redirect to Gatwick airport 90 minutes after takeoff after crew detected smoke on board. A police spokesman said: "the smoke came from a passenger whose hair had been singed by another passenger that he was travelling with." Both passengers involved were part of a stag party, reports The Telegraph.

Not at your service

Japanese carrier Skymark Airlines has made a u-turn on its "Service Concept" guidelines after it ceded to a complaint filed by the Tokyo Metropolitan government, reports AOL Travel. The guidelines instructed cabin crew that they were not required to use polite language when talking to passengers and not to help passengers with their luggage. Also among the "service" failures, an on board notice advised passengers: "we will not accept complaints made on-board. In case a passenger does not understand that, we will ask the person to leave so that we can take off as scheduled."

Political brawl 

Two Syrian flight attendants delayed the departure of their flight from Dubai after a debate about politics in their country turned into a fist-fight. The Telegraph, citing Arabic newspapers, says the situation became so serious that Saudi Arabian Airlines has banned its crew from "any political activity or discussion whilst on duty, or risk dismissal."

Flying teddies

UK-based Thomson Airways has found a way to avoid family chaos at the airport when a child's beloved teddy goes missing in transit. The airline is now allowing young passengers to 'check in' their teddies, says the Daily Mail. Teddy will receive a boarding pass and a 'Very Important Buddy' tag before boarding the aircraft. The move is hoped to reduce the number of teddies that end up at Gatwick's lost property department each month.

Flying banana takes to the sky

And finally, as the latest low-cost Asian airline took the skies this week, a Singapore Airlines pilot has a novel description of the brightly painted yellow Scoot aircraft:"“It’s like a flying banana in the sky.” CNN Go includes a review of the inaugural Singapore-Sydney flight, complete with photos of the airline's bright yellow seats. 

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