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    Posted by Rupa Haria 8:49 AM on Mar 30, 2012

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    Some people really, really love aviation. Anthony Toth, a sales director for United Airlines, has spent $200,000 and 20 years amassing Pan Am memorabilia. His collection includes seats, oxygen masks and pillows, all of which have been used to create a replica first cabin inside his 625sq ft. garage in Redondo Beach, California. The Daily Mail carries a number of screenshots of Mr Toth’s collection from the U.S. television program My Crazy Obsession.

    Thinking of checking in your luggage at New York’s JFK airport? Think again, says CBS. More than 200 thefts from checked luggage occur at the airport each day, with everyone from baggage handlers, jetway workers, to security people rummaging through passengers’ belongings, according to the report. “The belly of the airplane has become like a flea market for airport employees. They go in there and go through all the luggage unencumbered, unchecked,” JFK security lawyer Kenneth Mollins said. 

    To coincide with the launch of its redesigned upper class cabin, Virgin Atlantic is peddling a new red lip colour called “Upper Class Red”. "It's a really bluey-red," according to the airline’s grooming manager. "Red hot lips have always been a trademark of our cabin crew, signifying the strength and confidence they embody." For those wanting to embody a member of Virgin Cabin’s crew, the £15 lipstick can be purchased at Virgin Clubhouse spas, says The Telegraph

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    A woman who was reportedly scared of flying was arrested in Fort Myers after spitting on the faces of cabin crew and kicking one attendant, leaving her with bruises and bandages. The incident happened on board a U.S. Airways flight from Charlotte to Fort Myers, reports the Huffington Post.

    The Wall Street Journal carries a detailed account of the incident involving the JetBlue pilot that had to restrained by passengers after he became erratic on a flight from New York to Vegas. A passenger on board flight 191 said the “captain first emerged from the cockpit acting "very agitated"—talking frenetically, gesturing wildly and drinking a lot of water. "He was having a crisis of sorts."

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