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Starting sometime this month, Australian Airline Jetstar Airways will offer the iPad for passengers to rent for $10 on selected domestic routes. The iPad provided on the flight will have movies and television programs as well as games, e-books and music.

Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan said he expected the iPads to prove very popular onboard.

“Given the demand for the iPad so far, I anticipate it will have strong appeal amongst our passengers,” Mr Buchanan said in the statement.

“Based on demand for the iPads as part of the trial, we’ll be looking to roll out the devices across our entire domestic and international network later in the year.”

Source: news.smh.com.au

The company says the system will even allows for the iPad to be used during take-off and landing, when other electronic devices have to be shut off.

It is currently under trial and if it is successful, it might become standard on all flights.

It does make you wonder if US Airlines will consider a similar trail? A lot of airlines have cut back on the in-flight entertainment on domestic flights. It does make sense to rent out iPads that are light and are, if not bigger, almost the same size as a standard in-flight tv screen.

Is anyone listening????

From Mizozo.com

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Another Qantas jet (Boeing 737-800) had to make an emergency landing. The plane made an emergency landing at Adelaide Airport (37 minutes after taking off from the airport) after a door opened during flight to Melbourne. The airline did announce that “the door covering the wheel bay was not closed properly during take-off“.

This is the second incidence of emergency landing from Qantas Airways in the last 7 days and is bound to cause attention on safety for the airlines.

A Passenger’s account from The Guardian

“The latter version of events was supported by a passenger, Rocco
Russo, who said that he heard a rattling noise about 10 minutes after
take-off and the pilot announced that there was a problem with a door
closing above the plane’s wheel.
“He then continued to fly and
said that he was going to contact the engineers and then a few minutes
after that came back on and said the engineers had gotten back to him
and the advice was to return to Adelaide,” Russo told ABC News.”

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A Qantas 747-400 (QF 30 from London to Melbourne) was cruising at 29,000 feet when there was a loud boom. The boom was because of a hole which grew with a time extending from cargo hold into the passenger cabin. The cabin lost pressure and the aircraft started losing altitude (quickly descended 10,000 feet). The plane made an emergency landing at Manila airport (Philippines) and all the 346 passengers landed safe (though some vomited after landing).

From Associated Press

“”One hour into the flight there was a big bang, then the plane started
going down,” passenger Marina Scaffidi, 39, from Melbourne, told The
Associated Press by phone from Manila airport. “There was wind swirling
around the plane and some condensation.””

“”There was a terrific boom and bits of wood and debris just flew
forward into first (class) and the oxygen masks dropped down,” she told
Australia’s ABC Radio. “It was absolutely terrifying, but I have to say
everyone was very calm.””

“Bob Vandel, executive vice president of the independent, Virginia-based
Flight Safety Foundation, said the hole caused the plane to lose
pressure and oxygen, which required the pilot to start a quick, initial
descent to normalize oxygen levels, said Vandel.”

Video –
One of the passengers took a video inside the aircraft with landing. For video Click here

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