It's not as easy to get the records of the individual cases that underly the data. Alison Duquette, who works in media relations at FAA headquarters, told me that it may require a Freedom of Information Act request, because the agency would have to redact private data.
Duquette told me the list actually does not reflect the worst of the worst. If passengers get really awful, the airlines will notify the FBI and local law enforcement, who will be waiting at the gate to welcome the trouble-makers with handcuffs. Last time she checked, the U.S. Department of Justice does not keep records on passenger prosecutions, Duquette said.
It's lights, camera, action on Thursday for the Woody Harrelson movie "Wilson," on location at the state prison in Stillwater. But the Department of Corrections' ban on cameras means the film crew won't be allowed inside.
The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared "zombie-like" when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities said.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that consumer complaints about airline service nationwide declined 12.2 percent the first six months of this year, when compared with the same period last year.
An internal Federal Aviation Administration report more than three years ago urged greater safety oversight of the hot air balloon tour industry, but agency officials ignored the warning and later rejected similar recommendations from a federal accident investigations board.
All 300 people aboard an Emirates airliner survived a crash landing in Dubai on Wednesday, scrambling down emergency slides before flames consumed the plane in an accident that halted flights for hours at the world's third-busiest airport. One firefighter was killed battling the blaze.