Travel Allegiant Air goes on defensive after explosive "60 Minutes" report

13:10  16 april  2018
13:10  16 april  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

The Empire State Building to light up every hour

  The Empire State Building to light up every hour One of New York's most iconic landmarks has launched a new illumination feature that takes a page out of the Eiffel Tower's playbook. Over the weekend, New York's Empire State Building, which soars 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, erupted in a sparkle of twinkle lights, showing off a new regular feature: For five minutes, on the hour, every hour, the building will light up between sunset and 2 am ET.

Allegiant Air goes on defensive after explosive " 60 Minutes " report . 15 Photos. Missile strike against Syrian chemical weapon facilities.

Cassie Sainsbury's explosive 60 Minutes interview1:00. The 60 Minutes interview airs on Sunday at 8.30pm on Channel 9. Aussie dies after Thailand crash. Go Fund Me couple ‘should be ashamed’.

Two Allegiant Air jets taxi at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas May 9, 2013.© AP Photo/David Becker Two Allegiant Air jets taxi at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas May 9, 2013. A seven-month "60 Minutes" investigation into Allegiant Air, the Las Vegas-based ultra-low-cost carrier, found more than 100 serious incidents involving mechanical issues. The airline issued a brief statement to CBS News before the piece's aired but, in a response posted after the story aired and in an internal memo, the airline alleged the segment was a "false narrative."

The internal memo was first tweeted by AirlineGeeks.com, and Allegiant later confirmed to CBS News that it had been sent to employees. "Know we are prepared to fight back against '60 Minutes,"' the memo reads.

Allegiant Announces New Routes, Discounted Fares

  Allegiant Announces New Routes, Discounted Fares Fares on the routes start as low as $49.The first two new routes flown by Allegiant will be to Jacksonville International Airport from Louisville International Airport starting on June 8 and Norfolk International Airport on June 14, with prices for both services starting at $49.

Allegiant ’s stock actually went up 24% in the weeks after the article was published. But a report on 60 Minutes is a very different thing. An average of 12 million people, or 4% of the U.S. population, are reported to watch the program each week.

Why 60 Minutes aired disturbing photos. I'm going for my costume fitting next week." And I--she made an appointment with the costume designer on the movie, and she--and I said, "What do you mean, the new movie?" Kroft delivered his first report for 60 Minutes in 1989.

"60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft said in an "Overtime" segment that "60 Minutes" got "no cooperation" from either Allegiant or the FAA in the beginning of reporting the story.

In the memo, Allegiant blamed the report on a "terminated employee" who is "currently engaged in a lawsuit seeking money damages against the company."

It's unclear who employee Allegiant is referring to. The "60 Minutes" piece details an incident involving Captain Jason Kinzer, who was fired in 2015 six weeks after turning around shortly after takeoff due to smoke in the cabin. Loretta Alkalay, who spent 30 years as an FAA lawyer, said she has "never ever heard of an airline firing a pilot for an emergency evacuation."

'60 Minutes' report details progression of Alzheimer's

  '60 Minutes' report details progression of Alzheimer's A sobering '60 Minutes' report filmed over a decade shows the toll that Alzheimer's disease takes on a wife and husband in New York. The Alzheimer's Association believes it is the first time a broadcast report has followed the progression of the disease so closely in one person. The story also shows the toll that it takes on the woman's caregiving husband.CBS medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook began interviewing Mike and Carol Daly of Staten Island, New York, in 2008, shortly after Carol learned of her diagnosis. She was mildly forgetful but functional, although upset at how it had affected her ability to cook, or enjoy books and movies.

Allegiant ’s stock actually went up 24% in the weeks after the article was published. But a report on 60 Minutes is a very different thing. An average of 12 million people, or 4% of the U.S. population, are reported to watch the program each week.

At Allegiant Air headquarters just a few miles away, executives were thankful nobody died Sept. • • • Investor Maurice Gallagher Jr., 65, took control of Allegiant in 2001 after the airline, then based in Fresno, Calif The game show is filmed on some flights out of the Midwest going to Las Vegas.

But Kinzer's story is just one of the incidents detailed in the report. "60 Minutes" quoted air safety experts and passengers, and public documents show an alarming number of aborted takeoffs, cases of cabin pressure loss, emergency descents, and unscheduled landings.

On its social media feed, Allegiant answered those who tweeted they were worried by asking them to send a private message. In response to one comment, Allegiant wrote "we'd like to share our concerns about the story with you." It's unclear what Allegiant means by "concerns."

Allegiant posted a new statement after the segment aired, taking a similar tone to the memo. "Incidents referenced are years old, and took place before our most recent, comprehensive FAA audit. The story breaks no news," the statement reads.

10 years of following an Alzheimer's patient

  10 years of following an Alzheimer's patient 60 Minutes shows how the disease has changed the world of Carol Daly, a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and her caregiver husband, Mike As baby boomers move into old age and live longer, the potential number of Alzheimer's sufferers in the U.S. may reach record levels. CBS News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook follows an Alzheimer's patient and her caregiver husband for 10 years in an unprecedented report that shows future sufferers and their caregivers what they may face. "For Better or for Worse" will be broadcast on 60 Minutes on Sunday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

RELATED: Allegiant Air continues explosive growth despite the bad press. This is a clear indication of an experience level that is going to cause a big problem for Allegiant ." Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report .

60 Minutes gets the first-ever look inside the U.S. command center for the air war against ISIS. Crews insert fuzes and dial in a delay of several milliseconds so the explosives inside won't go off until after the bomb has penetrated its target.

The "60 Minutes" story is not about old incidents: Between Jan. 1, 2016 and the end of Oct. 2017, "60 Minutes" found more than 100 serious mechanical incidents, including mid-air engine failures, smoke and fumes in the cabin, rapid descents, flight control malfunctions, hydraulic leaks and aborted takeoffs.

The story highlights how Allegiant's problems come from the confluence of its aggressive business model and a safety culture aviation experts find to be lagging.

John Goglia, who has more than 40 years of experience in the aviation industry, including nine as a presidential appointee to the National Transportation Safety Board, told "60 Minutes" he has "encouraged my family, my friends and myself not to fly on Allegiant."

Users on social media were shocked by the report. Kroft himself said in the "Overtime" segment that he is "flabbergasted" that not more people know about Allegiant's safety record.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
This is interesting!