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Southwest cancels over 2,000 flights in one weekend alone



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Southwest cancelled over 2,000 flights since Saturday, reportedly due to weather conditions. In addition to disrupting plans of thousands of passengers, their customer service wait times were as long as five hours.

“ATC [Air Traffic Control] issues and disruptive weather have resulted in a high volume of cancellations throughout the weekend while we work to recover our operation,” Southwest tweeted Saturday. “We appreciate your patience as we accommodate affected Customers, and Customer Service wait times are longer than usual.”

Then, Southwest customers responded to the wait times on Twitter. “I was on that estimated wait time for over 5 hours TWICE yesterday. And then I gave up,” Mandy Lyon tweeted. “This morning, someone finally picked up after 1.5 hours.” Wait times across airlines are notoriously high, following the furlough of employees due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Delta Airlines restarted their flight attendant training for the first time since March 2020. After 78 weeks in limbo, 99 trainees graduated from flight attendant class on Oct. 1. Still, Delta is currently seeking to hire another 1,500 for its 2021-2022 class, according to a press release Monday.

Neither JetBlue or Delta responded to requests for comment to verify the ATC and or weather problems.

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Israel Defense Forces say coalition successfully intercepted over 99 percent of Iranian drones, missiles



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The U.S., U.K, France, and Jordan came together with Israel to intercept the onslaught of Iranian drones targeting Israel, according to multiple reports.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded defiantly, saying his country is “strong” and prepared to defend itself from any threat.

“Our defense systems are deployed, and we are prepared for any scenario, both in defense and offense. The State of Israel is strong, the IDF is strong, the public is strong,” Netanyahu said.

“We appreciate the US for standing by Israel’s side as well as the support of the UK, France and many other countries,” he continued.

“I established a clear principle — whoever hurts us, we will hurt them. We will defend ourselves from any threat and we will do so calmly and with determination.”

In conjunction with the attack, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei launched a tirade against Israel on Saturday and blamed the Jewish state for the recent attack on an Iranian compound in Damascus, Syria.

“The malicious regime has made a wrong move in this case. It should be punished and it will be punished,” he said of Israel.

National Review reports:

Iran typically targets Israel through its network of well-resourced regional proxies such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Israel continues to fights its war against Hamas sparked by the terrorist group’s mass civilian slaughter and rape on October 7.

Hamas rejected another temporary cease-fire proposal after negotiations began in Cairo, Egypt last weekend between U.S., Qatari, and Egyptian officials. The cease-fire proposal would have seen Israel exchange hundreds of Gazan prisoners for dozens of the hostages held in captivity by Hamas.

As for injuries, a seven-year-old girl suffered severe injuries from shrapnel that fell directly onto her home. She was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery for a head wound. An estimated 31 people in total were treated for stress and minor injuries.



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