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United Mistakenly Removes Carry-On Bag, Stranding Man At Airport For 20 Hours

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A United Airlines passenger from New Zealand found himself stranded at a San Francisco airport for 20 hours this week; not because of weather, or mechanical issues, or any sort of attempt to reenact the 2004 Tom Hanks comedy The Terminal.  No, his prolonged stay in airport purgatory was thanks to a United employee who mistakenly removed the man’s carry-on bag from his flight. 

The man, Ben, had flown from Nashville to San Francisco and was supposed to continue on home to New Zealand from there.

But when his first flight landed at San Francisco International on Tuesday, Ben noticed that the bag he’d stowed beneath his seat before departure was no longer there.

Turns out, a flight attendant had removed the luggage and left it in Nashville, believing it belonged to a passenger from a previous flight.

Ben detailed much of the next 20 hours on his Twitter account:

Without his bag, Ben says he was without a phone charger, identification, or money.

While Ben was able to borrow a phone charger, his mission to be reunited with his bag and get answers from United’s customer service were less successful. He contacted United on Twitter — and presumably at SFO — about this bag’s whereabouts. A United rep told New Zealand publication, NBR, that the bag was checked luggage and mistakenly taken off the plane in Chicago. This, Ben says, was “as close to a lie” as possible.

Ben clarified the situation later, noting that a flight attendant had indeed removed the bag. While he says he wasn’t angry with the crew member, he was upset with United’s handling of the situation.

In fact, he replied to several Tweets noting that the situation began with a simple, but avoidable, mistake and that he “felt” for the crew member.

United replied on Twitter, apologizing for the incident and informing him they were trying to get the bag back to him as soon as possible the following day.

But hours later, Ben said he hadn’t heard much else from United.

Eventually, he Tweeted that United had decided to send his bag home to New Zealand, despite the fact he couldn’t actually meet his bag there.

The airline notified Ben his bag would arrive in SFO around noon Wednesday.

And it did. However, by this time he had left the airport. He claims the airline didn’t offer to deliver the bag to him, so he had to schlep back to SFO.

In the end, Ben received his bag, but had some stern words regarding United’s customer service and thanks for those who followed the saga and offered assistance.

A rep for the airline confirmed to SFGate in a statement that the bag and Ben had been reunited, and that it was reaching out to him to apologize.

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Another United Airlines customer gets "re-accommodated".
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Just a Reminder: Alcohol Causes Cancer

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For all the talk of “toxins” in our food, one definitely toxic substance you consume regularly is probably one you’re not even concerned about: alcohol. A new report shows that even one drink a day may increase your risk of breast cancer, although the risk is small.

It’s hard to prove that anything causes cancer for sure, but there is a broad scientific consensus that alcohol is a carcinogen. The National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, Cancer Research UK, and the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer are all on board. There’s a clear link between alcohol consumption and cancers of the oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum, and breast.

A new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research explains what raises and lowers your risk for breast cancer. They estimate that one third of breast cancers could be prevented by exercising, not drinking alcohol, and staying a healthy weight. And they get specific about alcohol: the amount that raises your risk is just 10 grams per day, or about five standard drinks per week.

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American women already have about a 12 percent chance of developing breast cancer at some point in their life. That’s an average; your personal risk (because of genetics or environment) may be more or less. Five drinks per week raises that risk to 12.6 percent if we’re talking about pre-menopausal breast cancer, or 13.1 percent after menopause. That’s a small risk, but small risks can add up.

We know, it’s more fun to think of alcohol as an indulgence or as a healthy virtue (since moderate drinking may protect against heart disease), but it has its risks, too. Nobody is recommending that people start drinking to stave off heart disease, and cancer risk is a big part of that reason. In the end, it’s up to you. Maybe you’re okay with a small added risk of cancer, or maybe this news inspires you to cut down on your drinking. Your call—just be informed.

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They also say, or said, that Listerine causes mouth and throat cancer.

However, the evidence is sketchy, especially when you add complicating factors like smoking.
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Comic for May 17, 2017

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Excerpt from United Airlines handbook
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Unfortunately, this behavior is too prevalent in my workplace.
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Reporter Arrested After Asking HHS Secretary Tom Price About Healthcare Bill

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While a lot of questions remain about the legislative effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, one reporter’s attempts to get answers from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price landed him in police custody.

The Hill reports that Dan Heyman, a reporter for Public News Service, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he attempted to question Secy. Price inside the West Virginia State Capitol.

Heyman, who was released on a $5,000 bail later in the day, said during a press conference that he was arrested by Capitol police for simply doing his job.

The reporter says he was trying to ask Price if the American Health Care Act — now in the hands of the Senate — would consider domestic violence a pre-existing condition.

After asking Price the question several times, Heyman, who says he was wearing a press badge and identified himself as a reporter, was approached by Capitol police and arrested.

A video posted by Heyman’s employer shows the reporter flanked by two Capitol police officers, each holding one of his arms. The short video ends with Heyman and his escorts entering the Capitol police offices.

A criminal complaint filed by Capitol police notes that the reporter was arrested for causing a disturbance to Secy. Price and special counsel to the president, Kellyanne Conway, by “aggressively breaching” the agents around the Cabinet member, The Hill reports.

Prior to his arrest, the complaint states, “agents were forced to remove [Heyman] a couple of times from the area.”

Despite this, Heyman said that he was never given any warning from agents that he was in the wrong place to be asking questions.

“First time I’ve ever been arrested for asking a question. First time I’ve ever heard of someone getting arrested for asking a question,” said Heyman, who was still in disbelief about the situation.

“It’s dreadful. This is my job, this is what I’m supposed to do,” he said. “I’m supposed to find out if someone is going to be affected by this healthcare law.”





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Oh, man, I bet Charles Manson feels dumb. His defense should have been "I was just asking Sharon Tate a question. This is my job as a reporter [1], this is what I'm supposed to do." He would have been acquitted.

[1] Doesn't matter if it is a legitimate news organization. If you can run a mimeograph machine to produce a newsletter, you're a "reporter".
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Oh, snap!
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