FAA scraps plan to automate takeoffs at MSP, cites safety concerns

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The Federal Aviation Administration is currently in the process of automating takeoff and landing routes at airports throughout the country.

SEE ALSO: Interest in flights from MSP to Denver has never been higher since Colorado legalized pot

It's akin to driving with cruise control. The possibility for human error is reduced as pilots follow the same standardized paths. (The so-called Area Navigation [RNAV] routes also save fuel.)

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Drunk, belligerent woman removed from flight diverted to MSP [VIDEOS]

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This woman's bad behavior forced a pilot to make an unplanned pit stop at MSP.
A Friday night Baltimore-to-Salt Lake City flight was diverted to MSP so authorities could remove a drunken, belligerent woman who was threatening to "f**king kill" another passenger who rejected her sexual advances.

SEE ALSO: Utah man on MSP flight says he's not a perv, he just got peppermint oil on his junk

A woman named Luz Dinorah PadrĂ³ filmed the mayhem with her phone camera from inside the plane and later uploaded footage to YouTube. According to her account of events, the woman made a pass at another passenger "after having a few drinks."

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Interest in flights from MSP to Denver has never been higher since Colorado legalized pot

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Searches for flights from MSP to Denver are up more than searches from just about any other airport recently, and don't kid yourself into believing it's because of skiing or the Broncos.

SEE ALSO: Randi Kaye gets stoned on CNN [VIDEO]

Instead, the reason is legal weed, or at least that's the conclusion emerging from a study put together by the travel research website Hopper.

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MSP's Terminal 2 shut down after woman tries to sneak propane tank through security

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MSP from above.
Something alternatively described as a suspicious package or suspicious box shut down MSP's Terminal 2 this morning. Terminal 1 was unaffected.

SEE ALSO: Utah man on MSP flight says he's not a perv, he just got peppermint oil on his junk

With lots of holiday travelers taking to the skies, that state of affairs is obviously far from ideal. But in this day and age, officials took proper precautions and evacuated that part of the airport until it could be determined the box/package wasn't dangerous.

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Check out the improvised weapon someone tried to smuggle onto plane at MSP [PHOTO]

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Each week, the Transportation Security Administration publishes on its blog a rundown of some of the scariest and weirdest stuff people try to bring onto planes.

SEE ALSO: Utah man on MSP flight says he's not a perv, he just got peppermint oil on his junk

One of the featured items this week comes courtesy of MSP. Someone apparently tried to sneak a Swiss Army knife on a flight by taping the damn thing to a disposable razor. (Check out a photo of the improvised weapon at the top of this post.)

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Nine-year-old stowaway removed from home while the family undergoes therapy

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Screenshot of Oct. 9 press conference with the father of the nine-year-old stowaway and family spokesman, V.J. Smith
A judge ruled Wednesday that the nine-year-old boy who hopped a flight to Last Vegas without a ticket will be removed his home, answering his father's recent plea for help.

SEE ALSO: Father of 9-year-old stowaway breaks down, pleads for someone to help his son

Expressing concern that the boy would be "endangered" if he returned home, Hennepin County District Judge Joseph Klein ordered separate therapy sessions for the boy and his family as well as an evaluation of others in his life as possible guardians.

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TV news producer detained while tailing 9-year-old stowaway back to Minneapolis

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Screenshot of Oct. 9 press conference with the father of the nine-year-old stowaway and family spokesman, V.J. Smith
-- Updated with name of the producer and upcoming hearing --

This weekend, the nine-year-old boy who sneaked onto a plane to Las Vegas and made national headlines returned to Minneapolis along with two bodyguards and a stealthy TV producer, who was detained and questioned here.

An NBC station in Nevada says the producer tried taking a photograph of the boy after the plane landed. That producer, John Getter, described the boy and the scene this way:
Bigger than expected and slept much of the trip. He was in the back of the airplane with two guys guarding him. He was last to get off. Police surrounded him, but he didn't come through (the) terminal. About 10 cops helped escort him off the flight onto tarmac away from the crowds and the terminal.
A picture of the boy has emerged in the last week that suggests he's both cunning and troubled. In an email leaked to the Strib, one Hennepin County social service official described the boy as "challenging" and said he has a history of sneaking into a Bloomington water park. He may also have stolen a car last month and later a truck, which he then crashed into a police squad car.

SEE ALSO: Father of 9-year-old stowaway breaks down, pleads for someone to help his son

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Father of 9-year-old stowaway breaks down, pleads for someone to help his son

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Screenshot of press conference today with the father of the nine-year-old stowaway and family spokesman, V.J. Smith
"Somebody please help me, please," said the father of the nine-year-old boy who sneaked on a plane to Las Vegas last week and made national headlines.

SEE ALSO: Boy bypasses Minneapolis Airport Security, boards plane to Las Vegas

Shielded by a black hoodie and a baseball cap, the father tearfully explained to reporters this morning that he has asked authorities for help to no avail. He's expecting the boy to come home, once he's cleared through the courts, on Friday.

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Boy bypasses Minneapolis Airport Security, boards plane to Las Vegas [UPDATE]

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Airline officials are investigating how a nine-year-old boy bypassed security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, apparently without a ticket, and boarded a Delta flight to Las Vegas.

SEE ALSO: Mpls runaway girls planned to travel "out of the country to Wisconsin"

The Minneapolis boy was unaccompanied, but possibly blended in with another family, as he passed through several layers of security Thursday.

"The fact that the child's actions weren't detected until he was in flight is concerning," Patrick Hogan, an airport spokesman, wrote in a statement.

However, more than 33 millions people travel through the airport every year, Hogan added, "and I don't know of another instance (during) my 13 years at the airport in which anything similar has happened."

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Utah man on MSP flight says he's not a perv, he just got peppermint oil on his junk

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After he felt "burning," Clarke, in his own words, "removed his penis from the inside of his pants."
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating a Utah man for whipping it out during a flight last November from MSP to Salt Lake City. (Shouldn't they be after Al-Qaeda or something?)

SEE ALSO: The customer rants that drove MSP Airport to offer free WiFi

The man, 48-year-old Stuart Clarke, was on the second leg of a flight from Amsterdam back to Utah when the incident occurred. He doesn't dispute that his penis saw the light of the aircraft's cabin. But questioned about what happened by a member of the FBI Task Force two days later, he offered up a classic explanation for why he let it hang out.

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