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Cleavage Chaos on Southwest, Passenger Gropes TSA Agent, More

Plus, JetBlue’s four-hour “flight to nowhere” makes passengers sick. All this and more in The Weekly Weird!

It’s like “man bites dog,” only this time it’s “passenger gropes TSA agent” (allegedly). MSNBC.com reports that Carol Price was going through security at Southwest Florida International Airport when she felt that the TSA agent was a little overzealous with her pat-down. So Price (a former TSA agent herself) allegedly grabbed the screener to show her how to do a proper pat-down. Price was arrested, and now claims that the inappropriate touching was personal (she used to work at the same airport).

What’s worse than a long flight? A long flight to nowhere … that just goes in endless circles for four hours. CBS News reports that a JetBlue flight from Los Vegas to New York had hydraulic problems immediately after takeoff, and needed to return to Las Vegas for an emergency landing. Unfortunately for the passengers, the pilots had to burn off fuel before being able to land, which meant they had to circle around for hours to burn off fuel. Many of the passengers (probably feeling a little rough around the edges after a Vegas vacation anyway) reportedly got sick due to the circling and turbulence.

And finally, you might want to pack a few outfits if you’re flying Southwest in case they don’t like what you’re wearing. The airline, which has a reputation for kicking off passengers they don’t like, allegedly kicked off a flyer for wearing a low-cut dress. The blog Jezebel reports that the passenger was told she wouldn’t be able to fly unless she covered up her cleavage. The passenger refused and opted to leave the flight instead. (Visit Jezebel for a photo of the outfit.) Now MSNBC.com reports that Southwest has since apologized to the passenger.

What do you think? Was her outfit too inappropriate to fly? Tell us in the comments!

By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo, Boston.com, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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E-mail her at cmorse@smartertravel.com.

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