Passengers Allege Pilot Went Out for Dinner
ANN ARBOR, Mich.--Northwest Airlines will investigate passengers' complaints that a pilot kept them waiting 90 minutes because he did not like the meal the airline provided.
An airline spokesperson, whom WCCO-TV in Minneapolis did not name, said the pilot was given a hot dinner meal but he had wanted a hot breakfast meal. He returned more than an hour later with fast food.
Northwest spokeswoman Mary Beth Schubert said the pilot will not fly while the airline investigates. She said passengers will get 1,000 frequent-flier miles and a discount on their next flight. She would not identify the pilot.
Cuban Survivor, 5, Is Claimed by Relatives
MIAMI--Relatives of a 5-year-old Cuban boy found adrift at sea in an inner tube say they'll care for him now that he's out of the hospital.
"God wanted him here for freedom," Marilysis Gonzalez, cousin of Elian Gonzalez, told WPLG-TV. "And he's here, and he will get it."
Young Gonzalez was released from care Friday after being treated for dehydration and minor cuts. His mother was among those drowned.
Border Patrol officials say he and two adults who floated to Florida on the tubes after their boat went down in the Atlantic Ocean will be allowed to remain in the United States. A search that had been underway since Thursday for three Cubans still missing and presumed drowned was canceled yesterday.
Arianne Horta, 22, and Nivaldo Fernandez-Ferra, 33, remained hospitalized. The bodies of seven others who had been on board the small power boat when it capsized Tuesday were recovered from the ocean during three days of searching, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Silvia Olvera.
ATM Holds Customer Prisoner Overnight
RARITAN TOWNSHIP, N.J.--An ATM lobby, activated to lock automatically on Thanksgiving evening, trapped a man as he completed a withdrawal, holding him inside until a bank employee arrived for work Friday.
James Kahlke, 36, spent nine hours at a Raritan Township branch of Commerce Bank--pounding on a door, pacing, making periodic withdrawals and finally curling up on a rug to sleep.
From 9 p.m. Thursday, when he heard the door click behind him, until 6 a.m. Friday, when the bank's assistant manager arrived, Kahlke was trapped in the ATM lobby.
Commerce Bank spokesman David Flaherty described Kahlke's experience as a "very freak accident" and said the bank is looking into the problem to find out what happened.
Kahlke said the ordeal convinced him to take his money elsewhere.