Should flight attendants prohibit passenger communications?

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Karen Momsen-Evers, a Southwest Airlines passenger, received a text message from her husband shortly before her plane was to taxi that read, “Karen, please forgive me for what I am about to do, I am going to kill myself.”

She panicked and told the flight attendants, who refused to let her communicate with her husband to dissuade him by cell phone or through the flight deck telephone.

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Why Amtrak rail cars need safety upgrades

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As the National Transportation Board (NTSB) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have learned more about the Amtrak Train 188 derailment, the FRA has already begun to require Amtrak make changes in their safety systems. But there appears to be other common sense improvements Amtrak and FRA should at least consider implementing which can save many lives in a train accident.
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Why this Memorial Day will hurt

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It started like it always does. A well-meaning fellow American wished me a “happy Memorial Day.”

Every year it stops me in my tracks. Hours after such a greeting, I come up with a good zinger in reply, but when it happens, I can think of nothing.
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