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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – Following a directive issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA), effective immediately, Caribbean Airlines has enforced a ban on the in-flight use and battery charging of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, on all flights.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Government is seeking an urgent meeting with the management of the regional airline, LIAT, following the airline’s poor service to that country.

SANTA CLARA, Cuba – The flight from Fort Lauderdale to this city in central Cuba on Wednesday morning took only 51 minutes, but it represented a major step in ending decades of isolation between communist Cuba and the United States.

ORANJESTAD, Aruba – JetBlue has announced further network expansion to the Caribbean with a new daily service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Aruba.

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – The Public Prosecutor Office and Curaçao Airport Partners (CAP) have agreed to collaborate directly with each other in order to enable a more efficient background check for persons working at the Curaçao International Airport.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Windward Islands International Airways (WINAIR) is celebrating its 55th anniversary.

AIRPORT ROAD, St. Maarten  It is a rainy and windy August day, but that is OK, we will not let the weather detract us from our milestone which has been achieved. It is WINAIR’s 55th year anniversary! Thanks to our team WINAIR is officially 55 years old, it’s our birthday!

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A small plane carrying tourists has crashed into a motorcycle while making an emergency landing near the Dominican Republic beach resort of Punta Cana.

BOSTON, USA  – At least 22 passengers and two crew members were taken to a hospital for evaluation after a JetBlue flight experienced rough turbulence Thursday evening, a spokeswoman for the airline said.

JetBlue Flight 429, an Airbus A320, was headed from Boston to Sacramento, but had to be diverted to Rapid City, South Dakota, at about 6:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET), spokeswoman Katherine McMillan said. The A320 can seat up to 150 passengers.

Passenger Derek Lindahl said a woman sitting in front of him rose two feet into the air in the cabin at one point because she wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

“I literally grabbed her out of the air to hold her to the seat,” said Lindahl, a software engineer from Sacramento.

Rhonda Renee, another passenger, said the turbulence was like a bad dream.

“People were flying out of their seat belts and hitting their head on the ceiling; it was very scary,” Renee said. A flight attendant was assisted off the plane by medical personnel.

Eileen Lynch, a passenger and emergency room nurse who helped injured people aboard the flight, likened the experience to sitting in the “Tower of Terror,” a popular, albeit frightening, ride at several Disney amusement parks.

“It just dropped like that without warning,” Lynch said.

It’s believed that inclement weather played a role in creating the bumpy flying conditions.

The plane encountered a line of thunderstorms in central South Dakota, according to a flight path analysis.

After passing through a first storm, the plane came upon a second, which the pilot attempted to fly over or around. The significant turbulence was likely caused by one or both storms.

Lindahl praised the flight crew and emergency responders at the Rapid City airport.

“Even though all flight crew were injured in some way, as far as I know, they all maintained their calm and never cracked,” he said.

AIRPORT ROAD, St. Maarten –Every now and then you meet an extra ordinary person and this Thursday July 28, 2016 WINAIR staff had the pleasure of meeting just such a person.

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