May 24, 2022


Two weeks ago, a disturbed man aboard a United Airlines flight out of Chicago had to be subdued after claiming to have a bomb and attempting to open a cabin door during flight. Passengers, along with three Secret Service agents en route to join President Bush’s entourage in California, wrestled Jose Manuel Pelayo-Ortega to the floor of the Sacramento-bound Airbus A320. The jet was diverted to Denver, where Pelayo-Ortega was taken into custody.
A few things are wrong with the AP’s rendering. First off, there’s no such thing as an Airbus “A-320.” Lose the hyphen; it’s an A320. This may strike the average reader as an eminently excusable infraction, but it’s one newspapers and wire services make repeatedly.
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