Huntington Beach

Volleyball fun soars; Delta Air doesn’t

A GOOD-TRY dive for the ball during action Friday at the AVP Huntington Beach (OC Tribune photo).

Sometimes Surf City isn’t simply that; sometimes it’s Spike City.

The annual AVP Huntington Beach Pro volleyball tournament started at the Huntington City Beach Thursday and will continue through Sunday.

While there’s an admission charge to the VIP seating in the main (temporary) stadium erected to the north Main Street, there are still plenty of observation posts available from the pier to watch preliminary and warm-up matches between some of the best professional sand volleyball players in the world.

Elimination matches start each day at 9:15 to 9:30 in the morning each day, with the last contests set to begin at 4:50 or 5 p.m. The tournament schedule is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday for the championship rounds.

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Delta Airlines has apologized for forcing a Huntington Beach family off a flight from Hawaii to California in a dispute over the use of a child seat.

Brian Schear and his family offered an apology and compensation to Schear and his family after he posted on Wednesday a YouTube video in which Schear and his wife are threatened with arrest and jail if they don’t comply with the orders of the flight crew.


At issue was whether the seat he had bought for his 18-year-old son – who ended up taking another flight – could be used instead by his 2-year-old. The airline refused, saying tickets couldn’t be swapped. Schear offered to have the child held in his mother’s lap, but the crew insisted that was not legal.

But, according to the Los Angeles Times, the airline was wrong on both counts. They quoted Transportation Safety Agency authorities as saying tickets can be exchanged as long as the assignee’s identity can be run through a computer check, and that while children being held is not recommended, it’s not banned legally.

In a statement, Delta said: “We are sorry for the unfortunate experience our customers had with Delta, and we’ve reached out to them to refund their travel and provide additional compensation. Delta’s goal is to always work with customers in an attempt to find solutions to their travel issues. That did not happen in this case and we apologize.”



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