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Leonardo DiCaprio has faced backlash recently over his use of a private jet- despite consistently campaigning for environmental issues. 

It must be a 'New Year New Me' kind of vibe, as the 44-year-old Once Upon A Time in Hollywood actor was spotted flying commercial with his (baby) 21-year-old girlfriend Camila Morrone.

He's faced a lot of criticism since emails from film studio Sony were hacked in 2014, and revealed he took SIX private jet flights in just six weeks, costing $177,550.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actor was spotted in JFK airport heading to a commercial flight on Sunday night, after his own carbon footprint was called into question despite all of his activist causes.

The Wolf of Wall Street star really was trying his best to keep a low-profile, covering his eyes with a baseball cap and sporting dark, casual clothing.

However, his young girlfriend stood out in a bright red puffer jacket, maybe she didn't get the whole secrecy memo? A TSA agent eventually forced Leo to show his face, just like us plebs have to do.

The model and Hollywood icon were first linked in December of 2017 when DiCaprio was seen leaving her home in LA. 

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DiCaprio was initially slammed back in 2016 for taking a private jet to… collect an environmental award. Oh Dear Leo, bit hypocritical?

He used his acceptance speech at the 2016 Academy Awards to campaign for environmental causes, preaching to lawmakers to stop procrastinating climate change aid.

"Climate change is real. It is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species. We need to work together to stop procrastinating…Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted."

The Titanic star also set up the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, totally "dedicated to the long-term health and well-being of the Earth’s inhabitants" and has been renowned for its conservation work.

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In unexpected news today, flights at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York had to be delayed to make way for turtles.

As it's nesting season, the turtles were migrating across the airport's runway. It is reported that around 40 Diamondback Terrapins had to be removed, which took up to two hours.

An JFK airport authority spokeswomen said that some planes were "briefly stuck in queue."

These passengers beg to differ:

However, Turtles migrating across the airport is not uncommon, and happens every June to mid-July:

Because of the operations in place, all turtles arrived safely across the runway.

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Yesterday, Donald Trump signed an executive order, calling a halt to people entering the United States from specific Muslim nations, including Iraq and Iran. 

As a result, a number of Muslim people, who have legal immigrant visas to the US, were detained at JFK Airport in New York, with threats of deportation.

In response, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance announced on Twitter that it was halting passenger pickups at the airport in protest.

This amazing move from the taxi drivers of New York had a domino effect, and the protest grew to an enormous crowd. 

They filled the foot paths outside the airport and packed three stories of a car park across the street. 

Similar protests popped up across airports in the United States, with many people referencing the Statue of Liberty's inscription, which speaks of freedom for all. 

Twitter also erupted in defence of the people being detained, claiming that it was a breach of human rights, and all that America stands for as a nation. 

Last night, a Federal judge blocked Donald Trump's order, and the protestors at JFK cheered, for what was a small win. 

Donald Trump has not commented on the protests yet, but we are expecting a few tweets in the coming days. 

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An Aer Lingus flight bound for Shannon Airport was forced to make an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy Airport on Monday at 7:15pm.

Flight EI-110 reported hydraulic issues shortly after take-off from JFK. During the emergency landing one of the plane's brakes overheated which caused a fire to erupt in the landing gear compartment.

The plane was carrying 110 passengers when it returned to JFK. According to WABC, the pilot informed Air Traffic Control “We do have a technical issue here – we lost our hydraulic system, one hydraulic system so we are going to have to return to Kennedy at some stage, not quite yet.”

In a statement to RTÉ News the company said emergency services were on the scene as a precaution and all passengers disembarked safely.

One of the passengers on board the flight told Mail Online that the pilot was calm and excellent throughout the entire ordeal.

“It just looked like a sci-fi movie. The actual touchdown itself was pretty bumpy, but not out of control considering, he did an excellent job,” passenger Patrick Dyer Wolf told WABC.

“Right away we could see there were maybe 15 or 20 fire trucks right on the runway immediately, ready to drive up, and they started spraying us like almost immediately.”

Aer Lingus flight EI-110 has been due to land at Shannon at 6 o’clock this morning but the company are said to have provided all passengers with accommodation until the next available flight.

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