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  • December 14, 2009

    Did You Hear the One about the Flight Attendant and the O.J?

    Whoa! It seems a guy in first class on American Airlines asked for a glass of orange juice.

    And with that, the flight attendant began screaming at him.

    And she went on and on. Fortunately for this fellow, everyone around him saw what was happening and couldn’t believe it – and acting as a group, met with an airline rep to defend this guy, once their Sacramento to Dallas flight landed. Meanwhile, the flight attendant tried to get the O.J. fellow in big trouble, but the other passengers were having none of that.

    Funny how some of the comments I’ve seen say, oh, don’t pick on flight attendants – maybe this woman was just having a very bad day. Well, apparently. But I don’t think anyone is picking on any group – including flight attendants – it just sounds like this woman is nuts.

    Plenty of people out there are having bad days – plenty of people out there have seen their salaries chopped – their jobs disappear – plenty. But they don’t behave like this. This — this is inexcusable.

    December 10, 2009

    Officer Shoots and Kills 2 Crazed Pit Bulls at Dulles Airport

    Filed under: Airport,Animals,Pets,safety — anne @ 1:48 pm
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    Ugly story. Two pit bulls who were going to be shipped overseas on a Korean Air flight, got into a “vicious fight” in an air cargo building at Dulles; a cop tried to break up the fight with pepper spray, but it didn’t work and he wound up shooting the dogs.

    These dogs were originally in separate kennels – but one chewed his way out, then chewed his way in to the other dog’s container – and the fight was on.

    It’s not clear where these dogs were going, or what they were supposed to do when they got there…

    December 7, 2009

    Travel to Beverly Hills to See World’s Oldest Cheese for Sale

    Filed under: Destinations,Food — anne @ 3:09 pm
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    Whipping up a batch (opening up a box) of macaroni and cheese for the kiddies? Need to top off some chili? Well, here’s news you can use!

    Just get yourself down to Beverly Hills (swimmin’ pools, movie stars) later this week, and you too can grab a hunk of a 15 year old cheddar cheese, born and raised in Wisconsin. Cost: $50 a pound.

    But it’s worth it, they say: the 1,200 pound cheese, produced by Julie and Tony Hook of Mineral Point, Wis., was placed “in airtight plastic at 38 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 years”, and checked on regularly.

    It first went on sale at Larry’s Market in Brown Deer, Wisconsin – a place I’d visit for the name alone – and later this week will appear at The Cheese Store at 419 N. Beverly Drive in B.H. I’d call ahead – you don’t want to arrive too early and go home cheeseless.

    By the way, getting there is easy – just use Farecompare’s “Where-to-Go” Flight Finder, and head for LAX or Burbank.

    December 3, 2009

    Cruise Ship Crazy: The Princess, the Rioters and the Fired Captain

    Filed under: Cruises,Frustration,safety — anne @ 4:24 pm
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    Weird doings down in W. Palm Beach…

    A Princess gambling “cruise to nowhere” is in port because its new captain doesn’t have a license.

    The old captain was fired yesterday, which “set off a near-riot on the deck” according to the Palm Beach Post. In fact, the situation got so bad that Customs and Border folks called in extra security to make sure that the rioters – foreign nationals who live and work on the ship – didn’t get off the vessel, since they are not legally allowed on U.S. soil.

    What prompted the pandemonium? According to the workers, pay cuts and poor working conditions – some said their checks have been late and bouncing, though the company denies that. Meanwhile, the company claims the old captain allegedly attempted to organize a strike, which is why a new one was brought in – though you might have thought they’d at least ask him if he was carrying his license with him. Hey, these days we all have to be concerned with our licenses.

    Still with me? Well, yesterday’s cruise was cancelled for reasons of rioting; today’s was cancelled for lack of license.

    December 2, 2009

    Baby Accidentally Smothered on Flight

    Filed under: Children,Family,safety — anne @ 8:50 am
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    Terribly sad story, from the UK.

    A Egyptian woman who was flying from the U.S. to Kuwait was breastfeeding her baby when she fell asleep.

    When she woke up, the child seemed lifeless. A doctor onboard worked on the four-week old girl, as the plane was diverted to Heathrow.

    The child was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead – she had been accidentally smothered.

    November 27, 2009

    Ralph Fiennes’ One-Time “Plane Pal” in New Non-Mile High Woes

    Filed under: Celebrities,Flight Attendant — anne @ 1:20 pm
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    The one-time Qantas flight attendant who at first suggested actor Ralph Fiennes lured her into a lavatory for aeronautical hijinks awhile back, then later revealed she did the luring – was in court the other day because of “an alleged incident outside a restaurant”.

    The case was continued. By the way, she no longer works for Qantas.

    It hasn’t been all beer and skittles for Fiennes, either. Couple of years ago, Keith Olbemann named the Oscar-nominee as one of his endless parade of “worst people in the world” for his part in what the UK tabloids have called the mile-high “romp”. C’mon, Keith, surely there were more deserving contenders…

    November 24, 2009

    Zagat – The Emmys of the Airlines?

    Filed under: Airlines,List — anne @ 5:15 pm
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    I only pose the question because there are so many Zagat categories you can win in.

    For example, one Virgin airline or another took top honors in five categories (fine with me, I like them) and JetBlue took two “firsts” (also terrific) and Southwest won three awards.

    Conspicuous by their absence in this cornucopia of blue ribbonry was Delta, United, US Airways.

    Yep, the (sort of) little guys do it again. Hey, thanks, Jaunted!

    November 23, 2009

    Man Misses Funeral After Being Deemed Too Fat to Fly

    Filed under: Frustration,Passengers,Seats — anne @ 4:18 pm
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    This is sad.

    A fellow had a ticket to fly Southwest for his uncle’s funeral.

    Fellow weighs 400 pounds. He said he could fit in the seat, that he flies “all the time” and said he’d even sit with his arms crossed over his chest to avoid bothering anyone.

    Southwest said no, that he was just too big, and said he’d have to buy a second seat. The guy says, fine. Problem: there is no second seat. The flight is booked. Man misses funeral.

    A lot of flights are booked solid these days, particularly during holiday periods. Here’s what the man should have done, according to Southwest’s “guidelines for customers of size“: he should have pro-actively booked two seats in advance. Guess he’ll know next time.

    The guy says Southwest is giving him a refund. Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, I guess.

    November 17, 2009

    Pilot Blacks Out, but That’s Why They Have Two of Them

    Filed under: Delays,Pilots,safety — anne @ 11:33 am
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    A pilot at the controls of a Canada-based Porter Airlines flight out of Halifax lost consciousness during the weekend flight, and the co-pilot took charge and turned back.

    Good thing he/she was there.

    Anyway, nobody knows what was going on with the pilot, but mercifully, no one seems to think he had this pilot’s problem.

    November 16, 2009

    Flight Attendants Accused of Stealing $11K from Passenger

    Filed under: Crime,Flight Attendant,Money,Passengers — anne @ 3:14 pm
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    A passenger on a domestic Vietnam Airlines flight said he had $11,192 in his carryon, which he stowed in an overhead bin. Big mistake – I’d put it on my person or cradle that bag in my arms.

    Sure enough, when the plane landed in Dong Hoi, he looked for the money, but it had disappeared.

    Happy ending, though – flight attendants searched for the money as the plane continued onto another destination, and found it stashed under a seat (not the one the guy had been sitting in). The money was returned in full to its rightful owner.

    Three flight attendants – presumably not the ones that discovered the hidden cash – have since been suspended, and an investigation is continuing.

    True, airline fees have gone up and nobody’s giving away those cans of Pringles, but still –$11 thousand dollars?? You were kind of asking for it, buddy…

    November 13, 2009

    Those Zany Northwest Pilots Weren’t the Only Ones Goofing Off

    Filed under: News,Pilots,safety,Security — anne @ 3:39 pm
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    You remember the “laptoppers” – those two Northwest pilots that flew to Wisconsin, when they should have stopped a little earlier, like say, at their scheduled destination in Minnesota? They said they were too busy on their laptops (an excuse that cost them their pilot’s licenses).

    Anyway, there weren’t the only ones out to lunch – the head of the FAA says the air traffic controllers are supposed to notify NORAD, the military air defense command, when they’re out of radio contact for ten minutes. How long did they wait? One hour and 9 minutes.

    Nope, nothing happened – this time. But as has been mentioned elsewhere (like everywhere), a whole lot changed back on that Tuesday morning in September, 8 years ago…so, guys, just do your jobs, okay? Because you never know…

    November 11, 2009

    United to Get New Designer Uniforms!

    Filed under: Beauty,Flight Attendant,United — anne @ 5:19 pm
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    Do you even notice what flight attendants wear anymore? Me neither.

    But maybe you will once Cynthia Rowley gets finished – she’s designing new stuff for United’s crews, and I trust it’ll be more exciting than that terrible 80′s look with all the bows-at-the-neck and those excruciating just-below-the-knee skirts.

    Hey, maybe she’ll stage a return to Southwest’s 70′s hot pants!

    How do I know about all these old uniforms? I have an inside source – a flight attendant – who actually collects uniforms, and puts them on a website (click “uniforms”), so you can see them too!

    November 10, 2009

    Another Pilot Arrested on Suspicion of Drinking. How Tawdry.

    Filed under: American,Arrested,Drunk,United — anne @ 4:32 pm
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    Are you getting as sick of this as I am?

    The story: 100 passengers aboard a United jet on a runway at Heathrow were told to get off the plane – after they’d been sitting there for an hour.

    Why? They were told the pilot was “sick”. But he wasn’t sick. He’d been arrested. The charge was “suspicion of exceeding the prescribed alcohol limit.”

    He’s out on bail, and yes, United is saying all the usual things, like safety-is-our-highest-priority and we’ve-got-the-strictest-alcohol-policy-in-the-world, but you know what? None of that means anything if your people don’t do it.

    And it’s not just United – an American pilot ran into allegedly similar difficulties at Heathrow earlier this year.

    Is it really so difficult? Avoiding alcohol? I don’t think so. Millions of other people somehow manage to show up at work perfectly sober, day in and day out. Tawdry.

    November 9, 2009

    Rental Cars Still Expensive

    Filed under: Money,Vehicles — anne @ 11:50 am
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    You can find cheap flights, cheap hotel deals, heck even cheap ski deals – but good luck with the rental cars.

    The problem, says Jaunted, is that the rent-a-car companies can easily trim their inventory, and that means they can keep prices high.

    So nose around for deals – or look into public transit. Or better yet, win the lottery and hire a car-and-driver. Am I right, people?

    November 5, 2009

    Strange Behavior on Planes

    Filed under: Flight Attendant,Passengers,Weird — anne @ 11:19 am
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    Gotta love this all-forgiving reporter from the New York Times – he sits next to a man who insults him, repeatedly stomps on his feet, snores loudly, and – the coup de grace – he grabs a flight attendant and knocks her to the floor. And yet our reporter winds up calling him, “one of the nicest guys I ever met.”

    Apparently, the foot stomper suffered from an intense fear of flying, and was going to the flight attendant for help when he keeled over on her, and had to be revived with “smelling salts” (who knew that stuff actually existed?).

    BTW, he was allowed to continue the flight.

    Now, if this was you or me – we would have been booted off, pronto. Very strange…

    November 4, 2009

    Did Britney Break TSA Security Rules at LAX?

    Filed under: Celebrities,Security — anne @ 10:20 am
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    I know the world is waiting on this one.

    According to TMZ (and say what you like, they were right on Michael Jackson), Britney Spears seemed to sweep through security at LAX with an exceedingly large cup (Big Gulp?) that she put to her mouth again and again.

    And as we all know, TSA rules say, bringing liquid thru security is a no-no.

    Good news, though – TMZ updated their post to say Britney’s cup contained ice chips - so it was okay!

    And indeed, on the video, she can in fact be seen crunching after taking a “swig”.

    November 3, 2009

    Model Gisele Bundchen Closer to Getting Helicopter License

    Filed under: Beauty,Celebrities,Luxury Travel,Pilots — anne @ 8:09 am
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    Gisele (that’s Mrs. Tom Brady to you) has just passed her written test for helicoptering; now she has to acquire more flight time before passing the flying part.

    Why is the supermodel doing this? Hey, just because they’re supermodels doesn’t mean they’re dumb – besides, she’s not blond. Apparently, she wants to be able to commute quickly between Boston (Brady’s football HQ) and New York (where Gisele does modeling).

    Besides, these are very rich people, and as Fitzgerald once said, the rich are different (to which Hemingway responded, yeah, they have more money!).

    November 2, 2009

    Swedish Men Fall for “send me cash for ticket to visit you” Gag

    Filed under: Crime,Romance — anne @ 9:53 am
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    Five Swedish men apparently ALL sent someone they met on the internet $1,850 each, so that this someone – purportedly, a woman in Thailand and presumably pretty darn good looking – could use the money to buy an airline ticket and come and visit them.

    Of course, I’m sure each of each of our heroes thought he was “The One” – none of them seemed to know about the others, but there they all were, gathered at the airport in Marsta, Sweden – waiting for Miss Right to step off the plane. But of course, “she” never showed.

    Credit where credit is due: two of these guys had the courage to go to the cops and file fraud charges, for whatever good that’ll do.

    Meanwhile, I suspect that somewhere in Bangkok, there’s one happy fellow who is now $9,250 richer.

    October 30, 2009

    Zeppelin – Happy Birthday

    Filed under: Did You Know,Europe,Music,Passengers — anne @ 2:59 pm
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    No, Plant fans, it’s not what you think – we are saying happy birthday to the zeppelin aircraft – you know, the blimp.

    And the reason is, it carried the first paying passengers in the air back in 1909 so it officially gets credit for being the first air travel conveyance – plus, because it is now 2009, that means all this happened 100 years ago which is a nice, round anniversary-type number – so you, dear readers, get a post out of it.

    By the way, this was not cheap travel: a jaunt from Duesseldorf to Lucerne set one back about $1,860 in today’s dollars, but that wouldn’t have been a problem for that lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold.

    October 29, 2009

    Cruise Ship Brawl Sentences About to be Meted Out

    Filed under: Arrested,Cruises — anne @ 3:40 pm
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    Well this was an ugly mess.

    Some tourists from New York were on a Carnival Cruise that stopped in Antigua and our tourists nosed around and decided to take a taxi to the beach.

    But when the cabbie said, “That’ll be $100″, the tourists said, “Too much” so the driver took them to a police station where a brawl ensued. The tourists claim the cops were in plainclothes so they didn’t know they were cops and besides, “They started it.” One of the cops said, “Want to see my bite mark, the one that required stitches?”

    While the trial was underway, a plea agreement was reached, and the tourists will be sentenced Monday.

    October 27, 2009

    Make a Movie, Be a Star, Fly to Orlando

    Filed under: Children,Movies — anne @ 12:02 pm
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    You too can be an auteur.

    Just head to the Kids First website, make a fantastic 3-minute movie, and meet Mickey.

    Something like that, anyway – the rules are here. First prize is airfare to Orlando for 4, plus theme park tickets and passes to the 19th annual Florida Film Festival, which is in April.

    Hurry – you’ve got until Jan. 11th to come up with the next Paranormal Activity.

    October 26, 2009

    Best Airport in the World? Not in US. Worst Airport? Not in US.

    Filed under: Airport,List — anne @ 7:26 am
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    Whew, dodged a bullet there.

    No, we do NOT have the best airport in the world – that distinction was won by Singapore’s Changi (Singapore wins everything).

    But on the bright side, we weren’t worst, either: thank goodness for Heathrow. Although personally, I’ve never had a problem there.

    Rounding out the top “worst” five: Paris’ Charles de Gaulle, Los Angeles (LAX), Frankfurt International in Germany, and Miami.

    This public service is brought to you by USA Today, which reported on a survey by the airport lounge program, Priority Pass.

    October 22, 2009

    Medical Marijuana Patients OK to Travel Thru San Fran

    Filed under: Airport,Drugs,Medical — anne @ 11:11 am
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    Serious topic, this.

    If you are card-carrying (literally) medical marijuana patient, abiding by your state laws, you can carry up to 8 ounces of pot without being questioned, held, whatever — in San Francisco and presumably in most/all California airports.

    This directive came down from the Justice Dept. this week.

    One possible problem: where is the medical marijuana patient going to fly to? Laws in 30 states ban medical marijuana.

    October 21, 2009

    Oh, Swell: Drunk Pilots in India Escape Discipline

    Filed under: Drunk,Pilots,safety — anne @ 8:42 am
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    Did you know? According to India Today, it is NOT a criminal offense for a pilot in India to report to work drunk – which they sometimes do, especially at “festive seasons” including Christmas, New Year’s and Diwali.

    This is from the article:

    “It [drunk pilots] is an old issue,” said a retired pilot, after Air India had to scramble to replace an inebriated pilot on a Mumbai to New York run. He added that the airlines don’t want to take any harsh or punitive action against them, because “there is a shortage of experienced pilots”.

    Uh…any pilots in India out there who would like to respond? I wish you would…

    October 20, 2009

    Stylish Handbag Collection Keeps Food Tasty & Cool

    Filed under: Food,Women — anne @ 11:35 am
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    Designer Amber Pollard has launched “Lunch a la Mode” which is described as a contemporary handbag line combining fashion and function – which means it has a detachable insulated compartment for your lunch, and it’ll keep that lunch cool.

    The bags are those big ones that are fashionable these days – they really do look good and would be handy to have on a plane instead of buying food on board.

    Irony Alert: the press release mentions how “watching one’s budget” is one of the main concerns of busy women – and the solution offered by “Lunch a la Mode” is, make your own lunch for work or travel, and put it in these bags that cost – oh, anywhere from $270 to $588.

    Well – the bags do come in tasty colors: buttercream, anise, oyster, caramello, and rum raisin. More details here.