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  • March 28, 2008

    The TSA, Nipple Rings and YOU!

    Filed under: News,Security — anne @ 10:42 am
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    Disciples of the Marquis de Sade, this one’s for you.

    It seems a woman preparing to board a plane in Lubbock last month set off the metal detector because of her nipple rings (or piercings; you know, metal stuck through flesh).

    The TSA folks said, take ‘em off. Well, she tried, but apparently they were “unremovable”. So a TSA agent helpfully handed her a pair of pliers. That did the trick!

    She wants an apology (oh, and she also hired attorney Gloria Allred– watch out, TSA!) Meantime, the woman eventually got through the metal detectors (which FAILED to detect her navel ring).

    Tip O’ the Day: be sure your nipple rings are removable; also, listen to your mother and never to get ‘em in the first place (what about a tattoo, Ma?).

    March 27, 2008

    Delta Makes Safety Sexy

    Filed under: Airlines,safety,Sex — mike @ 8:43 am
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    How many times have you sat on a plane and actually paid close attention to the flight attendants as they give their safety demonstration? It’s even easier to ignore when they eliminate the live performance and show the whole spiel on video.

    Well, Delta Air Lines wants your attention…or at least the attention of those who find sassy, striking redheads appealing. As Wired reports, the star of Delta’s latest safety video is keeping eyes on the screen and garnering comparison to a certain Ms. Jolie, “the flight attendant has earned the nickname ‘Deltalina,’ in reference to everyone’s favorite Tomb Raider.”

    I don’t know if this makes up for the long waits and rising ticket prices, but all of a sudden I do find myself very concerned about how the oxygen mask works and whether or not my seat cushion can be used as a flotation device. Check out Wired for a look at the video.

    March 26, 2008

    Rick rocks on Best Time to Buy Cheap Airline Tickets

    Filed under: ABC — anne @ 11:37 am
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    More geniuousity from Rick: his latest column on reveals some cool facts and false myths.

    Or are myths false anyway? Well, he debunks some, I’ll put it that way.

    Plus, he doesn’t exactly tell you precisely when to buy tickets, but you’ll figure it out, if you just read the column.

    March 25, 2008

    Oktoberfest came a little early this year…

    Filed under: Drunk — anne @ 11:08 am
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    Don’t drink and fly, and no, it doesn’t matter if you’re not the pilot.

    2-passenger jets (in unrelated incidents) were forced to make emergency landings in Poland (Poland?) to remove some drunk guys.

    Bozo #1 was on Germany’s budget airline, LTU, which was flying from Thailand to Dussesldorf. They took him off the plane, but his wife and child stayed put. Good move.

    Bozo #2 was on a Lufthansa flight from Germany to the Ukraine when he decided to tell fellow passengers he was a terrorist. Bad move, especially since it turned out he wasn’t a terrorist (they checked) — he was simply a drunken moron! Allegedly, allegedly.

    Poland? What’s the deal with Poland?

    March 24, 2008

    Cheap Chic: Motel 6 to become Motel Sexy?

    Filed under: Hotels,Luxury — anne @ 10:38 am
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    Well, maybe not exactly sexy…but cooler, definitely cooler.

    According to an article in USA Today, the chain for the cheap is getting a makeover: yes, new bedspreads. Alright, there’s more.

    We are talking about 32-inch flat-screen TVs, granite countertops and those big sinks that sort of sit on top of the counter and are a pain to clean (which is, of course, why I don’t have one).

    But wait, there’s even more (if you keep on reading)…


    March 20, 2008

    Mouse tries to fly to Atlanta. Had he found a cheap airfare sale?

    Filed under: Animals,Delays — anne @ 11:25 am
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    Can’t imagine how I missed this. An Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight attendant was arriving for work at dawn for a Des Moines to Atlanta flight when she spotted a stowaway.

    Eek! A mouse!

    So naturally that led to a 5-hour delay. Workers had to see if he gnawed through anything important, like the “this-cable-flies-the-plane” cable.

    So what happened next?


    March 19, 2008

    Emergency Kit for the TRAPPED (Rick’s column)

    Filed under: Airport,Delays,Frustration — anne @ 10:37 am
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    Our clever boss has done it again — in his latest column for, Mr. FareCompare tells us what to do if we’re trapped in an airport because of delays or cancellations.

    But even better, Mr. FC (that’s Rick Seaney to you) has his own post about this, COMPLETE WITH VITAL LINKS.


    Done shouting now.

    March 18, 2008

    Bizarre Flights, Bizarre Passenger: our WORST story ever

    Filed under: Airplane,Crime,Passenger Rights — mike @ 8:10 am
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    Disclaimer: This post is NOT appropriate for the kids…

    In the time we’ve been covering the airline industry, we’ve seen our share of strange flights and bizarre occurrences.

    There have been drunk passengers, drunk flight attendants, miniskirts, and ladies who dubbed themselves “too pretty to fly.”

    But NONE of that prepared us for THIS story that ran on Sky Talk today.

    Keep reading to see what can happen while sleeping on a plane…


    March 14, 2008

    Flying on Grass

    Filed under: Continental,Green — anne @ 4:33 pm
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    No, it’s not what you think.

    We’re talking about switchgrass, a sometime ingredient in so-called “second generation” biofuels (“first generation” biofuels had stuff like corn and palm oil in them, which require a lot of water and land to produce so it’s not real “green” if you catch my drift).

    Anyway, Continental is getting into the biofuel testing game (Virgin was the first), to reduce that fabled (and utterly cliched) carbon footprint.

    Keep reading, because I have more to say.


    March 12, 2008

    Airport Theme Songs (Randy, Paula, Simon…you ready?)

    Filed under: Airport,Music — anne @ 2:44 pm
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    Not many know this, but some airports have “theme songs”. Los Angeles International Airport, for example, has the cleverly named, “LA International Airport”, a country hit back in 1971 (hum along with me: “LA International Airport, where the big jet engines roar…”)

    Ooh, the goose-bumps! Anyway, this was the subject of a snappy article in USA Today. And it got me to thinking…

    Help me out here, people. Let’s find airport homes for The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb”, Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’”, and the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Paint it Black”.

    Clearly, Jagger & Co. have spent some time in airports.


    March 10, 2008

    easyJet Gets Caught Lying to Customers

    Filed under: easyJet — mike @ 2:20 pm
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    There’s a great post on Gadling today about false advertising among low-cost airlines. Mainly, these fake adverts boil down to misleading prices. A European low-cost carrier might offer penny airline tickets, but once taxes and fees are included, you end up spending over $100 (U.S.).

    Gadling is quick to point out that usually these types of advertisements go unpunished, but easyJet may have finally crossed the line…


    March 6, 2008

    Travel Gadget of the Week: The Search for the Perfect Laptop Bag

    Filed under: Airport,Gadgets,Security — mike @ 11:52 am
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    If you’ve ever cut it close on making a flight, or if you’ve had to change terminals to make and had to go through airport security for a second time in one day while desperately trying to make a connecting flight, you know that the 50 people in front of you with laptops can slow you down. The line just seems to pile up as people (most likely you included) reach into bags to pull out computers, portable DVD players, and any other large electronics they might have.

    Well, the TSA feels your pain, and they want to do something about it. Or at least, they want to consider doing something about it. The TSA is in search of the perfect laptop bag; one that will let you run your laptop through while it’s still in its bag.

    Keep reading to see exactly what the TSA is planning…


    March 5, 2008

    First Class Perks and Private Jets from Virgin

    Filed under: Luxury,Virgin,Virgin America — mike @ 2:42 pm
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    Those crazy kids over at Virgin had another big week. They’re launching Virgin Charter, which could give us a regular folks a shot at flying on a private jet.

    In other Virgin luxury news, the doors of the SFO Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse are now open to those flying first class on Virgin America. Keep reading to see what a first class airline ticket on Virgin America and $40 can get you at the Clubhouse…