Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Best Complaint About Airline Food Ever

VIRGIN boss Sir Richard Branson has thanked the author of a 1000-word tirade - complete with embarrassing photos - that slates food onboard a Virgin airlines flight as a "culinary journey of hell".

The anonymous email - which has whipped around the internet - is described by the UK Telegraph as one of the best airline complaints in the world.

Opening the lid of the main meal was like being given a "dead hamster as a Christmas present", it says.

The disgruntled passenger fired off the missive to Sir Richard after a disastrous flight from Mumbai to Heathrow on December 7 last year.

“Imagine being a 12-year-old boy Richard," the email says.

"Now imagine it’s Christmas morning and you’re sat their with your final present to open. It’s a big one, and you know what it is. It’s that Goodmans stereo you picked out the catalogue and wrote to Santa about.

Only you open the present and it’s not in there. It’s your hamster Richard. It’s your hamster in the box and it’s not breathing. That’s how I felt when I peeled back the foil and saw this (see image 1).

The complaint continues: “…It’s mustard Richard. MUSTARD. More mustard than any man could consume in a month. On the left we have a piece of broccoli and some peppers in a brown glue-like oil and on the right the chef had prepared some mashed potato. The potato masher had obviously broken and so it was decided the next best thing would be to pass the potatoes through the digestive tract of a bird."

The passenger also complained about the size and “baffling presentation” of the "criminal" cookie he was served (see image 2).

“It appears to be in an evidence bag from the scene of a crime. A CRIME AGAINST BLOODY COOKING. Either that or some sort of backstreet underground cookie, purchased off a gun-toting maniac high on his own supply of yeast."

The dessert was just as bad, with the passenger asking: "What sort of animal would serve a desert (sic) with peas in (see image 3)?"

“I know it looks like a baaji but it’s in custard Richard, custard," the passenger wrote.

"It must be the pudding. Well you’ll be fascinated to hear that it wasn't custard. It was a sour gel with a clear oil on top. It’s only redeeming feature was that it managed to be so alien to my palette that it took away the taste of the curry emanating from our miscellaneous central cuboid of beige matter."

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Dog Grounds Plane By Chewing Through Wiring

A QANTAS jet was grounded after a dog in the cargo hold escaped from its cage and snacked on parts of the aircraft's interior.

The animal chewed through electrical wiring and panels so tough that they are difficult to cut with a knife.

The first indication of trouble occurred when the Airbus A330 left Auckland bound for Melbourne on December 7

A warning light in the cockpit indicated problems with the auxiliary power unit - a small jet in the tail that supplies electricity for various systems when the aircraft is on the ground.

As the engine had been shut down after take-off there was no risk to the aircraft. But when ground handlers opened the cargo hold in Melbourne they were confronted with an angry, distressed dog.

An inspection revealed that after somehow getting out of its transportation cage the animal chewed through the wiring loom to the unit, Qantas reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

An aviation engineering source said: "The dog ripped out several wires which set off the cockpit warning and then it had a go at a number of electrical units in the rear of the plane.

"Under duress the animal obviously went nuts, biting through anything that it came across.

"I do not know the breed but the dog had to be fairly big with a big bite to damage cargo hold panels that are as tough as billy goat boots - it is difficult to even cut through this material with a knife."

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Some Serious Air Rage In Turkey Puts Pilot In The Hospital

A TURKISH pilot suffered serious facial injuries during a beating by a passenger who was ordered off his plane.

After an argument over seat allocations on a Sunexpress charter flight between Antalya and Frankfurt, pilot Gokhan Dincer called police to remove Huseyin Ozen who was behaving in an unruly matter.

Mr Ozen reportedly told the pilot that he would "hold you to account" for the incident.

Upon the flight's return to Antalya later the same day, Mr Dincer made his way to his house where he was set upon by four men, including Mr Ozen.

The pilot suffered facial injuries and was treated at a local hospital.

"The attack on our colleague is an attack on all who work in the aviation sector. We condemn the attack and the attackers," said the Turkish Airline Pilot's Association.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

NZ Airliner Hits Severe Turbulance, Passengers Get Free Dry Cleaning

A passenger on an Air New Zealand flight thought she was "going to die" when the plane suffered severe turbulence over the South Island.

Mother-of-four Jo Giles said the trip from Wellington to Christchurch on Flight NZ5031 last Sunday was "like being in a plane crash movie".

Passengers were drenched in hot coffee and tea as the ATR72, operated by Air NZ subsidiary Mount Cook Airlines, suddenly dropped in altitude, she said.

"Everyone was screaming and clutching their seats. I believed I was going to die when the plane plunged from the sky."

Giles said the plane was "cruising along nicely" when the first drop came. "The crew had just done the hot drinks round. I looked at one lady seated across from me. It was like it was in slow motion, the coffee left the cup, shot up to the ceiling and landed all over her.

"I looked around and everybody was covered in coffee. And then the next drop came. I shot up as far as my seatbelt would allow. I could hear kids crying in between screaming. It was truly terrifying, I've never experienced anything so scary".

An Air NZ spokeswoman said the aircraft experienced 15-20 seconds of severe turbulence about halfway down the East Coast of the South Island.

Turbulence was not unusual on that flightpath because of unique weather patterns created by the Kaikoura Ranges and the aircraft maintained its course.

"There was definitely no dramatic plunge at any time. In this instance, as a gesture of goodwill, we did offer dry cleaning vouchers to any passengers who may have been affected by beverages that were spilled during turbulence."

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Goat Detained For Armed Robbery

Ok, this is completely not travel related but it's one of the funniest stories I have read in a long time.

Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.

Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323.

"The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car. They pursued them. However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat," Kwara state police spokesman Tunde Mohammed told Reuters by telephone.

"We cannot confirm the story, but the goat is in our custody. We cannot base our information on something mystical. It is something that has to be proved scientifically, that a human being turned into a goat," he said.

Belief in witchcraft is widespread in parts of Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation. Residents came to the police station to see the goat, photographed in one national newspaper on its knees next to a pile of straw.

Police state that the goat has not confessed under interrogation but they will continue questing it until he breaks and potentially gives up any roosters or cows who might have been working with him.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

2 1/2 Years In Prison For Trying To Get A Free Travel Voucher

Amazing what people will try and do to get a free ticket. Be careful though, through a tantrum could land you in prison.

A New York man who raised a ruckus on a Continental Airlines jet in a failed attempt to get a free ticket has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Arthur David Proskin was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in Texas for interfering with a flight crew. He pleaded guilty in October.

Prosecutors say Proskin was traveling from Houston to Palm Springs, Calif., last April, when a beverage cart struck his knee. They say he acted upset and yelled obscentities at a flight attendant and other passengers.

The plane diverted to Midland International Airport where the then-44-year-old Proskin was removed and arrested.

He later told investigators that he created the disturbance to get free travel vouchers.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Canada's Too Fat For One Seat Rule Causing Pretty Funny Problems

I am not sure what is more ridiculous, requiring airlines provide two seats for people entirely too large to get on the plane, or putting the airlines in charge of figuring out how to determine it.

The Canadian airlines have come up with a solution which is pretty hysterical. Passengers wanting to claim their second seat for being to fat must get a doctors note filled out on a form developed by the airlines.

Apparently the new rule instructs doctors how to properly measure a person to determine their ass is too big for the seat and it looks like the same way FedEx decides how much to charge you to ship something overnight, complete with diagram.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), meanwhile, is complaining that the form asking doctors to measure a patient’s behind “shows a disregard for the use of scarce medical resources.”

I suppose they have a point, making doctors measure someones ass like a baggage attendant measuring your suitcase is pretty demoralizing.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Man Arrested For Making His Own Exit Off A Plane

Here is a new one, and a new Douchebag of the Week contender. A man on a Delta Airlines flight that landed at Phoenix airport decided he was special and made his own exit at the gate.

An airline passenger was arrested at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Tuesday evening after opening an emergency door on a Delta Air Lines flight as passengers were exiting at a gate.

Police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson says the 37-year-old man arrived in Phoenix from Salt Lake City about 4:30 p.m. His name has not been released.

After getting out of the plane, the man was detained and arrested on the tarmac.

Thompson says the flight taxied into the gate at Sky Harbor Terminal 3. As people were getting off the plane, the man opened an emergency door and walked out on the plane's wing. Police and federal authorities questioned the man. Thompson says charges are pending.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Flight Attendant Suing Jet Blue Because She Was Frumpy

I don't know about the rest of you who travel, but I can't remember the last time I flew on a U.S. air carrier where the flight attendant was dressed sexy. Honestly, most of the ones on my plane are about the size of a mini-van and senior citizens. With the budget cutbacks, the inventory of flight attendants hasn't turned over since the early 70's.

Apparently a Jet Blue attendant thought differently and insisted flight attendants from other carriers hopping a ride on his plane dress provocatively??? The flight attendant that was denied boarding because she was little too frumpy, is suing Jet Blue now.

The flight attendant, Karin Keegan of Pittsburgh, works for Delta. The airline has an agreement through which JetBlue ferries Delta flight attendants to job assignments on a standby basis.

Keegan's lawsuit said a male JetBlue worker wouldn't let her on a flight in October 2007 because she wasn't dressed provocatively enough, then allowed other flight attendants with less seniority to board the plane.

"Keegan changed into more provocative clothes, but (the employee) told her she was too late to board the plane and should have dressed like that before," said the lawsuit, which was filed Friday in Pittsburgh federal court.

"He wanted her to change to a lower-cut shirt and tighter pants, and wear more makeup before letting her on the plane," Keegan's attorney, Samuel Cordes, said Monday. Delta and JetBlue officials refused to intercede when she complained, the lawsuit said.

Cordes said Keegan is losing income, though he wouldn't specify how much, because she has stopped taking JetBlue flights to job assignments so she can avoid harassment by the male employee.

On behalf of the rest of us frequent flyers, please do not heed the advise of Jet Blue attendants. No one want's to see you in a tighter pants and low cut shirts, the flight is long enough as it is.

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

New Presidential Limo ...One Cool Ride When Traveling

There have been occasions when I was traveling that I got to ride in a limo. Mostly it's in bigger cities where limo's are cheaper or more practical then renting a car. I never got to ride in one this nice thought.

The new President of the United States has one nice ride when he is on the road. The new presidential limo, which by the looks of it is a cross between the Cadillac DTS and an Escalade, is a nice looking car.

The Secret Service isn't giving away much information on it, one engineer who looked at the design photos snapped while the car was on the test track said, "it can withstand being hit by an asteroid".

The presidential limo is a vessel of secrets, but here's what's thought to be known: Obama's car is actually one of a fleet of identical and interchangeable vehicles built by General Motors. Judging by its approximate weight (14,000 to 16,000 pounds) and wheelbase, it rides on a modified medium-truck GM chassis.

It might be a tank, but it's a really nice looking tank.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Air Sick's Douche Bag Of The Week

This is starting to be almost a weekly occurrence of someone acting like a complete imbecile on an airplane so I am kicking off the "Air Sick Douche Bag Of The Week Award".

This weeks winner is Sergey Kotsur:

Sergey Kotsur, 39, a Russian restauranteur, was on a Delta Air Lines flight enroute from Moscow to Atlanta last week when he became aggressive toward other passengers and flight attendants. The flight diverted to Gander, Newfoundland as a result, causing a four hour delay.

It seems that Kotsur was already intoxicated when he boarded the plane, and continued to drink during the flight. Further testimony presented in court revealed Kotsur was arguing with family members who were traveling with him, and began banging his head against a wall of the cabin. He also reportedly grabbed a flight attendant's thigh, under her skirt.

Witnesses said it took eight people to restrain the man. He was still unruly when taken into custody, and tried to break out a window in a police car.

Defense attorney Juan O'Quinn blamed the incident on a combination of alcohol and medication his client had taken before the flight, and said Kotsur was sorry and embarrassed by his actions.

"Mr. Kotsur had been drinking on the plane and that there was some medication taken, some sleeping medication, I suspect, that had a reaction. It's not some kind of activity he would normally engage in," O'Quinn said. "He's a fairly mild fellow but the concoction of the medicine he took and the alcohol, I suspect, probably had an impact on the way he behaved."

Judge Bruce Short was unimpressed. He fined Kotsur $10,000 plus $20,000 in restitution to Delta (a total of about $25,220 USD), and gave him a year to pay up

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Layoffs All Over The Travel Industry

All of the airlines having been laying off staff over the past year. Now with the economy getting worse and businesses cutting back on travel, the layoffs are expanding

170 workers at the American Airline maintenance base are now without a job.

Rental car company Hertz Global Holdings(HTZ) said it will eliminate more than 4,000 jobs worldwide as it further cuts costs amid slowing demand.

The biggest cuts among the network carriers came at Delta Air Lines, a 10.7 percent reduction in force, and Northwest Airlines, down 5.9 percent. The two airlines merged in the fall.

AirTran cut a tenth of its work force during the 12 months. Frontier Airlines, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year, whittled 15.3 percent.

Employment at regional carriers fell 6 percent in November vs. November 2007. ExpressJet, the regional carrier that flies 50-seaters for Continental as Continental Express, reduced staff by almost a third during the 12 month

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Hotels.com To Use Trip Advisor In Reviews

I am a big fan of trip advisor and have written hundreds of reviews for hotels over the past couple of years. For those of you who have never visited the Trip Advisor site at www.tripadvisor.com, you really should. It is made up of reviews only by travelers who have stayed at the hotel.

When I travel for business to a city I have never been to, the first thing I check before I book a hotel room is Trip Advisor and I always make sure to write reviews for the hotels I stay in. There has never been 1 time where I stayed at a Trip Advisor hotel rated at 4.0 or above that I was dissapointed, it is always very accurate.

It was exicting to hear today that Hotels.com was incorporating Trip Advisor ratings into their web site. The deal is going to make it very easy to tell when booking a hotel what people really think about it and saving a step when making a reservation of having to check both sites.

There are very few websites out there which are truly valuable when your traveling but I highly recommend checking out Trip Advisor when you are, I have included a link on my blog.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Today Is When You Are Thankful For Pilots

Myself and my fellow travelers spend allot of time complaining about airline crews and staff but today we were reminded why well trained pilots are so important.

If you watched the news today you saw the crash landing of a US Air plane in the Hudson river. Anyone who has been to New York knows how difficult it would be to control a plane, taking off from LaGuardia, who looses both engines but this pilot did it!

Passengers commented that both of the engines went out shortly after takeoff from LGA and the pilot floated the plane into the water. The pilot, Chesley Sullenberger, did a fantastic job landing the plane and getting everyone off without any serious injuries.

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger was still drying off from the ordeal when Mayor Bloomberg sang his praises.

"He did a masterful job of landing the plane in the river," Bloomberg said of the veteran pilot who lives near San Francisco.

With water seeping into the plane, Sullenberger walked up and down the center aisle twice to make sure nobody was left before he fled the jet, the mayor said.

"He was the last one off the plane," Bloomberg said.

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Next time something is wrong with your car, consider fixing it yourself and check out www.carpartswarehouse.com. You will be amazed of the quality and the money you save.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Airline Statistics Are Out For November

The BTS released airline on-time performance statistics for November today. Most are not surprising, the regional carriers like ASA and Comair still cant manage to get a plane off the ground on time, no change there for past 15 years.

Continental Airlines managed to climb back out of the dog house after a horrible month in October. They went from highest number of canceled flights to lowest in November. I am a frequent flier of Continental and have always considered their service the best among legacy carriers in the U.S. so that is good to see.

A little disturbing is the number of pets the airlines managed to kill, hurt or loose was 6 in November. Frankly in this category 1 is too many. I flew my dog from east coast to the west coast a couple of months ago and was nervous the entire time. Turns out the dog had a better experience on United then I did.

The winner of the "stuck in a tube on the tarmac" award went to the poor travelers on ExpressJet Airlines flight 2534 from Nashville, TN to Newark, NJ, 11/30/08 which was delayed on tarmac 269 minutes.

Here is the rest of the roundup:


83.3 percent on-time arrivals

Highest On-Time Arrival Rates

1. Hawaiian Airlines – 89.6 percent

2. Southwest Airlines – 87.2 percent

3. Northwest Airlines – 86.7 percent

Lowest On-Time Arrival Rates

1. Atlantic Southeast Airlines – 75.3 percent

2. Comair – 77.1 percent

3. Delta Air Lines – 77.4 percent

Most Frequently Delayed Flights

1. ExpressJet Airlines flight 2396 from Newark, NJ to Detroit – late 83.33 percent of the time

2. Comair flight 6517 from Atlanta to Austin, TX – late 82.76 percent of the time

2. SkyWest Airlines flight 4393 from Atlanta to San Antonio, TX – late 82.76 percent of the time

4. Southwest Airlines flight 3091 from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia – late 81.82 percent of the time

5. Mesa Airlines flight 2697 from Washington Dulles to Charlotte, NC – late 80.95 percent of the time

Highest Rates of Canceled Flights

1. Mesa Airlines – 1.3 percent

2. Pinnacle Airlines – 1.3 percent

3. Comair – 1.2 percent

Lowest Rates of Canceled Flights

1. Continental Airlines – 0.1 percent

2. Northwest Airlines – 0.2 percent

3. Frontier Airlines – 0.2 percent

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Another Ridiculous Airline Lawsuit

I have nothing but loathing in my heart for the majority of U.S. air carriers, but please fellow passengers, don't fall victim to the only group more loathsome then an airline CEO, a personal injury lawyer.

Apparently one of these eels talked a passenger into suing Alaska Airlines for an incident that occurred last month during the snowstorm in Seattle. The vents on the plane were left open while it was being de-iced and fumes got in the plane.

Never mind that all the passengers were fine and flew on to their destination, or the fact that thousands of ground crew people suck in the same fumes for 8 hours a day, everyday, during winter, apparently one woman, with the smell of money in the air and a big fat bottom dwelling attorney fanning the cash fumes her way, has talked her into suing and dreaming up some permanent disabilities from de-ice fumes.

An Alaska Airlines passenger is suing the airline over injuries she says she suffered when deicer fumes entered an aircraft at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Christmas Eve.

Paramedics treated 25 people who were on an Alaska Airlines plane. Deicer fumes made their way onto the plane and irritated the eyes of passengers and the crew.

An attorney for passenger Arianna Morgan says she still feels the effects of that exposure and suffers numbness in her hands and fatigue, particularly when her lawyer is standing on them.

The lawyer says the airline had a duty to ensure ventilation systems were closed during deicing and being a lawyer doesn't understand how they could have made a mistake because everyone knows lawyers are perfect.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Seattle after he slithered under the door and oozed the paperwork onto the clerks desk.

All 143 passengers boarded another plane and continued to Burbank, Calif where by the way, they are all just fine.

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Latest Group Looking For A Bailout, Small Jet Owners

It's not easy being a millionaire today, they trying to take away their jets and companies don't know how they will get by without them. I have a plan to bail out every multi million if not billion dollar conglomerate in the U.S. with their hands out. Lets get all the middle class together, there aren't many of us left so it shouldn't be too hard, and sell our first born into slavery to ensure banks, CEO's and private jet owners don't have to lower their standard of living.

As if giving banks billions of dollars wasn't a complete waste of time and taxpayer dollars, there is yet another group waiting for a handout at the expense of U.S. citizens, the owners of small jets.

Watching the news over the past three months is maddening enough to make you want to throw things. Bank which have, and continue to, take advantage of it's customers, got billions of dollars and gave average citizens absolutely nothing in return. Bernie stole billions and I will bet my next paycheck he won't do a day in jail. Today I turn on the news and see private jet owners want a $4 billion dollar bailout and I throw up all over my living room.

Nine Washington-area trade groups representing carriers, plane users such as PepsiCo Inc., and manufacturers including Boeing Co. are seeking aid to advance the government’s so-called Next Generation overhaul of air-traffic control technology. They say they want to ensure lawmakers don’t overlook aviation in the $775 billion stimulus plan proposed by President-elect Barack Obama.

“There’s recognition amongst all of us that the only way we’re going to move NextGen is if we’re united,” said Sharon Pinkerton, vice president for government affairs at the Air Transport Association, in an interview. Among the group’s members are Delta Air Lines Inc. and AMR Corp.’s American Airlines.

I would offer the banks and rich people more but all that is left is my first born and by god it's time for him to suffer like the rest of us. Maybe they can put them to work loading baggage for United, at least you will know your suitcase gets there.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

And If You Do Drink And Fly Stop Yelling Allah

Everyone flies drunk every now and then, sometimes it's a matter of mental survival. After dealing with the lines, the self important fat ass businessmen and delays, the only thing that takes the edge off is a couple of shots.

If you must fly drunk, please practice a little self control and common since, and resist the urge to make an ass of yourself. Even on Turkish planes they dint have much of a since of humor.

Passengers feared that Turkish born Hamdi Yazici was planning a terrorist attack when he drunkenly got up and began shouting in his native language.

The 41-year-old had to be pinned down by six cabin crew after he staggered towards the front of the aircraft and threatened to hurt fellow travellers.

The Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul landed at its destination at London Stansted Airport, where police arrested Yazici.

Prosecutor Mark Lakin said cabin crew initially managed to subdue Yazici after he became agitated and started shouting two hours into the flight on October 12 last year.

However, half an hour before landing Yazici stood up, donned his rucksack and began chanting 'Allah'.

Mr Lakin said: "He was standing up, shouting in Turkish and was agitated. He'd put his rucksack on his shoulder and was making his way from his seat.

"One passenger described him as looking as though he was going to leave the aircraft notwithstanding it was still in the air.

"He was struggling to walk, staggering and shouting. Passengers were distressed by his behaviour and one heard the mention of Allah as he went.

"Cabin crew became involved with six people subduing him as he shouted 'You can't stop me, I'm English. If you let me go I am going to hurt you.'

"He was held down and straps were used to subdue him until the flight arrived and police were called. He was in a very drunken state."

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Dont Drink And Fly In Dallas

Southwest Airlines Co. says it put a pilot on leave after he allegedly showed up at the airport with alcohol on his breath.

A Southwest spokeswoman said Friday that the pilot was replaced before his flight departed Tuesday afternoon from Columbus, Ohio, bound for Orlando, Fla.

The airline declined to name the pilot, an 11-year Southwest veteran, but airport police identified him as David P. Shook, 45, of Plainfield, Ill.

Southwest spokeswoman Beth Harbin said the pilot was stopped at a security checkpoint after two travelers alerted Transportation Security Administration screeners to the possibility he had been drinking.

After being confronted, the pilot called in sick and never reported to the gate for takeoff, Harbin said.

Columbus Regional Airport Authority police officers wrote in their report that Shook fled to a bathroom and changed out of his Southwest jacket and hat. He told officers he had called the airline to report being ill and unable to fly.

Police officer Harry Fisher said Shook told him he had not been drinking that day, "but I partied hard last night at the hotel."

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Douche Bag Suing United For Beating Wife Drops Lawsuit

Not being certain who is the bigger douche bag, the passenger who sued United Airline for making him drunk so he would beat his wife, or the lawyer who actually agreed to take the case, dropped it today.

Yoichi and Ayisha Shimamoto, probably more Yoichi because if his wife spoke up he would smack her, asked the court on Dec. 23 to voluntarily dismiss the case, which created headlines for the novel legal theory involved. The novel theory fell second to bar that was lowered to subterranium, of cases eel like lawyers would actually take on.

The lawsuit alleged that United's flight attendants were overly generous in serving wine to Yoichi Shimamoto during a nearly 9-hour flight from Osaka, Japan to San Francisco, fueling domestic violence involving the couple shortly after the plane landed.

Shimamoto was arrested and accused of disorderly conduct and battery after he struck his wife as they headed through U.S. Customs following the December 2006 flight.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

No Rest For The Weary

As pilots are falling asleep overshooting small islands like Hawaii and air traffic controllers are dozing off in the Philippines and France causing aircraft to circle until they wake up from their cat naps, the airline industry has weighed in.

The mentally damaged CEO's of the airline industry have collectively decided that the real problem is crew's are getting entirely too much sleep. While the FAA was coming up with ways to make airline safer by mandating more crew rest on flights more then 16 hours, the airline industry has been busy filing suit against the FAA to prevent it.

Seven U.S. airlines have sued the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, claiming the agency broke its own rules and may have compromised flight safety when it set new standards for pilot rest times last year without input from the carriers.

The airlines said in the complaint that they should have had a chance to comment on the rules, which would place yet another financial burden on them.

The FAA in response to the lawsuit stated, "of course we didn't ask the airlines to weigh in, would ask Hannibal Lechter to weigh in on anorexia? " continuing with , "we figured that since the airline industry hasn't come up with a constructive idea in the last ten years, it wasn't going to happen this time either".

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Stupid Passenger Of The Day

This is becoming an almost daily occurrence so I am considering naming this entire thread the "Stupid Passenger of the Day" as once a day for the past week someone has been carted off an airplane for doing something amazingly stupid.

Here is today's Airborne Moron Of The Day:

An airline passenger was arrested, authorities said, after he made a bomb threat when flight attendants asked him to close his laptop computer before takeoff.

The man was on board a United Express flight to Washington Saturday afternoon at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Airport spokesman Jeff Lea said that when attendants asked him to close his laptop, "he mentioned a bomb or made a bomb threat."

Police were called, and the man was arrested. The flight was delayed more than two hours while police searched the plane for explosives but nothing was found.

They way you know that it probably wasn't a serious threat is because anyone who has ever flown on a United Express flight knows that real terrorist and people who hate the United States would want to keep this airline flying as punishment to all Americans who have to fly on it.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Midwest Airlines Has A Sense Of Humor

Everyone has heard the Christmas song, "Grandma got run over by a reindeer" right. Well Midwest Airline has a great since of humor, I caught sight of this plane when leaving Seattle. I love an airline that can make you laugh !

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Best Travel Stories For 2008

10) Better Food

A pilot from Northwest Airlines flight was less than pleased with the food which was to be served on the flight. He decided to find some better food, so he left his aeroplane, and then left the airport to find food even though he had a plane to fly. The passengers were left to wait 90 minutes until the pilot came back and when the pilot came back he was fired on the spot for "abandoning his plane".

9) Wait!

A man who was late for his flight call in a bomb threat on the flight he was supposed to take. The delay caused by the search for the bomb grounded the plane long enough for him to get on. Meanwhile, police had traced the call to the cell phone and identified its owner, and pulled the culprit out of the aircraft. The man, who was charged and released, was allowed to board the plane, which departed about a half-hour late.

8) Passenger Removed from Flight for Praying

On a United Airlines flight from New York JFK to San Francisco, a man was removed from the plane because he was praying. The Jewish man refused to be seated, as the plane was about to takeoff, because he was praying. Despite the fact than the Jewish man would be done in 2 minutes, the man's friends explained to flight attendants, he was escorted off the plane by flight personnel.

7) Man Sues Airline Because He Had to Sit in Bathroom

A man is suing an airline for £2 million because, he says, he was forced to spend most of a flight from San Diego to JFK sitting on a toilet. The passenger wanted to get on the flight but was told that there were no seats available. He says a flight attendant offered him her jump seat, which he agreed to. After an hour and a half of flying, he was told the flight attendant wanted the jump seat back and that he would have to hang out in the bathroom.

6) Air traffic controller nodded off

An aeroplane was forced to circle for more than half an hour after an air traffic controller dozed off. The pilot of the cargo plane said he attempted a number of times to contact the controller for permission to land - but got no answer.

He was forced to circle Nice Airport in France until the sleepy controller was woken up by security officials more than 30 minutes later. French air traffic control service DGAC described the case as 'extremely rare' and said the cargo plane 'had never been in difficulty'. An internal investigation has now been set up to find out why the controller fell asleep on the job.

5) A bit wet

4) Engine trouble

A military pilot called for a priority landing because his single-engine jet fighter was malfunctioning. Air Control told the fighter pilot that he was number two, behind a B-52 that had one engine shut down. "Ah," the fighter pilot remarked, "The dreaded seven-engine approach."

3) Air India Can Fire Fat Flight Attendants

A court in India has ruled that Air India has the right to fire flight attendants it considers to be overweight. The court agreed with the airline that overweight staff members posed a safety risk. Air India has also told prospective applicants that they should not have acne or bad teeth.

2) If You Found Marijuana in Your Suitcase at Narita, Let Customs Know

In Tokyo's Narita, a customs officer tried to test whether drug-sniffing dogs could find marijuana. He hid 1/3 of a pound of pot in an unknown mans luggage. The sniffer dogs were unable to find the marijuana, but neither could the customs officer. Customs officials say that it is against regulations to test their dogs by picking a random piece of luggage, as the luggage has to be marked. Customs officials were forced to ask the public to check there luggage for 1/3 of a pound of marijuana.

1) Pictures speak louder than words:

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Having A Teen Age Slumber Party, Not In Malaysia Your Not

Here is an important safety tip for co-ed teen groups thinking about sleeping late in Malaysia, make sure you stay 5 star and not at the Red Roof Inn, it could cost you life in prison !

A 17-year-old female and five males in a hotel room were among 56 people detained in an early morning raid conducted by officers from the Islamic Religious Department on several budget hotels in town.

In the raid from 6am to 9am yesterday, the department’s deputy director Ghazali Abdul Aziz said 56 people, between the ages of 15 and 20, were detained.

He said they were held for offences under Section 145 (1) & (2) of Enakmen Pentadbiran Ugama Islam dan Adat Resam Melayu Pahang 1982 (amended 1987) which states that the Islamic police in Malaysia can put you in jail for your natural life for having a slumber party at a budget inn. Good thing they don't have the same ordnance in Las Vegas, they whole city would be in prison.

If found guilty, each of them can be fined not more than RM1,000 or six months’ jail or both, that's a pretty serious slumber party.

Ghazali said starting the raid at 6am was the right time because some had checked into the hotel rooms early in the morning and would sleep until afternoon and only heathens do that.

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Muslim Group Taken Off Plane For Being Goofy On Plane

A Muslim family that was ordered off an AirTran Airways flight on New Year's Day said on Friday that they were told they could not reboard or rebook a flight on the discount airline even after security officials cleared them for travel.

Atif Irfan said in an interview with CNN that federal authorities removed him, seven family members and a friend from the flight after passengers overheard members of the group talking about the safest place to sit on the plane. He said they were being careful to avoid any "buzz" words like "bomb" that would trigger a security alert.

The group was flying out of Reagan Washington National Airport and was headed for a religious retreat in Florida when other passengers apparently overheard the conversation and reported it to authorities.

Ok look, I am not sure how you caravan around a plane in a group, openly talking about where the safest place on the plane to sit, but I am pretty sure it's even more suspicious if your not talking about bombs no matter who you are or where you come from.

Here is an important safety tip from a frequent flier, have that conversation before you get on the plane....and oh yeh, if a bomb goes off or the plane crashes...let me save you some time....THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE ON THE PLANE.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Two Flights Diverted Due To Airborn Temper Tantrums

Today seemed to be the day for diverted flights by grown adults acting like babies, well one regular baby one kleptomaniac baby.

The first involved a passenger jet bound for Toronto made an unscheduled landing in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday after an agitated passenger tried to tamper with an emergency door, an airline official said.

The Boeing B757 landed safely and nobody was hurt, said Sabah Mirza, spokeswoman for Canadian carrier Skyservice. She said flight crew and passengers restrained the man until the plane landed at the Punta Cana international airport in the late afternoon.

"At no time was the safety of the aircraft in jeopardy," Mirza said. "While the door was never at risk of opening in flight, the flight crew reacted quickly and appropriately."

The man, whose name and nationality were not immediately available, was detained by Dominican authorities for questioning.

The second involved a passenger on American Airlines flight 1571 who was met by police in Des Moines on Tuesday following a complaint of a theft.

David Anthony Kuh, 24, of St. Paul, Minn., received a citation for fifth-degree theft.

American Airlines staff told Des Moines police that a passenger was going through the purse of another passenger and took some of the contents, including money and credit cards.

Priscilla Ann McNulty, 50, of St. Paul, is listed as the victim. A police report said airport operations officials notified police there was "a problem with a passenger." The Chicago to Minneapolis flight had been diverted to Des Moines because of bad weather in Minnesota.

Kuh had been sitting next to McNulty on the plane, police said. McNulty asked to be moved because of his behavior. Her purse was under her seat.

Police said, "Kuh was able to reach McNulty's purse and then went through it. A witness sitting across the aisle reported it. "

Two credit cards and $12 in cash were taken, police said. Kuh was taken off the plane by police as the plane remained at the airport in Des Moines. Officers said he confessed to taking the credit cards and cash. The credit cards were found in a magazine at his seat.

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