« August 27, 2006 - September 2, 2006 | Main | September 10, 2006 - September 16, 2006 »

September 08, 2006

$499 4 Night Package to Paris

It's Friday, so it's time to get the hell outta here.  And you can do that with Go-Today's $499 4 night package to Paris.  You'll get hotel and airfare from Newark for this low, low price.  The catch?  You have to go in January or February.  But think about it -- it's better than being in Newark in February, isn't it?

September 8, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Airport Security as Theater

I've blabbered on in the past about the utter and pathetic farce that serves as airport security in the US.  This week's Ask the Pilot column over at Salon does a better job talking about this than I have.  Enjoy.

September 8, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1)

September 07, 2006

Religious Jew Removed From Fight for Praying

An Orthodox Jewish passenger was removed from an Air Canada Jazz flight from Montreal to New York because he was praying in his seat while the plane was about to begin taxiing for takeoff.  As is part of the praying ritual, the passenger was swaying back and forth while performing his prayers.  And because they world has gone completely insane lately, other passengers took this for some sort of threat.  Then it turns out that the man spoke neither French nor English, so flight attendants couldn't talk to him to find out what was going on.  The plane was returned to the gate where the passenger was removed.  God keep our land, glorious and free, O Canada!

(Thanks to reader Avi for the heads up...)

September 7, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1)

September 06, 2006

Obnoxious Child Kicked Off Air Canada Flight

We've all wished this would happen when we fly:  Air Canada staff removed a 6 year old kid (who was traveling alone) from a Toronto to Cancun flight because he refused to buckle his seatbelt during takeoff.  It is believed to be the first time a child was ever removed from a flight for bad behavior.  Bravo.

September 6, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bonnie Tyler's Song Causes Air France Lawsuit

I'm not sure I even understand this:  Bonnie Tyler, whom you may remember as the singer of "Total Eclipse of the Heart," was flying from Paris to Mauritius on Air France.  So far so good.  A flight attendant tells her that the co-pilot is retiring, and asks if she would sing Total Eclipse of the Heart for him.  She obliges.  Fast forward to today, when a broup of Belgian passengers on the plane have filed suit against Air France saying that, "they were traumatized by the experience and had feared for their safety during the celebration."  There ya go.

(Thanks to View from the Wing for the head's up)

September 6, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (3)

CanJet Shuts Down

But news for Canadian travelers:  your flights may get a bit more expensive.  Discount carrier CanJet shut down yesterday with no warning, stranding passengers across the country.  The airline cited the usual high fuel costs blah blah blah as the reasons for its shutdown.  Canjet held about 5% of domestic market share.

September 6, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1)

September 05, 2006

Indian Traveler Barred from Alitalia's Business Class

A man who makes his living as a scavenger in Delhi's garbage dumps was not permitted to board his business class Aliatlia flight to Brazil because he "did not look like a businessman."  The passenger told Alitalia staff that a charity had purchased him the ticket to attend a waste recycling conference in Brazil (no coach seats were available, he said).  Alitalia's employees told him that they believed the ticket was stolen and kicked him out of the airport.  I have no idea what the key takeaway is from this story, but if you are a homeless person with a business class ticket on Alitalia, you may want to shower before the flight.  Or something like that.

September 5, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Northwest Airline Flight Diverted, Passengers Wait Onboard 10 Hours

A Northwest Airlines flight from Minneapolis to London was diverted to Duluth after smoke was seen in cabin of the plane.  Not a big deal.  What is a big deal is the 10 hours that the passengers were forced to wait on the plane while the problem was fixed.  Yes.  10 Hours.  Apparently holding passengers hostage has become so commonplace that airlines don't even bother issuing an apology for it.

September 5, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1)