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March 02, 2007

Gore and Staff Skip Airport Security... For a Bit

Former next-President-of-the-United States Al Gore and two staffers were permitted to skip passing through security at Nashville's airport on Wednesday.  An American Airlines employee led Mr. Gore and his group past security, only to be seen by an airport official who (correctly) made them go through security.  Gore reportedly had no complaints about having to follow the rules.  I'll assume this won't get blown out of proportion, but if you start hearing about this elsewhere, remember that it was not Gore's choice to skip security -- it was an American Airlines employee's choice.

March 2, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Passenger Bill of Rights? Be Careful What You Wish For

I'm not really in agreement with him, but Patrick Smith's Ask The Pilot column at Salon this week suggests that we all may be worse off if a passenger bill of rights is implemented.  It's worth a read because after he wrote a great column last week about why the JetBlue situation happened, his readers went nuts.  In turn, he gets kinda pissed.  Fun stuff.

March 2, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 01, 2007

Democracy in American Airlines Lavatories

Good news if you fly in coach on American Airlines and you had a lot of Diet Coke:  the airline has changed its rules to permit coach passengers to use first class lavatories (except on flights into the US, where security regulations prohibit it).  No more standing in line in the back while the first class lav goes unused.

March 1, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Pssst, Wanna Trade Barf Bags?

I don't know what to make of this, but if you're interested in the bags airlines leave in seatback pockets for vomiting (ie, barf bags), this article will be of interest (if you are interested in this type of thing, I promise I won't tell).  The piece links to an online gallery of barf bags as well as a site where you can swap said bags with other people.  To each his own.

March 1, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

February 28, 2007

Don't Swear in the Airport

A PhD student has filed a first amendment lawsuit after she was charged with disorderly conduct at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.  Why was she charged?  She was saying goodbye to a friend at the airport and, in the course of that goodbye, swore rather loudly.  A sheriff's deputy asked her to keep her swearing to a minimum because there were children around.  The swearer replied, "Is it against the [bleeping] law to say [bleep]?" ("bleeps" added by NY Times, not me).  Said the deputy, "yes it is," then cited her for disorderly conduct.  An expert quoted in the story said that charges against her will likely be dropped.  Damn.

February 28, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

February 27, 2007

Airline Apologizes to Gay Couple for Covering Them with a Blanket

Comair, a South African affiliate of British Airways, has apologized to a gay couple who was flying between Cape Town and Johannesburg.  Why did they apologize?  In a classy move, a flight attendant walked by the couple, saw that one passenger had his arm around the other, then placed a blanket fully over the two of them so other passengers wouldn't see them.  Following the apology by the airline's CEO, the couple have dropped their threat of a lawsuit.

February 27, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (2)

February 26, 2007

Adam Air Plane Damaged After Hard Landing

Adam Air, the Indonesian airline whose January 1st crash debris was never found, had another incident where a hard landing bent the plane.  I mention this only because it's pretty crazy to see a 737 bent in the middle.  See photo of the bent aircraft here.

February 26, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Silverjet 2-for-1 Deal

Silverjet, the 3rd all-business-class carrier from New York to London, is offering a buy-one-get-one free deal when you buy a ticket by March 5th.  The deal is only good when buying a flexible ticket ($2500) round trip, but that's a pretty good deal for 2 tickets.  Silverjet's service is better than MAXjet, but not as good as Eos.  But they do have flat beds (albeit at an angle).  This isn't bookable online, so you have to call their call center.

February 26, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (1)

El Al Faces New Boycott for Shabbat Flying

El Al is facing another boycott by religious Jews in Israel after a plane (filled with non-strictly-religious passengers) delayed by mechanical issues in London, landed in Tel Aviv 2 hours after Shabbat started.  El Al had made an agreement with a group of religious people (folk?) in Israel that it would not fly on Shabbat.  You can read the article to see the technical reasons why El Al isn't technically responsible (the plane was being flown by a subsidiary).  As I mentioned the first time the issue came up, what other airline are these people going to fly?  It's fine to boycott, but what other option do they have?  Good luck, El Al!

February 26, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Virgin America Leases Aircraft to Other Airlines

Virgin America, which is still struggling to gain permission to fly 15 months after its expected launch date, is leasing 2 of its new A320 aircraft to a startup carrier (Skybus?) and is hoping to lease 2 others to an international airline soon.  Virgin America has taken delivery of 11 planes, but cannot fly (which, as you can imagine, is rather costly).

February 26, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Most Pakistan International Airways Flights Banned from EU

The European Union has banned Pakistan International Airlines from flying 33 of its 40 aircraft to the EU because of safety concerns.  This does not affect the airlines' newer planes, so PIA's nonstop service from JFK to Manchester, England (continuing to Pakistan) on a 777 will not be affected.

February 26, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (3)

13 Balls Is Unlucky for Brussels Airlines

Thanks, as always, to reader Gloomy Joe for this:

Brussels Airlines has changed its logo because the "b" in Brussels Airlines was originally comprised of 13 dots or, as their spokesman said, "balls" which was making everyone uncomfortable.  A 14th ball alleviated everyone's superstitions.  This will likely make more sense if you read the story.

February 26, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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