How to Stay Warm on a Cold-Ass Airplane in the Middle of Summer

For the perpetually cold people out there, true misery is being stuck on an airplane, shivering and praying that your toes are still attached to your feet. When you ask an unsympathetic flight attendant if they could adjust the cabin temperature, your speech is slurry—a sign of hypothermia. » 7/01/15 4:20pm Wednesday 4:20pm

Airlines Are Widening the Gap Between the Haves and Have-Nots

The world of frequent flier miles is a murky one full of requirements, points-earning, status levels, and benefits varying from airline to airline. It’s a confusing mess, but if you’ve flown much over the past couple of years, one thing is increasingly clear: Many, many people have elite status. » 6/03/15 4:20pm 6/03/15 4:20pm

Should I Fly With My Baby or Just Walk Her From Los Angeles to Detroit?

Recently, Jessica Coen shared a photo here of how I prefer to fly with my tiny child. A lot of folks in the comments thought maybe DCFS should take her from me (be my guest!) because I let her hang out on the floor. Now, this week, a mother — a pregnant mother — was apparently kicked off a United Airlines flight… » 5/28/15 1:30pm 5/28/15 1:30pm

How to Bring Drugs on an Airplane

First, obviously, we’re talking recreational! I assume that if you are trying for a bulk sort of operation, there’s no way in hell you’re getting your tips here anyway, but yes, maybe worth saying regardless: this is for short trips and small amounts only. Maybe you’ve got an occasion on your hands in a remote… » 5/21/15 1:30pm 5/21/15 1:30pm

A Very Recent History of Passengers Getting Kicked Off of Flights

A United flight to Portland made an emergency landing last week after the flight crew determined that an autistic passenger on board was too disruptive. Flight attendants had calmed her, but the flight was nonetheless diverted to Salt Lake City, where the teen and her family were removed from the plane. » 5/12/15 1:30pm 5/12/15 1:30pm

I Will Rearrange My Entire Life Just to Avoid Getting on an Airplane

I dream when I sleep. In these dreams, airplanes are made of glass, runways are rickety roller coasters, and when I try to hold the hand of the person sitting next to me, his face is as blank as an unused easel. Then I realize his hand is cold because he is either a crash test dummy, or he is already dead.
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