Do Pilots Hook Up With Flight Attendants? An Airline Pilot Answers

My friend Mike* is a First Officer at a regional airline here in the U.S. He's graciously agreed to answer some questions exclusively for Flight Club about being a pilot, as well as addressing some of the rumors that we hear as travelers about everything from sex to slowing your plane down on purpose. » 5/14/14 4:16pm 5/14/14 4:16pm

US Airways Won't Be Firing Anyone Over Airplane Vagina Tweet

After the Tweet That Launched A Thousand Vaginal Airplane Puns, UterUS Airways has concluded that the airline's tweet of a woman with a toy plane in her vagina (link very NSFW) was an error made by an employee who was just trying to report someone else for posting the vagina airplane picture. It was an honest mistake.… » 4/16/14 11:00am 4/16/14 11:00am

Airlines Make First Class Even More Exclusive for Max Les Miz Effect

It's hard on the ultra-rich when they're forced to fly commercial. In consideration of their delicate sensibilities, airlines are increasingly pampering first and business-class passengers on international flights. The new hotness: Keeping them far, far away from the wretched, seething crowds of coach. » 2/27/14 2:15pm 2/27/14 2:15pm

Flying Anywhere This Week Is Absolute Hell on Earth

If you tried to fly over the past week, chances are you spent hours or days trapped in an airport, slowly going insane. This is because relying on airplanes for transport into or out of cold climates during January is the height of foolishness, and unless I have to, I'm never going to do it again. It's a half-miracle… » 1/07/14 3:30pm 1/07/14 3:30pm

Here's What It Feels Like to Be a Fat Person on a Plane.

On a crack-of-dawn flight from New York City to Seattle recently, I had my first ever, um, altercation with a seat mate. I'd almost missed the plane—I was that person staggering on board just before the doors closed—and I'm sure he thought he was going to have the row all to himself. I flashed him an apologetic smile… » 12/24/13 11:00am 12/24/13 11:00am

New Airline Seat for Bigger Passengers Still Seems Uncomfortable

There's no getting around the fact that flying sucks, and none of the changes (for anyone who can't afford a business class ticket) airlines have made in recent years have made it any more tolerable. Flying is especially crappy for heavier passengers, who are still subjected to the same discomfort and inconvenience… » 11/17/13 5:30pm 11/17/13 5:30pm

In-Flight Wealth Disparity Is Hastening America’s Cultural Revolution

These bourgeois pigs in business class must be purged from our skies. Why let them board an airplane early, free from the desperate urge to jostle for a space in the overhead bin for their sensible leather carry-on just so they can sip mimosas and sneer at the poor, corn syrup-coated plebes seated in zones 2 through 6… » 8/17/13 5:00pm 8/17/13 5:00pm

South Korean Flight Attendants Fight for the Right to Wear Pants

Female flight attendants on South Korea's Asiana Airlines, the country's second largest commercial flight company, might be getting a uniform redesign after lobbying for the company to relax its incredibly strict appearance requirements. Asiana's labor union has been working with South Korea's human rights commission… » 2/06/13 10:50am 2/06/13 10:50am

Baby Born on Airplane Named After the Flight Attendant Who Delivered Her

According to ABC News, the Armavia Airlines flight was en route from Siberia to Armenia's capital of Yerevan on Saturday when 31-year-old Armina Babayan went into labor. You're probably thinking, "Wait, hella pregnant ladies aren't supposed to fly!" Well, during check-in, Babayan claimed she was just 6.5 months… » 1/15/13 10:25am 1/15/13 10:25am

Woman Dies After Three Airlines Say She's Too Fat to Fly

Well, this sucks. Late last month, Bronx resident Vilma Soltesz and her husband Janos tried to board three separate airlines from Hungary to New York City, but they were repeatedly turned away. Why? Well, because they couldn't stuff Vilma's fatness into the plane, a seat, a wheelchair, an elevator — take your pick.… » 11/27/12 11:00am 11/27/12 11:00am

Soccer Team Wants Only Female Flight Attendants, Because Ladies Are Way…

If you're a soccer (ugh, fine, football) fan, you'd be hard pressed to find a team bigger or more superstarry than FC Barcelona. But with great fame and power comes great ass ache, as Lionel Messi and his teammates can't seem to go anywhere without getting hounded for autographs and pictures. That's why they've asked… » 9/18/12 3:30pm 9/18/12 3:30pm

Should Airlines Be Allowed to Forbid Men From Sitting Next to…

Multiple airlines reserve the right to force any man sitting next to an unaccompanied minor to switch seats with a woman. They say the policy is due to "parental concerns," but it's probably mostly due to the airline companies wanting to cover their asses; parents have sued airlines over child molestation incidents in… » 8/14/12 5:20pm 8/14/12 5:20pm

Virgin Australia Politely Asks Its Flight Attendants to Tone Down the…

Virgin Australia is trying to compete with Qantas for all the fancy-pants business class travelers, a move that has prompted some changes to the standard Australian flight attendant mannerisms. No longer will flight attendants, for example, be allowed to greet passengers with that charming Australianism we… » 7/22/12 4:00pm 7/22/12 4:00pm