Southwest Airlines Apologizes for Misplacing Elderly Woman

Eighty-five-year-old Alice Vaticano was supposed to be wheeled to the Southwest Airlines gate to catch her flight home to Denver, but instead a "processing error" left her stranded in a wheelchair in Newark for 11 hours. Vaticano, who is "sometimes forgetful," didn't know where she was, and had no choice but to sit… » 8/27/14 3:50pm 8/27/14 3:50pm

Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Man Uses Anti-Reclining Device

Flying is a terrible indignity and if my entire family didn't live in the Midwest, I'd never do it because no trip up the majestic coast of California is worth 12+ total hours of X-raying, shoe removing, recycled baby poop air breathing, awkward water glass spilling knee bumping claustrophobia. Plus, what's the deal… » 8/26/14 1:45pm 8/26/14 1:45pm

Your Latest Reason to Hate Flying: Scary Germs Everywhere

It's a technological marvel, sure, but flying is generally miserable and, for those of us who're a little phobic, terrifying too. And now there's yet another reason to squirm in your seat with discomfort: germs! Apparently, invisible goodies like MRSA and E. coli stick around airplanes for way too long. » 5/20/14 4:50pm 5/20/14 4:50pm

The Craziest Theories About What Happened to Malaysia Flight 370

It's been nearly a week since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared somewhere between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, and we still have basically no idea where it went. Chatter about the missing plane (MISSING! AN ENTIRE GREAT BIG PLANE!!!) has grown more frantic and more bewildered by the day, and at this point a lot of… » 3/13/14 6:45pm 3/13/14 6:45pm

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

A Guide to Everyone You Hate on Planes, and How Not to Be One of Them

Ugh, people are the worst. Most days, I can barely even look at them. The way they eat, the way they breathe, the way they look at you all needy with their eyes wanting you to care about them. It's disgusting. So it's no surprise that a survey about things people hate most about other people on planes revealed that… » 12/16/13 2:20pm 12/16/13 2:20pm

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

United Airlines Allegedly Cool With Passengers Who Jack Off in Flight

A teenage girl claims a passenger spent "long periods" of a six-hour fight "masturbating and exposing his penis" without being stopped by flight staff — who knew exactly what was up but declined to move her to another seat or, like, tell him to put his junk back in his pants before takeoff and landing. » 5/31/13 1:30pm 5/31/13 1:30pm

Creepy Airplane Creep Allegedly Used a Racial Slur Before Slapping a…

There are a lot of terrible misdeeds in the annals of air travel, but an incident involving a crying toddler and a racist old creep that allegedly took place on an Atlanta-bound flight last Friday, February 8, might take all the pretzel snack packs. According to the FBI, an apparently cantankerous 60-year-old man got… » 2/17/13 3:30pm 2/17/13 3:30pm

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

What Your Airplane Sleep Style Says About You

Although sleeping on airplanes qualifies as actual sleep no more than that SkyMall stainless steel wallet qualifies as something you want, it's still the holy grail. Achieving slumber is not easy; it's impossible to do so without looking somewhat stupid. And the manner in which you doze can reveal quite a bit about… » 12/28/12 11:30am 12/28/12 11:30am

True Story: I 'Airline Dated' and Lived to Tell the Tale

Have you heard of "airline dating," the hot new online dating trend? Probably not, because it is not actually a hot new online dating trend. But websites for lonely travelers who'd rather find love during a layover than seek out delicious snacks do exist; Steve Pasternack started meetattheairport.com after he,… » 11/28/12 12:10pm 11/28/12 12:10pm

Man Accused of Sexually Abusing a Sleeping Woman on a Plane Could Face…

As if airplanes weren't gross and awful enough as it is, a New Jersey man was indicted Thursday for sexually abusing a woman who had fallen asleep next to him on a United Airlines flight from Phoenix to Newark. According to the CNN, a man named Bawer Aksal was detained on August 21 upon arriving in the lovely… » 8/31/12 12:00pm 8/31/12 12:00pm

Flight Attendant Forces Nonverbal Autistic Teen to Turn Off iPad She…

Carly Fleischmann is a 17-year-old author who has a form of autism that prevents her from speaking. Doctors said she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child, but Carly eventually began using a computer to communicate and now carries an iPad with her so she can "talk" on the go. » 8/15/12 2:40pm 8/15/12 2:40pm