On Saturday, passengers boarded United flight 455 in Austin, Texas and, as is custom, seated themselves and awaited departure to San Francisco, California. But banal events took a turn for the unsettling: a pilot in plainclothes appeared, took hold of an intercom, and delivered a troubling rant.
This morning a man was kicked off a JetBlue flight after confronting Ivanka Trump, who was reportedly flying coach with her “family and a bunch of cousins” in what was either a photo opp, an emergency, or Kellyanne Conway’s last act of revenge.
Muslim passengers who recently flew on both Delta and American Airlines say they were removed from flights after being told attendants were “uncomfortable” with them remaining onboard. The two women removed from American work for the federal government.
The most mindful and centered man in the universe got a flight from Hawaii to Japan turned around when he refused to stop doing yoga in the aisle. The Associated Press reports that the 72-year-old didn’t want to go back to his seat. He wanted to nama-stay where he was. (I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.)
A British Airways plane was taken out of service last week after bed bugs were discovered when the crew tried to stuff extra large carry-ons into an overhead compartment.
Bobby Abtahi, a Dallas attorney who also serves as the vice-chair of the City Plan Commission, tweeted Monday that Virgin Airlines wouldn’t allow him to board a flight in New York. A crew member told him the captain didn’t feel “comfortable” with him on board. Abtahi, a Dallas native, is Iranian-American.
Look at that smug little plane. Just look at it. “WE ARE TAKING ALL YOUR MONEY LOL FOREVER,” it trills, while lounging on the tarmac.
In what’s quickly becoming an unwelcome mini-trend, the New York Times reports that a growing number of U.S.-Israel flights are being delayed by ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who refuse to sit next to women. They always seem to demand that the women switch seats, while they stay put. Wonder why that might be.
Ever wanted to really get to know the people with whom you are trapped, encased in a tin can hurtling through the sky for any number of hours? Me neither, but this app is offering it anyway!
Not all of us can or are willing to pay to sit in the more roomy seats at the front of the plane. But that doesn't mean you have to be uncomfortable when you fly. Some airlines have at least decent economy (coach class) options.
About 50 passengers were told that their fully booked flight had been canceled because of a mechanical problem. That's when they noticed the Gators basketball team boarding.
What with body scans and TSA gropings, this promises to be an especially hellish holiday travel season. But travel has always been an opportunity for horrible and/or hilarious mishaps, and now we want to hear about yours.
After waiting 20 minutes for an unfortunate woman at JFK to disrobe, set off the alarms twice, divest of some belts, get a pat-down, and re-wrap, it dawned on me: some folks may need advice on dressing for flying!