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Flight Diverts Because Two “Adults” Won’t Stop Fighting Over Legroom

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A flight had a “Bridesmaids”-style diversion on Sunday (minus colonial woman sightings on the wing) when two passengers couldn’t stop bickering over legroom. A man and a woman headed from Newark to Denver were seated in the “Economy Plus” section of the plane, which is designed to be a bit comfier than regular coach seating (read: a perfect storm for cranky flyers who feel they’re entitled to extra special treatment), when the woman realized her seat wouldn’t recline. She discovered that the man sitting behind her had attached a Knee Defender, a nifty device that blocks airplane seats from reclining. The two handled it like any pair of grown-ups would: by bickering and throwing a tantrum. When flight attendants asked the guy to remove the Knee Defender, he refused, so the woman threw a cup of water at him. The flight crew diverted to Chicago, gracefully chucked those two off the plane, and headed on its merry way to Denver without them. No one was arrested, but I think it’s safe to say that just about everybody’s day was ruined. People of the world, have we seriously stooped this low? Are elementary schools no longer teaching kids to use their words instead of breaking out into an immature shouting match? Keep reading »

When First Class Isn’t Classy Enough: Airline Debuts Private Apartments

Ugh, isn’t flying first class the worst? Those luxurious, spacious, reclining seats. The hot towels and free champagne. The flight attendants not treating you like one of the ragged, poverty-stricken suckers in coach. It’s just awful. Luckily for anyone who’s experienced the plebeian horrors of first class, Etihad Airlines is rolling out a new, higher-end alternative: private 3-room apartments. For serious. Each flying residence will include a private bath with shower, a living room, and — here’s the kicker — a personal BUTLER trained at London’s Savoy hotel to tend to your every need. The uber first class cabins will be available on the airline’s double decker Airbus A380 planes, and tickets for a trip between London and Abu Dhabi will run you about $21,000, one way. If you need me, I’ll be crying into my $17 cracker plate in my over-the-wing seat with a broken armrest. Sigh. [Conde Nast Traveler]

Saudi Arabia Licenses First-Ever Female Pilot

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  • Meet 35-year-old Hanadi Al-Hindi, the first-ever licensed female pilot in Saudi Arabia. So Saudi women can fly airplanes but not drive cars? Oh, that’s right, driving ruins women’s ovaries. [Arab News]
  • On white supremacy and the suffrage (women’s right to vote) movement. [The Toast]
  • Of course Louisiana might force women seeking abortions to read a pamphlet about “abortion risks” written by abortion opponents. [Think Progress]
  • How the director of North Dakota’s only abortion clinic found an unexpected ally. [Cosmopolitan] Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: Hey Airlines, Stop Overbooking Flights On Purpose

Frisky Rant: Hey Airlines, Stop Overbooking Flights On Purpose

If you work for American Airlines, or any airline for that matter, buckle up. You’re in for a bumpy ride.

I booked and paid for my flight months in advance, received a confirmation and a seat number and was pleasantly surprised when I got to the airport, checked into my American Airlines flight and received a “Priority Seating Pass,” instead of a usual boarding pass. For some reason, I was shuffled through the “priority” security line (score!) and arrived at my gate several hours before takeoff. I was going from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Nashville, Tennessee, with a group of other women for a close friend’s bachelorette party and wanted to make sure my seat (which I received in my confirmation, but didn’t see on my “priority pass”) was with the rest of the group. Upon approaching the attendant at the gate, I was informed that I would not receive a seat until the plane began boarding and that my “priority seating pass” was essentially a priority standby pass. Keep reading »

Dreams Come True: Cast Of “The Lion King” Surprise Plane With Performance

"It's The Ciiiiiiiircle of Liiiiife..."

Someone please tell me why I was not on this plane. Travelers flying from Brisbane to Sydney, Australia, this weekend got a musical surprise when the Aussie Broadway cast of “The Lion King,” who were also en route, decided to serenade the plane with their rendition of the musical’s hit number, “The Circle of Life.” Keep reading »

20 Ways To Pass The Time During A Layover In A Horrible Airport

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Airport Layover

Over the weekend I found myself enduring a 3-hour layover in what may be the worst airport in the world. I’m not going to name names, but it’s in Chicago and rhymes with “Bidway.” I mean, it might have been bearable if it weren’t for the sweltering concourse, the long lines for every bathroom, the astonishing lack of coffee, and frequent last-minute terminal changes that sparked frantic human stampedes. As it was, I felt like I had been banished to a particularly unpleasant section of hell for a never-ending afternoon. Here are a few ways I passed the time, and a few ways I wish I would have passed the time. Feel free to use this list next time you find yourself stuck in a terrible airport for a terrible layover…  Keep reading »

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