Posts tagged "flying"

Watch A Beautiful Flight Through The Moon’s Shadow

For those of a more superstitious leaning, last Friday's lunar eclipse brought with it big changes and heavy emotions, but it also left behind a gift that everyone could enjoy no matter their level of woo-woo astrological beliefs: beautiful photos of the event for limitless oohing and ahhing. This timelapse film of a plane flying past the eclipse didn't surface until days after…

By: Claire Hannum / March 27, 2015

Listen To These Audiobooks On Your Flight Home For The Holidays

Now that "Serial" is over, what the hell are you going to listen to on your flight back to your family's house for the holidays? My flight from New York City to my mom's house is surprisingly quick, but it's just long enough for boredom to start creeping in if you don't come prepared with…

By: Claire Hannum / December 20, 2014

Admit It, At Some Point You’ve Been Tempted To Start An Airplane Brawl Like This One

I kid, but this is actually terrible: yesterday, a brawl broke out between three women on an Air China flight from Chongqing to Hong Kong over a crying baby. Two women were woken up mid-flight by crying, so they confronted the baby's mom, a 27-year-old woman named Chan Juan Sung. I'm going to take a wild…

By: Claire Hannum / December 19, 2014

16 Tips For Flying On The Worst Travel Day Of The Year

The day before Thanksgiving is by and large the worst day of the year to travel. It's one of the busiest (if not the busiest) and to make this year even tougher, the East Coast is expected to be hit with snow. If bad weather causes flight delays in the Northeast, prepare yourself for a domino…

By: Claire Hannum / November 26, 2014

Dream or Nightmare: You Can Text In The Air Now

T-Mobile customers now have the option of texting and photo messaging at 35,000 feet on planes equipped with WiFi (which, these days, is most of them). I realize this should logically be a reason to celebrate, especially since T-Mobile's service seems to be the most insufferable of all phone companies and their customers deserve a…

By: Claire Hannum / September 25, 2014

Passenger Shaming Instagram Gloriously Calls Out The Rudest Flyers Among Us

At last, a solution to those select selfish douchebags who ruin everyone else's flying experience -- embarrass them on the internet! In elementary school, whenever we leaned back in our chairs, scratched up our desks, or generally defiled anything that was communal property, our teacher would ask, "You wouldn't behave like that in your ow…

By: Claire Hannum / September 24, 2014

Life Dream Status: Now You Can Relive A 1970s Pan Am Flight

If you have a tendency to romanticize the golden age of air travel like I do, you can buy yourself a ticket on a glamorous faux Pan Am flight and pretend you're a part of the magic. Air Hollywood, the aviation-themed movie studio in Los Angeles, created the Pan Am Experience to simulate a 1970s trip on a…

By: Claire Hannum / September 20, 2014

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

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:…

By: Claire Hannum / August 27, 2014

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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 12, 2014

Saudi Arabia Licenses First-Ever Female Pilot

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 23, 2014

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…

By: Katie Oldenburg / April 21, 2014

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

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."…

By: Katie Oldenburg / April 1, 2014

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

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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 5, 2013

The Best In-Flight Safety Video You’ve Ever Seen

Whenever I fly, I take the same airline and I have their vanilla in-flight safety video memorized by now. Yawn. But with their song-and-dance-filled safety video, Virgin America might actually make us attention to those oxygen mask instructions! Have you ever seen more pep over buckling your seatbelt or inflating your life vest?  My only complaint is that…

By: Claire Hannum / November 2, 2013

Attention, Passengers: Soon You’ll Be Allowed To Play Angry Birds For Your Entire Flight

Good news, fliers! The FAA announced plans to ease up on its rules regarding electronics on planes. Soon, we'll be allowed to use portable devices for the entire flight. I imagine this is a huge relief to flight attendants who are probably sick of playing kindergarten teacher by telling grown adults to turn off their…

By: Claire Hannum / October 31, 2013

Gross: Pilot Accused Of Squeezing 14-Year-Old Girl’s Butt During A Flight

Flying the friendly skies got a little too friendly, apparently. An airline pilot who flies for Delta has been accused of groping a 14-year-old girl's butt while flying as a passenger on an October 26th flight from Detroit to Salt Lake City.

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 30, 2013

True Story: I Took A Flying Lesson (Even Though I’m Scared Of Flying)

For most of my life I've been extremely afraid of flying. Up until a couple years ago, it was not uncommon for me to dig my fingernails into the thighs of the innocent passengers sitting next to me during takeoff, scream "Goodbye cruel world!" at the first sign of turbulence, or load up on so…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 14, 2013

The Most Important Insurance Ad You Will Ever See

The Swedish insurance company Folksam asked their customers what they'd like to see in a commercial. The insurance market is flooded with geckos and singing weirdos and all kinds of distractions, after all. One customer, Eva, wanted to see cats skydiving. To R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." So the company took her suggestio…

By: Julie Gerstein / November 25, 2012

10 Annoying Airplane Behaviors That Should Probably Be Illegal

Over the past few years, I've traveled quite a bit and been pretty lucky when it comes to airplane seatmates. I've been fortunate enough to sit next to friendly, polite, interesting people who respect my personal space but will happily tell me thrilling tales about their childhood spent in a religious cult when prompted. That…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 4, 2012

4 Reasons I Would Love To Drive You To The Airport

Today I am driving my best friend to the airport. I am ridiculously excited. Not because she's leaving -- of course I'll miss her while she's away -- but because driving people to the airport is one of my greatest joys in life, followed closely by picking people up from the airport, artisanal cheeses, and…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 28, 2012
1 2