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Airlines Might Allow In-Flight Phone Calls Soon, And People Are Not Loving That Idea

Airlines Might Allow In-Flight Phone Calls Soon, And People Are Not Loving That Idea

As you’ve probably heard, federal regulators are considering lifting the national ban on in-flight phone calls. Not surprisingly, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll, people are less than thrilled about it.

The prohibition has been in place for 22 years, and the FCC held the first of several meetings on the topic on Thursday. At this point, phone technology is too fancy for calls from 35,000 feet to overload cellphone towers on the ground, so there’s technically no reason the government should not allow those calls to happen. Legal or not, nobody is really loving the idea of sitting next to someone who gabs to their best friend on the phone all the way from NYC to LAX. Keep reading »

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

Pilot Gropes Teen On Flight
pilot accused of groping teen girl
Gross: pilot accused of squeezing 14yo girl's butt on a flight. Read More »
Types Of People On A Flight
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electronics allowed on flights

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 phones one by one. A-hem, Alec Baldwin Keep reading »

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

Fear Of Flying
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Jessica is terrified of flying. Find out how she copes. Read More »
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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 much anti-anxiety medication before my flight that I once tried to take a nap on a moving walkway at the airport. My first trip to Europe forced me to face my fears, because as scary as a 12-hour flight sounded, the idea of being too afraid to see the world was much, much scarier. I learned some coping techniques and chilled out quite a bit, but I would still categorize myself as an “extremely nervous flyer.”

Sometimes the only way to conquer a fear is to dive into it headfirst. Which is how I arrived at a tiny airport 20 miles outside of Portland, trying to hide my shaking knees as my flight instructor explained the basics of a smooth takeoff… Keep reading »

Leisha Hailey Of “The L Word” Kicked Off Flight For Kissing Girlfriend

Leisha Hailey of "The L Word"

Celebrities seem to get into trouble on airplanes way too often. Usually, they did something kind of wack—like when Gerard Depardieu emptied his bladder or when Josh Duhamel refused to get off his BlackBerry. But when Leisha Hailey of “The L-Word” got booted off a Southwest Airlines flight yesterday, she says it was for a very different reason. She says she was kicked off the flight for kissing her girlfriend.

“I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir. Flt. attendant said that it was a ‘family’ airline and kissing was not ok,” she tweeted yesterday after the incident. “This is an outrage. I demand a public apology by @SouthwestAir and a refund. Hate is not a family value. I will never fly this airline.”

She claims to audio and video of the entire incident, and is now calling for a boycott.

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Josh Duhamel Gets Kicked Off Plane

The tabloids like to say that the “Stars They’re Just Like Us,” but it looks like the stars don’t agree. Or at least, not Josh Duhamel. The actor apparently thought his celebrity status meant that he didn’t have to turn off his Blackberry on a New York commercial flight. Duhamel was asked three times by a flight attendant to turn off his phone during the aircraft’s taxi to the runway. Fellow passengers said Josh was “rude” and laughed off the attendant’s request. After Duhamel’s third refusal the attendant called the gate for assistance and the plane had to return from the runway so Josh could be escorted off. His reps say that Josh is sorry and that he was texting people about how the flight was delayed. Well, now he can comfortably sit in the airport and let people know he isn’t going anywhere. [TMZ] Keep reading »

Leonardo DiCaprio Makes An Emergency Landing And Other Plane Frights Of The Rich and Famous

Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t think the skies were so friendly this weekend. He was on a Delta commercial flight to Moscow from New York’s JFK when, a few minutes after takeoff, one of the jet’s engines blew. Several witnesses on the ground called emergency services to say the plane was on fire, but the pilots had it under control. While the lights went out in the passenger cabin, they used the jet’s good engine to circle the airport for an hour and dump enough fuel to safely land the debilitated plane. Leo put out a statement via his rep about the incident today. “[Leonardo] wishes to commend the actions of the pilot and flight crew in bringing the plane to a safe landing,” it read.

Leonardo is far from the first celebrity to be on a very scary flight. After the jump, tales of celebrity plane rides gone turbulent. Some of them have happy endings, and very sadly, some do not. Keep reading »

Steven Slater Wants His JetBlue Job Back

Yesterday, it seemed like former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater would undoubtedly be fodder for a biopic, or at least a TV movie that seemed like “Office Space” in the air. But today, Steven has given a totally lame ending to his story. He just wants his job back. At a press conference held yesterday outside his home in Queens, New York, Steven’s lawyer explained, “JetBlue is a wonderful airline which [Steven] has loved working for, and wishes to continue working for. He understands the problems, but it has been a fair and understanding airline.” Keep reading »

How To Dress For Cuteness And Comfort On A Long Flight

A quick glance around any airplane is often an assault to your eyes. Whether too short, too tight, too sloppy, or too much, travelers are highly susceptible to putting on clothes inappropriate for their journey. Though it’s taken years, I think I’ve finally mastered the art of dressing for a long flight. It requires a subtle balancing act between comfort and style, as well as an understanding that flip-flops and a miniskirt simply don’t suit on an eight-hour plane ride. Keep reading for tips to keep you happy and adorable all the way to your destination. Keep reading »

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