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October 30, 2013

The latest evidence that idiots with laser pointers must be stopped

  • 3,188 cases of jerks with laser pointers pointing at cockpits during the first nine months of this year, according to the FAA. That’s up from just 300 cases in 2005, and is on pace to topple the record of 3,600 set in 2011. Why are these jerks doing it? Easy—laser pointers are cheap. source
18:24 // 10 months ago
September 13, 2013

Evidence Thursday the 12th is better than Friday the 13th, United Airlines edition

  • good news For a couple of hours yesterday, consumers buying tickets on United Airlines’ website received tickets for insanely low prices—$5 each, which implies that the passengers received the tickets for the price of a federal security fee set on every ticket. In other words, they were free tickets. One guy managed to score six tickets from Chicago to Los Angeles for $60.
  • better news Rather than screwing over the customers who received the improbable prices, United will honor the ticket prices. “United has reviewed the error that occurred yesterday and decided that, based on these specific circumstances, we will honor the tickets,” the airline said in a statement. They aren’t saying how many people got the insane deals. source
20:22 // 1 year ago
June 11, 2013

So you’re about to fly, but your plane is stuck on the tarmac. It’s really hot—because the airport in question is in Vegas. Minutes turn to hours. People are starting to go crazy, and a couple of people have passed out. What do you do? If you’re like the people on this flight, you break out into a singalong of “I Believe I Can Fly.”  Which, incredibly, makes the whole wait kind of worth it. (ht Gawker)

10:35 // 1 year ago
January 16, 2013
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October 5, 2012

In loose-seat crisis, American Airlines crying over spilled drinks

  • 48 Boeing 757 planes pulled out of commission due to issues with their seats coming loose and falling out — you know, no big deal or anything
  • three flights have recently had issues with loose seats — just the latest issue for the bankrupt airline
  • 94 flights cancelled over two days to fix the loose seat issue — which, get this, the airline is blaming on people who spilled their drinks over the years source
8:40 // 1 year ago
August 4, 2012
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August 2, 2012
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July 17, 2012
When SkyWest Airlines employees got to their St. George, Utah home base this morning, they found a strange sight — one of their planes, a Delta Airlines Bombardier CRJ-200, was sitting in a ditch for some reason. It appeared someone broke into the plane and tried to drive away with it. (See photo, above.) Now, the mystery has taken a dark turn, as Brian Joseph Hedglin, a 40-year-old former SkyWest pilot, was found dead inside the plane of an apparent suicide. Hedglin was wanted for questioning in the death of his girlfriend, Christina Cornejo, who was found dead in Colorado Springs on Friday. Very strange. (photo via KSL)

When SkyWest Airlines employees got to their St. George, Utah home base this morning, they found a strange sight — one of their planes, a Delta Airlines Bombardier CRJ-200, was sitting in a ditch for some reason. It appeared someone broke into the plane and tried to drive away with it. (See photo, above.) Now, the mystery has taken a dark turn, as Brian Joseph Hedglin, a 40-year-old former SkyWest pilot, was found dead inside the plane of an apparent suicide. Hedglin was wanted for questioning in the death of his girlfriend, Christina Cornejo, who was found dead in Colorado Springs on Friday. Very strange. (photo via KSL)

14:44 // 2 years ago
July 5, 2012

Air France crash: Investigators blame human error, technical flaws

  • what Under mysterious circumstances, a 2009 Air France flight disappeared while it was over the Atlantic Ocean. It took months to find the wreckage from the plane, which was headed from Rio de Janeiro. 228 died in the crash, and it remains the airline’s worst accident.
  • why In a report on the crash, BEA investigators blamed human and technical error, claiming the pilots were unaware they ”were in a situation of near-total loss of control.” Families of the victims, however, were disappointed by the report, feeling it incomplete. source

EDIT: Corrected direction of the flight — which was headed FROM Rio De Janeiro to Paris.

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11:15 // 2 years ago
May 9, 2012
Currently unaccounted for: A newly-made Russian jet in Indonesia, reportedly with over 40 people on board. The jet was being flown over mountains as a demonstration for journalists and people who might be interested in buying the plane. The Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 only made its first flight last year. (AFP file photo)

Currently unaccounted for: A newly-made Russian jet in Indonesia, reportedly with over 40 people on board. The jet was being flown over mountains as a demonstration for journalists and people who might be interested in buying the plane. The Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 only made its first flight last year. (AFP file photo)

11:06 // 2 years ago