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November 4, 2013
13:15 // 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 // 11 months ago
June 17, 2013

BREAKING: Passenger on Hong Kong to US flight claims to have poisoned every person on board

poorrichardsnews:

Thankfully, the passenger has been restrained and there don’t appear to be any signs that he successfully poisoned anyone.

from ABC News:

A Newark-bound United Airlines flight is carrying a passenger who reportedly informed the crew that he “poisoned everyone on board.”

United Flight 116, from Hong Kong, is set to land at 1:30 p.m.

The passenger is being restrained by other passengers.

Law enforcement officials in New York and Washington, D.C., are aware of the incident and are responding.

There is no evidence that passengers have been poisoned, and officials believe the man who made the claim is emotionally disturbed.

read the rest

I will update this story with any new developments.

Crazy stuff right there. Definitely not something you’d want to deal with on a flight.

12:35 // 1 year ago
May 3, 2013
breakingnews:

Solar-powered plane starts cross-country journeyNBCNews: A Swiss-made, solar-powered airplane called Solar Impulse took off Friday morning on the first leg of an aerial odyssey across America, beginning what’s expected to be the slowest flight from San Francisco to Phoenix with nary a drop of fuel.Adventurer Bertrand Piccard piloted the craft, which has the wingspan of a jumbo jet but the weight of a typical passenger car, from Moffett Field into the Bay Area’s skies at 6:12 a.m. ET (9:12 a.m. ET) and headed south toward Arizona.“Everything looking fine down here,” Mission Control told Piccard after takeoff.More from NBCNews here.

Considering international flights use five gallons of fuel per mile, this seems like a possible long-term solution to solving the high energy usage of airplanes.

breakingnews:

Solar-powered plane starts cross-country journey

NBCNews: A Swiss-made, solar-powered airplane called Solar Impulse took off Friday morning on the first leg of an aerial odyssey across America, beginning what’s expected to be the slowest flight from San Francisco to Phoenix with nary a drop of fuel.

Adventurer Bertrand Piccard piloted the craft, which has the wingspan of a jumbo jet but the weight of a typical passenger car, from Moffett Field into the Bay Area’s skies at 6:12 a.m. ET (9:12 a.m. ET) and headed south toward Arizona.

“Everything looking fine down here,” Mission Control told Piccard after takeoff.

More from NBCNews here.

Considering international flights use five gallons of fuel per mile, this seems like a possible long-term solution to solving the high energy usage of airplanes.

12:20 // 1 year ago
March 2, 2013
thisistheverge:

Harlem Shake on a plane might be craziest yet, FAA investigating potential safety violations
The Harlem Shake is a global phenomenon that needs no introduction — the YouTube dance craze has practically been done to death — but a Colorado ultimate frisbee team’s high-flying hijinks have propelled the meme into the news yet again. On February 15th, Colorado College students on Frontier Airlines Flight 157 donned a banana suit and Abraham Lincoln mask, and shook their way to fame somewhere over the Grand Canyon.

"This is your captain speaking … we’re experiencing a little turbulence on this portion of the flight, and the stewartess tells me that it’s coming from inside the plane. WTF?”

thisistheverge:

Harlem Shake on a plane might be craziest yet, FAA investigating potential safety violations

The Harlem Shake is a global phenomenon that needs no introduction — the YouTube dance craze has practically been done to death — but a Colorado ultimate frisbee team’s high-flying hijinks have propelled the meme into the news yet again. On February 15th, Colorado College students on Frontier Airlines Flight 157 donned a banana suit and Abraham Lincoln mask, and shook their way to fame somewhere over the Grand Canyon.

"This is your captain speaking … we’re experiencing a little turbulence on this portion of the flight, and the stewartess tells me that it’s coming from inside the plane. WTF?”

(via maneatingbadger)

12:21 // 1 year ago
January 16, 2013
15:03 // 1 year ago
January 4, 2013
laughingsquid:

Drunk Icelandair Passenger Strapped to Seat With Tape & Zip Ties

I recently traveled to Iceland, and I gotta say … I’m so glad this didn’t happen on my flight.

laughingsquid:

Drunk Icelandair Passenger Strapped to Seat With Tape & Zip Ties

I recently traveled to Iceland, and I gotta say … I’m so glad this didn’t happen on my flight.

15:29 // 1 year 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 6, 2012

Bankrupt American Airlines suddenly regrets selling unlimited passes

  • then Back in the early 1980s, American Airlines offered some its frequent flier customers the ultimate deal, if they could afford it — for $250,000 or more, they could fly first class on unlimited flights for the rest of their lives. The deal, intended for businesses, ended up getting taken up by wealthy individuals — including celebrities like Willie Mays and entrepreneurs like Michael Dell — who used it full-hilt, some flying dozens of times each month.
  • now With American Airlines suffering from bankruptcy, the company appears to have handed out a check they can’t cash, with some fliers costing the airline millions. Now the airline is cracking down, investigating those who sold use of the passes or overburdened the system, breaking the rules as a result. The company stopped selling the unlimited passes in 1994, but briefly revived them at a much higher price in 2004. source

» Quick thought on the matter: Anyone see shades of AT&T and Verizon in this whole mess, in that (like AA) both companies sold unlimited service for something — in this case, mobile data access — only to change their minds after they decided it was costing too much, in the process treating their customers like jerks? The lesson: Unlimited has limits, apparently.

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20:21 // 2 years ago
April 12, 2012
10:53 // 2 years ago