This year, we witnessed a lot of tragedy. We also saw hotel brand after airline after hotel brand get hacked. CEOs tossed insults at one another over Open Skies. And, oh yeah, Smisek resigned. Of all the stories FlyerTalk covered in 2015, these are the ones you read the most.
I’ve heard it many times myself. Flight attendants confess that they no longer wear their uniform outside of the airport for fear of getting accosted with complaints about their airline from strangers.
Air Hollywood invited FlyerTalk on a trip back in time aboard the unforgettable Pan Am Experience, a must-do-before-you-die for every aviation enthusiast.
A Krebs on Security expose finds that the bar codes on boarding passes contain a wealth of sensitive information that might leave passengers vulnerable.
United Airlines’ (UA) flight attendants will picket airports around the world Thursday to call on United to complete its merger with Continental Airlines and negotiate a contract with the attendants.
Boarding a plane can be tedious, but one man’s view on baggage could expedite this painful process. For Devin Liddell, principal brand strategist at design consultancy Teague and founder of conceptual airline Poppi, the answer lies in banning carry-on luggage.
According to Saudi Arabic language newspaper Sada, there is still money to be made working for the airline industry. Unfortunately, one flight attendant is accused of taking extreme measures to bring home big bucks at her job with a Gulf carrier.
Generally awkward and sometimes downright stressful, the process of boarding an aircraft is unlikely to be the highlight of any traveler’s journey. But, thanks to the childhood inspiration of transport designer Ugur Ipek, the future of boarding need not be so unpleasant.
After the purser on a Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)-bound Cathay Pacific flight received complaints from two female flight attendants that a passenger onboard had inappropriately touched them while they were serving meals, the purser quickly approached the out-of-control groper to warn him that his actions would not be tolerated.
It is understandable that when small children are involved, bathroom emergencies can simply be a fact of life. Parents are sometimes faced with making uncomfortable battlefield decisions about a potentially mucky potty crisis and when this sort of urgent situation happens to occur in an enclosed airplane cabin at 35,000 feet, the results can be unpleasant for everyone involved.
Internet celebrity and avid traveler Justin Ross Lee is known for his controversial endeavors. The self-proclaimed “Jew Jetter” — someone “who flies frequently as opposed to the working man” — has been banned from a number of establishments for his contentious acts, the most recent of which occurred aboard a Japan Airlines flight.
A famous Vietnamese singer is in the hot seat after she allegedly allowed her son to urinate in an air sickness bag onboard a recent Vietnam Airlines flight. The incident was reported via Facebook by a seatmate, who referred to the woman as “L.Q.” — later identified as pop star Lệ Quyên.
This week, United Airlines will be trialing a new boarding method at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in an effort to reduce the amount of time passengers are standing in line.
It’s no surprise that people who write about their experiences as a flight attendant write, quite often, about the bad passengers they’ve encountered. Why? Simply because that’s what people like to hear about.
There are many different techniques for earning an upgrade to a premium seat. Deciding you deserve an upgrade and simply claiming squatters’ rights to a seat in business class, however, is not a feasible technique, and yet that’s just what a group of passengers recently attempted on a China Southern Airlines flight from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (SZX) to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA).
United Continental Holdings announced Tuesday afternoon that Jeff Smisek is stepping down as the company’s chairman, president and CEO, effective immediately.
You may remember Tory Lane from such adult films as “When Porn Stars Attack” and “When Porn Stars Attack 4,” but her latest performance is more likely to win her a jail sentence than her third AVN Award.
An airport created a behind-the-scenes video that shows what happens to luggage after its checked in.
Air Berlin and a disgruntled female flyer are offering two different stories as to how and why she was escorted off an aircraft. Slovakian Edita Kmetova, 50, says she was removed from an Air Berlin flight in handcuffs after becoming ill onboard, but the airline is defending its decision to escort her off the flight.
Between 2004 and 2013, statistics from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare show the average salary of a flight attendant decreased by nearly $10,000. According to Japanese-language Shukan Post, some stewardesses are making up the difference in pay through prostitution.
A family says when they discovered that their assigned seating area was covered in vomit, rather than having the cabin cleaned, the United crew offered only a lecture, trash bags and a blanket to cover the sickening mess.
People really hate the hassle of airline security. There isn’t much we travelers can do but grin and bear the removal of our belts and shoes, the quarantine of our liquids, and the 3D imaging of our private parts. But these brave dissidents stood up and said NO MORE, TSA! NO MORE FLYING — EVER!
Woven into the fabric of our society are a plethora of workers who offer a service without charging outright. Workers in this industry generally do not mention a tip before or after the service. They merely offer the service and if you accept, you implicitly enter into an informal agreement that ends with both parties getting a little something out of the deal.
Whether they’re traversing oceans or crossing the North Pole, these mega-flights push aviation limits – and test passengers’ patience.
After refusing to turn off his cell phone while United Airlines Flight 5587 was taxiing, punching another passenger, and attacking a Chicago police officer called to remove him, Adam Kealing was arrested Thursday night.
As the saying goes, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Many travelers learned this lesson the hard way after learning their erroneous fares would not be honored.
31. Worst Passenger of the Week: Rotten Brat Refuses to Buckle Up & Rotten Parents Support His Rotten Behavior