Do the Security Headlines Concern Flight Attendants?

It happens every so often, so we’re all familiar with the drill. New intelligence about possible terrorist plot developments against the airlines comes to light; airline and/or airport security policies are updated to (hopefully) confront the alleged terrorist plans. Some of us will be glad that security is “being tightened”; some of us moan about…

Let Us Now Praise a Great Man

EasyJet (whose name officially begins with a lowercase letter, but what is one to do at a moment like this?) and Ryanair have been dropping hints for ages that they’re contemplating frill-less, budget service from the UK to America, but it’s actually little Norwegian that’s actually begun offering it, for only $255 each way between…

Let There Be Music…Played on Instruments That Don’t Smell Funny

Remember the old Sara Lee (bakery) commercials, the ones that asserted, “Everybody doesn’t like something, but nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee?” It came to mind the other day when I read about how the government-hired thugs and imbeciles who protect us from terrorist hijackers by making us take off our shoes at the airport are…

N-suring America’s Aviation Future

Reading recently about Lufthansa’s having just taken delivery of its 76th jumbo jet, with the tail number D-ABYP, I found myself wondering, in relation to tail numbers, “What do they mean?” and “What, if anything, do they tell us about ourselves?” I discovered that ‘way back in 1919, the Air Navigation Convention decreed that airplanes…

Observations from a New Hire Flight Attendant

As I’ve mentioned several times before and – let’s be honest – certainly will again, after more than a decade of almost no hiring at the legacies, “new stews” are a big deal to us. Perhaps my favorite thing about them (besides possibly, finally pushing me off reserve after 16 years. THAT JUST HAPPENED! Champagne is in…

Leaving Egypt

Having had more and more trouble maintaining its airports and iconic archaeological sites lately, Egypt has decided to charge visitors a $25 fee, added to the cost of the air ticket, to leave the country, a move that, at the very least, pleases the vice chairman of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce’s Tourist Hotels Division….

Another Month, Another Major Snafu at a London Airport

Fresh from declaring the opening of their long-awaited (and recently-written-about-here) Terminal 2 a great ttiumph of the human spirit — possibly due in significant part to their having run it at only one-tenth capacity to this point — London Heathrow found itself with egg all over its face this past week after some sort of…

British Airways Draws a Blank…et

By the end of this paragraph, you will be able to claim very credibly that you have heard about the silliest thing in the history of commercial air travel. Rather than spending its money to improve its IT system, and thus to prevent ghastly luggage snafus like that which occurred last week in London Heathrow’s…

The Lines of Crew Confidentiality

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new flight attendant tell-all book hitting the shelves, called Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant – True Tales and Gossip from the Galley. As both a flight attendant and one who writes about flight attending, this has brought a lot of questions my way about the content and the…

You Say Grenada, But I Say Granada

This may at first to seem old news, but bear with me. Late last summer, Maryland’s Edward Gamson, made reservations to fly to Portugal to attend a conference, presumably to do with teeth, dentistry being Dr. G.’s game. While he was in the neighborhood (air travel has made the world tiny), he thought why not…