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Eastern Air Lines: “$50 Thank You Note”

I wonder if that’s why Eastern went out of business.

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The Glamorous Airline Lounges In The Sky From The 1970s

Flying in the 1970s, even in coach, was nothing like today, as many airlines add lounges for all passengers. Here are some of the most glamorous lounges!

Source: The Glamorous Airline Lounges In The Sky From The 1970s | VinePair

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Hilarious Southwest Airline Safety Presentation (Open Captions)

AirTran to take final flight

Did someone suggest that Southwest buy AirTran?

More than four years have passed since Dallas-based Southwest Airlines struck a deal to acquire AirTran Airways. With balloons, a photo booth and DJ at the gate area, Southwest officials said the event commemorates AirTran’s departure and the nearly complete integration of operations into Southwest.

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The punishment for stealing airline seats is severe

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You Paid $400 for Your Flight. The Person Next to You Paid $250. Here’s Why That Makes Sense—and Benefits Everybody.

Suppose that an airline offers a 100-seat flight from Philadelphia to Chicago, and that it costs $40,000 to cover the costs of the airplane, fuel, pilots, flight attendants, landing fees, insurance, and so on. The airline needs to make at least $40,000 in ticket revenues for the flight to be worth flying. If the airline were to offer just one fare for all tickets on that flight, what should that fare be?

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Virgin America Safety Video

Sir Richard Branson’s Guide To Getting Lucky

Try treating her … or him … to something delicious, using the new seat-to-seat feature, the Virgin America in-flight entertainment system.

Judge OK’s Nudity At TSA Checkpoint

“I was mostly motivated by the absurdity of it all. The irony that they wanna see me naked. But I don’t get to take my clothes off?”

–John Brennan

Score one for the First Amendment

Brennan gets naked in Portlandia. [Youtube]
So this 50-year-old hipster, John Brennan was taking a business trip from Portland to San Jose when he was selected for the TSA’s favourite controversial toy: the “nudie scanner.” Well, instead of letting Big Brother take a naked photo of him to sell to some dubious website, he chose the manual option.  Long story short, the TSA agent found traces of nitrates on his gloves after the screening.  Nitrates, among other, more common sources of exposure, are found in explosives.  Mr. Brennan was in the process of being detained when he decided that he had nothing to hide, and exposed everything right there in the terminal.  Consequently, he was arrested and charged with indecent exposure.

In a rational decision by a local court judge, Brennan was found not guilty on the basis that his actions constituted peaceful protest and were protected under the Bill of Rights.  Score one for the good guys?

Catch the full story on Wired‘s Threat Level.

TSA: Grope & Pillage (An Infographic)

I have long been a critic of the Transportation Security Administration and its parent Department of Homeland Security since their inception following the attacks on September 11, 2001. That is not to say that I don’t think that we should have security at our airports, but that we should have more commonsense policies that don’t rely on a strategy of general harassment and exploitation of the flying public. The TSA strategy is generally reactive (please remove your shoes because that one guy tried to make them a bomb) and encumbered by bureaucracy. This sort of thing has led to labour slowdowns, periodic line freezes, and other general annoyances that do nothing to hinder terrorism while doing everything to annoy and patronise the flying public. In a way, the TSA simply proves that the terrorists won.

TSA: A Portrait of Inefficiency, Ineptitude, and Waste.
TSA Waste
This pretty much says all.