SNL Spoofs The U.S. Customs & Border Protection Welcome Video


On many international flights, a video is played before landing in the U.S., which highlights the immigration process for arriving passengers. I’ve seen a few different versions of this video, including this one:

Well, SNL took the liberty of making their own version of this video, in light of recent events. It aired on last night’s show, and is worth a watch:

Oh my…

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Hilarious Video About The Realities Of Flying


The ultimate animated miles & points video will always be the one about checking into a hotel as a Diamond guest, which makes me laugh every time:

However, on the airline front, this video is a pretty close second. It’s entitled “Life Observations: Airplanes,” and is spot on:

If you need a good laugh, be sure to give it a watch.

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“Professional Idiot” Claims To Fly In Cargo Hold, Gets Called Out By Airline


Well this is just ridiculous. A popular YouTuber who is known for his pranks and refers to himself as a “professional idiot” recently filmed himself supposedly flying in the cargo hold of a plane. Specifically, he claimed that he flew in the cargo hold of an hour-long Tigerair Australia flight from Melbourne to Sydney. Here’s the video:

While I give them credit for making the prank 90% believable in terms of the production quality, there are some things that don’t quite add up.

Well, Tigerair Australia didn’t take too kindly to this prank, and has responded with the following statement, per Mashable:

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10 Signs You’re Obsessed With Miles & Points: Evil Kermit Edition


If you spend any amount of time on the internet, chances are that you’ve seen the “Evil Kermit” memes (if you have no clue what I’m talking about, here’s some context).

Well, if you’re miles or points obsessed, I’m guessing you fairly frequently find yourself in an “Evil Kermit” kind of situation. This morning I couldn’t help but make one that addresses a situation I’m facing at the moment for an upcoming trip:

As many of you may remember, Andrew B won a trip to Helsinki a few years back thanks to his excellent meme-making skills, and we’ve been friends ever since. So I asked if he had a few more memes to contribute, since I’m sure many of us can relate to these “issues.” Here are nine hilarious ones he came up with:

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Aer Lingus & Air New Zealand Are Having An Epic Twitter Battle


I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know the first thing about rugby (apparently it’s a sport?). Upon doing some research, it looks like Ireland and New Zealand recently competed against one another, and Ireland won. This was a big upset for New Zealand, as it broke their winning streak. The teams will have a rematch soon, so the stakes seem high, as New Zealand wants to prove they just had a bad day, while Ireland would of course love to beat them twice in a row to demonstrate that they’re better.

As an airline geek, the only part of this that interests me is how the airlines are reacting. And boy, are Aer Lingus and Air New Zealand having fun with this rivalry. If you haven’t yet seen it, here’s the hilarious interaction between Aer Lingus and Air New Zealand on Twitter:

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This Southwest Airlines Employee Won Halloween


I spent most of halloween in the air, flying from New York to Baku on AZAL Azerbaijan (an experience that can best be summed up as “trick or treat?” — more on that later). So the only costumes I saw were yesterday morning when I checked out of my hotel in New York.

In the US it’s pretty common for airline employees to dress up for work on halloween, though I don’t think anyone did it as well as one Southwest employee, who was dressed up as a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Per Twitter user @heathwblack:

As most of you are probably aware, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is banned from planes, regardless of whether it’s on or off.

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How Can Hotels Get Showers So Wrong?


“For an otherwise nice room, this is really a C- shower experience. Maybe even a D.”

Ben and I checked into a for-now-undisclosed hotel late last night after our super awesome Aeroflot flight. And the hotel itself is lovely, but man the shower could use some help.

Now, some of the best showers of my life (and probably yours) have been in airport lounges. Not only are they really appreciated, but for the most part they nail the basics. It’s a shower. It can be no-frills and still be well-executed.

Yet somehow hotels can completely miss the mark with their showers. Either due to poor design, deferred maintenance, or whatever else, even luxury hotels can have mediocre shower setups.

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Aeromexico Launches A Donald Trump-Themed Fare Sale


In late May I wrote about how Aeromexico unveiled an ad called “Fronteras/Borders,” which (not so?) subtly takes aim at Donald Trump. At first the ad feels more like a PSA, until it’s finally revealed that Aeromexico is behind it.

Well, it seems the airline isn’t done with Trump just yet, and is capitalizing on the current presidential campaign for their latest fare sale. For better or worse, Aeromexico seems to be channeling Spirit Airlines with this latest fare sale, called “Bad Hombres, Great Deals!”

Of course they’re referring to Trump’s “bad hombres” quote (or what really sounded like “bad hambres”) from the third presidential debate:

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SNL Spoofs Captain Sully In Hilarious Skit


Perhaps thanks to the election cycle SNL has been funny lately, which is the first time in a while I’ve felt that way. Last night’s SNL had a skit that aviation geeks will appreciate. The skit is about Sully Sullenberger, and specifically about him going back to being an airline pilot. In the skit he find out that he needs to fly as first officer rather than captain, given that he has been gone for so long, and he’s not really okay with that.

Sully is played by Tom Hanks (as is the case in the movie), while the flight’s captain is played by Alec Baldwin.

Here’s the hilarious clip:

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Air New Zealand Throws Shade At American’s “World’s Greatest Flyers” Campaign


A couple of weeks ago American released their newest ad campaign, with the tagline “World’s Greatest Flyers.” I found the ad campaign confusing and a bit odd on many levels.

American seems to want to make the point that both their employees and passengers are the “world’s greatest flyers,” though they don’t really show what makes American flyers better than others.

Instead the campaign seemed to be more of a PSA of sorts, telling passengers how they should behave on planes. Forbes had an article about how American’s new ad campaign is memorable for the wrong reasons, given that American’s new ad campaign says that “the world’s greatest flyers know know their mood contributes to the mood of the flight.” Not to say that can’t be true, but it does seem like an odd point to make in an ad campaign, basically suggesting that if you have a bad flight on American, it may be because of other passengers.

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Spirit Airlines Safety Demo: I Haven’t Laughed This Hard In Years


Southwest Airlines is known for their flight attendants doing humorous safety demonstrations, and many of them have gone viral over the years. It’s also a good fit for the airline, given the reputation they have for offering a fun and quirky experience.

Well, I just stumbled upon a safety demonstration someone posted from a Spirit Airlines flight. Somehow it has been online since last year, but I haven’t seen it until now. It’s quite possibly the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.

In the video you can see a Spirit flight attendant singing the safety demonstration to the tune of “Leaving On A Jet Plane.” It’s actually pretty good for what it is, though there’s something hilarious about the flight attendant totally missing the mark as to what his passengers are into.

I literally had tears in my eyes after watching the video, when you combine the flight attendant singing with the reactions of the passengers.

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AWESOME: Jetstar Asia To Make Announcements In Singlish!


There are few accents in the world I like more than Singaporean English. I love getting on a Singapore Airlines flight and hearing the crisp announcement from a very Singaporean captain. But if there’s one thing I like more than Singaporean English, it’s Singlish. ­čśë

Singapore National Day is coming up on August 9, and to celebrate, Jetstar Asia will be making Singlish announcements on select flights on that day only.

Here’s how they describe this:

“Wah seh!

We’re turning some of our on board announcements into Singlish, but just for one day only – on Tuesday 9 August!”

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