Video: Lady Goes On EPIC Rant, Gets Kicked Off Plane


Just under two weeks ago we saw Dr. Dao dragged off a United flight. He didn’t do anything wrong, other than refuse to get off a plane because they had more passengers than seats. He was calm throughout the situation, unlike how he was initially portrayed by the airline.

Well, on the end of the spectrum, some insane video footage has just emerged of a lady getting kicked off a Delta Connection flight in San Antonio. In this case she wasn’t physically dragged off, and sure enough seemed like she may have been misbehaving.

But my gosh, as inappropriate as this lady is, she’s hilarious. I don’t need to watch Real Housewives of Atlanta/Beverly Hills/New York this week, because this lady provides all the drama and humor I need.

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15 Perfectly Reasonable Requests I Plan To Make For My Etihad Residence Flight


A couple of days ago I booked a ticket in the Etihad Residence from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, which I’m really excited about. Yesterday I wrote a post sharing the initial communication Etihad had with me after the booking was confirmed. I’ve heard of people making special requests when flying in The Residence, so I asked you guys for ideas about what to request.

A vast majority of readers don’t read the comments section, though the comments on the post are gold — I laughed out loud at many of them. So in this post I wanted to share a selection 15 requests I plan on making for my flight in The Residence, based on the comments from you guys. In no particular order, it seem perfectly reasonable to request:

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Trip Report: Baltia Airlines First Class

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You may have read some of Lucky’s previous posts about Baltia Airlines, America’s oldest startup airline. If not, check out this overview, and read up on the fine-tuning they’ve been doing to their business model and their pitch to investors.

I’ve been waiting about 30 years to fly with them (since well before Lucky was even born), so I was thrilled when I finally got my chance. I booked a first class ticket for April 1st and packed my bags!

Considering that Baltia is a newcomer on the aviation stage, I set my expectations pretty low, around the same level as their ½ cent stock price.

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WOW: Emirates Unveils World’s Biggest Plane, Featuring Swimming Pool, Park, And More!


Emirates has been innovating for a long time. Prior to them introducing an onboard shower, I don’t think anyone thought that would ever be added to a commercial aircraft.

Well, now they’re upping the game again, as they introduce their newest plane. Per Emirates’ Facebook page:

Emirates unveils plans for the world’s largest commercial aircraft. The triple-decker APR001 includes a swimming pool, games room, gym and park.

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Spirit Airlines Announces Their “Let Them Wear Leggings” Sale


I can’t say I’ve ever flown Spirit, though I do love their marketing campaigns. And their latest one is pretty brilliant. Spirit Airlines has just announced their “Let Them Wear Leggings” sale, through which they’re offering 75% off flights (which doesn’t mean a whole lot on Spirit, since they make most of their money through fees). I’m actually not even convinced their fare sales are intended to be fare sales, rather than just opportunities to get free publicity.

Here’s how they describe the sale:

“Because of recent headlines, we thought we’d double-check our etiquette atlas. Turns out wearing leggings are not a big deal. We thought everyone knew that, but guess not. Well at least at Spirit, we’re united (cough) about letting young girls dress how they want. If you want to fly with us, get your leggings on ladies. Or even gentlemen. No judgments here. Unless you’re wearing those new clear-knee mom jeans, then some judgments. But you can still fly with us. Just use this deal so that next time you can buy a complete pair of pants.”

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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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