Did WestJet Have A “Near Miss” In St. Maarten Last Week?


There’s a video that has been going viral the past week or so about a WestJet flight that had a unique approach at St. Maarten last week. WestJet flight 2652 was flying from Toronto to St. Maarten last Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

The weather conditions in St. Maarten were deteriorating significantly as the plane approached, causing the plane to get very close to “impacting” the water on final approach (altitude-wise).

Here’s a video of the plane making its approach (as many of you probably know, St. Maarten Airport is just next to Maho Beach, which is probably the most iconic place in the world from which to plane spot):

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Awesome Video: The Economics Of Airline Classes


Yesterday YouTuber Wendover Productions uploaded a great video explaining the economics of airline classes. It explains why airlines make most of their money in business class, the history of airlines’ various classes, and more.

I think this is a really great explanation for a wide audience. Sure, there’s a bit more to this and it doesn’t get into everything, but for a 10 minute video targeted at someone with no knowledge of the airline industry, this is extraordinarily well done. The video was just uploaded yesterday and already has over 675,000 views, which is especially impressive for a video about airlines.

Here’s the video, which I hope some of you will find interesting:

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Video: Celebrities Go Undercover As British Airways Employees


British Airways emails me their press releases, and most of the time I glance at the subject line but then don’t actually read the story (since I know what I find interesting, and what I don’t). Well, British Airways’ press release this morning caught my attention… perhaps some of you can guess why.

In this video, British Airways has three British celebrities — David Walliams, Emma Bunton, and Tom Daley — dress up as British Airways employees at London Heathrow Terminal 5 and surprise customers. Not like “surprise and delight” them, but rather screw with them for our collective entertainment.

Per the press release

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Crazy Footage Of A Plane Missing The Runway On Landing. By A Lot.


Some insane footage has emerged of an Aeromexico Connect Embraer 145 coming in for landing and missing the runway by a long shot. In the video you can see the plane making several turns on approach, including on short final. The video is shot by a passenger, so you know it’s a crazy landing when the passengers can see the runway next to them during a go around.

Here’s the video:

Ultimately we don’t know what happened here, so I don’t want to judge the circumstances. I’ve experienced several go arounds over the years, including some in situations of low visibility. It’s a strange feeling when you’re doing a go around and realize you were in no way lined up with the runway.

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Video: Uber CEO Gets In Argument With Driver, Gets 1-Star Rating


Uber has been in a lot of hot water lately, between the company’s CEO being on Trump’s business advisory council, allegations of sexism at Uber’s headquarters, and much more. In the past several weeks the #DeleteUber hashtag has been the top trending topic on many social platforms. Well, I imagine the video that just emerged of Uber’s CEO getting into an argument with a driver during a Superbowl Sunday ride won’t make the situation any better.

A video has been released of Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, taking a ride with two girls, and then getting in an argument with the driver towards the end. You can see the video below, though I’d recommend just watching the last two minutes.

In the first several minutes you just hear Travis talking to the girls. Per Bloomberg:

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Video From Last Night: Plane Crash Lands After Landing Gear Collapses


There was an incident last night at Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport, where a Flybe de Havilland Dash 8 arriving from Edinburgh had a crash landing.

Here’s how the incident is described, per the AvHerald:

“A Flybe de Havilland Dash 8-400, registration G-JECP performing flight BE-1284 from Edinburgh,SC (UK) to Amsterdam (Netherlands) with 59 people on board, landed on Amsterdam’s runway 22 at about 16:55L (15:55Z) but came to a stop on the runway with the right main gear collapsed. The crew declared Mayday, Mayday, Mayday reporting the gear had collapsed, they were evacuating onto the runway. Tower reported fire brigades were already on their way and instructed the next arrivals to go around. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage.”

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OMG: There Was A Valentine’s Day Flash Mob At My Gate!!!


I’ve shared several videos of airport and airplane flash mobs over the years, though never in a million years did I think I’d witness one in person at an airport. Well, I guess if you fly enough…

I flew Cathay Pacific today from Bali to Hong Kong, and sensed something was a bit unusual. At check-in there were a bunch of heart shaped balloons, which didn’t seem too unusual for Valentine’s Day. I didn’t think much of it at the time.

Then I got to the gate a few minutes before boarding, and saw more heart shaped balloons. I also saw some photographers.

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The Real Failure With Last Night’s Unfit To Fly United Pilot…


Earlier I shared the story of a United captain who showed up to work an Austin to San Francisco flight, clearly not in a state to fly. She was wearing flip flops and jeans, which should have been the first clue. She then stood in front of the cabin and made a PA about how she’s going through a messy divorce, how both Hillary and Donald suck, made a comment about the interracial couple in first class, said that the co-pilot would fly since “he’s a man,” etc.

Obviously she’s in a very bad place, and I hope she gets the help she needs.

There’s something I didn’t notice the first time around, though, that makes this situation even worse. Earlier I hadn’t seen a video of what she had said, though some videos are emerging now. Here’s a video of the very tail end of what she said:

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Sort Of Terrifying: Video Of A330 Engine Fire During Takeoff


Yesterday was a rough day for airports acr0ss the Northeast due to bad weather, though it looks like some passengers had an even rougher night at JFK. Aerolineas Argentinas 1301 (operated by an A330) was scheduled to fly from New York to Buenos Aires, and was already delayed by about eight hours due to the blizzard.

Then it tried to take off, when this happened:

Man, I’d be scared like hell if my plane were rolling down the runway and I heard that noise. Here’s what this incident looked like from outside the plane, per Twitter user @alicexz, who was on a nearby plane at the time of the incident:

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“Cash Me Ousside” Girl Kicked Off Spirit Airlines Flight — How Bow Dah?


Let me start by saying that some of the videos below contain bad language, so if you’re sensitive to that, I’d recommend skipping this post and the videos.

Someone named Danielle Bregoli has made a bit of a name for herself after recently appearing on the Dr. Phil Show. She’s perhaps most well known for her “cash me ousside, how bow dah?” catchphrase. Here’s the Dr. Phil segment, for those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about:

The phrase has gained so much popularity that you can even make Bitmojis with the phrase.

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Turkish Airlines’ Brilliant Super Bowl Ad, Starring Morgan Freeman


As far as I’m concerned, the only redeeming quality of the Super Bowl is the commercials (and sometimes the halftime show). I didn’t even get to see it yesterday, though, as I was flying. Super Bowl ads aren’t cheap (last I heard a 30 second clip costs five million dollars), and historically we haven’t seen many airlines pay to advertise during the most watched U.S. TV event.

Well, this year there was one exception. Turkish Airlines had a 45 second ad during yesterday’s Super Bowl, as noted by Live and Let’s Fly.

As most of you probably know, Turkish Airlines is in a horrible financial situation. The past year has been very rough on Turkish Airlines, largely through no fault of their own. In late June several explosions went off at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, and then a couple of weeks later there was an attempted military coup.

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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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Qantas’ Beautiful (But Also Long And Predictable) New Safety Video


Over the past few years, safety videos have become a marketing tool of sorts for airlines, as we’ve seen airlines come up with cool, fresh concepts that keep passengers engaged. Air New Zealand is perhaps best known for their creative safety videos, as they generally have a new video every quarter. Millions of people who have never flown with Air New Zealand have seen their safety videos, which is pretty incredible.

Well, Qantas has just unveiled their first new safety video of 2017, and it’s stunning. The video shows images from all over Australia. It’s great for an airline to not only be able to highlight their own product, but also the beauty of the country they call home. Here’s how Qantas’ CEO describes the video:

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SO CUTE: Two Travel Geeks Get Married On A Cathay Dragon Flight!


Okay, this is ridiculously cute. A travel-obsessed couple who met on a travel forum recently got married on a Cathay Dragon flight. It’s so so so so so so cute, and made my Monday:

I’m curious about the logistics of all this, though regardless, it put the biggest smile on my face, and almost made me a bit teary-eyed when they started talking about one another.

This is easily one of my favorite airline related videos ever.

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