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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Woman Kicked Off Alaska Flight For Going On Anti-Trump Rant


A Facebook video is going viral of a lady who was kicked off an Alaska Airlines flight from Baltimore to Seattle this past Saturday. Here’s how the guy who sat next to her (a Trump supporter, who was being attacked) describes the event on Facebook:

“Just had the craziest experience ever on an airplane:

I’m boarding my flight from Baltimore to Seattle and approach my seat. I had an upgraded seat that I paid a little extra for because of the long 6 hour flight. As I approach my row I smile and motion to the husband and wife sitting in the aisle and middle seat that Imy seat was next to the window. I put my backpack in the overhead and the wife with a very stern voice says to me:”

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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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Here’s What Delta’s CEO Has To Say About Trump’s Victory


It’s always interesting to hear what airline executives are thinking, as it gives us a good idea of what we can expect going forward. Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian, was on CNBC yesterday, and had some interesting things to say following the Donald Trump victory in the U.S., as it pertains to the Gulf carriers, airfare forecasts, etc.

A lot of what he says simply reflects what has happened to the markets over the past several weeks, but there’s also some airline specific stuff in there. I’d highly recommend checking out this four minute clip if you have the time:

The highlights (I realize much of this obvious, but…)?

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Former Senator Tells JetBlue Pilot To “Grow Some Balls,” Gets Kicked Off Plane


Okay, so admittedly the way he handled the situation may not have been ideal, though he had the right idea.

Former New York Senator Al D’Amato was on a JetBlue flight on Monday from Fort Lauderdale to New York, which already had a delay of over six hours. Understandably people were agitated, and once the flight was boarded, the captain announced that 10 passengers seated at the front of the cabin needed to move to the back of the cabin for weight and balance.

At the front of the JetBlue cabin are the “Even More Space” seats, which presumably many people paid extra to sit in. Many people weren’t happy about moving. That’s when the former Senator took the situation into his own hands.

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UNBELIEVABLE: This Is Not How You Deice An Aircraft!


As you may have seen on the news, Istanbul is being hit by a massive blizzard this week.

Typically when a hub city is hit by a major weather event it causes major problems for the local airline, which has certainly been the case here. Turkish Airlines has had to delay or outright cancel hundreds of flights, and by all accounts operations at Istanbul airports are just a mess.

More concerning than the delays, however, is this clip which was shared on Twitter this morning:

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Literally My Biggest Fear: Crocodile Attacks Hotel Guests In Pool


I’d like to think I’m a pretty brave person. I’m only scared of spiders and crocodiles and clowns and ghosts under beds and germs. That’s it. 😉

But if I had to choose a single worst fear, it would probably be getting attacked by a crocodile in a hotel pool. While this isn’t a new story, it seems like that’s exactly what happened at a hotel in Zimbabwe a while ago, and I just saw the video for the first time. Here’s how the YouTube video is described:

“A couple was attacked by a crocodile while swimming in a hotel pool in Kariba, Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe. The video shows a woman being attacked by the crocodile before she managed to leave the pool just in time after the close encounter.”

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