Videos

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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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Virgin Australia Makes Me Wish I Missed Christmas

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While the holidays can be a busy time for travel, most people prefer to travel either before or after major holidays. For example, I doubt there are many people who are excited about flying on Christmas (well, other than those who don’t celebrate the holiday, in which case it’s a great day to fly, given that flights aren’t as full).

Well, Virgin Australia did something extra special this year for the passengers who missed Christmas altogether. This includes the passengers who flew from Los Angeles to Sydney and Brisbane on the night of December 24, and landed in Australia on the morning of the 26th.

Rather than having them feel like they missed Christmas, they served them a Christmas dinner, and gave them all kinds of gifts. Perhaps best of all, passengers onboard received a status upgrade:

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INSANE VIDEO: Man Drives Car Through Russian Airport For “Love”

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There’s nothing quite like a love story involving an airport. Well, unless you’re a drunk driver ramming your way into Kazan International Airport to meet a lady friend and “fight for love,” while being chased by the police. Then you just get a 15 day jail sentence.

Check out the insane video footage from this past Wednesday:

While what he did was horrible and he shouldn’t drive drunk, at least he was a good driver!

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Aer Lingus’ Christmas Video Will Warm Your Heart

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Aer Lingus just published one of the best airline Christmas videos of the year, as they united three Irish families, with the kids living in the U.S. and the parents living in Ireland. It’s a quick and touching video — I had to make a conscious effort not to tear up:

The video beautifully highlights how airlines really do bring families together. It’s not just about transportation, but about the stories of the people that airlines connect.

Last year Aer Lingus had an equally fantastic Christmas video, with the caption “bringing people home for Christmas since 1936.” Here’s that video:

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Ugh, The Captain Of The #BoycottDelta Flight Is An Idiot…

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The biggest airline story of the week has been about a YouTube prankster who got kicked off a Delta flight from London to New York yesterday morning. I shared my initial impressions of the situation, and then wrote a follow-up post about why I think it’s too soon to point fingers at/boycott Delta, given this guy’s history.

Then yesterday evening I shared Delta’s statement after the plane landed in New York. So I think it’s only fair to share the follow-up story from the two guys who had been kicked off the plane, as they published follow-up videos.

Adam published the following video, with his account of what happened:

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Must See: AirBaltic’s Nutcracker Airplane Ballet!

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Around the holidays we often see airlines release special themed videos to get people thinking about them. Well, Riga-based airline AirBaltic just published one such video, and it’s incredible.

AirBaltic is the launch customer for the Bombardier CSeries 300, and is just in the process of taking delivery of their first of 20 of these planes.

To celebrate the holidays and this new plane, they’ve done what they call the first ever ballet performed by an airplane. The video is both funny and adorable, so it’s well worth a watch, if you have a few minutes:

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Why It’s Too Soon To Get On The #BoycottDelta Bandwagon…

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Earlier I posted about how a YouTuber allegedly got kicked off a Delta flight from London to New York for speaking Arabic. While I’m appalled by the number of times that people do get kicked off planes due to other peoples’ ignorance, this is a case where I’m giving the airline the benefit of the doubt, at least for now.

Why?

— The guy who was kicked off a plane is a self proclaimed “professional idiot”
— Just last week he lied about shipping himself in the cargo hold of a plane, which turned out not to be true

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Did A “Professional Idiot” Get Kicked Off A Delta Flight For Speaking Arabic?!

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Usually I’m enraged when I hear of people being kicked off planes for speaking Arabic, because discrimination is a very real thing. At the same time, here’s an instance where I’ll give the airline and other passengers the benefit of the doubt until a full investigation is done, given who we’re talking about.

Why? Because just a few days ago I wrote about Adam Saleh, a YouTuber who claimed to have flown in the cargo hold of a Tigerair Australia plane from Melbourne to Sydney, and videotaped the whole thing. However, as it turns out, the whole thing wasn’t real, and he actually flew in the cabin — the airline did a hilarious job calling him out.

You’d think he’d lay low for a bit, but now he’s back with his latest airline “story.” He just uploaded a video to Twitter of him being removed from a Delta flight this morning at London Heathrow:

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Crazy Footage Of A Captain “Wrestling” A 747 To The Ground

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While I’m (obviously) a miles & points geek, I’m just as much an aviation geek. I love everything about aviation, at least non-military aviation (for whatever reason that doesn’t interest me much). That’s why I watch my fair share of aviation related videos on YouTube, etc.

I just came across a pretty insane video of a 747 captain “wresting” a plane to the ground at Tokyo Narita Airport. I’ve seen a lot of crazy landing videos, though I don’t think I’ve ever seen one where the pilot made so many adjustments prior to landing. Here’s the video:

The guy’s a 747 captain, so I sure as heck am not qualified to say “oh, he was over controlling,” or anything like that. I will say that it looks like the landing was great.

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