“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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Video Of Passenger Being Dragged Off Delta Flight… Literally


Rene’s Points shares the crazy video footage a reader sent him of a lady being dragged off a Delta 737, which was scheduled to fly from Detroit to San Diego this morning:

Here’s what the reader had to say about the circumstances surrounding the incident:

“She didn’t check in with gate agent and walked right on. [The] woman blew by gate agent and didn’t check in because she wasn’t an early boarder and deserved overhead bin space. Colleague in back by her said she was mouthy and had a huge attitude. Police tackled her out of her seat and brought her to the ground. Not sure how she was subdued, some people speculated a taser.”

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Rapper Misses Alaska Flight, Offers “Peasants” $15K To Quit Their Jobs


Rapper Young Thug was scheduled to fly Alaska Airlines from Atlanta to Seattle last Thursday, though somehow missed his flight, which caused him to miss his show. Rather than taking responsibility for missing his flight, he blamed Alaska Airlines.

So he took out his anger on the Alaska Airlines employees at the check-in desk in Atlanta, and made them a “generous” offer. He took out a Bentley branded bag and offered them each $15,000 cash to quit their jobs. They refused and asked him to stop pointing the camera at them, at which point he insulted them for their “nappy hair,” called them “peasants” and “ants,” etc. Here’s the video:

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Kuwait Airways Showcases Their New 777 With The Mannequin Challenge


Yesterday I wrote about how Kuwait Airways just took delivery of their first Boeing 777-300ER, which represents a huge evolution for the airline. While the new plane as such is nice, what’s really noteworthy is the cabins that Kuwait Airways has installed on the plane, as they’ve finally added flat beds in business class and suites in first class.

That might sound like an obvious decision, but the airline also recently took delivery of A330s featuring outdated products, so…

Anyway, pictures of the new cabins have been limited so far, though it looks like Kuwait Airways has a unique way they’re showcasing the plane, in the form of a Mannequin Challenge. Here it is:

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Delta Apologizes For Not Kicking Off Ranting Trump Supporter


Regardless of who you supported in the recent presidential election, I think most people would agree that the behavior in the below video from a Delta flight this past Tuesday isn’t appropriate on a plane:

As you can see, the guy gets up, starts cussing, calling people on the plane “Hillary Bitches,” and saying that “Donald Trump is your president, every goddamn one of you.”

While the rant as such is hardly surprising for a passionate supporter of a candidate, the real question was why Delta didn’t do anything to interfere. This apparently happened before departure, so the guy should have been kicked off, or at a minimum, the crew should have had a serious talk with him to make sure a similar outburst didn’t happen in the sky. There were some heated political conversations on a recent United flight, so here’s how the captain of the flight handled that:

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What Are First, Second, Third, Fifth, and Sixth Freedom Flights?


I’ve written in the past about fifth freedom flights, which essentially allow an airline to operate a flight between two countries other than where that airline is based. Examples include Singapore Airlines’ flight between New York and Frankfurt, Cathay Pacific’s flight between New York and Vancouver, LAN Chile’s flight between Madrid and Frankfurt, etc.

However, fifth freedom flying is only one of the many “freedoms” of aviation. While many people might be familiar with the concepts they represent, fewer people could explain what first, second, third, and sixth freedom flights are.

So if you’ve ever wondered, here’s a fantastic video which explains more about international aviation law than you’d ever hope to learn in just 14 minutes:

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Which Airline Did The Mannequin Challenge Best?


Okay, so the latest craze is the Mannequin Challenge, and I don’t really get it. It sort of reminds me of the ice bucket challenge, except nothing good is coming of it, best I can tell. I think the concept is entertaining, but it’s often poorly executed, in my opinion.

Not surprisingly, some airlines have even gotten onboard with this, though I’m not sure I “get” what some of them have done.

For example, Singapore Airlines did one which seemed cool on the surface, but didn’t actually seem especially aviation themed (or maybe I’m missing some of the references?).

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Did You Know The FAA Has A Catchy Theme Song?!?


I had no clue this was a thing, but apparently the FAA is the only government agency to have its own theme song.

After doing some Googling, I’ve found the theme song/anthem. Much to my surprise, it’s really catchy:

I can’t get it out of my head, it’s sort of amazing. I mean, what’s not to love about the lyrics? “We want to help you get back home, in a jumbo jet or flying alone, we make it safe up in the sky, so you relax when you fly.”

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Heathrow’s Christmas Video Is The Cutest Thing You’ll See Today


Heathrow Airport is possibly my least favorite major airport in the world, given what a pain it is to connect there. So trust me, I don’t want to say anything nice about the airport unless I have to.

Well, in this case I have no choice. 😉 A couple of days ago Heathrow Airport published a video called “Coming Home for Christmas,” and it’s adorable. Here’s how it’s described:

“Throughout their 70 years, Heathrow have specialised in reconnecting people with their loved ones, especially at this time of year, because coming home for Christmas is the best gift of all. Among the millions of seasonal passengers, there are some extra-special arrivals that have made it home in time for the big day…”

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United Pilot Tells Passengers To Stop Talking About Politics


Tensions are running high following Tuesday’s presidential election. Since Tuesday I haven’t gone anywhere without overhearing people talking about the election, and without a generally somber mood (well, I’ve been in California for much of the week, which might explain why).

Well, it looks like even airplanes aren’t exempt from political talk, and it’s almost becoming problematic. United flight 1212 from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta yesterday apparently had an issue where two passengers got into a heated political exchange.

Here’s how the YouTube video is described:

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TERRIFYING: Video Of A Snake On An Aeromexico Flight


I’m terrified of snakes. TERRIFIED of them. So I think I’ve finally found my personal nightmare. A snake was found inflight on yesterday’s Aeromexico 231, operating from Torreón to Mexico City using an Embraer 190. I’d do more research about the type of snake, etc., but the thought of this story just makes me nearly throw up, so I’ll just leave you guys with the video.

Here’s what the passenger who caught the snake had to say, per Express:

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Video: Fist Fight Breaks Out On Ryanair Flight, Causes Diversion


Video footage has emerged of a huge fight that broke out on a Ryanair flight between Brussels and Malta this past Thursday. This fight caused the flight to have to divert to Pisa, where four passengers were offloaded and detained by police (though it’s not clear what happened beyond that).

We see small brawls on planes fairly often, though this has to be one of the most drawn out ones I’ve seen in quite a while.

So, what caused the brawl? Per The Sun:

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Airport Lounge Or Psychological Torture?


Hello from Kiev!

We are (slowly) making our way back from Baku, and are presently luxuriating in the Ukraine International Business class lounge, which the Kiev airport boastfully describes as:

“Business lounges of the Boryspil International Airport provide an exclusive atmosphere of respectability and comfort in which you can get ready for a pleasant trip as well as effectively work prior to the departure of your flight.”

I think we might have some different ideas about what “effectively work” means, because unless you’re an aspiring UN translator or airhorn operator I don’t see how anyone could possibly get anything done here.

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