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XXX TSA Scanner Humour

November 26, 2010

Ok, so I just saw this and I thought it was funny, so I thought I’d post it for you to have a giggle too… It is the Saturday Night Live’s ‘take off’ of the new ‘TSA Image Campaign’. I have written before about my issues with the scanner images in this post called: TSA […]

I wish they WOULD sack Michael O’Leary and replace him with a member of Cabin Crew!

September 14, 2010

I have a new hero… I have to say, I am a self proclaimed Michael O’Leary hater… He is undoubtedly a creative marketeer, but I think his marketing tactics would be better suited to something like sleazy PR for bottom-feeding celebrities than the airline industry. Still, I guess there’s only room for one Max Clifford, […]

Air New Zealand’s bare cheek when it comes to safety

January 27, 2010

I have a friend who has moved to New Zealand recently, and my attention has since been drawn to this video… I have to say, that as far as safety demonstration videos goes, it doesn’t fail to keep your eyes glued to the screen in a ‘surely not!‘ way…  Oh, and just in case you […]

Obese air passengers… Does size matter?

December 6, 2009

Ok, so I saw this in a pilot wife group today, and it made me chuckle-though it probably shouldn’t have, since it’s actually a safety issue and a serious concern in an emergency. Basically, the picture is rumoured to have been taken by an American Airlines flight attendant who wanted to use the picture to […]

Funny Virgin Complaint Letter

January 27, 2009

I’m sorry if you have already seen this, but it had myself and Bf crying tears of laughter!  I found it on Yahoo News. This is a letter recently received by the Virgin Atlantic customer complaints team and is currently being hailed on news blogs as possibly the funniest customer complaint letter ever! Virgin Atlantic press office […]

XL Airways has gone bust.

September 12, 2008

I was on my way home from dropping Bf at the airport for a trip, and I heard the news on the radio: XL airways have gone bust. The Gatwick based charter company have grounded it’s fleet stranding 80,000 holiday makers.  David Clover from the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK says many more people […]

Blimey, another airline has bitten the dust!

August 30, 2008

Another low-cost long-haul airline has gone bust, and this one feels close to home, as we very nearly booked some cheap tickets to the States with this airline recently! Zoom announced that: Zoom Airlines sincerely regrets to advise its customers that it has suspended operations with effect from 19:00 hrs on Thursday 28 August 2008. […]

Human tragedy tales emerging from the Spanair JK5022 Crash

August 26, 2008

I was just catching up on the Spanair JK 5022 Crash in Madrid from last week, and have read some really sad stories. There were two that particularly left a lump in my throat… One was that a male passenger, Ruben Santana Mateo tried to get off the flight. Apparently he was not happy with […]

Update to the Spanair Crash Story.

August 21, 2008

It gets worse. This was apparently the SECOND take-off attempt! An earlier take-off was delayed after the plane’s pilot reported a breakdown in a gauge that measures temperature outside the plane, Spanair spokeswoman Susana Vergara said. It was on the second takeoff attempt that the plane crashed. An earlier attempt had to be averted after […]

Spanair Crash

August 20, 2008

Well, it looks like my personal life isn’t the only crash today… A Spanair MD-82 jet, flight 5022 from Madrid to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands crashed on take-off from Madrid terminal four. It broke up and caught fire after skidding off the runway, killing more than 140 people in Spain’s worst aviation accident […]