A new Lufthansa A320-200 from Stockholm to Frankfurt diverted to Copenhagen last week when passengers detected a strange odor on board. The Telegraph reports that “fearing for the aircraft’s safety, the Lufthansa crew opted to divert to the Danish capital, landing 15 minutes later, and the 129 passengers on board were rebooked onto alternative flights. However, a check by maintenance staff determined that the odour had originated from a recently installed carpet.”
This isn’t the first strange diversion over the last twelve months. Others have included a pilot wanting to make a stop for her favorite food, “explicit” in-flight movies, and an out of control bachelor party. More details on these in the Telegraph.
Depressed about the no notification American AAdvantage devaluation? While we ridiculously continue to wait for details on which partners are impacted by the newly imposed international fuel surcharges, here’s another Wednesday countdown. Today’s countdown comes from the Courier Mail and lists the 10 Worst Types of Passengers:
- People with uncontrollable kids (Parentus Slapdashii)
- Seat recliners (Reclinus Maximus)
- Smelly people (Smellus Incredibilus)
- Arm rest hogs (Armrest Grabbis)
- Chatty passengers (Chatticus Majorus)
- People who always need the bathroom (Bladder Incredibilus)
- People with too much carry-on luggage (Carry-on Greedicus)
- Reading-light enthusiasts (High-and-Mighticus)
- People who pace the cabin or stretch too often (DVT-Avoidus)
- Window seat hogs who close the window shade before take off (Window Hoggus)
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Unruly Passenger on KEF-JFK Flight Restrained & Gagged with Duct Tape…picture and all
…and I thought some of my seatmates were gross
Skyscanner conducted a survey of 700 international cabin crew members from 83 countries to find out the strangest items left on-board. Here are just a few of the most random items that cabin crew listed:
- Live parrot
- Glass eye
- Prosthetic leg
- A bag of sand
- One shoe
- Wedding dress
- Bag of diamonds
- Written marriage proposal
Check out the full list at Skyscanner here.
More interestingly, the survey noted that important items are left on board too. Almost a quarter (24%) of crew have found a lost passport on board, which is even higher than the number of phones (23%) and books (21%) left behind.
Have you ever entered an outrageous request in the special request section of a hotel reservation screen? As has been heavily reported the last few days, Dustin Wray of New Braunfels, Texas, booked a room for himself and his girlfriend and decided to do just that:
“Three red M&Ms on the counter. Not packages, just three single M&Ms. One for me, one for my girlfriend and one to split if we get hungry late at night. And a picture of bacon on the bed. I love pictures of bacon.”
Wray told CNN, “I figured real bacon would be too hard to come by. I wrote it so that if they saw it they would laugh because it was stupid but also make it feasible if they actually wanted to fulfill it.”
Well, this is what he saw when he arrived…
“I saw the three red M&M’s there and it honestly confused me. I was staring at them thinking this is weird. And then my girlfriend started laughing at the picture on the bed and I turned around and looked and that’s when it all clicked.”
Dustin was so surprised that he forgot to leave a tip for the staff who had worked to fulfill his request. However, he later shared his story on Reddit, and the hotel is now receiving national press.
What’s your crazy request…besides an upgrade to the best possible room???
On a flight from Europe last week my colleague commented on how gross it was that people were going shoeless to the bathroom, wearing only their airline issued socks. He’s new to international travel and hadn’t yet had the pleasure of witnessing the business class bathroom ”walk of shame”. Similarly, when I began my heavy international traveling about six years ago, I too was surprised by the otherwise well mannered business passenger’s bathroom etiquette.
I would never wear my own socks into the bathroom, but with the amenity kit provided socks the line isn’t so clear… put them on for the flight, wear them, and then take them off and trash them at the end of the flight (without touching the bottoms)? What say you???
In the latest strange flight attendant policy news, India’s GoAir has announced that they plan to only hire female flight attendants going forward. Yahoo reports:
…Elsewhere around the world blatant airline sexism still flies. This week, India’s budget GoAir announced that it would hire only female flight attendants from this point on as a fuel-saving measure, noting that women are usually lighter than men. The discrimination is uniquely twofold—against men who want flight-attendant jobs, and against women who will only reign supreme only in the cabin, as the female-only rule does not, naturally, apply to pilots.
Other recent announcements have included orders to lose weight, required maid uniforms, instructions on allowable lipstick colors, periodic BMI measurements, and makeup policy changes.
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According to ABC News, if you have suspicions that your significant other is cheating, you may want to contact their travel agent.
AshleyMadison.com, the dating website for people who are already married, said more than 61 percent of their members surveyed – nearly 50,000 cheaters – are planning an extra-marital excursion this summer. “There’s no better time to pursue a discreet affair than when you’re hundreds or even thousands of miles away from home,” said AshleyMadison.com founder Noel Biderman. “Our members have stated that the distance not only lessens their fear of getting caught, but also alleviates feelings of guilt.”
The majority of respondents are planning a trip of 3-4 days in length, as a shorter trip arouses less suspicion. In terms of payment, half intend to pay for it via an airline / hotel rewards program and/or corporate card to eliminate any paper trail to their primary address. Their favorite airline? Virgin!
…and where are they headed?
#1 Las Vegas
#3 Bahamas: Paradise Island
#4 New York
#5 Turks & Caicos
#6 Los Angeles
#7 Napa Valley
#8 Martha’s Vineyard
United Airlines stands accused of allowing a male passenger to masturbate while sitting across from a 17 year-old female passenger last year. From TMZ:
The passenger, represented by Gloria Allred, claims a male passenger seated across the aisle from her exposed his penis to her during the flight … and masturbated. The passenger says she complained to a flight attendant multiple times — and the flight attendant did nothing to stop the man from continuing his behavior … she wasn’t moved, and the passenger wasn’t addressed in any way. The passenger says the man briefly stopped masturbating while the flight attendant was nearby, but quickly resumed once the flight attendant left.
As previously reported, a man from San Francisco is suing over a soda fight that occurred on-board a Virgin America flight from PHL-SFO. According to ABC News, the man claims that he tried to order a soda several times with three different flight attendants, but each time was told he had to use Red, the in-flight touch-screen entertainment system, to order any food or drinks. The passenger refused to turn the system on and upon landing, a group of local police officers and TSA agents were waiting for him in the jetway and escorted him to the gate for questioning. Apparently, the flight crew reported him for yelling profanities, being hostile in-flight, and purposely not flushing the toilet! The man denies all charges and has since hired a lawyer.
ABC News reports that- He and his lawyer sent Virgin a Letter of Demand, noting that he has since experienced, “depression, worry, and anxiety surrounding his detention by law enforcement.” He asked for $50,000 and an apology; the company offered $3,000 to settle, he said, but no apology. He refused, and Virgin then offered $5,000. He again declined, and subsequently filed suit.”I’m going to have some kind of record because of a flight attendant fabricating events?” “They’re being given too much power. That’s what concerns me. The only thing I have is my reputation. Lies just irk me. And it’s such a weird one.”
In an update, the man’s attorney reported to the AP on Friday that he will be “fully investigating the claim of the unflushed toilet” as his client clearly remember flushing! Philly.com reports that “the passenger is a business manager for Genentech and is Italian. He believes that his “dark complexion” could have mistakenly associated with him of being from Middle Eastern descent”
In an email update to The Huffington Post, Virgin America stood behind the actions of its employees. “While we generally do not comment on the details of ongoing litigation,” stated spokesperson Jennifer Thomas, “we are aware of the incident in question, we have reviewed our internal crew reports and we are confident our teammates handled this matter appropriately.”
Can’t make this stuff up…