Thursday, December 27, 2007

Funny Airline Happenings in 2007

I read this on Yahoo. I thought it was pretty funny. Now I will keep a copy by forever quoting it on my site. I couldn't find who wrote it but the link is here.

Ten High-Flying Snafus
Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Southwest Airlines
Fly the not-so friendly skies
A Southwest Airlines gate agent tells Kyla Ebbert - a 23-year-old college student and Hooters waitress wearing a denim miniskirt, high-heeled sandals, and a sweater over a tank top - that she's dressed too provocatively to be allowed on a flight from San Diego to Tucson. Though the agent ultimately relents and lets her onboard, an indignant Ebbert goes public, appearing on the Today show. Southwest takes a massive publicity hit; Ebbert is hired by Richard Branson to promote rival low-cost carrier Virgin America and by Playboy to pose for a pictorial.

Singapore Airlines
Fly the don't-get-too-friendly skies
Singapore Airlines inaugurates the Airbus A380, the world's largest jet, with a seven-hour flight from Singapore to Sydney. To the chagrin of those who forked out $15,000 for one of 12 private, double-bed-equipped suites, the airline asks its passengers to refrain from having sex. Says first-class passenger Tony Elwood: "So they'll sell you a double bed, and give you privacy and endless champagne, and then say you can't do what comes naturally?"

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal
Fly the I'll-join-the-mile-high-club- if-I-damn-well-please skies
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal buys his own Airbus A380, paying more than $320 million for a "flying palace."

SkyWest Airlines
Fly the smells-like-the- back-row-of-a-Greyhound skies
SkyWest Airlines apologizes to passenger James Whipple after he is barred from using the plane's restroom during a one-hour flight from Boise to Salt Lake City.
Whipple, who says he had two "really big beers" before takeoff, winds up urinating into his airsickness bag and is questioned by airport police upon landing.

Doug Parker
Fly the well-at-least-he- didn't-have-to-use-an- air-sickness-bag skies
Just hours after US Airways comes up short in its $9.8 billion bid to acquire Delta, CEO Doug Parker is pulled over by police in Scottsdale, and arrested for drunken driving.

British Airways
Fly the petty skies
For its in-flight version of the James Bond flick "Casino Royale," British Airways edits out the cameo of rival Richard Branson and obscures the tail fin of one of Branson's Virgin Atlantic planes.

Southwest Airlines, Part 2
Fly the didn't-you-learn-anything- from-the-Kyla-Ebbert-fiasco skies
A man boarding a Southwest Airlines flight in Ohio is ordered to change his T-shirt, which depicts a fictional fishing shop with the words MASTER BAITER. The airline is again forced to apologize.

Iberia Airlines
Fly the someone-in- the-marketing-department- is-out-of-his-freakin'-mind skies Spanish national airline Iberia advertises its service to Cuba with a cartoon featuring dark-skinned Cuban women in bikinis bottle-feeding a tourist baby as he sings, "Feed me, mulattas ... come on, little mamas, take me to my crib." The women then transport the baby to the beach, dance for him, and massage him. After an outcry, the commercials are pulled.

Jet Blue
Fly the nope-we're-still-not-flying skies Despite whiteout conditions at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport during a Valentine's Day blizzard, Jet Blue loads passengers onto its planes, pulls the planes away from their gates ... and leaves them there, stranding hundreds of passengers on the runways for as long as 11 hours. "You can look out the window and you can see, there's the gate," says passenger John Farrell, who spent nine hours on the J.F.K. tarmac. "If you just let us off the plane, we can walk there."

British Airways Part 2
Fly the oh-gross-oh-gross-oh gross-get-it-away-from-me skies On a British Airways flight from New Delhi to London, first-class passenger Paul Trinder wakes up from a nap to find the corpse of a woman who had died in the economy cabin being placed in the seat next to him. Upon complaining about the incident, Trinder - a gold-level frequent flier who logs 200,000 miles a year with the airline - says he is told he will not be compensated and should just "get over it."

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