3 Airlines Reveal Their Most Stolen Onboard items

Three airlines reveal their most stolen onboard itemsHave you ever stashed an airline pillow under your arm while deplaning, or slipped a spoon into your suitcase? You’re not alone. Highly detailed studies (ah hem–noting the most popular results for Google autocomplete queries) reveal that the traveling public has the greatest interest in stealing airline blankets, cutlery, safety cards, and life vests, in that order.

While the temptation is real to secret away a small souvenir of a particularly nice air travel experience, some airlines experience high theft of very specific items. And, though there may be rules and penalties to prevent passengers from walking off the plane with items like life vests and galley carts, the preciousness of smaller soft products often fluctuates with flight attendants’ attitudes.

Here are a few airlines and their most stolen items:

Cathay Pacific: Salt and pepper shakers

Up until their recent retirement, the pebble-shaped salt and pepper shakers in business class ranked as the item most likely to walk off. John Slosar, the airline’s chairman, even admitted as such to the South China Morning Post, saying that the shakers were the “most frequently pilfered items in the history of Cathay Pacific, by a huge margin.”

As noted in the earlier Runway Girl Network article on tiny tableware design, Virgin Atlantic suffered similarly thanks to the adorable appeal of their “Wilbur and Orville” airplane shakers, introduced in the late 1990s. Briefly discontinued in 2011 due to their tendency to creep into pockets, they were eventually reintroduced with a new detail: stamped on their feet were the words “pinched from Virgin Atlantic”. We also have it on good authority that Virgin Atlantic sees the full-size Cowshed lotions and hand soap toiletries swiped from the lavatories of the Upper Class cabin.

A meal tray with the salt and shaker pebbles formerly in Cathay Pacific Business Class, Image: Wikimedia Commons/Edwin Leong

Finnair: Marimekko crockery

So proud is Finnair of their home country’s design heritage that they’ve partnered with pattern-maker Marimekko and fine tableware producer Iittala. Special-liveried aircraft broadcast the former partnership in particular, but smaller interior accents bring these icons of Finnish design to the tray tables of passengers.

To stanch the flow of the limited Marimekko-for-Finnair crockery and Iittala crystal into passenger pockets, the airline made select items available via duty-free catalog and pre-purchase. Own your own Ultima Thule sparkling wine set for 25 €, or a Marimekko teapot for 80 €. And, for economy passengers lacking the gumption to outright steal a blanket, the pairing of a thin blanket with a cheap fill pillow can be legitimately bought for 5 €.

A page from Finnair’s duty-free catalog teases special pre-order items of the crockery partnership. Image: Finnair

Etihad: Plush duvets

During a visit to Etihad’s Innovation Centre this fall, Calum Laming, VP of customer experience at Etihad Airways, detailed to Runway Girl Network some of the favorite soft aspects of the premium experience for their passengers. Laming let this tidbit slip: “The business class duvet has been the most popular thing I’ve been a part of in my aviation customer experience career, because I know how many of those get stolen every day”. How many exactly? “A lot.”

The re-sale market is hungry for them, too; eBay lists recently sold Etihad blankets as commanding $130 each. The popularity of these blankets, with their stitched duvet top layer and ultra-plush faux fur underside, hasn’t escaped the notice of competitor Emirates Airline, who just announced the debut of similar, faux-sheepskin blankets in First Class.

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Pilots and cabin crew reveal the things they look out for when they’re PASSENGERS

Flying is an ordeal for nervous fliers partly because planes are one big mystery to them and they don’t know whether the various sounds and movements they experience on board signify danger or not.

But it’s different for pilots and cabin crew who board as passengers, because they obviously know a bit more about aircraft.

Helpfully, some of them have revealed what they look out for when they’re in the cabin that regular flyers might not notice, from flight deck announcements to the clues from cabin crew that turbulence is expected on the landing approach.

Pilots and cabin crew have been revealing the clues that might indicate that something isn't right

A TROLLEY DOLLY CONFESSES: I NEVER SWITCH OFF WHEN I’M A PASSENGER

‘Dan Air’, who hosts the Confessions of a Trolley Dolly website, said that he never switches off, even when he’s a passenger, and always goes through an emergency procedure review mentally on take-off and landing.

He told MailOnline Travel: ‘When you’re cabin crew or a pilot you never switch off when you’re on board an aircraft as a passenger. It’s just impossible to do. Every call bell that chimes, every ‘bing-bong’ of a phone call between the crew or the flight deck you find yourself looking up. I think it just gets instilled in you from training to always be vigilant and as we spend so much time on an aircraft it’s hard to just be a passenger.

‘Of course this can be a good thing. If there is an emergency or some sort of problem in the cabin them it’s great to have other crew members on board. They become an additional pair of eyes and ears to help out should the proverbial hit the fan.

‘When we are coming in to land or during take-off when I am travelling as a passenger I find myself moving in to my take-off or landing position, the way we are meant to sit when operating as crew. I also carry out my “silent review/30 second review”, which is where we run through our emergency procedures should there be an unplanned incident and we have to evacuate the aircraft.’

A Dreamliner captain told MailOnline Travel that he always listens out for the purser – the head steward – being summoned to the cockpit.

He said: ‘Once airborne it’s always worth listening out for “will the purser report to the flight deck immediately” on the PA – a sure-fire sign that there is a problem… or that the skipper needs another coffee!’

He added: ‘It is also good to see the cabin crew take their cabin preparation seriously – no items left out that can roll/fly around in the event of a rejected takeoff – and that they conduct the safety demonstration properly.

‘And on normal days I look for leaking fluids, open panels and such.’

A thread about what pilots and cabin crew notice when they’re passengers appeared on Quora.

On this former pilot Tom Farrier said he always listens out for unusual sounds, sniffs for bizarre smells and observes the angle of the sun.

He explained: ‘Sounds are always useful, but a passenger cabin is often pretty isolated from any sounds that might be indicative of a problem.

‘Smells on the other hand travel around quite freely, and some (e.g fuel, hydraulic fluid, superheated bleed air) are pretty distinctive.

‘An unexpected, significant shift in the angle of the sun can be your first sign that a course change is being made.

‘Lots of chiming summoning the flight attendants to the intercom is another cue worth noting.’

Retired U.S airline pilot John Chesire added that he looks for the nearest emergency exit – and counts the seats between him and the door.

He wrote: ‘I count the number of seats between me and that exit. It only takes a quick glance.

‘I do this so if ever necessary, I can in the dark, or under water, or if there is smoke, or if upside down, I know beforehand where the exit is, and I can blindly count the number of seats by touch to reach that emergency exit row, because I have counted them. It’s quick and easy to do, every time.’

While fellow pilot Michael Cohn admits he always listens out for the engine noise during take-off.

473FDBCE00000578-5170867-image-a-2_1513082723588One pilot said that lots of chiming summoning the flight attendants to the intercom is a ‘cue worth noting’

He explained: ‘As a pilot of very small planes, I don’t really know a lot about the tasks involved in operating the big ones.

‘But I do pay attention to the sound of the engines on take-off (a failed engine at this point is not a good thing), the cabin pressure changes that tell me about changes in altitude and the smells.’

Former cabin crew member Brent Beacham, meanwhile, divulged a major clue that turbulence is expected on landing.

A Dreamliner captain told MailOnline Travel that he always listens out for the purser being summoned to the cockpit

He wrote: ‘As cabin crew for a major American airline that shall remain nameless we can prepare for landing before the captain advises.

‘An alert seasoned cabin crew flying into LAS (Las Vegas) in the summer, for example, will know to expect a bumpy ride, from hot air rising off the ground, on approach.

‘A pilot might or might not take this into consideration and might give a lower altitude prep time in the middle of the bumps.

‘Again a seasoned crew will know to wrap things up approximately 20 minutes out before the bumps start.

‘So as a passenger if I saw the cabin crew preparing the cabin early and hear the landing announcement I would know to expect turbulence.’

And Hachi Ko, another former airline pilot, said one thing he always does as a passenger is try to work out when the plane hits 10,000 feet during the descent. At this point a ‘ding’ will sound in the cabin as the seatbelt signs light up – and he tries to anticipate this.

He wrote: ‘Most passengers don’t notice the level-off that often occurs when the airplane is about to enter the approach environment or descend below 10,000 feet.

‘When I feel that little level-off for the airplane to slow, I imagine the pilots going through the checklist, and at the right time, I turn to my companion and go “Ding!”

‘I’m within four or five seconds well over 50 per cent of the time and it freaks them out. Just a useless little thing that I’ve somehow developed a knack for.’

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Emirates Corruption: How One Girl’s Dream Job has Turned into her Worst Nightmare

Emirates Cabin Crew batchIt is many young girls’ dream to live a life full of travel, luxury and adventure. Being a cabin crew for a major airline does afford you that life. However, if you aren’t careful who you choose to associate yourself with, you may end up short-living that lifestyle.

This post was sent by a young Cabin Crew member working for a leading airline in the Middle East. Her cries for help really pulled at my heart-strings. I hope her story will somehow raise awareness. You’re vulnerable and defenseless when you’re up against the corruption of power rooted in the hearts local government officials or airline executives.

How Cabin Crew Corruption Made This Girl’s Job Unbearable

Emirates Corruption How One Girl’s Dream Job has Turned into her Worst NightmareI joined the airline in June 2015, the start of an exciting new adventure.

Training was so cool. I had a nice training batch and made new friends and we worked hard but had loads of fun. As a batch we went for dinners, drinks and clubbing. This place was the best, or so I thought.

One night I met a few very influential guys, government employees. One guy was throwing money at me; dinner in the best restaurants, exclusive clubs, VIP areas, expensive drinks and house parties at his home. I was living the dream!

But then everything changed. He started to expect returns. He became touchy and asked for sex. I turned them down and stopped seeing him.

That was the start of my nightmare!

Like any young girl I took loads of selfies and posted pictures on social media of the drinking and partying. There was one photo where I jokingly kissed a fellow crew member, a girl (shown above).

Much to my dismay the pictures were emailed to the police out of context. I was portrayed as a girl who had no respect for the local laws. I was accused of alcohol abuse, having sex and doing drugs!

A senior manager called me. He guaranteed me an early upgrade to first class, good rosters everything cabin crew dream of. He also said the police will stop the investigation. The only catch… I had to keep partying with the Government guy.

I turned him down.

Now to this day the harassment does not stop. Almost everyday I receive calls and threatening messages. I have changed my number but the guy and his friends are powerful. It was not long before I started getting them on the new number.

I told my Cabin Crew (CCM) and she looked into my story. I’m not sure if she stepped on some toes but I was then assigned a new CCM. (I have had 3 CCMs in the space of a few months!)

The airline suspended me, then placed me back on active duty. I got loads of turnaround flights. This guy has lots of influence. He has the power to manipulate my roster.

I am scared and I don’t know what to do…. I can’t give in but being in and out of group security and the police station was not the dream I had. My dream job has turned into a complete nightmare.

I wanted to share this with your followers as my story can help prevent other girls from going through the same hell as me.

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We hear cases like this all over the world, not just in the Middle East . That’s because local citizens have superior power over expats who work in the country.

Affluent businessmen also have powerful connections with authorities, so they can get away with bullying and threatening.

Be very careful who you go out with. I also advise not to post provocative photos of yourself on social media.

Your airline can’t protect you. They will have to follow the local laws. It’s unfair and unfortunate but this is just how it is.

If you have any advice or help to offer this young girl, please leave a comment below!

 

This article first appeared on Life As A Butterfly.

What Was Your Scariest Travel Experience?

travel expThis X-Ray is of my right hand showing the four remaining fingers; I began the trip with all five and was lucky to keep any. I’ve typed this, just as I have ever since, with just my left hand.

If you don’t take well to graphic imagery (of physical trauma) then be leery of proceeding. I’ll save them until the end though if you’d like to hear a wild story of me in Mexico.

I was sixteen and my family was holding a reunion in Puerto Penasco Mexico. Once the US economy took a large fall in 2008, so too did this up-and-coming tourist destination.

Almost every one of these resorts is seemingly abandoned, with the exception of maybe a guard or two. It was 2010 and renting massive beach-front properties is extremely cheap; perfect for a large reunion.

The day before our departure home, we decided to go off-roading as we had done just days prior. I grew up riding dirt bikes and was a skilled rider. This time however, my cousin and I, both 16 years old, opted for a Rhino (below).

He jumps into the driver’s seat first and we cut down the dirt road towards the hills shown earlier. Pulling off the dirt road, he begins to turn the wheel left attempting to spin a doughnut. Traveling far too fast, the vehicle immediately launches off the ground and rolls to the right, (my) passenger side. Instinctively I grab the top bar with my right hand to brace myself.

I wake up dazed, suspended 90 degrees sideways and a foot off the ground, still strapped into the seat. Lifting my right hand, palm towards me, I see nothing but my thumb. Everything above mid-palm just wasn’t there. I turn my hand around to find my four fingers hanging down, pointing towards my elbow down the back of my arm. Nothing keeps them there but thin flaps of skin and stark white tendons. They’re certain to fall off at any moment. I feel nothing.

I am positive that I will bleed out here in this desert. I run in no particular direction screaming, with my fingers flapping around against the back of my wrist. Pulled to a stop, my cousin wraps my hand in his shirt. My two brothers fly into the scene on their vehicle. While the youngest jumps out and begins yelling for help, my elder brother jumps into response mode, puts me in his vehicle and speeds towards the “resorts”.

Each resort passes by empty as he SCREAMS, “ambulencia!” Alas, a guard waves us in and I wait. Desperately and unsuccessfully trying to pass out for 45 minutes I squeeze my hand between my knees feeling the bones and knuckles in a chaotic scatter.

A family friend owns medical evacuation jets and graciously left us one on stand-by all week, incase my grandfather got sick. I would have lost everything if it weren’t for this.

I am grateful. I am grateful I awoke with three fingers back in place with slight mobility. I am grateful for my thumb. I am grateful that I am alive and that I have my family. I am grateful it happened to me and not my cousin who now has an admirable football career. I am grateful for the perspective it gives me and the empathy for others that it provides.

Work done to preserve my hand:

  • Index finger removed after it had done a full rotation and was partially de-gloved (skin rolled half way off).
  • Muscle graft from my thigh to my hand.
  • Skin graft from my right forearm to my hand.
  • Vein graft from right forearm to hand.
  • Bone graft from left hip to hand.
  • General surgical wizardry.

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Check it out:

Couple weeks past (above). You can see where they took the skin and vein here.

Raaawwwrrr. I hope it’s not against Quora policy, but it’s my hand! Couple weeks past again. The skin from my forearm is covering the muscle from my leg there in that brain-looking blob.

About a year out and very similar to today. I hope I didn’t gross you out too much. Please, if you or someone you know has recently experienced something similar and wants to chat don’t hesitate to reach out. Stay safe everybody.

-by Lucas Howard

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I dunno if I’d call it scary after the fact, more enlightening, but I drowned when I was about 10 years old. Never shared this story on Reddit, and I’ve maybe told a small handful of people, but it’s what sort of cemented my beliefs on the afterlife, humans, astral projection, ect.

I was living at Helendale, CA, (Also known as Silver Lakes) at the time, which is known for it’s two big man-made lakes surrounding the city. These lakes, had little buoys to separate the swimming areas from the actually fishing parts of the lake, the “Deep end” from the shallow, and to top it off, had no hired supervision, no life guards, nothing.

This is the lake, and that little square dock floating out in the “deep end” was where all the BIG KIDS played “King of the Hill” or just hung around.

Now if you aren’t bored yet with all the story-building and setting the environment for you, here’s the actual story;

I wasn’t allowed on that floating dock, I wanted to just sit on the damn thing, and my mom would never let me go past the “Deep End” buoys, so the day my mom decided she’d let one of her… less responsible (Bad alcoholic) friends take me to the lake and watch me, I knew it was time to act.

We get there, and Gretchen (Mom’s Wino friend) already needs to go to the little market down the road to get something to drink (I wonder what.) and tells me to be careful and to not go into the deep end while she’s gone. Guess who booked it for the deep end when she left?

So there I was, full of excitement and energy making my way to the dock hoping I will finally achieve my goal, and what happens? The moment I go under the “Deep End” buoys and make it half way to the dock, my legs and arms get ice cold, sore, and lock up out of nowhere, and panic sets in.

At this point I’m now thrashing my arms as best as I can to just surface and get air all while screaming help as best as I can while spitting out this nasty lake water filling my mouth with every submerge. You ever get onto a roller coaster and then panic sets in and you regret it immediately the moment the arm bars come down, locking you in? Think that feeling, but intensely multiplied by a fraction only comparable to the irrational fear of a Cat cornered by a Hoover.

With each surfacing, gasping for air and crying for help, my limb strength diminished, and the sinking got longer and deeper. Eventually I just remember this cold and painful feeling in my chest and just blacking out as I watched the sun above the water get darker and darker.

Then what seemed immediately I saw this bright flash, and I was standing on the beach (Or water’s end, whatever you wanna call it at a lake) feeling what I could only recall “aloofness”, as in I was just woken up and was just sorta… there.

When I looked around I saw this huge mob of people surrounding something on the beach and just felt driven to see what would cause so many people to crowd around. As I made my way through the crowd of people I recall none of the people being different in any way (Just normal looking average people), and moving through the crowd I remember not touching anyone, as if they made room for me instinctually, but paying me no attention either.

When I finally got to the middle I saw it; it was me, and some girl kneeling over me putting her hands on my chest, and when I saw her push down I felt this burning heat in my chest, a bright flash of white in my eyes, and started coughing. When the light dissipated, and I could see, the girl was above me, and looking down asking if I could breathe.

I looked around and it was just us, me and the girl. She said she was sitting on her dock outside and saw me down the lake screaming for help so she swam as fast as she could. Apparently she grabbed me, put me on her shoulders/back, dragged me to the sand and started CPR immediately. It was about this time that Gretchen was conveniently returning, and made sure to take me to the store on the way home to buy me my favorite candy and soda to avoid telling mom about my “Accident”

To this day, I still don’t understand what to make of it, who the people were, and what happened in between, but it’s definitely shaped my beliefs on the afterlife and what exactly humans are outside these flesh vessels.

On a unrelated note/coincidence, the girl was actually my best friend’s sister, whom I had the longest crush on (She was like 16 at the time, I had a thing for older women apparently), so that definitely added to making it more memorable. I think for a solid month (At least) I reminded him every day that his sister “kissed” me.

-by Slanderson77

Check out the hidden bedrooms on board Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner

In March, Qantas will begin scheduled non-stop flights to London from its hub in Perth, Western Australia. The 17-hour-long, 9,008-mile flight is one of the longest in the world.

These flights are so long that pilots and flight attendants work on a rotating schedule, which means they need a place to sleep.Check out the hidden bedrooms on board Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner

Most modern wide-body airliners used for long-haul international flights are equipped with crew rest compartments.

To make this route possible, Australia’s national airline ordered a fleet of eight brand new Boeing 787-9s.

Recently, Business Insider got the chance to preview Qantas’ first new Boeing 787-9. As part of the tour, Qantas gave us access to the hidden crew rest compartments located above the main passenger cabin. Since these are areas of the aircraft that are strictly off-limits to the flying public, we simply couldn’t say no.

Here’s a closer look at the pilot and flight attendant crew rests on board the Boeing 787-9.


In October, Qantas took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. As part of the delivery ceremony, members of the media were allowed to tour the brand new jet.

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Here’s a look at the Dreamliner’s state-of-the-art glass cockpit. Turn around…

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… And you’ll see the hidden doorway to the pilot’s rest compartment. Since the Qantas Dreamliner does not have a first class cabin, the crew rest is located above the business class seats at the front of the plane.

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Climb up the stars and you’ll find…

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…. Sleeping quarters for two pilots. Even though the Dreamliner requires only two pilots, airlines usually fly with four on its long-haul international routes, the main crew, and a relief crew.

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Hidden at the rear of the Dreamliner’s cabin is the flight attendant’s crew rest. It’s located above the main cabin between the economy class section and the aft galley.

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Like the pilots’ compartment, you’ll need to climb up a narrow corridor.

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Once inside, you’ll find a cozy little compartment with room for six.

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Here’s a look down at the stairs from the inside the compartment.

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At the back of the compartment are three forward-facing facing beds.

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There’s also one bed on…

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…Each side of the compartment.

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At the front of the compartment is another bed.

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Since the Dreamliner is a smaller wide-body jet, its crew rests are not as spacious as larger aircraft such as the Boeing 777 or the Airbus A380.

The flight attendant crew rest on board a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

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Watch: Southwest Airline Passenger threatens to ‘kill everybody on this plane’

A woman was caught smoking on a flight from Portland to Sacramento on Saturday resulting in an in-flight freak-out and threats to “kill everyone on this plane” when she was escorted to law enforcement upon landing, Southwest Airlines confirmed.woman-threatens-to-kill-everyone-on-plane-12102017“We can confirm that a passenger was smoking in the during the flight,” A Southwest Airlines spokesperson said in a statement. “Our crew requested law enforcement meet the flight and they took over from there. Safety is always our top priority. We do not have additional comment.”

A passenger told KOIN 6 News the person was removed from the plane’s bathroom when people learned she was smoking. The witness then said the person removed an oxygen mask as she got “more uncontrollable.” Southwest Airlines did not confirm those details.

You can watch the video of the woman threatening to kill everyone on the plane in the video above.

Qatar Airways plane bursts into flames during maintenance

A fire broke out in the cabin of a Qatar Airways plane this week when it was parked for maintenance, pictures reported by the Aviation Herald have shown.

The Airbus A321-200 was being serviced for an the inflight entertainment system and satcom antenna when a “fire broke out in the cabin burning through the roof of the aircraft before the fire could be extinguished,” the report said.

“There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage and possibly needs to be written off,” it added, citing the airline.

The aircraft had last flown a few days ago, on Dec. 6, on a flight from Moscow to Doha.

HARASSMENT of ZAIRA Wasim(Dangal actress) On Plane I Crying I Needs support

Secret Superstar actress Zaira Wasim lately became the victim of sexual harassment in a flight. The 17-year-old actress shared her horrible experience on her Air Vistara Delhi to Mumbai flight in an Instagram Live video. While speaking about the incident, she broke down multiple times narrating her mid-air ordeal. Reportedly, the man in question was caressing her neck while she was asleep. She tried to record his misdeed but due to dim lights, she wasn’t able to do so.

Right after deboarding the flight, she took to Instagram to narrate her terrible experience in a Live video. She is heard saying, “This is not done, I am disturbed”. She spoke in a broken voice while wiping away her tears. She added, “Is this how you’re going to take care of girls?”.

Zaira Wasim managed to get a screenshot of the man’s activities on the flight to some extent. In one of the pictures she shared, the man is seen sticking his leg trying to touch her inappropriately.

She shared her ordeal in a video and a series of pictures.

India Tv - She tried to record it but failed to do so due to dim lighting

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The actress called out to the cabin crew for help but for no use. In the video, she also expressed disappointment with crew members of Air Vistara’s Delhi to Mumbai flight.

Why We Call Airline Pilots “Pilots” Why Not Drivers ?

The term “drive” refers to driving horses, mules or oxen. Drive meaning to push forward the animal. In the days of horse drawn cariages, the driver would be in charge of the vehicle. A car is a horseless carrage and so borrowed from the horse terminology.

The trem “pilot” means to guide direction. We had pilots prior to air travel, for example a boat or ship may have a pilot. A ship pilot is in charge of plotting the course and navigation decisions. A ship coming into a harbour will take on a harbour pilot to guide the ship into port.

Since aircraft were never htiched up to a horse, it would have been odd to use the word “driver” to refer to the operator. An aircraft pilot does do the job of navigating. In addition, the first aircraft were not fixed wing planes, but balloons and airships. The airship crews borrowed much of their terminology and methods of operation from ships.

In some early media, aircraft crews are refered to a “aeronauts” in a similar way as we today talk anout astronauts in space. The word “aeronautic” is still commonly used to refer to things related to flight.

Thus we drive a car, truck, carrage or herd of animals but we pilot a plane, boat, ship or spacecraft.Why We Call Pilots “Pilots” Why Not Drivers

 Pilots and Bus Drivers, have similar, but very different jobs. They both have to think on their feats, they both must have a very clean appearance and both, sometime work long hours. Some people, will even call a pilot, a glorified bus driver, which may offend pilots, but as a bus driver myself, it do not bother me. I learn that there are a good amount of bus drivers, do like planes ( me being one of them ).

Now pilots, are considered a white collared job, where you need at least BA college degree, and for an major airline, you must a have pilot license with multi engines endorsements. To drive a bus here in the states, you need a class B CDL ( I have a Class A ) and a passenger endorsement, and it considered a blue collared job.

Both of their equipments, are similar but very different. If you look at the lay out of an airliner, it based on a bus layout, even the worlds current largest aircraft manufacturer, is named Airbus industries. Now an airliner, is likely the most complex thing made by man.

Now the beauty that I see, in be a bus driver, is that I tell people, that I operate a vehicle, that design like a plane, but stay on the ground like ship. I even joke a call my self a ground pilot.

So, could you compare and contrast these to jobs?

Real life Transformers? Plans to build hybrid helicopter-plane to change aviation FOREVER

AIR travel could be changed forever if plans to build a helicopter-plane hybrid get off the ground.

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INFLUENCE: The Ka-90 is similar in design to the American V22 OspreyThe Russian-built Ka-90 will theoretically take off and land like a copter but cruise as an aeroplane.

The craft was first presented at the 2008 HeliRussia international exhibition in Moscow.

It will reportedly use a shortened helicopter rotor for take-off and landing.

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It will theoretically take off like a chopper and cruise like an aeroplane“We expect that development will soon reach a more practical stage, outlining a preliminary design”

Head of the Russian Kamov Development Design Bureau, Oleg ZheltovWhen it reaches 250mph a jet engine turns on and its rotor folds on the back of the aircraft.

It is expected to reach speeds of 430-500mph in “airplane mode”.

Head of the Russian Kamov Development Design Bureau, Oleg Zheltov, told Sputnik: “This work is under way.

“We expect that development will soon reach a more practical stage, outlining a preliminary design.”

Researchers are now designing potential models and carrying out tests in wind tunnels.

The concept was originally proposed during the Cold War in 1985 but shelved after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

It is similar to the SAS’s £43 million heli-plane nicknamed the “Transformer”.

The V22 Osprey – built by the US military – is twice as fast as the unit’s current flee of transport helicopter, has a top speed of 360mph and can carry at least 24 fully-equipped personnel.

Last month, Daily Star Online revealed the Boom jet – an airliner that will take passengers from New York to London in just three hours and 15 minutes.

The company is in talks with another 20 carriers, with that number tipped to swell after it featured at the Dubai Airshow.

The Boom passenger plane will hold 55 passengers, with a mini version of the jet – called Boom XB-1 – set for its debut test flight by the end of 2018.