Revealed, the secret travel tips that airlines don’t want you to know

  • Experts offer little-known tips and tricks to ensure successful travel
  • Consider controversial ‘hidden city’ ticketing to secure a cheaper fare
  • Make sure you fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays 
  • Delays of more than three hours could result in a payout from airlines

Whether you’ve experienced that last-minute, several-hour flight delay or the unfortunate experience of an airline losing your baggage, almost all frequent flyers can tell their fair share of holiday horror stories.

 

But, as it turns out, there are ways to ensure that your air travel experience is as seamless as can be expected… despite what the airlines want you to think.

We’ve talked to the experts to ascertain the most important money and time saving hacks to get you flying like a pro. 

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Air travel horror stories are common, but there are several little-known time and money-saving tips to help

Try 'hidden city' ticketing: buying a cheaper airline ticket for a flight that has a layover at your destination 


1. Consider ‘hidden city’ ticketing for serious savings

This is the idea of buying a cheaper airline ticket for a flight to anywhere that has a layover at your actual destination.

It’s clearly a controversial travel trick, however. When a New York City man developed a website, Skiplagged.com, last year, which helped travellers find cheaper flights through this style of ticketing, both United Airlines and Orbitz filed a civil lawsuit.

It’s also important to note that this strategy only works if you book a one-way flight, have no checked bags, and happen to be heading to a destination that is not a regional airline hub.

The idea involves booking a flight with a stop-off and not taking the second leg of the journey. For example, if you want to fly from Miami to New York, it could be cheaper to book a flight to Toronto with a change in New York, then just abandon the second part of the journey. The same applies around the world.

Flight schedule changed at the last minute without warning? It turns out that full refunds may be possible

2. Full refunds on flights are possible to redeem

Have you ever booked a flight months in advance, only to have your flight schedule changed just weeks ahead of your trip?

As it turns out, when an airline does that, most are obligated to re-book customers on new flights without any additional fees – and if they newly proposed travel times aren’t acceptable, travellers just may be eligible for a full refund.

Keep in mind, however, that you will likely wind up paying more anyway since fares tend to go up closer to departure meaning that your full refund may not cover the cost of a replacement flight.

In the US, it's been ruled that there may not be 'arbitrary limits' placed on compensation for lost checked bags

3. Compensation owed on delayed bags may be greater than you think

In the United States, the Department of Transportation issued a directive to all airlines stating that in the event of lost checked bags – and also delayed bags – that there cannot be ‘arbitrary limits’ placed on monetary compensation.

Essentially, this means that while often airlines offer very little in compensation (if any) for delayed bags, or simply hand out a future travel voucher or frequent flyer miles, the maximum liability that you can claimed may actually be as high as $3,300.

However, this particular number does only apply for domestic US travel and the limits on international travel are often less.

Want some space to stretch out and relax? Book a flight on days when airlines have more seats available

4. Flight delays could offer a major payout

It’s not just American passengers who benefit from compensation. In the EU, you are entitled to a pay-out if your flight is delayed by more than three hours on arrival – if it was the airline’s fault.

On a short flight, the amount payable is €250 (about £200) per person; on a mid-length flight, it’s €400pp (around £320); and on a long-haul flight, it’s between €300 and €600pp (about £240 to £480), depending on the length of the delay.

And don’t feel obligated to accept vouchers, you’re entitled to the cash, according to EC Regulation 261/2004.

These rules apply to all flights made from airports in the EU irrespective of the airline, and flights made to EU airports on EU airlines. The rules also cover flights from/to Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, even though these countries aren’t in the EU. 

But if the disruption was outside of the airline’s control, such as bad weather, air traffic control problems or staff strikes, it doesn’t have to pay out.

If airlines cannot get you to your destination in a timely manner, they may owe you the fare - and then some!

The U.S. Department of Transportation has a similar rule. If the airline gets you to your destination late – between one and two hours of your scheduled arrival on a domestic flight or between one and four hours on an international trip – you may be owed a compensation of 200 per cent of the one-way fare to your destination.

If the airline can’t meet those time requirements, it owes you 400 per cent of the fare – which could be as high as $1,300.

And if your carrier opts to book you an alternate route on a different airline, the original must still cover all expenses and extras that the new airline may levy.

5. Fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

Recent research from Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) has found that it’s best to buy tickets on a Tuesday – and ideally, more than 21 days in advance – to take advantage of the best possible rates.

But that doesn’t mean those are the best days to take to the skies, according to USA Today‘s Rick Seaney.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays tend to be the days when airlines have a greater surplus of seats available – likely because they are the least convenient days when it comes to accommodating work schedules and weekend getaways – and so, offer the cheapest fares.

In the United States, after three hours of Tarmac delays, you can disembark the plane

6. After three hours of Tarmac delays, you CAN get off the plane

At least in the United States! The Department of Transport mandates that during a lengthy Tarmac delay in the U.S. (arrival or departure), an airline cannot keep passengers on a plane for more than three hours on a domestic flight or four hours on an international flight without allowing you to disembark.

After two-hour delays, airlines also must provide you with food and water, provide regular 30-minute updates. So even if you are just connecting through the US, this applies to you.

In the UK or the EU, however, no equivalent rule exists. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, while there is not a specific length of time that airlines can keep passengers on a parked aircraft during a delay, it is expected that ‘all operators abide by the regulations that are in place regarding delayed flights and ensure a suitable level of welfare is maintained.’

And all of this, of course, is subject to security and safety considerations.

Take advantage of the fact that some websites allow you to switch the date of your flight without paying more

7. Save hundreds by ‘booking the wrong date’

‘EasyJet’s Flexifares let you switch the date of your flight by a few weeks, without paying more, Steve Nowottny, consumer and features editor at MoneySavingExpert explains.

‘This offers a sneaky way for you to bag peak-time flights for less.

‘For example, you can buy cheap flights during in-term time, then swap for your chosen school holiday date.

Of course, it’s not fool proof – and you’ll need to be careful that the dates will line up correctly to such a plan – but Nowottny insists that some travellers have saved serious amounts using this little-known trick.

Experts also recommend checking out 'code-sharing' to find cheaper bookings between two partner airlines

8. Code-share and always check for cheap seats

There are plenty of ways to ensure the cheapest possible fare on the flight of your dreams.

‘Sometimes, two or more airlines sell the same flights and booking via one partner is cheaper,’ Nowottny tells MailOnline Travel.

‘For example, a United flight from Birmingham to New York can be cheaper via Lufthansa. This can be a good way of flying with well-known airlines for less.’

The MoneySavingExpert editor also recommends checking how many cheap seats are left on a flight if you’re thinking of booking, but not quite ready to commit just yet.

‘Many airlines let you book seats for up to about nine passengers, so pretend to make the booking for more seats than you need,’ he says.

‘If the cheap fare’s still available for nine seats, then you’ve got breathing space. If the fare shoots up after three, four or five seats, you’ll need to grab it as soon as possible.’

It's also recommended to use a credit card for your booking whenever possible and to keep all documents

Although plenty of airlines offer incentive for completing a booking on your debit card, it may be wise to pay via credit card instead.

Bob Atkinson, travel expert at TravelSupermarket advises always paying at least £100 of your travel purchase by credit card to give you financial protection in the event of anything going wrong.

If that’s not possible, using a debit card is still preferable to paying with cash, cheque or bank transfer.

10. Keep all tickets, receipts and any other documentation 

To make any sort of successful claim, you’ll need to have kept all travel receipts, tickets and any other relevant documents.

Atkinson also recommends writing your experience down while it’s still fresh in your mind.

‘Jot down as many details as possible at the time of your delay so you don’t forget any key facts,’ he tells MailOnline Travel.

Former flight attendant: Not only do pilots hook up with the attendants but also passengers frequently

Last week, we received a huge response from readers when we posed the question of whether or not pilots hop in bed with flight attendants regularly while flying together. My friend, Pilot Mike said he’d never really witnessed it, but many of you replied and said otherwise. Let’s look at some of your responses.

Yes, they do hook up:

Abacaxi: As a former flight attendant who recently resigned: Yes, they do hook up with flight attendants frequently. I can’t believe he said he has never seen it. Not only do pilots hook up with the attendants but also passengers they meet on the flights, random women at bars hotels etc. Same goes for flight attendants, quite a lot of whom have multiple guys they see in different places. We were warned in training how often this happens and that in smaller companies, assume everyone will know about it. Its a stressful lifestyle and a lonely one, prone to a lot of drinking on layovers. Also, it seemed like most of the pilots who were married- were actively cheating or trying to cheat on their wives. I learned that one airline, the pilots wives came together to pressure the company into booking different hotels for Attendants and pilots to avoid this.

MisterHippity: My brother is an airline captain and I spent a lot of time hanging out with professional pilots, and this has been been my impression. I shared an apartment with him and partied with his pilot buddies, and I can testify that these guys and flight attendants hook up all the time. As a general rule, they all liked to drink and have sex, a lot.

astrongcupofjoel: An ex got a job as a flight attendant for Delta about two years back. Said pilots and flight attendants were hitting on each other pretty openly. Most of the people she worked with were pretty old and we thought it kinda funny that so many of them partied so hard and sexed it up so much. Once while on the phone after one of her flights, I overheard her saying goodbye to the other attendants and pilots and one of the pilots told her to come to his room later for a drink. Sounded pretty out in the open to me…

VTECkickedinBRO: I’m betting the male/male flight attendant/pilot hookups happen waaaaaaaaaay more than the male/female hookups do.

kingcaii: I had a co-worker who became a good friend of mine. Her (now ex-) husband was a commercial pilot for a major company. She came to find out that he cheated on her, many times, with one of the flight attendants that flew with him. It was like a fictional story— when he and the FA in question landed anywhere except their home port of SeaTac, WA, they acted like they were a couple. Even in the airport. One of my co-worker’s friends happened to be at one of those other airports and informed her. So…. yeah, it happens.

Jesus Diaz: There’s plenty of pilots and flight attendants hooking up for both long term relationships and one-night stands in Iberia airlines. I’m told (by pilots) it’s the same for any other airline in Europe. There are also cases of pilots having double lives and two families (in Spain and in Miami or Cuba or some South American country) back in the days when the flight crews had to stay at their destinations for a few days. Neither family knew about each other.

toecutter: My mom worked housekeeping at an airport motel. A lot of pilots and flight attendants stayed there. She said it was like a Roman orgy.

J-box25: I worked as a driver for a Hilton hotel for a few years and let me tell u they definitely hook up lol. We would pick up the flight crews and bring them to the hotel. They are like kids on a school bus once the plane lands.

Flight attendants from various airlines at the Boeing 737 dedication. [Getty]

You said they also hook up with other strangers:

sorbo1980: They don’t hook up with the crew; they hook up with the hotel staff (usually a bartender or waiter) where they’re staying. Also, tends to happen with airlines with younger staffs. I write from experience.

TheTroof: You should have asked how often they have random hook-ups and one night stands during their overnight stays in different cities. If you live near a big airport, just troll the nearby hotel lobby bars, or local watering holes, and trust me…you’ve got a pretty good chance of banging a flight attendant that night LOL. 😉

TaterNutsAnon: In university I was in a crappy bar one night with a friend. Next table over was 4 flight attendants and a pilot. All in their uniforms and getting very drunk. We ended up joining our tables together and getting absolutely wrecked. I was looking to head back to the hotel with 1 (or 2! [Ahhh, youth]) of the ladies when the pilot suggested, why don’t we move this back to the hotel, I got upgraded to a room with a king bed and a Jacuzzi. The girls seemed interested, but it was just too weird for me. My buddy went with them, and passed out in the cab on the way to their hotel. They left him in the cab.

Reborn Pyrrhic: From personal experience I find that most of the hooking up by the flight crews is done with strangers over Craigslist.

TSZ2788: So some of these people are practically like pirates. Where every port they went to they had a girl to f**k with.

They may hook up, but it’s a bad idea:

Tony: Because you have to work with that person again. And it’s awkward if everyone knows you did the nasty and is trying not to comment on it and you’re trying to pretend that nothing happened. Just because it’s an office at 35,000 feet doesn’t mean it’s not an office!

gla2yyz: In my experience flying as a passenger on US regional carriers, hooking up with a member of the cabin crew wouldn’t be something to brag about. I’m sure they’re all lovely people who most definitely work in very challenging conditions but the photo above isn’t EXACTLY representative of who will be serving you pretzels and a thimble of Sprite on your typical Colgan or Comair flight.

Diesel: I saw a documentary about a pilot hooking up with his stewardess. It didn’t end well for either of them.

By the time most flight crews are done for the day, they’re too tired to have much fun. [pic by Sebastian Oliva on Flickr / Creative Commons commercial license]

These people are full of it:

LeeTunnell: As a pilot for one of the largest US airlines (probably the most hated too) Here is my version..Maybe I’m jaded from the years….Hookups…Ha Have you seem most crews walking around? That would make for the worst porn movie in the world. Here is what it would happen. Old pilot tells tales of his flying stories or high school football days “Glory Days” and flight attendant shows pictures of her cats. Then they fall asleep at 7 pm. I guess between our cat loving grandmas in the back and the grumpy old farts up front I don’t think much is happening but hey you never know throw a long layover in there with some booze.

colorfulyawn: Maybe I’m naive, but I expect flight attendants and pilots to behave in a professional and respectful manner toward each other, and would be surprised if the salacious cliches were true about them “hooking up” with each other.

figbash > colorfulyawn: You’re not really that naive. Most pilots and flight attendants are too damn tired when they reach their destinations to do any major hooking up, and even if they had the energy, they usually don’t want to hook up with the people they work with. They want sleep, not a roll in the hay.

Thanks to everyone who responded with anecdotes, either first-hand of from acquaintances. As you can see, there’s not a general rule here — but the lifestyle makes it possible to have frequent non-committal encounters, if you’re into that sort of thing.

 

Day In The Life: What It’s Like To Be A Female Pilot At 40,000 Feet

Michelle Knoll likes to think her “office” has the best view in the world.

From her window, she sees the ruins of Rome, or some days, the Northern Lights.

Knoll, 44, is a corporate pilot and her Fortune 500 company’s first female captain. For six years, she has privately flown the company’s executives domestically and internationally to hours- or days-long business meetings.

It takes a certain kind of personality to do Knoll’s job. She has a thick skin (as a woman in a male-dominated industry) and she loves the novelty of constant travel: “The way I’m made, I really crave for things to be different. I like the unfamiliarity. I adapt well to change.”

Here’s is a snapshot of a recent day in the sky:

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Prep Time

In preparation for a 10:00 a.m. flight from New York to Charleston, S.C. and a four-day trip, Knoll spends the evening before in her Jersey City, N.J. apartment, packing her suitcase and work materials (including her flight crew credentials and her pilot and medical licenses) and reviewing her flight and fuel plan and route options.

Being a pilot is a “24-hour-a-day job,” says Knoll, so sleep is important — getting eight hours per night helps her body adjust to time changes and long periods of sitting.

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Off To Work

Knoll wakes up to her iPhone alarm at 5 a.m. and gets into her typical gray suit and Brooks Brothers white collared shirt (just like the guys she works with). To compensate for a rather sedentary job, she eats light: breakfast is fruit and granola.

It’s New York and there’s always traffic, so Knoll pulls out of her driveway at 6:30 a.m. to arrive at the company’s hangar by 8:00. She spends two hours “pre-flighting” the aircraft (which includes testing equipment and reviewing maintenance performed) alongside her second pilot and one flight attendant and the dispatch, line and maintenance crews. She personally welcomes her passengers (usually anywhere from one to 12 businesspeople), briefing them on the weather, time en route and expected turbulence.

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Up In The Air

During climb and descent, to and from 10,000 feet, Knoll and the other pilot observe “sterile cockpit,” when all conversation is flight-related. During cruise (usually above 40,000 feet), the plane is set to autopilot, allowing for personal interaction.

“You get to know people very well when you sit with them in the cockpit for hours and hours on end,” Knoll says. “You become sort of a family.”

Knoll’s co-pilots are usually male — currently just three of 16 pilots in Knoll’s company are female. Overall, only 6% of commercial pilots are women.

In fact, people “all the time” assume Knoll is the flight attendant, particularly when traveling into countries less accustomed to seeing a women in such a role. One time, an on-site crew repeatedly directed all questions to Knoll’s male co-pilot, despite the fact that her co-pilot repeatedly deferred, saying, “She’s the captain. She’s the captain,” Knoll recalls.

But women make great pilots, according to Knoll, because women are natural multitaskers. And encouragingly, more scholarships and flight-instruction internships are being offered by groups like Women in Aviation, opening up the field to a wider group of women.

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You Should Never Post Online or Throw Away Your Airport Boarding Pass. Here’s Why

uring our flight, we need to take good care of our passports and boarding pass as these are among the most important things that we will need upon boarding. And while we consider a boarding pass an important component of our sojourn, we treat this piece of paper differently. Some people are so excited about the travel that they take pictures of their boarding pass and post in online. There are also some people who throw the boarding pass away while others leave it on their seats.

A boarding pass is just a piece of card that contains the name of the passenger, flight number, destination, seat number, and gate number so after the flight, most people think that throwing it anywhere, misplacing it, or even taking pictures of it is harmless.

But did you know that a boarding pass must be taken care of even after boarding? Winston Krone, a forensic expert, explained that a boarding pass has a bar code that contains the passenger’s personal information such as the name, home address, email address, and contact number. As such, a hacker can easily gain access to your personal information as well as financial details.

You might be wondering how your personal information can be seen in a boarding pass. This is how it happens. Once the bar code in the boarding pass is placed in a bar code reader, all the passenger’s information contained in that bar code is revealed; and this precious information is can be used by hackers or thieves.

Make sure that you keep your boarding pass safe before, during, and after the flight, and that you tear it down to pieces before throwing it away so nobody can gain access to the bar code.

It’s also safer not to take pictures and post online photos of your boarding pass. With the advanced technology that we have today, you can never be too sure. Who knows, your personal information may be acquired with a few swipes and a few clicks. For more detailed information, please watch the video.

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7 Famous Women You Never Knew Were Flight Attendants

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1. Carole Elizabeth Middleton (née Goldsmith; born 31 January 1955) is a former flight attendant turned businesswoman, and mother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and her siblings, Philippa “Pippa” Middleton, Charlotte Middleton and James William Middleton.

Middleton`s first grandchild, Prince George of Cambridge is third in the line of succession to the British throne, while Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, her second grandchild is now forth in line to succeed to the British throne.
During her flight attendant career she worked for British Airways, where she met her husband, Michael Francis Middleton.

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2. Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Putina (née Shkrebneva; born 6 January 1958) is a former flight attendant and the ex-wife of the Russian President and former Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. She was educated as a linguist. She graduated from the branch of Spanish language and philology at the Department of Philology of Leningrad State University, but in her early years she worked as a flight attendant for the Kaliningrad branch of Aeroflot.

 

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3. Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (born 4 October 1942) is a former Member of the Icelandic Parliament (1978-2013), as well as the longest serving MP in the countries parliament history. She served as Iceland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security for two terms. On 1st of February 2009 she became Iceland’s first female Prime Minister and the world’s first openly lesbian head of government.In her early years, after graduating from the Commercial College of Iceland she worked as a flight attendant with Loftleiðir (a predecessor of Icelandair).

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4. Queen Silvia of Sweden (born Silvia Renate Sommerlath on 23 December 1943) is the spouse of King Carl XVI Gustaf, mother of the heir apparent to the throne, Crown Princess Victoria. In 2011, Silvia became the longest serving queen of Sweden. She is a trained interpreter, speaking 6 languages, and although born in a wealthy family, she used to work as a flight attendant and an interpreter. It was during the 1972 while working as an educational host during the Summer Olympics in Munich that she met her husband, then Crown Prince Carl Gustaf.

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5. Kristen Mary “Kris” Jenner (née Houghton, formerly Kardashian; born November 5, 1955) is an American television personality who rose to fame for starring in the reality television series Keeping up with the Kardashians (2007–present).

Jenner has been married twice, first to lawyer Robert Kardashian and later to television personality and retired Olympic champion Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn). She has four children with Kardashian (Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Robert) and two with Jenner (Kendall, and Kylie Jenner). She worked as a flight attendant for a year in 1976.

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6. Kate Linder (born November 2, 1947) is an American actress, best known for her role as Esther Valentine on The Young and the Restless, which she has played since 1982. She was born in Pasadena, California. After graduating with a BA in theater arts from San Francisco State University she began working as a flight attendant for Transamerica Airlines. In addition to her work in The Young and Restless, she is also a flight attendant for United Airlines.

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7. Hajah Mariam, the ex-wife of the Sultan of Brunei. Born Mariam Bell, she was working as a flight attendant with Royal Brunei Airlines when the richest man in the world fell in love with her. Half Bruneian, a quarter Japanese and a quarter English, she captivated him with her exotic looks and slender figure. In 1982 she became the second wife of the Sultan. They had 4 children together, and after 21 years of marriage, they divorced in 2003. Their divorce was one of the most expensive divorces in history.

 

Annoying Mistakes People Make at the Airport

it’s no secret that air travel has lost some of its glamour over the years. We might be able to attribute these changes to increased security procedures, more people traveling, or simply lack of common sense, but one thing is certain: people seem to do the darnedest things when they step into an airport. Study this list and don’t get caught being one of these travelers.

1. Oops, my passport is about to expire.
Traveling abroad comes with a few additional considerations to remember. Almost all countries require that there be at least six months of remaining validity on the passport, and some (like South Africa) tack on stipulations that there need to be at least two consecutive blank pages. Airlines also have to verify information before boarding for countries that require visas. Many a passenger has been left stranded and crying at the gate because they overlooked these rules. Airlines are held accountable and fined heavily if they let a passenger travel without proper documentation, so save your sob stories—they will not sway even the kindest of gate agents.

2. Losing track of time
It’s easy to be distracted by dazzling duty-free shopping, the lengthy bar menu, or airline lounges with comfy seats and buffet spreads. But don’t forget that when traveling across time zones, you need to be sure to keep track of local time (your watch may not always be right). Keep in mind that airlines close the door 15-20 minutes before the actual departure time to properly prepare the needed paperwork and weight and balance information. Gate agents do have a term for late-arriving passengers from connecting flights—”runners”—and they watch for them when the clock starts ticking. It’s never fun to be that last sweaty person to board after running through the terminal.

3. Not planning for baggage fees
Unless you are flying Southwest Airlines or are headed abroad, chances are you will have to pay for checked luggage. Despite this surcharge being around for more than a decade, many travelers still arrive dazed and confused when asked to pay for a bag. Study your airline’s baggage policy (not all are created equally), and beware weight and size limitations. There are ways around the extra fees: get a credit card that offers free checked bags or earn status with a frequent flier program. Often, free bags are extended to those traveling with an elite member, too. Of course, you can always fly first class, but even then, some airlines have adjusted checked bag policies (American recently reduced the checked bag limits from three to two for most first-class passengers).

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4. Thinking that an airline will never lose your luggage
Let’s hope it doesn’t happen—but there’s always a chance it will, and if it does, you will be glad you planned ahead. Place your phone number and address inside the bag for an airline to easily contact you. Also, place a colorful ribbon or identifiable tag on your bag to prevent it from being mistakenly snatched by someone else in a hurry. I have seen several passengers rush back to the gate embarrassed after grabbing the wrong bag. Carry a change of clothing in hand baggage, and always keep valuables and needed medication with you.

5. Thinking TSA Pre-Check is always faster
Pre-Check is one of the best things to happen to frequent travelers recently. But, experienced fliers are used to seeing novices using the line (mostly because of managed inclusion programs that randomly send passengers to the expedited line). You don’t need to remove shoes and electronics if in the expedited line (yet some people still do). And for heaven’s sake, sign up for Pre-Check so you, too, can usually have faster screening.

6. Being in your own little world
We’ve all seen them: travelers aimlessly walking through the airport with headphones on or texting with heads down. You are not the only person in the airport, so be courteous to those around you; it’s not possible to hear a beeping airport cart or someone trying to pass by with headphones on at full blast. Your fellow travelers will also thank you for not standing in the middle of the moving walkway or escalator when people are trying to pass. Don’t be that guy!

7. Rushing—even if you’re in a rush
You’re standing there, barefoot, with your belt off and personal toiletries exposed. But, don’t let security people or other passengers make you feel rushed. It’s so easy to forget something in the mad dash, like say a laptop or wallet. Tape a business card to electronic devices as a backup. I once left my laptop at security because a screening agent was barking at people to move along. When I realized my mistake later, TSA would not return it until I gave specific details of what was on my computer. It’s a good thing I had plenty of time.

8. Not booking a connecting flights on the same ticket
Savvy travelers can sometimes skirt higher fares by buying two separate tickets between cities or connecting from one airline to another. While it’s a great idea in theory, it can lead to mishap if checking bags or not allowing enough time to change planes. If you’re not traveling on the same itinerary throughout your trip, airlines are not liable for missed connections or delayed travel. And don’t forget: sometimes you have to clear security a second time between flights.

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9. Wasting time in line
These days, airline social media teams are an excellent resource when it comes to travel interruptions. Connect with them online while waiting in line or calling the 1-800 number. You are likely to get a faster solution and friendlier service than the exhausted airline employee dealing with grumpy fliers at the airport. If you have access to an airline lounge, don’t forget agents can assist you there, and lines are much shorter. It may even be worth paying for a day pass for expedited service and a cocktail or two while you wait.

10. Not checking and double checking
A hard and fast rule I have learned over the years is to double check everything. Just because the gate agent said your connecting gate is B6 does not mean it has not changed. Just because an airline ticket agent says the flight is full and no room to standby, does not mean that other passengers might be late, opening up seats. Just because someone says you cannot get a free hotel room due to an overnight flight delay does not mean that said person was misinformed or unclear on the rules. Never pester and always be polite, but just because someone says something is so, does not always mean it is so. At airports, it seems people are more eager to tell you something to move you along rather than to genuinely be right.

The Worst Passenger Award Goes To…Vote

WHO SHOULD BE IN THE PASSENGER HALL OF SHAME? TAKE OUR POLL (BOTTOM OF PAGE)

Most appreciate the courtesies afforded by the “customer is always right” policy that may have worked well in the 1950’s. However, today there are some who view this golden-rule as a pass to be totally obnoxious or an excuse throw an all out temper tantrum in an effort to garner attention, get free money or just for the mere sport of being ridiculous.

As you know, you don’t have to be a celebrity to be a Passenger of Shame, but you may be labeled a POS around the world by the time the plane lands. Take a look at our list and help us choose the next POS by taking our poll at the bottom of the article.

JUSTIN ROSS LEE

Threats JRL made to a flight attendant on his return from China - It’s a matter of taste” A very typical JRL photo
Threats JRL made to a flight attendant on his return from China – It’s a matter of taste” A very typical JRL photo

“Enjoying strong ‘head’winds”
Justin Ross Lee

Justin Ross Lee, the same person who terrorizes passengers and crew with his obnoxiously staged inflight photos, recently threatened a flight attendant on social media after she forced him to check an oversized carry-on bag. He insinuated that the flight attendant was simply acting out of jealousy towards his big-bosomed travel companion. From taking mile-high photos in the lav to wreaking havoc on flights, many flight crew credit Justin Ross Lee as setting the standard for travel-trash no matter how fabulous he thinks he is.

KATE MOSSKATE MOSS

“You’re a basic-bitch”
Kate Moss

We don’t necessarily dislike Kate Moss, but had to mention her since she introduced us to the term “basic bitch” which she called an EasyJet pilot who became involved in her all-out effort to get a swig from her own vodka bottle she had tucked in her carry-on. Ms. Moss was not arrested, but was shown the planes door on her “almost” flight to London’s Luton Airport from Turkey, according to an article in The Guardian. This “basic bitch” scandal was uncovered by Jezebel and has taken name calling up a notch in our honest opinion although we prefer it not be used on our airline crew peeps!

To be fair, we hear that Ms. Moss really did not make a scene and only called the pilot a “basic bitch” as she was being escorted off the plane.

TAHERA AHMADTAHERA AHMAD

“I don’t want Diet Coke, I want Coke Zero!”
Tahera Ahmad

She accused a flight attendant of discriminating against her for not providing a full can of Coke Zero as well as describing an inappropriate statement she claims the flight attendant made. She caused an international stir and also learned that when you put something out on social media, there is a chance it may get jet-blasted back in your face. Facts later surfaced, which were brought together in a Savvy Stews article, that what she claimed was discrimination had more to do with her not getting her drink request honored.

JENNY LAUREN (NIECE OF RALPH LAUREN)JENNY LAUREN

“F-cking ugly, fat, blonde bitch”
Jenny Lauren

A flight attendants, who found jewelry designer Jenny Lauren having trouble with the recline feature of  her business class seat, asked her if everything was okay. After some further exchange, Ms. Lauren proceeded to tell the flight attendant to “get the f–k out of her face”. Ms. Lauren then called her a “f–king ugly blond bitch” and her co-worker “a blonde, fat, unhappy witch”. Guess Jenny Lauren doesn’t prefer blonds. The plane landed in Shannon, Ireland where Ms. Lauren was taken off. The cost of the diversion to Delta, over $40,000, plus the cost and inconvenience to the other 200passengers on board.

Although the Delta flight attendants were abused on the flight by the ranting and over-medicated Lauren— Delta’s lawyers did not show up for the hearing in Shannon and no lifetime ban was requested by the airline.

CONRAD HILTONCONRAD HILTON

“You’re all f-cking peasants”
Conrad Hilton

After calling passengers and crew “f—ing peasants” on his last British Airways flight, Conrad Hilton won’t be jetting back to London to attend the upcoming Kensington Palace wedding of his sister Nicky by any means of flight, commercial, private or even flying carpet. His “Hole-y” Hilton, after repeatedly entering the lavatory to smokemarijuana, ended up throwing punches at both a male and female flight attendant and threatening to “f—ing kill” one of them. The attendants were told by the cockpit to restrain him while he was sleeping, but he woke up with no free hand to press the snooze button! The Judge has refused to allow him to leave the US as part of his probation following his plea deal.

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Airport forced to paint over ‘penis’ sign ahead of Putin visit

AIRPORT signs can often be confusing for travellers, especially if you don’t speak the local language.

That wasn’t the case with a new sign at the international airport in the city of Volgograd in southwestern Russia — everyone got the joke.

The huge mural featured the words “to fly” in Russian. But passengers started sniggering as soon as it was unveiled — because the squiggle surrounding the letters created an unfortunate resemblance to a penis.

The airport opened on August 10 and the sign was soon dubbed “the friendly penis” by travellers.

Lost in translation — the mural at Volgograd's airport.

Lost in translation — the mural at Volgograd’s airport.Source:australscope

Airport officials initially insisted that they would be sticking with the mural, which was on display in the airport’s new Terminal C.
Spokeswoman Tatiana Fomicheva said: “Despite all the fuss, nobody is going to be painting over the drawing.
“This is an element of the corporate identity of the design company, Hugo Chavez, which designed the new terminal.
“The picture causes positive emotions to people and creates a friendly atmosphere in the arrival-departure hall. It is particularly important for those people who are afraid to fly.”
Pictures of the mural have gone viral on social media and local internet forums where they have prompted much hilarity, as well as debate on the mural’s artistic merits.

Netizen “Volodya” commented: “Well, you know, guys, I am not afraid to fly anymore — thanks to the friendly penis!”
Volgograd is famous for its resistance during the Battle of Stalingrad — often regarded as the largest and bloodiest battle of all time — in World War II.
But Pravda.ru has now reported the mural is no more and has been “corrected” ahead of the arrival of President Vladimir Putin, who is attending a meeting in the area.

‘British Airways’ Flight Attendants striptease: Video of raunchy pair in bath becomes viral hit

Eight-minute tape shows one air hostess sliding off her uniform to reveal her underwear as the other rubs her down in the bath

A raunchy striptease video made by two women purporting to be British Airways stewardesses has become an internet sensation.

The wet and wild tape begins with the two blondes getting into a bath in their full uniforms before one showers the other down.

Giggling and laughing, the naughty air hostesses then decided to ramp up the action.

One hitches up the other’s skirt to reveal a pair of sexy suspenders, then rubs soaps ALL over her body.

The star of the show then proceeds to strip to her underwear, sliding off her skirt and blouse with a little help from her female accomplice.

Perhaps aware their antics are pushing the boundaries, the pair return to the more mundane activity of washing hair until the cameraman (or woman) decides to call it a day.

The eight-minute video, entitled Sexy Two Air Hostesses in Uniform has no words just music, but has been viewed more than 115,000 times on YouTube.

But it might be time for the protagonists to hit the runway, as their employees have failed to see the funny side.

A British Airways spokesman said: “We’re aware of the video. Investigations continue to establish their identity.”

 

The World’s 10 Hottest Flight Attendant Selfies

There is something about flying that feels almost magical. Everything about the experience works together to provide this sort of surreal feeling. Being up among the clouds and secluded from the world, we rely on the cabin crew for essentially everything. The pilots and flight attendants are our keepers for those hours in the sky. And for some reason, flight attendants are notoriously thought of as sexy, whether because of the uniform, or maybe because we look to them for everything from sustenance to safety while up in the air.

It is not difficult to find sexy airline stewardess photos, but those easily found are more often than not just models in costumes, either for Halloween or perhaps a men’s magazine. The following flight attendant photos are of real-life women who work in the sky. They are among the sexiest you will come across, for various reasons. Behind the smiling faces, though, is scandal, off-the-wall business ploys, fame, fortune, ladies on strike, pilot hookups, passenger hookups, and ladies who simply know they look damn sexy and want to flaunt it.

You have heard of eye candy, but now I present you with… fly candy!

10. Red Hot Malaysia

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This selfie oozes hotness, from the girls’ red hot matching outfits to their physical closeness to their suggestive smile and kissy face. These cute coworkers are fun, flirty, and ready to fly! They are obviously posing with the intent to be sexy, and are already halfway there just by being stewardesses.

Air Asia is a low-cost Malaysian airline based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Though they also have an Australian syndicate, those who work for the main company as cabin crew must be at least 18, Malaysian, fluent in both English and Bahasa Malaysia, and and possess a “stunning” personality and “inexhaustible” smile, as described in the official company requirements. Females must stand no shorter than 157 centimeters barefoot (as opposed to males at 169 centimeters). Language skills aside, the two girls pictured above seem up to par with the company they represent!

9. Dysfunctional Queen of the Sky

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Ellen Simonetti is a former Delta flight attendant who was fired after documenting her life and work in her blog called “Queen of the Sky: Diary of a Dysfunctional Flight Attendant,” which Delta deemed inappropriate. Some of the photos she posted were taken on an aircraft. She filed a lawsuit against Delta in 2004 on the grounds of sex discrimination and retaliation, among other things. It was settled out of court, and Ellen renamed her blog “Diary of a Fired Flight Attendant”. She had gained a considerable following, and her story became well known, even granting her appearances on shows like The Montel Williams Show.

Even though things seemed to end up ok for Ellen, who used her settlement to attend culinary school, we can kind of see Delta’s point, illustrated in the above photo. It is not exactly the kind of representation a professional, reputable business wants to portray. But we give her credit – at least she looked good getting fired!

8. Millionaire Mile-High Clubber

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An unnamed flight attendant working for an unnamed Middle Eastern airline reportedly made almost one million dollars having sex with passengers! This occurred over a two-year period, in the airplane’s bathroom. In the Saudi Arabian magazine Al Saddah, which originally reported the story, the woman in question said “that she preferred long-distance flights between the Gulf and the United States.” It is believed that she charged $2200.00 per passenger, though how exactly she propositioned them in the first place is not known. She was fired and deported immediately upon discovery, though after earning an astonishing $$983,000! Ah, the Mile High club at its finest.

7. Beauty Above All Else

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In China, being a flight attendant is a highly coveted position. In fact, those vying for the job can expect to prance around in a bikini (as well as the uniform), as if they were in a pageant, as part of their audition… er, interview. Chinese airlines such as Air China hope to recruit the most beautiful women to work as stewardesses, and even partner with modeling agencies to find them. The girls need to be at least 5’6”, unless they are “extraordinarily” beautiful, in which case 5’5” would suffice.

Even the recruits take the “look” very seriously. As a former Airline Services instructor in Baoding, China, my class of 60 would regularly show up wearing their full uniforms, just to sit in class and read from a textbook. I heard from them that being very beautiful is the most important thing when looking for employment with the airlines.

6. Forbidden Fruit

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China, yet again… In a somewhat strange situation, pretty Chinese flight attendants have been kissing apples and selling them, and they have been largely successful at it. The apples are being sold on China’s equivalent of eBay, and sell for $1.50-$20.00. The more women who kiss it, the more it costs. One apple was said to have been kissed by over 500 flight attendants! Many of these women are trainees from southwest China’s Sichuan Southwest Vocational College of Civil Aviation, according to coed.com. One of the participants told a news source that the money they raise will be used to set up a university fund so more students can realize their dreams, and some will be donated to an “old person’s home.”

It is a sweet thought, if a bit random, but let’s face it: sex sells. And what better a prop than the original forbidden fruit, the apple? It is quite fitting.

5. Bikini Billionaire

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The woman who has made a fortune by staffing an entire airline with bikini model flight attendants is on track to become a billionaire. She will be Vietnam’s first female billionaire. VietJet founder and CEO Nyugen Thi Phuong Thao’s private airline is about to go public, but already it has 30% of Vietnam’s airline market share. All because she had the brilliant idea to combine flying and bikinis! In fact, the company’s motto is “Enjoy flying!” Seems to me it would have been a man to come up with this idea, but nope. This so-called “Bikini Airline” was made (for men) by a woman, and features countless gorgeous, half-naked stewardesses who are happy to pose for photos galore (just check out the one behind the group, in the propeller!)

4. Hooters Air

Hooters

Ok, so their “uniform” is the same as if you were to ogle a Hooters Girl in your local Hooters joint, but still. Does it not add to the appeal that once upon a time, you could ogle them at 30,000 feet? Hooters Air’s inaugural flight was from Atlanta, Georgia, to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in 2003. We can only imagine that the “flight attendants” were surrounded by a plane full of only men, not surprisingly and not much different from your local Hooters on a Friday night. But sadly, the vision of sexy stewardesses (which worked in Vietnam…) did not pan out, and the airline ceased public service in 2006. They cited the reasons as being primarily due to increased fuel costs after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita the previous year.

3. Bachelor Beauty

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Lauren Bushnell is well known for winning The Bachelor franchise’s most recent season, and being engaged to said Bachelor, Ben Higgins. She is sweet and nice and seemingly loved by all, including her fellow competitors for Ben’s heart. But she was also a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines. We bet the girl-next-door/blonde bombshell looked amazing in her uniform and that Lauren looked just as good at work as she does on a beach half- naked. Alas, she says she had to quit working once the season really took off because she was being recognized too much, and it was interfering with her work (as in, every aisle she brought drinks to asked a million questions and the drink service was taking far too long!). She says everyone was so nice, but in the end it was not working out. She now lives in Denver with Ben.

2. Scandal in the Sky

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In Japan, some “air hostesses” have turned to prostitution to combat decreasing wages. Several have claimed in the Japanese publication the Shukhan Post that flight attendants are regularly paid to sleep with the pilots. Like in China, many young women in Japan dream of becoming a stewardess, despite the long hours and poor pay. One airline employee is quoted as saying, “Stewardesses who are willing to do it with a pilot pass their number to a senior stewardess who is effectively a female pimp. There is also a system where pilots use hand signals to tell the hostesses they are interested, and how much they will pay. Other stewardesses outsource their services through companies.”

Allegedly, the hookup will take place overnight at the hotel the crew all stay at. Women under 30 can charge more because they “have an expiration date”.

1. Not Your Typical Strike

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Spanish airline Air Comet boasts some very beautiful (and very tough) flight attendants. But many of the women employed by Air Comet were understandably frustrated when they were owed up to nine months work by their grounded airline in 2010. So they took the natural next step- they made a nude calendar! All of the photos are of the female flight attendants posing provocatively in or outside of the aircraft. It was an act meant to draw attention to their plight, but instead it gained them worldwide notoriety. It remains unknown if in the end, their little plan worked out, but Air Comet is definitely no longer in business.

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