Clearing the Bar Is the Easy Part: [NYTimes]
"Mark Hollis is a pole-vaulter, and while he and his competitors here feel significant pressure as they compete for a place on the Olympic team, the anxiety they experience just trying to get their equipment to meets is sometimes even more excruciating."
posted by Fizz
on Jun 23, 2012 -
Imagine this: you live in a fairly remote place and need emergency eye surgery to save your sight that very same day. you get onto a plane but mid-trip your flight gets cancelled
because of a technical problem. flying with most airlines we know would mean you'd miss your surgery and be in a pretty tough spot.
but not when you're flying SAS. instead of leaving you stranded with a voucher, the airline found a replacement aircraft at another airport, flew it over to the passenger and got her to her surgery on time
). there is a lot going wrong in the airline industry these days but in my book that's pretty awesome.
posted by krautland
on Apr 12, 2011 -
Crew on a British Airways
flight from London to Hong Kong accidentally trigger a message
to the cabin that "This is an emergency. We may shortly need to make an emergency landing on water." The pilot then had to get on the PA and calm everyone's nerves. This probably caused even more panic than the famous message on BA Flight 9
in 1982, when the caption announced "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them under control. I trust you are not in too much distress."
posted by kaszeta
on Aug 27, 2010 -
Known as Black Box
in the UK, Survival in the Sky
was a four-episode 1996 series about commercial aviation accidents and the investigation of their causes. (Two additional episodes were filmed in 1998.) Not currently available on DVD, five of the six episodes are available in their entirety on YouTube (links within). [more inside]
posted by maxwelton
on Jan 17, 2009 -
Mark takes us on the A380
(warning: image heavy) from Dubai to New York with meticulous photographic detail. For $7300 you can fly the A380
with access to amenities like showers
and a full-service bar
, and stroll down to see the plebs in steerage
. Arguably the last time a flying hotel was tried in earnest was the post-WWII Boeing 377 Stratocruiser
, a staple of Pacific routes until jet-powered 707s appeared on the scene.
posted by crapmatic
on Nov 20, 2008 -
On Nov 22, 1968, exactly 39 years ago, on a reasonably clear, uneventful day, a new JAL DC-8
descended toward the SFO airport. The landing was so well executed that no one was hurt when the pilot landed the plane into the San Francisco Bay
, several miles from the airport. What explanation did 15 year veteran pilot Captain Kohei Asoh give for his botched landing? It was so unusual (especially in this day and age), so refreshingly honest, that it came to be known as the Asoh Defense
. Amazingly, the plane was recovered, refurbished
, and was in service for another 35 years.
posted by eye of newt
on Nov 22, 2007 -
Remember when air travel was viewed as glamorous and exciting? Of course you don't. So check out this collection of vintage flight attendant photos: Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
posted by brain_drain
on Nov 13, 2007 -
Kissing is terrorist behavior now?
From the article: 'Shortly after takeoff, Varnier nodded off, leaning his head on Tsikhiseli. A stewardess came over to their row. “The purser wants you to stop that,” she said...The captain told Tsikhiseli that if they didn’t stop arguing with the crew he would divert the plane.'
posted by Poagao
on Sep 20, 2006 -
Raed Jarrar was coming home from Jordan wearing a T-shirt with the phrase "We will not be silent" in Arabic script and English. Other JetBlue passengers who could not read the Arabic were "offended" and she was apprehended by security and asked to replace it
. She also had her seat changed to the back of the plane. Variations on T-shirt airline censorship have happened before
, but, taken to extremes, the fear of foreign language has spawned some unpleasant nights
. Where is the line drawn? And where is the path to multicultural reconciliation?
posted by ed
on Aug 21, 2006 -
Upstart travel sites challenge the big three
Catering to skinflints who can't be bothered to check multiple sites for the best fares, travel aggregator sites like Mobissimo
, or Sidestep
allow you to search Expedia
, and Travelocity
with a single query, as well as bargain airlines like JetBlue
, which aren't covered by the big three. (note: Sidestep requires a download, and only works on Windows; the others are all just regular websites.) But maybe you'd be best off just heading straight to an obscure Belgian travel site
posted by yankeefog
on Dec 13, 2004 -
A Boeing 727 went missing
from Angola on May 25. Some people made immediate, predictable noises
about "terrorists", despite the fact that things are a lot less settled in Africa (from a paperwork and regulatory point of view). It was spotted with a new paint job
on June 28 in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. But, now it's gone again and nobody knows where it is.
posted by Irontom
on Aug 6, 2003 -
Hooters Air Inc.
With all of the discussion about airlines going bankrupt and our economy in jeopardy, some people are surely thinking ahead.
If it'll be 'Hooters Girls' flight attendants, it's too early," Cattell said. But she didn't dismiss the idea.
posted by aaronchristy
on Aug 15, 2002 -
US Airways Bankrupt.
It had to happen to one of the big airlines eventually, what with 9/11 and the hesitancy to fly following. But on top of everything else financially as of late... it just deepens that already sick feeling. Who's next?
posted by dopamine
on Aug 11, 2002 -
you worry me
This American Airlines pilot hits the nail on the head for me! Thus far the Muslim voices I hear in America--and they are precious few--always seem to get half way through condemniong this or that and then insert a "BUT" or "HOWEVER." This guy asks for a simple, straight-forward response.
posted by Postroad
on Jul 3, 2002 -
Ever wonder if the airplane food sucks everywhere? Find out at Airplane Meals
, or add to this vastly underrepresented body of knowledge by sending him a pic of your next mile-high snack.
posted by Su
on May 20, 2002 -
"Writer William Langewiesche, a pilot in his own right, explains why a jet packed with 217 passengers plunged 33,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean
in the dead of night--and why it took so long for the U.S. and Egyptian governments to issue an explanation. Using
black-box transcripts and radar records, Langewiesche
meticulously reconstructs the last minutes of the so-called
suicide flight. In a feat of storytelling, he reveals the nasty
combination of politics and culture clashes that delayed the
posted by semmi
on May 3, 2002 -