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February could very well become Facebook-month for airline travelers in US as seven airlines will be providing free Facebook access for the month on their Wi-Fi networks.

The service will be provided on North American flights of –

  • Virgin America
  • AirTran
  • US Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Delta
  • United Airlines
  • Alaska Airline.

The promotion will be sponsored by Gogo Inflight Internet and Ford.

Earlier, Gogo had offered free Wi-Fi on holiday flights on Virgin America, AirTran, and American Airlines.

Happy Facebooking all!

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If you were planning to join or re-affirm your membership to the Mile High Club using UK’s Mile High Flights, then you are out of luck. UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), equivalent of  FAA, has refused to re-certify Mile High Flights, over fears distracted pilots could crash.  Mile High Flights is a Gloucestershire (UK) based air charter company that allowed passenger to have sex while in-flight on its Cessna C208 Caravan airplanes. The aircrafts are fitted with a queen size bed in the rear of the aircraft. The company was started in 2008 by Mike Crisp



Mike Crisp doesn’t plan to give up that easy as claims he has invested more than $15,000 in equipping the aircraft with fire-retardant sheets, upholstery and bedding.

Mike Crisp who founded the company in 2008, reported “I’m not giving up on what was a popular business idea because someone at the CAA doesn’t like the sound of what goes on in our plane.

“Joining the Mile High Club is something a lot of couples dream of and we were providing the chance to fulfill that particular fantasy. In our two years trading we had people from all walks of life wanting to join the club, from 21st birthday flights to 60th birthday ones.” (Source: avstop.com)

The company offers its passengers the option of two flight packages, “The Big One” at $854 (£640) for a 40 minute flight and the “VIP” for a 60 minute flight. In addition for a third person to travel along there is an additional passenger charge of $166.  

Mile High Flights reports on their website that the fight time “will provide you and your partner ample time to indulge in your ultimate fantasies and experience an adventure fit for Hollywood.” The site also states once you arrive that the airport (Staverton) you will be greeted by the pilot who will answers questions, assist with boarding and provide safety instructions before takeoff. Once on aboard, the passengers are provided with chilled champagne and strawberries, an aphrodisiac. When airborne the pilot will inform the passengers when it is safe to engage in sex.


What is Mile High Club?

The Mile High Club (or MHC) is a slang term applied collectively to individuals who have sex while on board an aircraft in flight. There is no known formally constituted club so named. However, since “membership” of the “club” is really a matter of an individual asserting they have qualified, the qualifications for membership are open to some interpretation.

Or an alternate definition – the term “Mile High Club” refers to two or more people engaging in sexual activity (sexual intercourse) at an altitude of no less than 5,280 ft (a mile high above the earth) in an airplane.


Why would someone like to join this Club?

  •  Bragging rights
  •  Vibration of the plane for easier arousal
  •  Fantasy of being a pilot or flight attendants
  •  Plane/Metal Fetish
  •  Taboo/Thrill

 

 

I would normally be OK with charter sex flights, but this time I agree with CAA. Cessna is a little too small for the sex act as the cockpit is right next to the make-shift bed. There is no way that a pilot will not get distracted with the sounds, visuals and movement! What do you think?

(from Mizozo.com)

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Starting sometime this month, Australian Airline Jetstar Airways will offer the iPad for passengers to rent for $10 on selected domestic routes. The iPad provided on the flight will have movies and television programs as well as games, e-books and music.

Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan said he expected the iPads to prove very popular onboard.

“Given the demand for the iPad so far, I anticipate it will have strong appeal amongst our passengers,” Mr Buchanan said in the statement.

“Based on demand for the iPads as part of the trial, we’ll be looking to roll out the devices across our entire domestic and international network later in the year.”

Source: news.smh.com.au

The company says the system will even allows for the iPad to be used during take-off and landing, when other electronic devices have to be shut off.

It is currently under trial and if it is successful, it might become standard on all flights.

It does make you wonder if US Airlines will consider a similar trail? A lot of airlines have cut back on the in-flight entertainment on domestic flights. It does make sense to rent out iPads that are light and are, if not bigger, almost the same size as a standard in-flight tv screen.

Is anyone listening????

From Mizozo.com

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United Flight 935 (Boeing 777) with 196 passengers, 12 crew and 3 pilots, was flying from Heathrow (London UK) to Los Angeles (USA) over the Atlantic Ocean when it hit turbulence. The turbulence resulted in 4 passengers suffering with fractured bones and 1 flight attendant spraining her ankle. The seat belt sign was off when the plane hit the bump that resulted in the rapid altitude loss. Since the sign was off, there were passengers walking in the aisles resulting in the injuries.

The flight ended up landing at Montreal (Canada) around 1:15 p.m. and aircraft was taken out of service. United Airlines provided another aircraft from passengers to be flown from Montreal to Los Angeles.

So, please whenever you are flying keep the seat belts on!

Mizozo.com

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This summer RyanAir is going to start charging for use of on-board toilets. This means that either –

  • You relieve yourself before the flight
  • Hold on till it lands
  • Carry coins, enough for the whole family (worst if you hate carrying coins like me)
  • Wear this – Adult Diaper

Last year, there was news about Ireland based low cost carrier RyanAir considering the idea to charge passengers to use the plane’s toilets. Well, the idea is now a reality!

RyanAir to start charging for toilets on their planes!

Starting this summer, all on-board toilets on RyanAir planes will become coin-operated, forcing passengers to pay £1 or one euro.

 

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said: ‘By charging for the toilets we are hoping to change passenger behaviour so that they use the bathroom before or after the flight.

‘That will enable us to remove two out of three of the toilets and make way for at least six extra seats.’

The airline mooted the idea of toilet charges last year but backtracked after criticism.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

 

What if it is an emergency call and I don’t have any coins left from my earlier use? Also, is there a time limit to each visit?

via Mizozo.com

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When will the airlines stop adding new ways of charging a passenger? Makes you wonder, what does an airline ticket mean to a person – is it just the seat on the plane for the flight?

Airlines seem to be trying to find new ways to add more costs for travellers. Airlines are already charging for in-flight food, blankets, headphones, checked baggage, pillows etc. but charging for carry-on luggage might be a little too much.

Spirit Airlines, ultra-low-cost US airline, has just done that! The airlines is charging $45 for each carry-on luggage on an airplane. The charge applies to anything that cannot be stowed under the seat. The fees goes into effect for reservations made for travel on or after Aug 1 2010.

The airline calls itself an ULTRA low cost airline, which means that in the age of low-cost airline, this airline is dirt-cheap!

 

Spirit Airlines’ ULCC (Ultra Low Cost Carrier) approach liberates customers from being forced into paying for services they do not desire or use. When customers are seeking the best value in travel they can choose a low fare at spiritair.com and select the services and options appropriate for their travel needs. Spirits ultra low cost model driven from numerous efficiencies, new aircraft, advanced technology and dedicated staff allows the airline to take this approach offering savings to millions of customers in The Caribbean, Latin American and The United States.

Like the automobile, brokerage and computer industries, Spirit’s approach offers standard product features and options:

Spirit Standard ULCC Product Features
– Ultra low fares
– Largest ULCC network in The Caribbean & Latin America
– Online check-in
– One Carry-On Bag
– Reliable, on-time service
– Clean, new airplanes, the youngest Airbus fleet in the Americas
– Deluxe leather seating
– Friendly staff
Spirit Optional Services & Products
– BIG FRONT SEAT
– Hotels, Cars, Vacation Packages & Cruises
– Event Tickets, Golf Tee Times & Tours
– Travel Insurance
– Onboard beverages and snacks
– Discounted Airport Parking
– Checked baggage
– Personal Cargo

Obviously we are proud to have broken the rules and created arguably the best airline in the Americas. But don t take our word for it; book Spirit for your next trip so you can see first hand what everyone is raving about. We must warn you however, you may kick yourself for not switching to Spirit years ago.

Source: www.spiritair.com

 

Not sure if other airlines will follow the lead or not. Though I would add that this would mean a serious revenue stream for any airline people will now have to pay for luggage – either for checked, carry-on or both.

But then, it is worth it? Wouldn’t the passengers feel that airlines are nickel and dime-ing them for everything? Is an “a la Carte travel ticket” the future of airline?

Mizozo.com

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Sleeping on a flight is difficult for most of us especially due to turbulence, engine noise, passenger noise, etc. But not for this British professor who kept on sleeping till the place was towed into the hanger.

After 24 hours of no sleep, 31-year old Kris Lines, a self-admitted heavy-sleeping British professor of Staffordshire University,was flying from Calgary to Vancouver on Air Canada Flight No. 8229  when he dozed off. When he woke up, he was surprised to find himself in a a Hangar at Vancouver International Airport. It seems like no one bothered about the sleeping passenger in the back seat and he kept on sleeping 90 minutes after the flight had landed. He was flying from London’s Heathrow Airport to Vancouver via Calgary.

 

“It’s absolute craziness,” said the 31-year-old, who is head of sports law at Staffordshire University.

“The last thing I remember was taking off from Calgary. I knew I was safely on board and there was no further destinations and it was all good,” Lines added.

“Somebody would wake me up at the end.”

“I’m a heavy sleeper, so I drank Coca-Cola on the transatlantic leg to help stay awake,” said Lines, speaking from his home in England. “I hadn’t been drinking alcohol.”

“I’d been up for about 24 hours,” he explained.

Lines said that when the Vancouver mechanic woke him, he was disoriented and in a rush to grab his bags and jacket and get off the plane.

“He said, ‘Don’t worry. You should have got off an hour-and-a-half ago,’ ” Lines recalled.

“They took me off the plane down the steps into a hangar, took me into a room, photocopied my boarding pass and said, ‘This sort of thing shouldn’t be happening. Somebody’s neck’s going to be on the line for this.'”

“If I’d been a vulnerable passenger, a young girl or elderly, it could have been a lot worse,” he added. “The other implication is that if I was a terrorist, then I’ve got an hour-and-a-half after the plane’s landed, all by myself, in a secure area on a plane.”

Source: www.montrealgazette.com

 

The airline did acknowledge the problem but did mention that the flight attendants were very busy with the high number of wheelchair requirements on the flight.

As a gesture of goodwill, Air Canada offered Lines a one time 20% off on upto 4 tickets.

The story leaves one aspect of the story – it fails to acknowledge the pilots who flew and landed the flight.

From Mizozo.com

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