October 3, 2011
In the latest Amazing Race, teams get the heck out of Taiwan so they can get down in Indonesia. With two eliminations coming up, who will survive? And who will think of the children? Since the Taiwan-to-Indonesia air route isn't too popular, all the teams bunch up on the same flight. Then they take the same overnight train, and finally splinter off during the Great Taxi Race to a remote cave. The spread during the taxi race seems to follow the teams throughout the episode, which is how Grandma and Grandpa pull themselves out of last place, even with a rope-untangling speed bump.
April 20, 2011
Good day, ladies and gentlemen, this is your Captain (and State Delegate) Herb McMillan. We've leveled off at our cruising altitude, but you need to keep your seat belts fastened. We're in for a rough ride. Here's why. Our route of flight isn't what I voted for, but the liberal flight planners in our General Assembly think the economic weather is improving. Looking to the left, you see they increased state spending by another billion dollars, and that we project $1.4 billion deficits for years to come.
February 11, 2011
Flight attendants for AirTran Airways plan to picket at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and other locations over the next six weeks to protest what the workers view as stalled contract negotiations with the airline. The workers, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, say they are frustrated by a lack of progress in contract negotiations and will begin picketing on Monday at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. They plan the last of the protests on Friday, April 1, at BWI. If a tentative agreement is not reached by April 1, picketing will continue in six more cities, the union said in a statement.
August 11, 2010
We don't agree with the way JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater expressed his aggravation with airline travel and his job — haranguing a misbehaving passenger via the plane's PA system, grabbing a beer from the beverage cart, then sliding down the plane's emergency exit chute — but the incident does serve as an example (albeit an over-the-top one) of the angry skies of summer travel. Getting on a plane these days is an occasion brimming with opportunities for irritation.
November 16, 2008
I might have to consider staying longer on the continent, especially after the discovery that they serve beer at McDonald's restaurants in some foreign countries. In particular, this revelation has given me a new appreciation for the French culture. If that isn't enough, I boarded an AirBerlin flight on Thursday and the flight attendants were handing out free copies of Playboy, which caused me to spontaneously blurt out, "What a country!" Unfortunately, it was the German language version of Playboy, so it was useless to me. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.
October 12, 2008
Last fall, three friends and I flew from Lisbon, Portugal, to Los Angeles by way of Philadelphia. On the flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, I was showing them my new camera and took a few pictures of our surroundings. A flight attendant came to me and told me to show her the pictures, which I did. On our arrival, armed officers escorted us off the plane, separated us and made us wait for the authorities. They asked ridiculous questions ("What's your eye color?") and, in the end, they let us go with no apologies.