Posts in category "Airplanes"

Let's Play "The Airline Did WHAT?" Game

Select your play piece. I’ll take the mini typewriter. Line ‘em up right here with your paper boarding pass in hand. Roll the dice. Pick a card with a question. Let the games begin.  (And, yes, this really happened.  Yesterday.  United.  Orlando to O’Hare) 1. You hand your boarding pass to the airline attendant. She... Read more »

The three ounce rule: What's the worst thing you've had to surrender?

A Fage yogurt with honey. A plastic container of cut up honeydew and cantaloupe. Those are my most recent victims. I saw the TSA agent pluck the yogurt from my bag.  ”This yours?”  I nodded.  Yogurt?  Really?  Yogurt?  Fine. As we head to our gate, I see another security check. What?  Another one?  I guzzle... Read more »

Look, Dad! No room for a beverage cart!

Happy Father’s Day to all the padres near and far! And, especially to my dad! Of course, I’m reminded of this entry from the Archives ~ My father has a thing about small planes. Example #1 My mother:  This couple that [so and so] knows never traveled together as a family.  The mother would fly... Read more »

Adventures in Air Travel: Sitting next to a talker

Last week, on our flight back from Arizona to Chicago, I sat next to … we’ll call him Chatty Charlie. I won’t use his real name even though I know it.  In fact, I feel like I know EVERYTHING about him. Where he was stationed in the army, how long he’s been married, his four... Read more »

I was just groped by a TSA Officer

Welcome to Newark Airport!  Two drink minimum.  No cover charge. The place is full of comedians … well, mainly my husband.  It happened like this ~ I’m walking through security and I’m deliriously tired (and a little hungover after attending a fabulous wedding the night before where I thoroughly enjoyed myself) and I’m asked to... Read more »

Oh the joys of air travel ...

Oh the joys of air travel ...
Voicemail at 11:16AM: This is American Airlines calling about a flight cancellation.  We apologize for the inconvenience. Your flight on April 23rd from O’Hare to Newark has been cancelled. At 11:31AM, I dial 800-433-7300 where I am on hold for 8 minutes. Misery (not her real name): Hello, this is Misery (slightly inaudible) Me: Hi,... Read more »

JetBlues ~ part 2

Thank G0d for ~1/ Twitter2/ and the instant reply 3/ of @JetBlue, which was “the flight returned with a maintenance indication that our JFK team is better prepared to handle.”Huh. Ok. Hmmm.Well, as Al Capone didn’t say, better safe than sorry.


My parents were supposed to visit this weekend.  But, on Saturday, one hour into their Jet Blue flight from JFK to Chicago, with only 40 minutes remaining, the pilot advised that they were turning around.  Turning around?! Did the pilot forget something? If there was really a problem with the plane, why wouldn’t they just... Read more »

What's the point of checking in for your flight online ...

the day before, as I did last week before my trip, IF when you get to the kiosk, it says to see an agent.  And you try five other kiosks and it’s all the same.  And then you wait in line for 45 minutes to see an agent – even though, while you’re in line,... Read more »

Overheard in Chicago

Woman on phone with Continental Airlines: Well then what was the point of using my miles if I have to pay now? But I used all of my miles! 25,000 miles. That’s all I had. I wiped it out! Wait, but wait…now, I have to pay $100 to get on this flight and $1000 to... Read more »