Not Your Average Air Travel Stories: Week of Dec. 17

Bathroom saga: According to the celeb newshounds at TMZ, a Twilight actor (no, not the dreamy one) allegedly mistook his LAX terminal for a restroom. Why, yes, police do suspect alcohol was involved. UPDATE 1: Actor says incident “definitely did not happen.” UPDATE 2: Oh, my. TMZ has a video.

Emmy winner vs. American: A documentary filmmaker finds out the hard way that seat upgrade fees are non-refundable.

No reindeer required: Man flew one million miles on United this year. So how does Tom Stuker feel? “Tired,” he said.

Santa imitation: Man flying from China to Kenya wears 60 shirts and 9 pairs of pants to avoid overweight bag fees. Somehow also avoids charge of ‘too-fat-to-fly’.

Best travel gifts: Shop SkyMall so the special flyer in your life can “melt away stress” by donning odd-looking helmet that’s “like having thousands of tiny fingers stimulate your scalp!” And don’t miss the ever-popular Garden Yeti.

Yule like this: JetBlue’s holiday travel tips sung to the tune of Jingle Bells: “Tra-ve-ling, tra-ve-ling, Your first checked bag is free, We offer free snacks and drinks onboard, So take one, or two, or three – WEE!” Nice and cheery – unlike those Christmas travel rip-offs.

Bearded guy’s big night: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says NORAD will track Santa, adding, “One of the biggest benefits from NextGen is that it helps Santa deliver those presents with improved safety, accuracy and reliability.” Yes, Virginia, there is an app for that.



Published: December 21, 2012