Not Your Average Air Travel Stories: Week of Jan. 21

American’s new logo stinks: Or so suggests Vanity Fair‘s architecture critic who calls it bizarre and clichéd. [Editor’s note: Gee, I kind of like it.] Interesting side note: in his lengthy rant, he refers to flight attendants as “stewardesses” – kind of clichéd, no?

Prepare to die: Man on Qantas flight told to change his T-shirt as its message was intimidating other passengers – it read, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Cinephiles will recognize William Goldman’s The Princess Bride.

Strip-search suit: Self-described half-Arab, half-Jewish housewife sues over 2011 “humiliation” that saw her taken off a Frontier flight in handcuffs, strip searched, tossed in a cell but no arrest. Date of incident? Tenth anniversary of 9/11.

Flight of the week: United Express has rough landing at Newark after “several” rear tires blew and plane veered onto a taxiway. None of the 13 onboard were hurt. Or bored.

Angry chef: Anthony Bourdain tweets his outrage over delayed American flight caused by – well let’s just say someone had an “accident” on the plane, OK?

Baby on board: Woman gives birth to baby girl during flight to Armenia via Armavia Airlines, names her Asmik. Alliteration ahoy!

Alleged bad passenger UPDATE: Remember the story about Sen. Rand Paul’s 19-year-old son’s arrest for alleged drinking/disorderly conduct during a US Airways flight? Turns out he is also charged with assaulting a flight attendant.


Published: January 25, 2013