Not Your Average Air Travel Stories: Week of Nov. 12

Rattlesnakes on planes: Two men allegedly trap federally protected eastern timber rattlers then fly back to Florida with them. Strong contenders for worst seatmate ever.

Sex on planes: From an article about airline adventures – “Then there was an older man carrying a life-size inflatable doll that he bought a seat for.” Yes, but did the doll earn miles?

Airport fun: For some reason, between 2,000 and 3,000 people decided to party at the Santa Monica, Calif., airport late Tuesday night until cops in riot gear broke it up. On to LAX!

Pilot ‘meltdown’ update: JetBlue pilot who acted crazy on a plane last March was found not guilty of interfering with a flight due to “insanity”; judge let him go home but said, no flying – even as a passenger.

Worst advice of the week: From a recent news story: “If traveling with a partner/group, divide valuables into multiple bags. Should a bag go missing, the loss won’t be quite so devastating.” Or avoid devastation by keeping valuables on your person or maybe even LEAVE THEM AT HOME.

A gift for you: Virgin America says, go ahead, use your Elevate points on flights to Hawaii. Nice.

They’re perfect in one area, anyway: American Airlines gets a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index which analyzes policies/benefits for gay employees at workplaces. Other perfect scorers: AT&T, Bank of America, General Motors.

The end of Twinkies? Apparently so. Hostess is shutting down. What’s this got to do with air travel? You’ll just have to see for yourself.

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Published: November 16, 2012