Not Your Average Air Travel Story: Week of March 19

Flight attendant fired: Gailen David posted entertaining videos on his blog about American Airlines big-wigs and their perks. Maybe too entertaining. He’s been fired.

Eels on a Plane! Snakes are bad enough but eels are even creepier and the TSA found a whole bunch – yeah, alive – in some yahoo’s bag.

First look: Southwest unveiled its first Boeing 737-800 on Wednesday in Dallas. The plane – now the largest in the Southwest fleet – will hold 175 passengers, up from the 137 the 737-700 holds.

Right to the point: Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport is told to fix it’s problems with long lines and missed flights. Or else.

Eating etiquette: Eat with your hands, don’t eat with your hands. Now I’m all types of confused.

Ask the captain: How safe is it flying in snow, rain, tropical storms?

Toddler touching: Little kid gets TSA pat-down, and – what’s that? The video is two years old?

Celebrity in space: I know what you’re thinking: “Aren’t celebrities always in space?” but Ashton Kutcher has signed up for a ride on Virgin Galactic. I know what you’re thinking: “Who’s Ashton Kutcher?”

That’s a mouthful: Little Rock National Airport will be renamed Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. But you know everyone is going to shorten it to “Bill and Hill.”

Hell is a broken toilet: Yes, lavatories on a United flight from San Fran to Shanghai did not work so plane stopped in Alaska – for 2 days. Must have been pretty complicated toilets.

Thousands of airline employees stuck on a plane: Make that, photos of Turkish Airlines employees – and it’s pretty cool – see the video at 2:13.

Surefire way to avoid the TSA: Man builds his own wings and flies! Oh, wait – it might be a hoax. UPDATE 3-23: It is a hoax. Liar, liar.

Headline of the day: “Thanks to the TSA for making my trip a good one.” It had to do with a lost cell phone, and – oh for gosh sakes, Blogger Bob, wipe that grin off your face.

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Published: March 23, 2012