Not Your Average Travel Stories (and Video): Week of Dec. 9

This week: Caviar, monkeys and video. All you need!

Best and worst airlines for Christmas travel: The list was compiled using on-time arrival statistics and shockingly, Honolulu-based Hawaiian came in number one in winter while Denver-based Frontier came in last.

Sick passengers: Interesting look at how the CDC keeps contagious passengers off planes. Now read Rick Seaney’s How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Plane before your next flight.

Snowy owls vs. New York airports: The Port Authority says they’re going to start trapping and relocating snowy owls at LaGuardia, JFK and Newark which is good news for the owls since they had been shooting them. In the airports’ defense, these owls are pretty big guys with a wingspan of up to five feet and they did hit five planes in recent weeks. Bird strikes = no fun.

Caviar in the air: A champagne and caviar bar at Los Angeles International now offers picnic packs for you to take on your plane for $1,581.50. You cheapskates can drown your sorrows in a caviar martini ($18).

Outgoing American Airlines exec will not get $20 million: Instead, Tom Horton will have to settle for a severance package worth $16.9 million. And free airline tickets for life (wife, too). And a bonus of a million or so. But not $20 million.

Sock monkey disarmed: Woman carrying a “cowboy” sock monkey through St. Louis security ran into some trouble because Mr. Sock’s costume included a tiny holster outfitted with a two inch gun. The stuffed toy’s gun was confiscated. Bad monkey!

Weird headline of the day: “Canadian tourist arrested for filming man in shower”. According the report, this was a case of “indecency without consent.” Remember – always get consent.

Snow, ice, awful: The terrible weekend weather continued into the week. If you’re scheduled to fly, read these Dos and Don’ts. If you live in Miami, feel smug as you watch the video below while enjoying your pina colada.

Let me outta here! Man naps during flight from Louisiana to Houston. When it arrives, the United crew fails to notice Sleeping Beauty. He awakens inside a dark, cold, empty locked plane. Hilarity does not ensue. There is a voucher in this man’s future.

At last: After more drama than any Hunger Games movie, American is pleased to announce its merger with US Airways is now a done deal.

VIDEO: From NBC News – winter wonderland. Not.

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Published: December 9, 2013