This week: Sparks fly and so do those bobsledders in the video below.
Lightning strikes! No, we’re not talking about Valentine’s Day electricity, we’re talking real lightning that hit a Spirit plane. No one was hurt but frankly this is not something you have to worry about.
Troubled airport art: Officials at Indianapolis International hired an artist to create something to zip up the airport. What they got was multi-colored letters that spell out the hashtag “#Belieb”. Maybe they don’t like Justin Bieber but the artist was cool with that, he just took the work home along with his commission – all 500 bucks of it.
Roses: European discounter Airberlin has gathered 20,000 roses to hand out to passengers on Valentine’s Day. In the U.S., travelers can submit a “how I fell in love on a United flight” for a chance to win a pair of tickets. [Editor’s note: I once fell in love with a flight attendant who told me, “You can move over here and there will be an empty seat next to you.”]
Security and Valentine’s Day: The TSA says yes, you can bring chocolates through checkpoints (even those liquid-filled, gooshy ones) but you may not bring flowers in water-filled vases because A.) that’s too much liquid and B.) you’ll make the rest of us jealous (oh, just kidding).
Highway to hell: If heading to Los Angeles International this weekend, a big chunk of the 405 freeway that gets you to LAX will be closed. How bad will it be? They’re already calling the closure, Jamzilla.
Safety first, bikinis second: The fun folks at Air New Zealand will release a new safety demonstration video on Feb. 12 but it won’t feature bored flight attendants. Passengers will be told to buckle up by Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. [Can’t wait? View the ‘making of the video’ teaser here]
Best Olympic airline ad: United’s ode to Olympians is everything you’d want in a TV commercial – zany, lovely, inspiring. Fun, too. Check out the skater gliding down the aisle, below.
Worst Olympic travel rule: The TSA says, no liquids (or gels or aerosols) in carry-on bags on flights between the U.S. and Russia. Actually, that’s not the very worst, according to some journalists who noted at one point hotel water could be – how to put it? – a bit iffy.
VIDEO: The thrill of victory, the agony of bobsledding through a packed plane.