Flight attendants do for a living what many people dream of -- waking up every morning in a different city and mingling with a litany of characters. But not all characters are created equal.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced a few months ago that air travelers would be able to operate most of their electronic toys throughout a flight, including takeoff and landing. I have a feeling that in 20 years we'll be laughing about the days when flight attendants yelled at us for playing Candy Crush at the wrong moments.
The airline industry has seen many changes over the past few years, what used to be included in the cost of an airline ticket is now "a-la-carte" and sometimes there seems to be a fee for everything.
You know how miserable it is to fly? The crying babies, the perpetual delays, the fistfights breaking out over reclined seats. Now imagine you did that every... single... day. And you didn't get paid much for it either.
It's probably safe to say the idea of tipping the flight attendant has never crossed your mind, but apparently a whopping 30 percent of flyers have done it. How do you feel now, cheapskate? We asked national etiquette expert and owner of The Protocol School of Texas, Diane Gottsman, exactly who we should be tipping, and how much.
By Jerry Zezima I have long been told, by people too numerous to mention, including members of my own family, to take a hike. But because of the rare...
Even if you do belong to your airline's or hotel's loyalty program, you're still competing with countless other travelers for the same upgrade. To rise above the pack, it'll take smarts, a strategy, and (dare we say it) shamelessness.
In the past couple of weeks, no less than three physical fights have broken out between passengers on commercial planes over the right to recline thei...
My anxiety has been with me since takeoff thanks to Captain Ahab and his smugly menacing announcement that "it might get a little bumpy the next five minutes, so I suggest you remain in your seats and buckle up real tight."
There are dangers to not listening to the flight attendant; dangers to your safety, and the safety of other passengers as well as the crew. Some act as if the only reason a flight attendant enforces the rules is due to a need to feel superior.
This National Aviation Week, take a moment to glance up at the sky and reflect on the past, present and future of air travel and all those who make it possible.
Today's low-fare, hidden-fee air travel has turned once-courteous passengers into a short-fused mob determined to take out their frustrations on the hard-working men and women who just want to serve them a refreshing half-can of cola.
Credit: Facebook User Southwest Airlines As air travel's evolved from the free-wheeling, ...
If you want the best travel advice, you can't do much better than asking a flight attendant. After all, they've flown just about everywhere, stayed at hotels good and bad and eaten everything from fast food to the finest gourmet cuisine.
We can all tick off the things that drive us crazy on flights. Seats that don't recline (or the one in front of you that does). Armrest violators. Seat-kicking, sugar-addled kids. But if you think you've seen it all, your flight attendant has seen more -- much more -- and a dozen times over.
Being adventurous and being stupid is not the same thing. Have fun, travel and get lost in the world, but do it in a safe way. If possible have a travel companion. Make sure people know where you are, always carry a cell phone with you and read up on places before you go.