Do Pilots Hook Up With Flight Attendants? An Airline Pilot Answers

My friend  is a First Officer at a regional airline here in the U.S. He’s graciously agreed to answer some questions exclusively for Flight Club about being a pilot, as well as addressing some of the rumors that we hear as travelers about everything from sex to slowing your plane down on purpose. Is it true that regional pilots intentionally fly slower to make more money, since you’re paid hourly? Yes and no. We fly slower than we could be, but the little bit of extra money it makes us…

20 travel tips from a travel expert – AKA a flight attendant (That’s me!)

Traveling soon? Here are a few tips… 1. Always bring a sweater / hoodie on the plane.  Airplanes are like movie theaters. They’re freezing! 2. Airplane mode is not off! Bring a magazine to read during takeoff and landing! I’m talking to you Kindle people! 3. Wear running shoes in case you have to run from the airport bar to the gate. Flips flops and heels will only slow you down 4.  Remember you can bring food through security. Bring leftovers! Share with the crew! More water / wine for you! 5.  The airplane…

The Touching Reason this Flight Attendant Got Married on a Plane

Kristy Stratton married Jim Larsen in a beautiful white gown with accessories of her own design. Her pastor led the ceremony, her mom had a front row seat, and her friend took photographs. It was a pretty typical wedding, save for one small thing— the wedding was held 35,000 feet in the air. Stratton worked as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines for 11 years. She met Larsen on a layover from Los Angeles to Seattle. Six years later, when they were planning to tie the knot, Stratton had a…

How to Find Airline Mistake Fares (& Get Ridiculously Cheap Flights)

Fat Fingers Sell Cheap Tickets Each airline files hundreds of fares every single day into what is called global distribution systems (GDS). These systems are what enable you to buy airline tickets from a variety of outlets rather than just from the airline themselves. That’s about all I know about GDS’s, and probably all you need to know as well. Although you would think that the act of filing fares would be automated, and to some extent it probably is, mistakes do happen on rare occasions. The most common mistake seems…

22 Secrets Air Hostesses Will Never Tell You

1. No matter how tired you may be on a long haul flight, we’re definitely sleepier. reactiongifs.com We’ve been up longer, done more running around, and we stand up for 7-plus hours. You can’t beat us in the exhaustion stakes. 2. We can nap literally anywhere, for any given amount of time. reactiongifs.com 3. Learning to smile that much is a PRACTISED skill. busterandellie.com Whether people are screaming, vomiting, or whining, that smile can not crack. 4. Speaking of vomit, we’re pretty unfazed by it. giphy.com Those toilets? We clean…

Behind-The-Scenes Airline Secrets That Every Flyer Should Know!

We’ve all heard them before when it comes to air travel, the stories about bizarre happenings at 35,000 feet. The big question really becomes which of these stories are true and which are just fantasy. For example, tall-tales about intimate encounters in an airliner lavatory, while occasionally true are probably usually overstated. The very idea of joining the “mile high club” is appealing to thrill seekers and even a nervous traveler on occasion. Reports that pilots sleep at the controls can often never be confirmed or denied. That said, recent research and studies have…

Who Should Read Your Airline Comments and Complaints?

Generally speaking, the thought of filling out a comment card is to provide constructive feedback about what you enjoyed or disliked about a product or service. But who should be reading the comments you’re leaving? What level of comfort do you have filling out the information if you knew everyone you interacted with that day would read your comments? If you’ve recently flown with Delta Air Lines then you may have received an email from the airline the moment your flight landed asking various questions about your experience. Delta has…

10 airport horror stories that will make you never want to fly again

After thousands of passengers were left without their baggage due to a conveyor belt glitch at Heathrow airport this week, we asked you to share some of your airport horror stories. Many of you shared anecdotes we could all relate to. From delayed flights to lost luggage and even a child apparently wanted by Interpol, you had it all. But some of you just really took the biscuit. Here are your most agonising stories from airports around the world. Poodunnit? It turns out airports are a ripe ground for scatological…

13 Things That Make You Public Enemy #1 on a Plane

Are you a toxic traveller in the eyes of your fellow flyers? Here are 13 top-flight offenders and how you can avoid becoming one. With overcrowding, sky-high fares and lack of comfort, air travel is quickly becoming the least favourite mode of getting from point A to point B. Add passenger inconsideration and rudeness into the travel mix, and we’re no longer flying the friendly skies. Here are the biggest frequent flyer mistakes you can make, and how to avoid them.   1. Being an Armrest Warrior Pushing your neighbour’s…

Annoying Mistakes People Make at the Airport

it’s no secret that air travel has lost some of its glamour over the years. We might be able to attribute these changes to increased security procedures, more people traveling, or simply lack of common sense, but one thing is certain: people seem to do the darnedest things when they step into an airport. Study this list and don’t get caught being one of these travelers. 1. Oops, my passport is about to expire. Traveling abroad comes with a few additional considerations to remember. Almost all countries require that there be at least…