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Jul 20th 2010 4:24PM I had a passenger on a flight thatdidn't want to turn off his cell phone for a flt from EWR to LAX and all he did was lay on a pillow with the phone between his pillow and head against the window and talked all the way across country during the ealy part of the day. We told him repeatedly to shut it off or he would be reported. Little did we know that he was reporting himself already.
Come to find out upon landing, a Sheriff and a representative from his phone provider were waiting for us at the aircraft door to identify the culprit who's cell phone ID blocked out hundreds of cell towers across country for more than 5 hours. Each cell phone has a particular ID and can be tracked and that's what the carrier did and they slapped him with a bill of several thousand dollars and a citation for failing to adhere to crew member request.
He tried to deny it but they had him dead on pegged as the culprit!
It's didn't bother the plane as far as we knew but it sure bothers alot of customers across country!
Jul 7th 2010 12:40PM When Iwas flying as a flight attendant, I would carry aged licorice for the kids that are a little bit older. Not for infants and toddlers but kids that new what licorice was. I would get red ropes, (not Twizzlers) and let it set out of the bag for 2-3 days and before we started our descent I would give them a decent sized rope to work on and tell them they can't finish it before landing...kinda like a contest and they would chew, chew chew and it would help them through our descent.
Plus they forget about the descent and the pressure in their ears and if they are not thinking about it kids are less likely to complain about some discomfort. Chewing gum works but it needs to be something that is very tough to chew and Juicy Fruit, Double Mint and gums like that get very soft very quickly and parent usually give it to them too early and then it doesn't really work when they need it the most. Bubble gum like Bubble Yum or Bazooka are the ones kids identify with and will make them work the most effectively of the gums.
This is not a remedy for kids with colds so, I can't remedy that but in general I think this might also be helpful!
Happy travels with kids this summer!!!
Airline Travel...What You Really Need To Know!!!
Jul 7th 2010 12:29PM I say send the dress and his tux, his/her shoes, vails and also the "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue" stuff as far ahead with FedEx/UPS as you can! Most hotels that know they have a wedding party coming to stay with them will more than likely hold it for as much as a week ahead of time. Also if there are any weather issues where you live or were you are going, you are giving your dress ample time to get there. (Fellas this includes your tux, shoes and any accessories you may need)
Send it express (service level) not ground, even if your close...state or two away. The express side handle packages a little bit different than in a ground trucking situation. Spend the extra money and get it there quick with a buffer of time in place, that way if for some reason it gets damaged or lost you have time to go to a plan be, give the cargo companies time to find or fix the problem.
Track your package and send it to a contact at your destination that can let you know when they physically have it in hand and they can see if the packaging has been damaged or is ok. Also you can pay for the return shipping in advance too so when your all done with the wedding festivities you can ship it home, friend or families home till you arrive back home and your not having to worry about it while your in honeymoon mode...You have other pressing business to worry about! LOL
Good luck to all the soon to be married couples and remember planning ahead and thinking outside of the box will save you from headaches in the long run and you can enjoy your day stress free!
Airline Travel...What You Really Need To Know!!!
Mar 29th 2009 1:24AM Me and a friend were wondering the same thing and considering the fact that the DC-10 is one of my favorite aircraft...I thought i missed something!!!
Dec 21st 2008 4:41PM Hey Jeffrey, thanks for the report on the plane crash in Denver but could you please post a picture of the correct type of aircraft...the picture is not of a Boeing 737 but of a MD-80 from a Houston incident. I don't mean to split hairs but as a blogger your not tied up by editors that want you to rush the story to get it out like the big news services do. This is exactly what they do all the time when reporting an accident involving an airplane. They show a picture of anything but reference something else and that is confusing to folks who follow these things and it is very frustrating. Small note on the picture....I worked for Continental and I worked this incident so it's very familiar to me. Keep up the blogging otherwise!!!
Oct 26th 2008 3:48PM I was a flight attendant for CO for 10 years and I always liked the fact that I could jump on a plane from Denver and go get a good haircut in NYC or do lunch in BOS from EWR at Legal Seafood. MIA was great too for Cuban sandwiches or a quick jaunt to MSY (New Orleans) for some good old fashioned cajun cuisine! For crew members if they still have it, the employee cafeteria is some great food in MSY and you don't pay the high airport prices or even have to leave the airport!
I miss the good life...I hate being a 9-5er and working for a living!!!
Oct 26th 2008 1:48PM Expensive stroller!!! Give me a break...too many parents (I use that term loosely) only get the fancy strollers to impress other parents! Wheels, seat and the airlines are going to be handling this item for you!!! did you remember your last suitcase??? I have been a baggage handler, flight attendant and csr to name a few of my many hats of trade and if you want to be smart about it, keep things cheap and simple! Save the fancy stroller for the trip in the park near your home! It's expensive and if it get damaged the odds are not in your favor it will get fixed or replaced! Think ahead mom when it comes to toys and stuff to amuse your child...the cups are not going to cut it and you know it! Minutes do count and if you have many to count make them worth every one!