Articles in In Flight

How to Dress for a Flight: In Defense of Looking Good in an Age of Leggings

The recent headlines concerning two passengers who were not allowed to fly because they were wearing leggings has given rise to a discussion of what passengers should wear when flying as well as what is expressly forbidden by airlines or proscribed by common decency.
Long gone are the days when dressing in more formal attire for a flight was customary and when dressing up could land a passenger an upgrade. At this …

Pan Am 1736 and KLM 4805 at Tenerife: The World’s Deadliest Plane Crash 40 Years Later

Forty years ago, on March 27, 1977, two Boeing 747s – Pan Am Flight 1736 and KLM Flight 4805 – collided on the Spanish island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 people. It remains the worst crash in aviation history.
When the accident occurred, around 6 p.m. local time, the KLM jumbo jet was traveling down the runway in an attempt to take off, albeit without clearance, and crashed …

Flight Review: Delta Air Lines First Class New York (JFK) – Phoenix

One of the charms of leaving from Terminal 2 at John F. Kennedy International Airport is that it is faster to get from curbside to a relaxing seat in the lounge, in this case the recently renovated Delta Sky Club, than anywhere else.
On a sunny winter afternoon, I arrived at Terminal 2 well ahead of schedule thanks to a dearth of traffic and therefore had time to visit the Delta …

Cutting the Line: Which Trusted Traveler Program is Right for You?

Curious about airport security at the dawn of the jet age? There wasn’t any. Indeed, just watch great movies such as “Airport”, and you’ll see anyone could stroll up to a departure gate. Indeed, it wasn’t until 1972, when a group of hijackers threatened to fly Southern Airways Flight 49 into a nuclear reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, that the Federal Aviation Administration ordered airlines to screen passengers and …

Boeing’s High-Tech 787 Dreamliner Surpasses 767 Sales in One-Third the Time

Boeing’s high-tech and somewhat notorious 787 Dreamliner aircraft surpassed the venerable Boeing 767 in total orders last week.
“The 787 Dreamliner booked order number 1,207 today – taking only 13 years to do so,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing at the company’s commercial aircraft division, in his corporate blog, adding that it took the 767 almost 40 years to hit 1,204 orders including the current 767 Freighter and the …

As Smartphones and Tablets Proliferate, Airlines Shed Seatback Screens in Favor of Bring-Your-Own-Device Policies

Four years ago, on American Airlines’ 2013 inaugural flight of its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which flew from Dallas to São Paulo, Brazil, I asked then CEO Tom Horton why he had bothered to include seatback screens throughout the aircraft. He proudly pointed out all of the high-tech features of the aircraft including the cool remote control in the Flagship Suite first-class cabin that controlled the 17” display and had …

Review: The World’s Longest Domestic Flight – Delta First Class New York-Honolulu

Ask someone to name the longest non-stop domestic flight in the United States and you’ll get a variety of answers, almost all of them wrong. Many assume a Los Angeles-New York City transcon is the longest but at 2,470 miles, or 3,980 kilometers, it isn’t close to the right answer. Other guesses include Guam to Honolulu, which at 3,800 miles, or 6,120 kilometers, one would think would take the prize; …