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In Case of Crash, ‘Don’t Take Anything With You’

One of the commands ingrained in my mind after various short stints in flight attendant training classes is “Jump! Jump! Don’t take anything with you” and variations on that theme such as “Come this way! Leave everything!”
As some safety videos put it, “In the event of an emergency, leave your personal belongings behind.”
Images of passengers emerging from a burning Emirates 777 on Wednesday showed many travelers collecting and exiting the …

Delta Air Lines First Class New York-Portland, Oregon – Flight Review

Given the hot and muggy weather that comes with the month of July in New York, I was looking forward to a flight to a much cooler clime in Portland, Oregon. Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport was bustling the Sunday afternoon I was dropped off, and the terminal was a comfortable 68° F (20° F) as I walked over to the Sky Priority check-in area to get …

Do Electronic Devices Interfere with a Plane’s Systems? The Jury is Still Out

Most airline passengers today believe that their electronic devices – mobile phones, portable navigation systems, and tablets among others – are designed so they won’t create any interference with an aircraft’s flight systems. We – and some rocket scientists – beg to differ.
It turns out that the issue is not quite as clear-cut as it would appear. Earlier this year, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which maintains the Aviation …

Lobby Bar – July 22: Southwest Sells Music, Parachuting over the Pacific, and Shopping from Your Local River

Lobby Bar – A Collaborative Collage of FBT News and Views
Slow food.  Paul Riegler dines at one of America’s finest fast food joints, In-N-Out Burger. In-N-Out isn’t available in most parts of the country, so we’re happy to offer a Double Double combo for you to try. Simply send us your address and your Uber account login info and we’ll do the rest.
Class divides. Jonathan Spira jets to Oslo in …

Norwegian Air Shuttle Premium Class New York-Oslo – Flight Review

One European airline has been the subject of a lot of buzz as well as controversy recently. Norwegian, which is relatively new to the long-haul game after having operated low-cost short-haul flights in Europe for over a decade, flies a fleet of shiny new Boeing 787 Dreamliners from the United States to a variety of European destinations, including London (Gatwick), Copenhagen, Stockholm, and of course Oslo, the Norwegian capital.
The airline’s …

Aviation Pioneer Boeing Turns 100

Boeing, the world’s oldest aircraft manufacturer, is celebrating its 100th birthday Friday. The company was incorporated in Seattle as Pacific Aero Products on July 15, 1916 by William E. Boeing, a lumberman.
It was a logical move for Boeing, given that most planes were built out of wood at the time, but it was just one of dozens of fledgling companies in the nascent industry.
Today, of course, Boeing is the largest …

Singapore Business Class Singapore-Tokyo-Los Angeles – Flight Review

This was to be a review of Singapore’s relatively new Premium Economy cabin; however, a last minute aircraft swap changed all plans to do so. At first, it meant being bumped down into economy, which was soon followed by a last-minute upgrade into the airline’s much-vaunted business-class cabin.
Today’s journey was a long one, Singapore to Los Angeles via Tokyo on Singapore flight 12. Check-in took place in terminal three of …