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A kind of groin check

A full body scan is optional for all passengers. This is what the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) tells us on its web site. Thus, passengers who wish to avoid exposure to radiation or naked pictures may opt for alternative screening, including a metal detector and physical pat-down. Well, theoretically at least. What may happen in reality highly depends on TSA agents’ behavior as John Tyner, a San Diego software programmer, found out at San Diego International Airport/Lindbergh Field on November 13, 2010. A TSA officer directs him toward the full-body scanner in the security line. If Tyner says...
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Guess who?

An inexperienced and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool when he contacted traffic control on the aviation frequencies.

It was dark and this was his first time approaching the small airfield during the nighttime.

Instead of making any official requests to the tower, he said: "Guess who?"

The controller switched the field lights off and replied: "Guess where?"

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Safety dancing

Many travelers consider the safety instructions that flight attendants give before departure quite boring. Right or wrong, the instructions do not need to be boring. Cebu Pacific Air, a low-cost airline in the Philippines, has its own way to draw passengers' attention to the safety instructions. If you are a male watch this video. If you are a female watch this video.The question is, however, whether passengers pay more attention to the flight attendants or to the safety instructions....
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Wasn’t I married to you?

While taxiing at London Heathrow, British Airways (BA) 904 makes a wrong turn and comes nose to nose with a Lufthansa aircraft.

An irate female ground controller lashes out at the BA crew, screaming: "BA 904, where the hell are you going! I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway! You turned right on Delta! Stop right there. I know it is 

difficult for you to tell the difference between C and D, but get it right!"

She continues by shouting: "You...

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Which fees do you pay and why?

In 2009, US airlines generated almost $8 billion (€6 billion) by charging a variety of fees. The latest fee is the overhead bin fee that Spirit Airlines began charging on August 1, 2010 for carry-on bags that will not fit in the under seat space. Airlines reserve the right to cancel or change your flight. However, if you want to change your flight most airlines will charge a reservation change fee. In the first quarter of 2010 alone, US airlines collected $554 million   from reservation change fees. Southwest Airlines is the only US airline that does not charge...
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Skyteam horror

A passenger books a flight on KLM from Tallinn (Estonia) via Amsterdam and Seattle to Honolulu (Hawaii) to attend a conference. On arrival in Amsterdam, she learns that her flight to Seattle is overbooked. KLM denies her boarding and rebooks her on on its Skyteam partner Delta Airlines with plane changes in Atlanta and Los Angeles. The delay in Amsterdam is 9 hours. Therefore, KLM compensates her with €600 in cash plus a voucher of €25 for drinks and a meal, which is more or less consistent with EU regulation 261/2004.   She will have...
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