Solving the Oversized Carryon Bag Problem

One of the side effects of increased checked bag charges is that more people are trying to cram all of their items into their carry-ons. Spirit Air tried to address this by charging for carry-on bags, but we like a new program by Wizz Air. Passengers who try to sneak bags past onto the plane…

Six Years of Flight Wisdom

From the Editor When I first started with Flight Wisdom, we had a very different conception of what it would be. At the end of this month, we celebrate our six year anniversary. The first post was dated July 29, 2006. We started out wanting to do an information site with a blog attached, which…

That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles

The last vestige of the Cookie, Midwest Airlines, is dying. Bad enough that Frontier Airlines, which swallowed Midwest, is slowly eliminating their routes, their hubs in Milwaukee and Kansas City, but now the most unique thing about Midwest…the symbol of care…a cookie baked fresh in the back of the plane, dies May 1st. “The company…

TSA Agent Finds Ecstasy In Man’s Underpants

Blogger Bob Burns of the TSA reports that an unnamed intrepid agent successfully utilized the TSA’s enhanced pat down procedure to discover between 1000 and 2000 Ecstasy pills that had been secreted in the traveler’s underwear. The explosive discovery was made at LAX. No doubt, the discovery of a hidden, illegal, but not dangerous object,…

PEOPLExpress is Back

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="People Express Airlines (1986) (Photo credit: Hunter-Desportes)"][/caption] PEOPLExpress is back…well, the name is, at least. The new PEOPLExpress is a low-cost carrier with a mission statement to serve markets currently underserved by major carriers. Despite the fact it has not even filed with the DOT to become a scheduled airline, they…

RIP Malev and Spanair

Last week, Spanair ceased operations after 25 years. The airline had been looking for a takeover partner to ensure operations, but was unable to do so and the government withdrew the funding support it had been giving the airline. Today, after 65 years, state-owned Malev Hungarian Airlines ceased operations as the government withdrew financing. The…

What You Say On Twitter May Keep You Out Of The United States

We were disturbed by reports today that two British travelers were questioned, detained, and deported by the Department of Homeland Security, allegedly because of two tweets.  Leigh Van Bryan and Emily Bunting say they were questioned for hours, detained, placed in a cell with violent criminals who stole their food, and finally sent back to…

Rethinking Electronics in Flight or What’s Airplane Mode?

[caption id="attachment_1703" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Interior of Virgin America A320"][/caption] A few weeks ago, we commented on the ban on portable electronics. The truth is, in terms of the FAA’s stated rationale, there is little evidence presented that indicates the majority of electronics have any effect on aircraft systems. But, the other reason, the one not…

God No Longer On Board Alaska Airlines

Having never flown Alaska Airlines, it was news to us that for 30 years, together with their meals, the airline has distributed prayer cards featuring serene color pictures and verses from the Book of Psalms.  Now we’ll never have a chance to get one, as the airline announced that it will stop distributing the cards…

Construction Begins on Overpriced $791 Million 65 Foot High Fort Lauderdale Runway Expansion

The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is the 22nd busiest in the United States- and it’s about to get busier.  On Monday, a ground-breaking ceremony was heldat the airport, marking the beginning of a $791 million runway expansion project.  A princely sum, indeed, but the project which will lengthen an existing secondary runway from 5,276 to…

Angry Sun Erupts, Sending Planes South

For the second time in a week, the Earth has been hit by a coronal mass ejectionin the most severe solar storm since 2003.  The increased radiation from the charged particles of the storm which can interfere with communications is strongest near the poles where the ozone layer is thinnest.  The additional radiation poses little…

California Man Changes Flight 510 to Flight 420

43 year old Adam Blumenkranz of Los Angeles was arrested at Newark’s Liberty Airport Monday after he was discovered smoking marijuana in airport restroom on JetBlue flight 510 from Fort Lauderdale to Newark.  Blumenkranz, who was somehow unaware that smoking of any kind is prohibited on aircraft, tried to show his medicinal marijuana card to…

Ron Paul Decries TSA Police State, White House Defends TSA

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Image by Getty Images via @daylife"][/caption] After his son, Senator Rand Paul, was detained and denied boarding for refusing an invasive pat-down, Representative Ron Paul issued a sharply-worded statement promising to eliminate the TSA should he be elected President “The police state in this country is growing out of control,” the…

What Did US Airways Do With Angeline O’Grady’s Husband?

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Image by Getty Images via @daylife"][/caption] Angeline O’Grady wants to know what happened to her husband.  On November 1, she was traveling through Philadelphia International Airport with the ashes of her late husband, Brian.  She was told by TSA agents that she could not bring the ashes through security with her.…