March 6, 2014 |
Wisconsin. "Airplane!" Actor Robert Hays. NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Put them together and you have promos for Wisconsin that spoof the 1980 spoof comedy that gave new meaning to the phrase, "And don't call me Shirley. " "Airplane!" tells the story of Ted Striker (Hays), who has to pilot a plane when the crew (including Abdul-Jabbar as co-pilot Roger Murdock) gets food poisoning. Girl Scouts get into a brawl, an IV line for a critically ill girl is mistakenly disconnected, and Barbara "Leave It to Beaver" Billingsley talks jive as the backdrop to Striker's struggle to land safely, coached by a whacked-out air traffic supervisor.
February 27, 2014 |
For years, decades even, Liam Neeson was an action hero hidden in plain sight. Yes, he was an impressive 6-foot-4, with the rangy physical grace of the former amateur boxing champion still visible, but the Oscar nominee for "Schindler's List" could put you away with his acting. Was it necessary or even prudent to have him throttle evildoers with his bare hands? FOR THE RECORD: "Non-Stop": A review of "Non-Stop" in the Feb. 28 Calendar section said the movie opens with air marshal Bill Marks (played by Liam Neeson)
February 7, 2014 |
TripAdvisor this week rolled out a handy new feature to its flight search website that allows consumers to compare amenities such as legroom, Wi-Fi, power outlets and in-flight entertainment before buying a ticket. It also features traveler-generated photos of the airplane inside and out. Here's how it works: Enter your destination search on the Cheap Flights search page. Then filter on what amenities you want -- onboard Wi-Fi, television, power -- or just do a general airfare search and the information will pop up with the list of flights.
January 19, 2014 |
“Slim-line” seats, with thinner seat-back cushions, are increasingly popular with airlines because they weigh less and help squeeze more passengers into a plane. But the seats may not be so popular with passengers. A new survey by the travel website TripAdvisor shows that many passengers who have tried slim-line seats are not fans. In a survey of 1,391 travelers, the website found that nearly half weren't sure whether they had sat in slim-line seats. But of those who said they had tried the seats, 83% said they were less comfortable than traditional seats, 8% said the slim-line seats were more comfortable, and 9% said they couldn't tell the difference.
January 13, 2014 |
Question: I recently flew back to Los Angeles from New York on American Airlines. About two hours into the flight there was an announcement that all the onboard toilets, except for one in coach class, had stopped working, and so more than 150 passengers had to share one bathroom. How does this happen? Are there guidelines or regulations that airlines should follow in this situation? There was no mention of compensation of any kind, although I won't be flying AA again in this lifetime, so I'm not looking for that.
January 5, 2014 |
If a ban on cellphone calls on commercial planes is lifted, a majority of travelers said they would be willing to pay extra to sit in a chatter-free quiet zone on the planes. That is the finding of a poll of more than 3,400 fliers by the travel website Airfarewatchdog.com. Of those polled, 53% said they would pay to sit in an airplane's quiet zone. It's a relevant question because the Federal Communications Commission is now accepting public comment on a proposal to lift the 22-year-old ban on cellphone calls on commercial airlines.