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The greatest aviation extravaganza on earth has come to an end but before it concluded, Ace Abbott and Peter Buffington got to rub elbows with the current aviation icon, “Sully” Sullenberger. The photo-op session was followed by a brief chat and Sully revealed that he is even cooler in person than he is on TV. A calm placid demeanor emanates from him and he exudes a quiet confidence that is part of having “the right stuff.” Sully’s ongoing work with the enhancement of aviation safety is very important to the aviation world. When he speaks, people listen, as they did when he stood in front of the Aviation Congressional Sub-committee three years ago and very emphatically stated that increased pilot salaries were necessary to attract the best quality people into the cockpit of commercial airliners.

The EAA AirVenture once again proved to be an exciting venue for anyone remotely interested in aviation. Although the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels were not allowed to perform—local area residential safety considerations—the Blue Angels had one of their pilots and aircraft available for the masses to ogle over. The Air Force had an F-16 on static display that also provided the hordes of aviation aficionados with ear-shattering fly-bys and spectacular aerial demonstrations. The many hangars were filled with aviation paraphernalia and bags of “swag” were being toted by most of the attendees. A nice review of the event is available if you click on the following link: http://airventure.org/live/.


Meanwhile, in the continuing saga of commercial aviation chaos we will take a look at just a few of these bizarre scenarios:

An Alaska Airlines passenger may face charges after police say he launched into an expletive-laced tirade against a fellow flier who declined to turn off her reading light.

The incident happened early Saturday morning on an overnight Alaska Airlines flight from Honolulu to Bellingham, Wash. Washington State Patrol spokesman Keith Leary tells The Bellingham Herald the passenger – a 50-year-old man from Tacoma whom police did not identify – apparently became upset when a woman seated in front of him refused to turn off her overhead reading light.

Police tell the Herald the man then went to talk to the flight attendants to demand that the woman’s reading light be turned off. When the attendants told the man that the woman was entitled to keep the light on, he flew into a rage, Leary tells the Herald.

Leary tells the Herald the man is accused of shouting expletives at both the woman and others on the plane. He also threatened to annoy the woman for the duration of the flight by hitting the back of her seat over and over again, a ccording to

Other than the threat of being a nuisance, however, Leary says the man apparently didn’t make any other explicit threats against passengers or the flight. “(B)ut he did drop a few F-bombs,” the Herald adds.

The man, who was traveling with his adult son and daughter, was met at Bellingham International by five sheriff’s deputies, according to the Herald. He was questioned and allowed to continue on to his home in Tacoma

For additional lunacy please read the following account of chaos in the clouds:

A man was kicked off of a Spirit Airlines plane at O’Hare International Airport
in Chicago after getting into an altercation over his wardrobe with a flight attendant.

CBS Chicago reports that the man and a female companion were boarding a flight fromO’Hare to Orlando, Fla., over the weekend when an attendant asked him to pull up his saggy pants.

According to a Spirit Airlines spokeswoman, the man became “verbally abusive” andthreatened physical harm after he was told that his pants were “excessively low”as they were hanging below his buttocks. The airline requires passengers to wear”adequate” clothing in its code.

There is more!

Camera In Air Sickness Bag Causes Airplane Scare

Last night, a United Airlines flight from Newark, headed to Geneva Switzerland, was diverted to Boston’s Logan Airport when a suspicious item was found in a seatback pocket. Fighter jets were summoned to help escort the plane to Logan-but it turned out that the suspicious item, inside an air sickness bag, was a… camera.
So, is this better or worse than a flight being diverted due to a cellphone chargingin a bathroom? Or a game of backgammon?

The camera was found in an unbooked seat, and the flight was diverted “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the TSA. NORAD confirmed that “two F-15 fighterjets were scrambled to intercept the flight at about 9:00 p.m. Eastern, shortly after it departed from Newark,” saying, “The fighters were scrambled, then interceptedand shadowed the aircraft.”

Now that we have taken the meaning of overreact to its highest level, would you care for a nice chicken salad sandwich?

Another sewing needle has turned up in a passenger’s airline meal, this time on
a Monday night Air Canada flight from Victoria, British Columbia, to Toronto.
(The previous italicized anecdotes are excerpts from the Curt Lewis & Associates newsletter).

This blog is prepared by Ace Abbott, the author of The Rogue Aviator and Dead Tired





Is the increasing number of airline cabin incidents the final verification that the Apocalypse is upon us? It seems that there are nearly one-a-day reports of passenger or passenger vs. flight attendants incidents. The number of people being arrested at airports and on airplanes appears to be skyrocketing exponentially. Today’s commercial airline travel is getting more onerous as we go and there appears to be an undercurrent of “It’s us against them,” attitude and those we call “them” are the enemy as opposed to paying customers. It is certainly a double-edged sword and these all-too-frequent confrontations are spontaneous and perhaps even blameless—unless we want to consider the possibility of the premise that the good old US of A is being undated with in-your-face confrontational people.

Rather than pontificating about airline travel let me now entertain you with the following recent news reports relating to life in the airliner cabin:

Family Tossed Off JetBlue Flight for 2-year-old’s Tantrum

When their child misbehaved, the family was removed from the plane, costing them
$2,000 out of pocket

BOSTON (KTLA) – A vacationing Rhode Island family was thrown off a recent Jet Blue
flight to Boston after their two year-old misbehaved.

Dr. Colette Vieau, her husband, and their daughters Cecelia and Natalie were trying
to fly back to Boston from a vacation in Turks and Caicos when Natalie, age 2, refused
to sit down.

Her parents got her seat belt fastened and held her in place, but the family was
kicked off the flight anyway.

Dr. Vieau described her interaction with the flight attendant over her daughters’
behavior. “We were holding them down with all of our might, seat belt on. And I
said, ‘We have them seated. Can we go now?’ She said the pilot made a decision to
turn the plane around,” Vieau said.

The airline said in a statement, “Flight 850 had customers that did not comply with
crew member instructions for a prolonged time period. The Captain elected to remove
the customers involved for the safety of all customers and crew members on board.”

But Dr. Vieau insists, “We did what we were asked to do. We weren’t belligerent,
drunk, angry or screaming. We were just having a hard time struggling with our

With no other flights that night the family was stranded. After finding a hotel
and re-booking their flights, the changes cost them an additional $2,000.

A Flight Attendant Refused To Let Passengers Off A Plane After A Video Player Went

Surging Energy Prices Are Already Taking A Toll On One Area Of The Market
Writer and tech consultant Jeff Reifman was on an Alaska Airlines flight from Miami
to Seattle when something strange happened.
Apparently, a rented video player went missing, and one of the flight attendants
was hell-bent on getting it back.
In fact, she threatened to detain them, saying that “the cabin doors would not be
opened and that passengers would not be allowed off to catch connecting flights,”
claims Reifman.
The “horrified” Reifman posted about the encounter on his blog, where he made the
observation that “threatening to detain all your passengers over transgressions
by other flyers is about the dumbest thing you can do for customer loyalty.”
It may not be the worst thing, but it’s up there. Any time a worker resorts to threatening
an entire group of customers, that’s not going to do anything positive for a brand.
To make matters worse for Alaska Airlines, it turns out that the flight attendant
was in the wrong anyway. The airline’s policy is to keep track of who rents the
video players so that they can check later. Plus, the player was actually located
before the flight landed in Miami in the first place.
We know this because Alaska Airlines quickly went on damage control and explained
exactly what happened on its end, which was great crisis management.
Spokesman Bobbie Egan went to Reifman’s blog and posted this apology in the comment
section of the post:
Mr. Reifman,
The flight attendant’s announcement to our passengers onboard this flight was inappropriate
and did not follow our procedures. The video player was located before the flight
landed in Miami and we should have shared this with our customers. In regards to
the suggestion that we note the seat number of passengers renting these devices,
our flight attendants are trained to do just that when renting the video players.
This step was not followed on this flight. We are following up with the crew of
this flight to make sure they understand our procedures.
I apologize for any alarm this caused you and the other passengers onboard this
Bobbie Egan, Alaska Airlines spokesperson
(This incident was extracted from a recent Curt Lewis Flight Information newsletter)

US Airways Flight Diverts To PDX Over Cabin Confrontation

Couple Said To Be Trying To Join The Mile High Club

It would appear an amorous couple onboard a US Airways flight Thursday forgot the number one rule when attempting to join the Mile High Club: discretion.

US Airways Flight 1473 left Seattle, WA just before 1500 PST Thursday, en route to Las Vegas when the aircraft diverted to Portland International Airport due to a… well, disturbance on the plane.

The aircraft turned around over southern Oregon, and landed at PDX at 1700 PST.

“The people across the aisle from us were fooling around in their seats and they decided to go to the bathroom and fool around and they threatened the flight attendant,” passenger Jessica Smith.

US Airways didn’t comment on whether the couple had been caught in the act, but did acknowledge a confrontation between the two passengers and the cabin crew.

The A320 took off for Vegas once again — sans the couple, who weren’t charged or arrested — about 45 minutes later.      (A rhetorical question: If I put a blanket over my lap and have my hands underneath the blanket, can the flight attendant deem that I am masturbating and have me dropped off in West Texas or some other God-forsaken area?)

FMI: www.usairways.com

American Airlines flight attendant goes bonkers

And then we have the American Airlines flight attendant who lost her emotional bearings and started blurting out volatile and caustic statements over the cabin PA. This unusual turn of events, resulted in passengers intervening to help the other flight attendants defuse the incident. The cabin of a passenger airline is a stress-inducing environment and the “acting out” by less than stable occupants who are stuffed into these “high-speed flying culverts” will continue.

This blog is prepared by Ace Abbott, the author of The Rogue Aviator; in the Back Alleys of Aviation. (www.therogueaviator.com)