On Saturday, a plane full of vacationers disappeared from radar and crashed in a mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 passengers and crew aboard. Now, Germany’s transport ministry is warning airlines against flying the same route above Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, stoking rumors about the cause of the crash.
Air travel is the fucking worst, everyone agrees, but it is sometimes a necessity. And, when it is, most people just book the cheapest economy flight available to them, regardless of airline, and suck up the indignity of layovers, limited legroom, and cramped baggage space. Now, Delta has introduced an additional indignity to which you must agree before taking your place behind some seat-reclining asshole.
On a flight from Nicaragua to Miami Sunday, a woman decided to test American Airlines' "no smoking" rule by lighting up on the plane. Even though everyone had seen her (and some of her fellow passengers were taking video), she tried to pin it on the guy sitting next to her. As in-flight annoyances go, smoking in an enclosed cabin is pretty bad—but that's just scratching the surface of what happened in this airborne waking nightmare.
In a yearly industry ranking of U.S. airlines, high-flying iPad simulacrum Virgin Airlines stole the top spot for the second year in a row, due to its baggage handling and capability to show up mostly on time. Its unfettered access to hot new tracks and complimentary "welcome cocktails" was not counted.