Air New Zealand came out with a new safety video. This makes me happy on so many levels because they always do weird, fun things with their videos and more airlines should take a page out of their book (Like my airline, for example. Our video was made in the late 90's - early 00's and it SHOWS. We've had people laugh at it before and it deserves it. I'd rather do a manual brief in the aisle before playing that thing...) But Air New Zealand - I love you guys and your stupid sense of humor.

The Newest One:



Richard Simmons may be a little annoying, but I couldn't help but be amused.

Cut for MOAR videos (with less Richard Simmons and more Nekkidness) )


The safety briefings on my flights would be ten times more bearable if only my company had a fraction of the creativity that Air New Zealand seems to have...
Flight Attendant Fads


Throwing out another Flight Attendant related photo... This one of a magazine spread from sometime in the 50s I believe. The Smithsonian is just stuffed to the gills with interesting and absolutely horrifying things such as this.

A Japanese in every Jet as a new stewardess fad?

Really?

They've really managed to boil down women into something more akin to trading cards. Coming soon! Collect every one!

The mindset behind these kinds of fads is one I'm happy to have left in the past. I know it still lurks in modern day society and I look forward to the day when it really is in the past in a permanent kind of way.
I'm blaming my lack of posting on general exhaustion. Not much of an excuse... but it's my excuse :)

Anyhoo, I visited the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in April and took in the exhibit they had on Flight Attendants... oh wait. Stewardesses.

I'm so glad the requirements have changed since the "Golden Age of flight"

Girls Wanted


5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet, 6 inches
21 to 26 years old
135 pounds maximum
Female
Attractive,"Just below Hollywood standards"
Height and weight in proportion,
Single women only, not married, divorced or widowed
Plenty of personality and poise
Registered nurse or two years of college
White


I think this video pretty much sums up what I've been doing for the past few weeks. Also, it's really pretty.


This video is completely awesome and I totally approve.

United does suck anyways. :)
Due to a lack of air conditioning and still being slightly jet-lagged I did not get as much sleep as I wanted, as a result I believe my flight today is going to be ever so much fun. *rolls eyes*

Not as much fun as the Delta flight attendants had in the story below...

Irate first class passenger pulls emergency slide, leaves plane

My company used to be the only one doing that run, New York to Georgetown Guyana. It's full of crazy, and I remember those flights as being miserable and making one question their faith in humanity. The only consolation to spending 5 hours in plane being hissed at, snapped at and having your clothes tugged on by irate passengers was the Roti shop just outside of the airport.

How do you like those Georgetown flights now Delta?!

And now, I must go prepare for my flight. At least its getting me away from Who Fandom for a bit. A welcome reprieve methinks.
I'm home now but I was stuck in Bangor, Maine for the past 3 days.

I was originally only supposed to spend 8 hours there.

Day 1: We arrive, crash at the hotel, wake up only to find out that our flight out of Maine isn't going to happen due to bad weather in the New York/Philadelphia/Maine area. Basically, the East Coast is screwed.

No prob right? We pick up the pilots, hop in the hotel van and scurry on over to the nearest movie theater to see 'There Will Be Blood.'

5 minutes into the movie scheduling calls to tell us that we have to be at the airport at 3:30 for a flight to Philadelphia with a connection to LaGarbage (That's LaGuardia for those of you not in the industry). So, bye bye movie, it would have been nice to even gotten to the part where there is actual dialogue. But alas, it was not to be.

On the ride back to the hotel (in order to frantically pack as 3:30 is cutting it awfully close) we look up the flight information on a Blackberry and find out that all the flights from Philadelphia into the New York area are canceled. No flight for us.

So we camped out in the hotel lobby and watched Jerry Springer. The pilots were still at the movie theater enjoying a movie I had paid for and was supposed to be enjoying.

Day 2: Get to the airport around 1 in order to catch our 3:30 flight. They just rolled our tickets over to the next day. 15 minutes prior to boarding the airline announces that due to a mechanical issue the plane is grounded and the flight is canceled. It is also, as it happens, the last flight of the day.

Back to the hotel. We went shopping to make ourselves feel better.

Day 3: Finally, Finally, Finally get on a plane. After dealing with the little issue of getting to the ticket counter and finding out that our tickets have been voided. Anyways, ticket firmly in hand and butt firmly in seat we are on our way. Or so we were supposed to be. The plane was supposed to leave at 6:30 in the morning but due to the lovely weather Maine enjoys we got to sit on the tarmac waiting for the plows to finish plowing the runway and for the plane to be deiced. I watched the minutes tick down on my watch and slowly came to the realization that we were not making our connecting flight in Boston.

Sure enough. We pull into the gate at Boston at 8:40. Our plane to LaGarbage departed at 8:30. The wonderful thing about Boston though is that flight to NYC leave every hour so the next plane is our salvation.

Of course, we end up circling NYC for 30 minutes before we can land due to too much air traffic.

Also, I'm getting sick, and if it is what everyone else had I'm writing a nasty letter to the pilot that showed up for the trip sick.

So that was my past 3 days.

If I didn't laugh, I would have cried.

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