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In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
These little touches are usually static details that are available to everyone, but this time it was the airline crew who went above and beyond to make us feel special when we flew on the birthday of our travel companion. The crew of this recent flight on Qantas took time out of their busy work duties to wish him a very happy day.
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It takes a special sort of person to be a flight attendant. In the early days of airplane travel, flight attendants were a cross between nurses and bellboys, then the jet era called for them to be glamorous representatives of the airline. Today, flight attendants are recognized as service professionals who often undertake a full career in the skies.
Thailand's budget airline Nok Air is still seemingly stuck in that early jet age mindset, however, as they've just launched a recruitment drive via Facebook, with requirements that read more like Barbie's resume than a job posting.
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The video, a cover of Blondie's hit, One Way Or Another was shot to raise money for British Charity, Comic Relief. Aside from dancing around various foreign locales including New York, London, Tokyo and Africa, the boys got to cut a rug with some well-heeled BA cabin crew. The idea is apparently to prove that not only do these guys care, they know how to have a good time, right?
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What is the turn of a new year without a flight attendant calendar controversy? This year, the award for naughty airline calendar goes to Thai budget airline Nok Air, whose slogan is "We Fly Smiles."
They also apparently fly scantily clad, as Nok's Facebook previewed three photos from the calendar as part of a contest to win a free copy. Each of the teaser photos (shown here) are now angering the Thailand Ministry of Culture, on the grounds that the image doesn't promote the country in a proper, positive light. That doesn't mean the Ministry of Culture can stop Nok from printing their calendars, though, so the contest to give away 300 of them continues.
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There was a little bit of news out of the Turkish Airlines camp over the weekend, and it wasnít exactly positive. Apparently a sneak peek of their new cabin crew uniforms was leaked out across the interwebs, and letís just say the feedback was a little less than positive.
It doesnít appear that Turkish Airlines has officially confirmed that this is the direction that theyíre going in with their new uniforms, but if they listen to the masses they might want to throw these new uniforms in the trash and start over. Things on Twitter have kind of calmed down, but every once in a while you can still catch someone comparing these new uniforms with those from the 1960s.
Can there be anything more awkward than a band of flight attendants taking a break from their onboard duties to lip-sync to an over-played pop song? We thought we had heard the last of this song, maybe? But Air Canada has revived the Carly Rae Jepsen hit, Call Me, Maybe?
After some initial cringing for the first 30 seconds, our lips started curling into a cheesy grin. That's the power of the music, we guess. By the end of the song, we looked past the grainy video and bad lip-syncing and actually liked it.
From crazy travelers to burning batteries thereís some kind of hazard up in the air. However, the latest threat to your up in the air safety can be found toward the front of the plane, as there is danger lurking in the forward galley.
Apparently the Federal Aviation Administration has recently issued a safety warning on their website, as the government agency is kind of concerned that in-flight coffee pots could be some sort of hazard. The thought is that these suckers could pretty much explode right in the cabin. Obviously this isnít going to cause an emergency landing, but itís probably going to ruin the day of the flight attendant who is just trying to brew a cup of joe.
These ladies don't look rude
Coming off a few days of our own little annual awards, this story might seem like it's part of The Jauntys, but it's most definitely not. In fact, this dubious accolade is nothing any airline would like to display on a shelf in their HQ. Instead, the award for the Rudest Flight Atttendant would make any airline exec sit upright in their seat and pay attention.
Skyscanner, a flight search engine, recently polled their customers on which airline they believed employed the least friendly cabin crew. Before we get to the answer, we need to detail the (very) unscientific survey. The survey group consisted of 1,000 website customers being asked questions about US carriers only.
It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2012 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready for 2013, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2012 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
This year, real life flight attendants were on their best behavior but, luckily for us, the fictional ones made up for it!
The stewardesses (as they were known back in the day) on ABC's short-lived soapy drama Pan Am had enough naughty secrets under those crisp blue uniforms and girdles to make us long for the days when flying was glam.
Perhaps it's the exotic airports or the fun flashmobs and cute videos. Maybe it's the red, Richard Tyler wrap-dresses. It could also be the desire to work side-by-side with the famous Deltalina. Whatever it is, there are a lot of people who think they have what it takes to put air passengers' safety first and still maintain a killer smile. That's what we deduce from the recent job post from Delta, which garnered a staggering number of interested responses.
The airline geared up a recruiting drive to add about 300 new flight attendants to their already massive work force. Little did they know that their human resource department would be working overtime when they began to get about 2 applications every minute. In the first week, 22,000 eager flight attendant hopefuls threw their name in the hat for a coveted job at 36,000 feet, and the listings aren't even closed.
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Can you handle one more airline holiday video? We promise it's good, and not a flashmob for once!
Back in October, Delta got a few good flights attendants and pilots and ramp staff and red coats out on the tarmac at LAX in the wee hours of the morning to film what would be their 2012 Holiday Card to the world. Above is the finished product, which takes marshalling (signalling at aircraft with those handheld lightsticks) to a new, awesome level andshockershows airline employees smiling!
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ANSWER: Because you need to turn off your cell phone for flight.
You know, you don't hear much about Air Malta. Trust us that they're a legit airline based inyou guessed itMalta and (surprise surprise) we've actually flown 'em! It was a short hop from Rome to Malta, but still.
Anyway, Air Malta spent 2012 rebranding to a fresher, more modern image and are now determined to make a final impression with a PSA for their travelers to turn off their phones in flight.
The video (below) depicts a full (staged) flight where the flight attendants dance down the aisle to Psy's hit "Gangnam Style" and the pilot unfurls the final message.