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Boy Band Member Wears Everything to Avoid Baggage Fee, Faints

July 14, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

Someone get these kids a new manager; it's the fans who are supposed to be fainting.

19-year old singer and blond mop top James McElvar is a member of Rewind, a Scottish boy band you don't know because you have a case of The Olds. (But Rewind has 45K Twitter followers, so apparently they're a thing.) McElvar also came up with a creative solution while boarding an EasyJet flight at Stansted Airport last week, when he realized he'd have to pay a £45 charge to check some luggage: He put on all his clothes. All of them. 12 layers that consisted of "four jumpers, six t-shirts, three pairs of jeans, two pairs of jogging bottoms, two jackets and two hats," according to the BBC.

And then he passed out.

McElvar's body temperature soared (as is wont to happen when wearing half your wardrobe), heat exhaustion set in, and profuse sweating turned to vomiting turned to fainting. The pop star reasonably well-known figure in his own country was even treated with oxygen on the flight, and taken to a hospital in Glasgow. "I thought I was a goner and that I was having a heart attack,” he told The Sun.

But it could have been worse, and we don't just mean his health. (Although we're glad the lad is A-OK.) Lest you feel bad guffawing at the incident, Rewind has been taking full advantage of the viral nature of the story, retweeting cheeky posts about the event, sending him on a chat show circuit (he's already appeared on BBC One and America's TMZ) — and McElvar even shared with a UK celeb site his "Tips for Flying." "Try to faint in a position that doesn't ruin your hair," offers the singer. Also, "Have your social media passwords written down in case the worst happens. Someone can post messages from the beyond the grave. Maybe also have a pre-written note to Beyoncé as its 1568 times more likely she will respond and take notice if something happens."

Okay, okay. Not a bad idea.

One other source trying to take advantage of the attention? A competing airline, of course! Ryanair tweeted the band with an offer it can't refuse: a more generous baggage policy.

[Top image via Rewind's Twitter]

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Here's How easyJet Wants to Use Drones and 3D Printers for Airplane Maintenance

June 12, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

Drones: What are they good for? Spying on neighbors, mostly. Also for maiming Enrique Iglesias.

But now it looks like drones may have a new purpose: helping to maintain airplanes. And their accomplice in this task? The 3D printer.

Per Bloomberg, low cost carrier easyJet just announced they'll embrace some innovative technological approaches to help keep passengers and planes safe. The plan is for drones to check out planes on the ground as part of regular inspections and maintenance. If you think about it, it makes good sense—another eye on things from above certainly can’t hurt.

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Supermodel Kate Moss Was Escorted Off an easyJet Flight

June 8, 2015 at 4:49 PM | by | ()

There was no sunglasses-wearing Anna Wintour there to see it — and no waif like, hand clasping Olsen Twins either. But supermodel Kate Moss took one of her fiercest runway-related struts Sunday afternoon in London: Upon arriving at Luton Airport, Moss was escorted by authorities off her easyJet flight due to vaguely described "disruptive behavior," according to Everyone (including but not limited to USA Today).

The exact nature of the disruption remains unclear; some passengers suggest it may have had to do with Moss drinking vodka packed in her carry-on, while others on the flight sound flummoxed and totally unaware of whatever purported disruption Moss was said to instigate. (BO-RING. We like the supermodel-slugging-vodka version.)

And of course, nearly everyone is instead more surprised by the fact that Moss was flying on a budget airplane like easyJet than that she was whisked away for as-yet-unknown diva behavior. (And besides, isn't it entirely possible she was just having a good time? And what's wrong with that?) Then again, Moss apologists and conspiracy theorists might wonder if the model's uncharacteristic choice of carrier could have something to do with the resultant brouhaha. It certainly couldn't hurt a budget carrier to earn some ink via salacious reports about a notably glamorous passenger. (Just thinking out loud!)

Note to Kate Moss: Probably time to add Scandinavian Airlines to your no-fly list. Otherwise, keep sashaying off that gate like the supermodel legend that you are. Lessers, get in line.

[Photo via what appears to be Kate Moss's no-longer-regularly updated Twitter]

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EasyJet’s Polarizing Decision to Text Customers

July 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM | by | ()

This week, EasyJet launched a service via its mobile app that will text customers step-by-step instructions throughout the process of boarding a flight. Using sensors placed throughout the airport, the app detects where a passenger is and sends call to action type information via text message.

For example, when a passenger approaches the boarding gate, they will receive a text message advising them to take out their boarding pass and, where appropriate, passport. The thought behind the service is that it will help reduce wait time caused by disorganized passengers.

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Flight Review: $140 to Iceland on EasyJet is a Very Easy Decision

May 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM | by | ()

Know what sounds nice? A long weekend in Iceland. While most Americans would chose to fly Icelandair or seasonal non stops from the US on other major carriers, we managed to fit an Iceland trip into a visit to London, all because of the availability of cheap one-ways on Easyjet. What proved to be most notable about the entire EasyJet travel experience is the time spent at the airport, and not actually on the flight.

For the 7.35am departure from London's Luton Airport (LTN), we reserved a £12 4.15am National Express coach bus from Victoria Station, which arrived to LTN at 5.25am. From there, we clutched our print-at-home boarding pass and, with no luggage to check, we headed straight through to airport security. Luton seems better equipped than Heathrow to handle crowds of passengers at security as, despite the morning rush, we were through security and handled (not manhandled!) in under 10 minutes. So far, so good.

Airside, Luton is a massive food court, with the boarding gates located down hallways. Passengers find seats only in the main central area, and then stand to rush and line up at the gate the minute info screens announce their flight. This early in the morning, when budget airlines love to sell their seats cheapest, the terminal resembled a safe house during an evacuation drill. Every available seat was taken, and passengers clutched their luggage on their laps as there simply wasn't room to spread out.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: 'I'll Have the Kids Meal' on easyJet

May 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | ()

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

"We'll have the kids meal."

Never before have we uttered these words on a flight, until flying with easyJet this last week, early enough in the morning that we'd eat pretty much anything. While perusing the airline's surprisingly extensive menu (they dedicate 25 pages of the duty-free catalog to onboard food choices!), we spotted a $5 snack box we just had to have.

This was a cheap flight in the first place—we paid $150 total for a one-way flight from London-Luton to Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport—and we don't board cheap flights expecting very much. This snack box was, on top of the impressive menu, a huge positive surprise. It's designed specifically for kids! What other airlines offer such a thoughtful buy-onboard food pack for picky children? Off hand, we can't name another.

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Why an Airline Now Holds a Record for 'Highest Ever Theatrical Performance'

April 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM | by | ()

Airlines are known for backing all sorts of arts, from Broadway musicals to flashmobs. Leading the charge towards an officially recognized "Shakespeare Day" is easyJet, who've spent this week going above and beyond in honor of the bard.

First, easyJet put their EasyJet Airbus A319 repainted with Shakespeare's portrait and named "Romeo Alpha Juliet" (even though the tail number is G-EZBI) on their London - Verona route for the April 23rd departure.

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Delta, WestJet, and Qatar Airways Lead This Week's New Routes News

November 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM | by | ()

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Qatar Airways:
More planes and people will be taking to the skies in 2014, as Qatar Airways is getting ready to start some new nonstop service. The plan is to connect their base in Doha all the way over to Edinburgh Airport in Scotland. Things will operate five times each and every week, and best of all it will be some Boeing 787s doing all of the back and forth flying. Flights are scheduled to start up on May 28, and there will be continuing service to spots in Australia like Perth and Melbourne. IF you’re looking to hop aboard one of these new options, they take to the skies on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

· United:
If you need to get out of town for the weekend and hit the slots and the tables then look to see what United is now offering, as the carrier is getting ready to start up some new nonstop service to Atlantic City, New Jersey. As of now it sounds like April 1 will be the big day for the new flights, as the nonstop options will depart from both Houston Bush Intercontinental and Chicago O'Hare en route all the way over to Atlantic City. Stretch your legs before hopping aboard, as the always comfortable Embraer ERJ145 regional jets will be the planes heading into the skies.

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EasyJet, Volaris, and Qatar Airways Lead This Week's New Routes News

October 25, 2013 at 8:31 AM | by | ()

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· EasyJet:
More cheap flights for you and your crew over in Europe, as budget carrier EasyJet is adding around ten new options. Just like other carriers we’ve mentioned these guys have their minds on the summer, as that’s when many of these new flights will take to the skies. Those flying out of London-Gatwick will have options to arrive in spots like Newcastle, Brittany, Paris, and Jersey. Out of Glasgow there’s some new options as well, as EasyJet will be heading to Split over in Croatia, as well as the island of Kos in Greece.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
Keep your credit card digits in your pocket for the moment, but it does sound like Hawaiian Airlines has their sites on a new spot over in Japan. With some carriers backing out of certain routes to and from Japan, there’s room for new carriers to arrive—like Hawaiian Airlines. They have applied to fly between Kona—on the Big Island—and Tokyo-Haneda. The carrier has already submitted the necessary paperwork to get permission to do so, but for now it’s all in the hands of the US Department of Transportation. Stay tuned for further developments in new routes news, but we vote for Hawaiian Airlines to get this new option—why not?

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Mobile Boarding Passes Aren't Just for the Major Airlines Anymore

July 9, 2013 at 6:57 AM | by | ()

The major carriers across the globe are no strangers to the wonders and magic of the digital boarding pass. However, many of the low-cost carriers seem to be a little behind with the mobile technology, as many still require the old-fashioned paper boarding pass—and even charge you a fee for the pleasure. It looks like EasyJet is taking a step in the right direction, however, as the carrier just expanding their mobile capabilities.

A few months ago they introduced mobile check-in and boarding passes, but at the time things were somewhat limited. That’s no longer the case, as now the carrier has expanded mobile services to around 38 different airports across Europe. This is really good news for those who don’t lug a printer around with them while traveling.

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Three Budget Airline Policies That Don't Suck

May 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM | by | ()

One of the best ways of jetting off to fabulous locations while staying conscious of your bank account is searching for seats on a low-cost carrier. There's usually a downside, however, and that's the extra fees and policies that come along with no-frills travel.

After hearing horror stories of travel on low-cost airlines like Spirit and Ryanair, you may think there's nothing to look forward to except arriving at your destination. But every so often, there's a diamond in the rough—a policy that benefits instead of punishes traveler. Here's a few of our favorites:

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EasyJet (Hopefully) Kisses Long Airport Lines Good-Bye

April 1, 2013 at 8:14 PM | by | ()

This is not a late April's Fools prank.

Flying Europe's original low-cost carrier will now begin a different foot, as starting April 30th, the departures area for EasyJet will adopt a futuristic feel where passengers are checking themselves in and tagging their own bags.

Of course you'll still have to pay the £25 fee for a checked bag, but since the airline has estimated that about 80% of their passengers already check-in online, they've decided to do away with the extra cost of staffing a desk. It's all in the name of keeping airfares low, you know.

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