Airlines all over the world are flying 10% slower than they did in 1960 to save on fuel costs.
In 1987, an Alaska Airlines 737 collided with a fish in midair. Today, the company flies a plane affectionately named the Salmon-Thirty-Salmon. The fish was dropped by an eagle, which the airport manager attributed to “the law of the jungle” and “as the larger bird approached, the smaller bird dropped its prey.”
Passengers leaving Hawaii on Alaska Airlines can travel with one “properly packaged” box of pineapples as checked baggage for free.
A man changed his name by deed poll to match his misprinted airline ticket as it was cheaper than paying the airline’s admin fee.
‘Smokers Express’ was an idea for a smokers airline. They would’ve encouraged smoking with free cigarettes, full-size ashtrays, free headsets, serving hamburgers, pizzas and steaks. It never took off.
Pan Am used to weigh its flight attendants every month and if they were too heavy they were suspended without pay until they lost a few pounds.
An Indian airline only hires women because they are lighter, so they save up to $500,000 per year in fuel.
United Airlines stewardesses were forbidden to marry until 1968.
Some airlines are considered so dangerous, they are banned from flying into the EU. The majority of them are from Central Africa.
Samoa Air has become the world’s first airline to introduce a pricing policy which charges passengers by body weight. Time to diet.