In 2013, before Christmas, more than 250 passengers on Calgary-bound flights were part of a “Christmas miracle” done by WestJet. Santa Claus appeared on life-size screens at boarding gates and asked passengers what they wanted for Christmas. When the planes landed the gifts were on the baggage carousel.
Japanese airline, All Nippon Airways in an effort to save costs asked passengers to visit the lavatory before boarding because empty bladders means less weight carried.
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.