There is a group of 737 aircraft operated by “Janet Airlines”, a highly classified airline that shuttles military personnel and contractor employees to and from Area 51. The aircraft are generally unmarked, aside from a red cheatline along the windows of the aircraft.
The 747 airliner has a hump because Boeing was convinced that future supersonic aircraft would eventually make it obsolete as a passenger plane. The raised cockpit allowed for a hinged nose so the 747 could continue being marketable as a cargo carrier. Today, the 747 as a passenger plane is steadily replaced by twin-engine aircrafts as they are more efficient. However, fuel efficiency isn’t such a big concern for cargo and therefore, the 747 is very popular as a cargo plane.
2% of airline luggage is either lost or unclaimed. If airlines are unable to reunite baggage with their owners, they legally own it after 90 days and sell it to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama, which receives 7000 new items per day.
Among the many bizarre requests received by Virgin Atlantic flight attendants were: “Could you turn the engines down because they are too noisy?”; “Please can the Captain stop the turbulence?”; “Can you take my children to the playroom?”; and “Is there a McDonald’s onboard?”
In 1967 a Munich resident Helmut G. Winter built a catapult to launch Bavarian potato dumplings at noisy planes flying over his house forcing the West German Luftwaffe pilots to concede defeat and change their flight path.
United Airlines had assured a blind woman that they would help her off the plane but only after the other passengers had gotten off, before forgetting about her and locking the plane up with her in it after everybody else had left.
In 2010, a fed up Jet Blue flight attendant announced his resignation over the PA system upon landing. He then grabbed 2 beers from a beverage cart and exited by deploying the plane’s emergency slide.
A passenger was turned away from two flights because he was wearing 10 layers of clothing to avoid extra luggage fees.
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.