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1 in 50 Will Find Love at 10,000 Feet

British bank HSBC has done a new study which suggests that 1 in 50 airline passengers meet their one true love aboard a plane.

The study surveyed over two thousand people from almost one hundred and forty-one countries. Six thousand other travelers from places like Hong Kong, the US, the UK and UAE were quizzed about their travel tendencies.

The HSBC study revealed that over fifty percent of passengers will engage in a conversation with a stranger on a plane—so it isn’t surprising the same study suggests that 1 in 7 fliers will find a long-term friend while on board an aircraft. Sixteen percent may find a new business connection.

Here are some other unusual things the study found: 48% freaked out if another passenger removed their shoes; 65% are upset if someone is rude to an attendant; 46% listed others drinking too much as an annoyance while flying.

37% will get angry at anyone who takes up too much over head space. 32% can’t stand arm rest thieves. Falling asleep against a stranger’s shoulder has 30% of fliers on edge. Snoring gets 26% of travelers annoyed.

Remember, despite all this, you can find your true love on board a plane—just don’t steal their arm rest.

Posted by Victor Crew on

Spirit Airlines Flight Grounded by (Really) Bad Smell

If you’ve traveled much by air at all, you’ve surely run into unpleasant and unusual odors during a flight. However, recently, a flight was plagued by an odor so foul it was forced to make an emergency landing.

Some passengers experienced burning in their chests and throats after smell what was described as a foot like odor.
After the emergency landing, about 10 passengers (of 220) on the New York to Ft. Lauderdale Spirit Airline flight were actually transported to a near-by hospital because of their adverse reaction to the foot-like odor.

Hazmat crews were unable to find the source of the eye-watering odor.

This isn’t the only time in recent history an odor has disrupted a flight. A fight broke out on a Transavia airlines flight in February over one passenger’s gas while another passenger’s BO, on the same airline, caused some of his airborne peers to vomit.

Spirit Airlines is still investigating the smell; however, some wonder if the source of the smell got off the plane after the emergency landing!

Posted by Jody Victor's Crew on

Don’t Be a Square!

When one travels enough it is inevitable that one will pick up some strange stories along the way. This quite unusual mystery is one worthy of noting.

A British Airways Airbus A380 set off from Hong Kong on May 5 with 22 round wheels, but apparently touched down at London Heathrow with a square-shaped tire. See the photo that was uncovered by aviation news site The Aviation Herald. They reported that the British Airways crew received a tire pressure warning immediately after takeoff. The crew continued with the flight. They requested that a tow be available at the London airport in case the aircraft was not able to taxi itself to the gate.

Thirteen hours later, the plane landed safely and, surprisingly, was able to taxi to the gate with no assistance. It was then discovered that the right outboard tire had deflated both top and bottom, creating a curious squarish shape.

Kumar Mysore, from the Royal Aeronautical Society, told the Daily Mail that the square shape might be due to how the weight of the Airbus A380 distributes itself on a deflated tire. “You can see that the wheel is not damaged at all, as it is designed to take this weight. The effect is the same as when you squeeze a rubber ring toy with different intensity, it can turn into a different shape. In an A380, for this particular situation, it happens to be squarish.”

Mysore assured the Daily Mail that while there were a number of possible reasons for the deflation, “pilots are well trained to handle the situation safely.”
A spokesperson for British Airways also confirmed that the flight was not in danger.

“The A380, in common with other large commercial aircraft, is designed to be perfectly safe when landing with a deflated tire.”