There are plenty of instances where pilots have misbehaved throughout history -- some of them almost hilariously. Here is a look back at some very memorable misfeasance. After all, they're only human.
For most airlines, a stopover is a visit of at least 24 hours or longer in a city. The best part is, most airlines will allow a stopover for free or at very minimal charge. Some will even allow passengers to stay as long as a week, while others permit multiple stops on a journey. Here are six stopovers to consider when booking your next trip.
The boy -- while certainly inconvenienced and perhaps disconcerted about being on his own in an airport at night -- was safe. It's not by definition a traumatic or "bad" thing for kids to be exposed to uncomfortable situations every now and again, or to be subject to something outside of their comfort zone.
I once witnessed a bar fight in Ottawa where a seemingly docile civil servant and a mild-mannered professor were reduced to fisticuffs over their contradictory alliances. True story. But, incidentally, I'm not talking about hockey here folks. I'm talking about the airline carriers across our fair northern nation.
Air Canada has recently announced the "greenest flight" in the history of the airline. The flight operated between Toronto and Mexico City on June 18 when an Airbus 319 filled with passengers flew with a 50/50 mixture of normal jet fuel and bio-fuel made from recycled cooking oil. While this news was obviously a savvy marketing move for Air Canada, it also said a great deal about what must be done to achieve sustainability in our lifetime.
Our government's heavy-handed interventions in the labour market weaken basic labour rights, and that hurts all middle class Canadians. If workers are left with no outlet to seek fair compensation and working conditions, they will find other means of collective expression. Their frustration could result in spontaneous work disruptions, with a profound effect on productivity.
It couldn't have come at a better time. Right after the brutal $115-million budget cut -- while its enemies bash it for opacity and profligacy and its friends laud it as sacred Canadiana -- the network has a triumphant evening.
Expanding the availability of low-cost air travel would be one of the most progressive policies that the federal government could undertake. Our outdated airline regulations are bad for consumers, bad for Canadian businesses, and bad for prospective airline industry employees.
Think this is "dress up and sit up front" stuff is nonsense? Well, not really.
Whether it's labour rights, the long gun registry, the Canadian Wheat Board, approaches to combating crime or illegal drug use -- the list can go on and on and on -- the message from the Harper Conservatives is clear: if you don't agree with us, we will come after you.
A war against unions will feed some red meat to the party base, but at what cost both short and long term to our economy and is it worth the risk at this stage of our economic recovery?
A recent headline-grabbing incident in Japan is another wake-up call for accident investigators and cockpit designers alike. Listen up, Boeing.
All too often, the Conservatives designate a minister with little knowledge of a file to defend it against opposition attacks. Quite often this is done by one of their attack dogs. Other than the present administration, I don't recall that happening under previous Liberal or Conservative governments.
To enforce the Languages Act, the Canadian government created the position of "Language Commissioner," a job that requires one essential skill: unhinged bureaucratic zealotry.
If you have a large control over an industry and can pay the fines, I believe your ads can claim just about anything. You can upset your customers, bite the hand that feeds you and still do business. If you don't have that industry control, you may want to be a little more truthful in your advertising.
The expertise that comes with age is enough to overcome the frailties that linger in the presumptions of those who say commercial airline pilots shoul...