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So far James Wysong has created 221 entries.

Ghost stories in flight

At the end of an otherwise ordinary flight, I hear a strange rustling from the overhead bin. A faint, ghostly whisper emanates from the back of the airplane. The whisper comes nearer, and the voice becomes spookier. Now I can make out the words: "Get out!"
By |October 31st, 2013|Columns|0 Comments|

My first Boxing Day

For years, one of our most popular contributors was James Wysong, a flight attendant and the author of Flying High with A Frank Steward. Here is a story he posted in 2006 about celebrating his first Boxing Day in London. Enjoy and Happy Boxing Day.
By |December 26th, 2012|Today|3 Comments|

The right to recline

On the airplane, that tiny button on your armrest that allows you to recline your seat is often a bone of contention for many passengers, and it can make ordinarily calm and affable person see red. What is the exact ruling on this issue? Where is it written that one passenger has the right to invade the person’s space behind them? Read on, answers and tips on this issue follow.
By |December 17th, 2010|Today|37 Comments|

From snoring seatmates to XL passengers: 10 “gray” areas on a plane

James WysongShowing up early for your flight. Carrying no more than six ounces of liquids. Being prepared to pay for anything extra. Some things are black-and-white when you travel by air. But many others aren't. James Wysong explores the 10 most vexing ones.
By |December 10th, 2008|Columns|13 Comments|

9 do-or-die rules for an ailing airline industry

I can't think of any other industry in the world that treats its most valuable customers like dirt, goes out of its way to infuriate its employees, gives its shareholders such dismal returns -- but survives. I'm talking about the airline industry, of course.
By |October 22nd, 2008|Columns|13 Comments|

9 tips for dealing with a noisy traveler

No one likes a noisy traveler. You know -- the guy at the gate with the cell phone glued to his head, shouting details of his personal life, or the scene-maker on the airplane, or the couple trying to break an endurance record (if you know what I mean) in the hotel room next to you.
By |September 17th, 2008|Columns|5 Comments|

Odd lodge: 12 strange and confusing things about hotels

If anyone knows hotels, it's airline crewmembers. We often smirk at the way properties work, but then forget about them when we leave. James Wysong doesn't.
By |September 3rd, 2008|Columns|8 Comments|

Overcrowded skies ahead: 10 strategies for surviving a full plane

The summer is in its final stretch, and after Labor Day weekend, you'd think you can say goodbye to overpopulated airplanes until Thanksgiving. Take it from me, you can't.
By |August 19th, 2008|Columns|10 Comments|

15 hotel tips from airline crews

One would think that airline crewmembers would dread layovers, but many don’t. In fact, it’s just the opposite, the longer some stay in their job, the more they grow to appreciate the amenities of a quality hotel. James Wysong spells out 15 tips to make your experience more pleasant.
By |August 5th, 2008|Columns|16 Comments|

Crew bus confidential: 10 tips for coping with turbulent times

Working for the airlines these days is sort of like living in America. Times are tough, and you just hope the people in charge know what they are doing, even though you have huge doubts.