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!”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.