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FlyerTalk Member Experiences Severe Turbulence; Gives First-Hand Report and Photographs

“I was on this one. Never experienced anything like that and hope not to again. Everything was completely smooth and then with no warning all the plates and glasses just went flying. They’ve rescheduled us for 5pm departure. They better have a better flight path worked out this time.”

Those were the initial words posted by FlyerTalk member calexandre, who claimed to be one of the 240 passengers aboard a Boeing 777-200 aircraft which operated as…

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Content Posted on FlyerTalk by Congressman to Be Used Against Him in Light of Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

If you ever wanted proof that you should always be careful about what you post on FlyerTalk — or any Internet bulletin board web site — because you never know if and when it could come back to haunt you, this is it…

Blake Farenthold — a Republican congressman of the House of Representatives of the United States who represents his constituents in the 27th district of Texas and has done so since 2011 — is currently being sued by a former aide who alleges that he…

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How You Can Send Kevin Pinto a Birthday Card

Kevin Pinto is a legend of sorts — at least, in the minds of frequent fliers of Delta Air Lines, where he had worked for many years — and a request was sent by an employee of Delta Air Lines that it would be uplifting to Kevin if he received birthday cards “from all over.”

Who better than to fulfill that request than frequent fliers who travel all over the world?

Kevin officially retired from Delta Air Lines on December 31, 2012 as a result of…

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Thailand Now Under Military Control: How Safe Are You Traveling To or From Thailand?

Due to a coup which occurred yesterday, Thailand is now under the control of Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is the general and chief of its military. Martial law has reportedly been established — complete with a nightly curfew from 10:00 in the evening until 5:00 in the morning until further notice, from which travel to the airport is supposedly exempt — and the constitution of Thailand has supposedly been thrown out…but what does that mean for you in terms of safety when traveling? Well — considering that there has been deadly violence reported in Thailand in the months leading up to the coup — you are probably no more in danger now than earlier this year or since December of 2013 and may even be safer today than yesterday…but let us learn from what FlyerTalk members have reported…

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FlyerTalk Members Stranded in Mumbai for 43 Hours Give First-Hand Accounts

“I realize they had no choice to cancel the flight but United handled it horribly”, posted FlyerTalk member frequentjohn, who was one of 275 passengers on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft which was to operate as United Airlines flight 49 from Mumbai to Newark on February 20, 2014 but was grounded due to significant damage on its right engine cowl. “It took them hours to figure out how to get everyone out of the airport so I am still in Mumbai. They had to take us back through customs to ‘cancel’ our exit from India. It took them a couple of hours to figure out how to…

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FlyerTalk Member Sells Software for $19 Billion to Facebook

In May of 2009, FlyerTalk member jkb76 requested assistance from fellow FlyerTalk members pertaining to a “little tool” he had just developed called WhatsApp. “i hate shameless self promotion, but i couldn’t resist posting here because i wrote this app with people like us in mind (those who travel a lot)”, posted jkb76. “ever since i semi-retired a little over a year ago, i been traveling A LOT and i hated it when people tried to reach me when i am on the plane or out of the country. so i asked myself — wouldn’t it be cool if i just set a status for my iPhone, similar to how you can set a status on yahoo messenger or skype.” That “little tool” was just sold to facebook for a total of $19 billion in cash and stock. Additionally…

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In Memoriam: Black Adder

“I haven’t flown at all this year and I have no plans to fly at all anytime in the near future. I obtained my status with JAL when I was single and flying solely for pleasure. Now I’m married and am battling a serious illness so there is no money for flying or hotels. No regrets here, I had a great run.” That prophetic statement was posted on October 10, 2013 by FlyerTalk member Black Adder, whose real name was…

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FlyerTalk Members Stranded in Atlanta Due to Weather

Due to the abysmal lack of response by state and local authorities to a winter storm, FlyerTalk members report being stranded in the Atlanta metropolitan area until further notice…and it is not because of flight delays and cancellations — of which there have already been thousands nationwide due to the winter storm — but rather because of highways clogged with cars abandoned due to severe gridlock conditions and ice on the roadways throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area yesterday, which means that FlyerTalk members either cannot get to the international airport in Atlanta or are wondering if they will be able to catch their flights…

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In Memoriam: UNITED863

“I feel fortunate with only having a 2 hour departure delay on my recent SYD trip. SFO departures seem to get hit less as they have ‘spare’ 747s sitting over at the hangar, which is the only reason why my SFO-SYD flight didn’t cancel on 11/28. This route is just amazing to monitor with the frequency of delays/cancellations.” The comment quoted above was posted by FlyerTalk member UNITED863 — whose real name is Darren Booth — on December 8, 2013 at 1:28 in the afternoon Eastern Standard Time. Sadly, it was the last time he will ever post on FlyerTalk, as he passed away at the age of…

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