Pilot Explains Why He Quit and Cheap Australia Awards

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Video: naked guy puts his room service tray in the hall, then realizes he locked himself out of the room and can’t get in at least a year and a half old but still quite something.

  • ANA’s Australia awards

  • Eight Ways to Make Your Flight Better from the New York Times.

    Airlines will rarely put you up in a hotel room, and even if they do, Mr. Leff said, “I don’t want to stay in the hotels they’re offering.” He goes online and books himself a hotel room instead, then sends the receipt, along with receipts for meals, taxis or ride-sharing, to his credit card company.

    …In some ways, it’s “no different than dealing with the cable company,” said Mr. Leff.

    When delayed at the airport, he tries to look up flight alternatives himself because the agent at the gate or on the phone may suggest only itineraries that the average traveler would want. Sometimes, Mr. Leff said, when a phone agent says “We have nothing available,” what he or she really means is “nothing a sane person would want is available.”

    As a rule of thumb, if he doesn’t get the answer he’s looking for, his maxim is “Hang up; call back.” He says it’s the frequent flier’s version of “If Mom says no, ask Dad.” You can also talk to an agent at the gate, at a check-in counter, at a kiosk, or in a lounge.

    “So often people feel powerless in travel,” Mr. Leff said. “Having a few of these tactics just changes that mind-set.”

  • Charter jet almost hit four planes while landing in Philadelphia

  • Love this. (HT: Michelle L.)

  • Why I Quit Being an Airline Pilot He was clearly a co-pilot for an American Airlines regional carrier, probably PSA, and most of his complaints center around lack of time to eat and long lines at Starbucks. That and netting about $125 a day you’re actually flying.

  • The world’s first movie made an an airline and an airport comes to us from Helsinki and Finnair.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Gary, that pic of the dog listening to the safety demo made me LOL out loud. Thank you for a belly laugh this Monday morning. 🙂

  2. JCs sunny personality shines through once more.
    Although she can’t resist transferring her own proclivities onto others.

  3. @747always: It’s not called transference, Jethro, although you hear your court-mandated shrink use that term a lot. It’s called keen observation and we can understand why you are ashamed. How much have you raised on that GoFundMe to get your extra chromosome surgically removed?

  4. @JC keep making excuses. We know you’re a skank. Keep being your sunny self. Ps. Please don’t raise your arms. Your body odour is horrendous.

  5. @747always: Jethro, it’s almost midnight. You are violating your terms of parole by being at the Internet cafe so late.

  6. @JC it’s not close to midnight where I am. Your poor excuse for a brain has obviously not heard of time zones. But then when one is consumed by self hate as you are, facts don’t matter.

  7. So basically JC is a Skank on parole, who uses Internet cafes to spread her bile online. And she hates her mother.

  8. @747always: Is it that pesky little extra chromosome which makes you break three simple concepts into three separate posts, Jethro?

    Jethro, I don’t hate most people. But ever since I saw in the news where you were on the sexual predator list, you were a worthy exception. Shame on you for pretending you have even flown on any type of aircraft short of a prisoner transport. 747 must be your cell number.

    Whether it’s 9 pm or midnight, your parole officer still wants you in your room before supper.

  9. So transphobic @JC. Keep going. Keep being hateful! No one likes you, not even your parents. And its not surprising. Youre so full of hate towards yourself. Please seek help. If nothing, for your parents sake. 🙂

  10. @747always: Funny, Jethro, how you mention parents. You don’t even know which of half a dozen could possibly be your father. One thing I will give you, though, is that your mom must really love you more than most other mom’s love their kids. For her to “service” so many “customers” each night just to raise your bail money and court-ordered restitution is amazing. I usually give her an extra few $$ and she gushes with pride. Lucky you, Jethro.

  11. Keep spreading the hate @JC. Your mum would still rather not be in touch with you. Setting up a go fund me to rescue her from your abusing clutches.
    Oh it’s close to midnight. I guess that’s why a vampire like yourself is on the prowl.

  12. Btw @JC, it’s obvious no one wants to sleep with you. I’m glad my mum has as active sex life. If you changed yourself, maybe you could retire your vibrators and actually sleep with a human being, who you’ve not paid

  13. @747always: Jethro, your double posts are so cute. One is yours and the other is your extra chromosomes’s.

    Yes, your mom does have a very active sex life. She has knobbed half the town. You know I’ve paid her, and you know I always leave her an extra tip. She probably gives it to you so you can keep buying those kiddie porn photos. They still call you swirly face, no?

  14. @JC the transphobic kiddie porn watching skank whos out on parole. Such a lovely descriptor. Shows why she needs to pay for sex. And her best friend is her washing machine. She puts it on spiiiiiiiiiiin.

  15. @747always: Again, your extra chromosome makes your extra post. You two are inseparable, no? I set up a Go Fund Me for you, Jethro, so you can have that extra chromosome surgically removed. I took yet another “spin” on your mom, but no extra $5 for her this time. That $5 is seed money on your Go Fund Me. Go check it out!

    Oh, almost midnight there, Jethro, does your parole officer know you are up and online?

  16. @Jc. Keep trying. My mum doesn’t sleep with syphilitic skanks. Ergo, she’s never slept with you. BTW, there are a lot more countries in the world than the USA. Get your head out of the cabe you call your posterior, and attempt to use the peanut that is brain.
    PS. After having you, your mum swore off sex.

  17. @747always: Nice to see your walking, Jethro, and your extra chromosome is only making one post.

    Did you check out your GoFundMe, Jethro? It’s at $5 already. Soon you will be famous.

    You are not overseas, Jethro, since you are prohibited to have a passport. The judge decided to put an end to your child-sex trips to Cambodia. And your mom does sleep with me … well, not exactly “sleep”, but you do understand. I’m the guy who always stops, pats you on your tiny pointy noggin on the way out and gives you $1. Care to see the photos? I’ll post them to your GoFundMe page.

  18. Oh dear syphilitic @Jc keep assuming. Your head is so far up your posterior, you eat and digest food in the same place.
    Your syphiltic hate filled brain can’t see the truth.
    Of course your ludicrously low intelligence can’t see that since you haven’t shared the details with me, I can’t find the gofundme you started.
    Ps. Keep being transphobic.
    PPS. Your mum says that you were born stupid, and the syphilis made you stupider.

  19. @747always: “Dear”?? Old habits die hard, Jethro? You constantly try grooming little kiddies so use that language out of habit. Ask your parole officer to talk to you about that.

    Search for your GoFundMe. It’s up to $5.50 now. Remember, though, you can’t use it for kiddie porn.

    Go to sleep now, Jethro. Your mom and I will be making a little noise and don’t want you to hear. Don’t worry, I’ll leave the $1 for you on the table.

  20. Hey @JC your vibrator called again. It says you gave it gonorrhea!
    And dear syphilitic skanky one, I dont know how to explain it to your syphilis addled self, but Im not american, and Im not in the USA.
    Please seek help, dear skanky sphilitc one. Mental as well as physical. 🙂
    PPS. Nice to see a feminist like yourself suppporting human trafficking through prostitution. The dichotomy is immense 🙂

  21. @747always: Jethro, you are one of many overseas kiddie fiddlers in a US prison. I know your life is dismal and your parole officer makes your life difficult. Withdrawal from the kiddie porn life must also be hard on you. Your extra chromosome must really be burned out to make you start imagining phone calls from inanimate devices. Third grade biology must have been tough for you, but inventing fairy tales instead of studying hard doesn’t help you.

    Bet you dream of just how many zloty you will eventually get from all those $1 tips you get each day. Don’t worry, though, only 20 more years before you are allowed to travel again. Gotta make sure those kids are safe from you.

  22. @JC so from being on parole, I’m now in jail? How does that work? Please do explain O Syphilitic Skanky Slag!
    I didn’t know prisons in the USA allowed internet access. Of course, you seem to speaknfrom experience again.
    The only fairy tales are the ones you concoct.
    Ps. Your neighbours called. They said your unwashed nether regions are stinking so bad your town has to be evacuated.

  23. @747always: @747always: Is your extra chromosome heavy? You know full well that after ten years in prison you are on a conditional release status. By day you work, at night you are locked up in your halfway house. Surely your parole officer tried to explain this to you, but you are just too stupid to understand. Or don’t feel comfortable admitting it. I’m sure you’d rather hide your sordid past beneath claims to fly in airplanes and travel the world.

    I added a link to your conviction for kiddie molestation to your GoFundMe. You are up to $5.75 now.

    Nice fairy tale about phone calls from neighbors. Your halfway house doesn’t allow convicts to use the phone. Besides, I smell exactly like your mom. Will she visit you tomorrow?

    Hear they want to extradite you to Manila. Hope you get a good exchange rate for your zloty when you want pesos.

  24. @JC dear Syphilitic Skanky Slag. You still haven’t clarified whether I’m on parole or in jail. Of course you now claim I’m in a halfway house. So which one is it?
    I spent 10 years in prison?
    PS. My country doesn’t have halfway houses. Although your skanky self seems to have spent a lot of time there.
    PPS. Do you even know what a chromosome is you transphobic syphilitc slag?

  25. @747always: When you are in a halfway house, Jethro, you are on parole. Did I dumb it down enough for you? But you already know that, you just have to pretend you don’t.

    10 years, nonce. I guess the court wasn’t impressed with your kiddie porn collection.

    If I have syph, I got it from your mom.

  26. BtW dear @JC I’m not Polish. Ergo have no use for zlotys. Try harder dear racist syphilitc skanky slag.

  27. @747always: Didn’t say you were, Jethro. You will need zlotys when they extradite you to Poland for doing kiddies there. After that, pesos for the Philippines. You really shouldn’t have gone on all those kiddie sex tours. In the Philippines, the LBBs will adore you.

    Your mom will miss you, though.

  28. dear Skank @JC you just claimed I was in prison. So which one is it? Quit the crystal meth. It’s making you waaaaay stupider than you already are.
    Ps. Thanks for agreeing you’re syphilitic and that people can literally smell you coming.

  29. I never claimed to have flown first class. Another lie from the Tsarina of Skank, the one, the only, @JC

  30. Btw, dear expert in English, @JC, the following is quote by you in this same thread.
    “@747always: Jethro, you are one of many overseas kiddie fiddlers in a US prison”
    So which one is it? I didn’t know jails in the USA perform administrative procedures in the middle of the US night! Try harder O Syphilitic Skanky One!

  31. @747always: Whether in a prison or paroled to a halfway house, you are still confined by virtue of your conviction for fiddling with kids. Live with yourself, nonce.

    By the way, your Google search results are impressive. You claim you flew first. Then you claimed you were a pilot. Then your kids were pilots. Congenital liar & nonce are your two major accomplishments in life.

  32. And dear Tsarina of Skank, you haven’t shared the link inspite or claiming you had. you’re as bad a liar as you are with your personal hygiene.

  33. Hahahaha hahahaha hahahaha. Google search! the Tsarina of Skank fails at lying just as she fails to wash regularly.

  34. Ooh @JC now I know why water buffalo sounds so familiar. That’s what the kids in your homeschool called you! Although I think it’s sick that they called you that. The poor water buffalo never hated on anyone.

  35. So I’ve moved from a prison to halfway house in the USA, to BOM within 10 hours! Man! Never knew I had mastered teleportation dear @JC.

  36. @JC says “try earning your English” while trying to tell someone to learn English! Irony bites the ugly skank @JC in the ass! Again!

  37. Thanks for the entertainment @JC. And send some of the drugs you consume over! They must be good to cause you to delude yourself so well!

  38. @747always: You added “your”, Jethro. That extra chromosome affects your eyesight?

    No need to send you drugs, Jethro. First of all, that would be a parole violation for you. Second, once you get out of whatever incarceration you are in or going to be in, your mom needs you back out plowing the fields. Doing drugs would get you the death penalty in India. Not that your life isn’t worth much anyhow, but at least we get a laugh about how much you supposedly fly AI.

  39. Awww. Ickle @JC again blunders through the conversation like the ignoramus she is. Complete lack of knowledge about anything.
    so am I in India or the USA right now, since you used present tense in your last bout of vomitus.
    Ps. Please earn your English! 😉

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