C.J. Arabia is a bi-coastal blogger who lives in both Los Angeles and New York City. She loves to travel, write, knit, and volunteer for dog rescues. She's preparing for a trip to New York and another trip to Japan later this year. Follow her adventures in travel, travel tips, interesting articles and funny stories about travel, here at www.travelwithcj.com
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So if you haven’t heard, Alec Baldwin got kicked off an American Airlines flight for playing Words With Friends while sitting at the gate. The plane was not moving. The crew felt he got rude with them and kicked him off the flight.
I’ve flown all the airlines and the only ones worth your money are Virgin and Jet Blue. People say they cost more, but it’s not much, and it’s worth every penny. I often find flights on Jet Blue that are cheaper than the other airlines so I don’t personally find them to be more expensive.
American released this statement via their Facebook page today:
“Since an extremely vocal customer has publicly identified himself as being removed from an American Airlines flight on Tuesday, Dec. 6, we have elected to provide the actual facts of the matter as well as the FAA regulations which American, and all airlines, must enforce. Cell phones and electronic devices are allowed to be used while the aircraft is at the gate and the door is open for boarding. When the door is closed for departure and the seat belt light is turned on, all cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off for taxi-out and take-off. This passenger declined to turn off his cell phone when asked to do so at the appropriate time. The passenger ultimately stood up (with the seat belt light still on for departure) and took his phone into the plane’s lavatory. He slammed the lavatory door so hard, the cockpit crew heard it and became alarmed, even with the cockpit door closed and locked. They immediately contacted the cabin crew to check on the situation. The passenger was extremely rude to the crew, calling them inappropriate names and using offensive language. Given the facts above, the passenger was removed from the flight and denied boarding.”
Sounds like Alec treated the American Airlines crew the way their crews have always treated me in the past. I doubt that when they initially asked him to put the phone away it was in a polite and respectful manner to begin with. I speak from my personal experience on American Airlines in the past. Their flight attendants have always treated me like I’m stupid. When they ask me to do something, or I didn’t hear something…instead of coming over and asking politely and respectfully, I have always been scolded as if I’m a child – loudly, so that all around me can hear the scolding. I assume that is to show everyone else what they will get if they don’t comply immediately with the demands of the crew. Even an intelligent adult sometimes misses an instruction. Sometimes I’m nervous about flying and get up in my head a little bit, or have my headphones on, or a fellow passenger is making noise, or a baby is crying, or I simply don’t hear something, or I’m distracted by a smart phone app. I’m not trying to be a rebel, I’m just human.
As a paying customer their staff has treated me like a nuisance just about every time I’ve ever been unfortunate enough to fly their unfriendly skies. At this point, the only reason I fly American is when someone gives me a free ticket or airline miles and EVEN THEN I have still declined the offer and paid my own way so that I don’t have to deal with the stress of flying American. I have had similar experiences on United as well.
So I’m not buying this American Airlines press release thingie they are putting out there.
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In a couple week’s we’ll be heading East for the holiday. We spend Thanksgiving in Millbrook, New York with Mather’s family. I love it there. It’s the most beautiful and wonderful place you could possibly spend Thanksgiving. It’s usually snowing and we sit by the fire drinking cocktails and doing crossword puzzles for a solid week.
This year I’ll be traveling with my Red Oxx luggage.
When I was younger I didn’t care what luggage I used, but Red Ox stuff is colorful and looks cool and gives me so many options for packing my stuff away that I just can’t live without it.
I got this stuff last year when I went to Japan and it was awesome. The bright colors made it easy to find my bags on the luggage carousel, and all my friends were jealous of my gear. The backpack is the perfect carry on and the smaller bags are perfect for my makeup and electronics, and even for storing dirty stuff until I can get to a washing machine. I also like that Red Oxx luggage and gear is extremely affordable and it’s not too girly for my boyfriend to use. When he comes to me asking if I have a bag he can borrow, I had him a Red Oxx and he’s fine with it. He stole two of my Red Oxx bags, so that says something.
So if you’re looking for the perfect bags for holiday or any other kind of travel, I speak from experience when I say Red Oxx not only looks cool, it’s practical and sturdy. The zippers never snag or get stuck, they glide like butter, even after an international flight. Give them a try. I think you’ll be happy with your purchase.
I want to go somewhere AMAZING but I can’t make up my mind. Like Japan last year. Japan was AMAZING. Maybe I should go to China. I want to eat in that restaurant on the side of that cliff there. That looks insane!
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1. They are easier to spot at the baggage pick up and…
2. If someone tries to steal my bag I’d be able to spot them right away.
It’s part of why I pick colorful computer covers and bright purses and things as well. Especially when traveling. Bright colors make it easier for my friends to spot me in a crowd and harder for someone to walk away with my bag. If you have a dark colored bag, anybody could walk away with it. They could be standing next to you with your bag and you’d never know.
So there’s my two cents about luggage color. It does matter.
If you want to pick out some colorful luggage of your own, Magellan’s got you covered.
I’m sure you’ve seen the SCOTTeVEST… It’s hard to miss it, it’s in the news all the time. The New York Times, the evening news, CNN, Travel & Leisure, TV, magazines, the Internet… I feel like it pops up all the time.
I travel a lot and there’s nothing I love more than travel accoutrement so I HAD to get the SCOTTeVEST and try it out.
To be honest… I’m a girl with a lot of baggage, emotional and otherwise so I wasn’t really looking to use it as a suitcase, though it’s cool to know that if I needed to get away on the fly, I could do it! But I wanted the SCOTTeVEST for different reasons.
I carry a huge purse with me EVERYWHERE I go, and sometimes another bag as well. Wallet, sunglasses, cell phone, keys, iPad, pens, notepad, chapstick, camera, video camera, Wet Ones, gum, mints, Splenda packets (you never know), makeup, business cards and often my knitting.
So for a busy, crafty, blogger girl like, me the SCOTTeVEST is super cool! I can fit all my “stuff” in my jacket. LITERALLY!
I got both the Light Weight Vest and the Essential Travel Jacket and I love them both.
I’m bicoastal, so I don’t just travel for fun. I have apartments in both New York City and Los Angeles, and there are different reasons why I like my SCOTTeVEST for each coast.
New York City Street Safety
I don’t have to worry that I’m a walking target with a purse dangling from my shoulder as I zip around the mean streets of Manhattan. Everything I need is in my jacket, safe and secure. If someone wants to grab my wallet, they’re gonna need a lot more than slight of hand to get it from me.
Scootin’ Around Los Angeles
When I’m in Los Angeles I drive a scooter and it’s great to just grab my jacket and go.
It’s cold on a scooter, even on a hot day… the wind is blowing and with the SCOTTeVEST I don’t have a large shoulder bag blowing in the wind and throwing me off balance as I scoot round town. Everything in that photo above is in this jacket in this photo, and you’d never know! It doesn’t look bulky or weird and it doesn’t even feel weird with all that stuff in the pockets. I’m assuming it’s all in the design.
Are you kidding me with this? How cute is this women’s trench coat? I need more SCOTTeVESTS!
And Facebook of course!
Nothing like clothing with a sense of community, right?
So if you’re thinking of getting one of these, I highly recommend it. It’s cute, comfy, cozy and practical.
If you have any questions about the vest/jacket let me know!
In an event that sounds more like something that would happen to Michael Scott in an episode of The Office, a drunken Georgia man found out exactly what it takes to get banned from an airline… too bad he doesn’t remember much of it.
As many a tale of woe starts… there was a divorce, a 2 hour delay and a trip to the bar.
That’s when 40 year old Bryan Sisco, from Winston, Georgia, innocently flirted with a cute chick/fellow passenger on the plane.
In what I image being a very Kenny Powers type voice Bryan told the press, “I’m not a big drinker, and I was feeling no pain. I didn’t realize that most of the passengers were uptight. They were pretty ticked off about the delay.”
The object of his affection was a gal named Danielle Valimont. Danielle said, that she immediately texted a friend, “I’m sitting beside a crazy man.”
Being drunk, and feeling like he’s actually making time with Denielle, he tells the flight attendant that he and Denielle just got married, so she leaves them alone and that’s when I imagine Bryan proceeded to try talking the pants off of Denielle. He’s layin’ on thick, he even pretends that he might be an air marshal.
Valimont was so freaked out by the incident that she had to blog it out.
As reported on AOL Travel, “Valimont wrote on her blog: “He was very crass with his language and called me “B****” and “F*****” in a friendly, joking way–if that’s possible…Normally, the “Georgia girl” would’ve come out in me at that point, but the lack of sleep and awareness of his instability stopped me from provoking him further.”
Way to go Bryan… that’s how to get a girl to open her flower up to you. Of course when Bryan tells the story it’s totally different… his story goes more like, “So I’m making time with this hot chick in the seat next to me.”
Not long after that for some insane reason, he pulls out a butane lighter and holds it down next to her leg and lights it and then he showed her one of those large tube things like an architect would carry for blueprints, and he tells her that it’s “top secret.”
Like anyone sitting next to a crazy person might do, Valimont tried to open the tube to look inside, but Sisco stopped her, “You can’t do that. There’s gas in there that will make anyone sleep if you open it.”
At this point Valimont had had enough. She used her cellphone to alert members of the crew as to what kind of monkey business Bryan was up to back in row 20… and let me tell you, the flight attendant didn’t like it AT ALL. Pretending to be an air marshal, lighters and acting like you have some kind of sleeping gas doesn’t sit well with the TSA.
Sisco told the press, “I fell asleep and woke up in handcuffs in Memphis with the FBI questioning me. I couldn’t even feel my thumb, the handcuffs were put on so tight. I spent three days in a county jail and a fourth day in a federal penitentiary. I was stripped buck-naked twice.”
He then wrapped things up by saying, “I’m a dumbass.”
The beautiful Japanese coast! So beautiful!