Entries in Flying (3)


Join the Mile-High Club at a Bargain Price

Comstock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) -- Flamingo Air is in the business of offering sightseeing tours, but it’s probably safe to say that many of its customers never snap a pic, tweet their plans or even get a good look at the sights. And hopefully, they never post their photos on Facebook after their tour.

That’s because the Cincinnati-based airline isn’t offering your run-of-the-mill-see-the-sights-of-Cincinnati-from-the-air flight. No, no, no. Nearly half of Flamingo Air’s business, according to ABC affiliate station WCPO, comes from people looking to join the so-called “Mile High Club.”  Anyone can join, as long as they have a free hour and $425.

“I have had a high heel in my ear once, been shot in the back of the head with a champagne cork, and thank God we wear headsets,” Dave MacDonald, co-president of Flamingo Air and pilot of many of the flights, told WCPO.  The airline tries to play up romance during the flights by supplying champagne and chocolates, but what goes on behind the pilot’s curtain is none of his business.

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Guys, if you’re hoping for a flight on Flamingo as a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift, you may be in luck: Co-president (and MacDonald’s wife) Sharon McGee estimates 90 percent of the flights are booked by women. It’s unclear if McGee and MacDonald are members themselves.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Most Americans Feel Safer Flying Now than Before 9/11 Attacks

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Airport safety wasn't that much of a concern before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but the public's mindset has changed since then.

AAA South says an overwhelming majority of Americans -- 84 percent -- are worried that another 9/11-style attack involving planes could happen again.  Yet, because of the all the security measures instituted since then that have raised prices, delayed flights and frayed passengers' nerves, they somehow feel safer than a decade ago.

The AAA survey finds that 77 percent of respondents believe airport security is much improved since the 9/11 attacks.

Flight bookings dropped significantly immediately after 9/11 but have since climbed back, in large part to Americans having greater confidence in airport security and less fears of terrorism.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


New Airplane Boarding Strategy Increases Efficiency, Test Finds

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The final boarding call for anxious fliers may arrive sooner than expected thanks to a new boarding strategy.

A new test shows there’s a faster more efficient way to board planes than the conventional method.

BBC News reports that the latest theory, called the Steffen Method, fills the plane from the outside in—boarding passengers in all the windows first, then the middle seats and finally the aisle seats—resulting in a 40 percent gain in efficiency.

This practical method avoids the problematic blocking of seats and aisles in the boarding process, reducing passenger wait time.

The theory is named after American astrophysicist Jason Steffen who devised the theory in 2008 after getting stuck in an unnecessarily long line at the departure gate.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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