In brief: Man chokes to death on in-flight meal
SAS is declared the world's most punctual airline, Thai budget carrier Nok Air fires flight attendants after they get old, a passenger chokes to death on his in-flight meal, frontman for the rock band Green Day is kicked off a Southwest plane, and more. Here is what travellers are buzzing about:
Passenger chokes to death on his in-flight meal
Yesterday, New Zealander Robert Rippingale, 31, choked to death on a beef dinner, reported London's Daily Mail. A doctor and two nurses that were passengers aboard the same Jetstar flight from Singapore to Auckland were unable to save him with CPR. Jetstar is offering other passengers on the flight $100 vouchers for the inconvenience from all the screaming. No agency tracks global statistics on such deaths, but MedAire, a medical advice service for flight crews worldwide, notes that 94 people died from in-flight medical emergencies overall last year, reports The New York Times. (Tip: the international sign for "I'm choking" is to cross your two hands over your throat.)
SAS is declared the world's most punctual airline
For the second consecutive month, about 94% of SAS flights took off on time, according to FlightStats. The average for big European airlines was merely 81% in August and 77% in July, reported Swedish news site DN. But shouldn't punctuality be about arrivals instead? No word from FlightStats on which airline triumphs by that measure.
World's most unapologetically ageist airline?
Thai budget carrier Nok Air only hires flight attendants who are under age 25 and actively replaces crew members after three years if they can't prove they still have "energy" and "looks", according to the Bangkok Post. The airline's chief executive was quoted as saying, "This has nothing to do with sexist attitudes, but rather marketing." Well, it may not be sexist, but it's dumb. Some of the best flight attendants we've encountered had many years of valuable experience.
The mega re-tweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout travel tweet.
"Just got kicked off a Southwest flight because my pants sagged too low! WTF? No joke!"
-- @BJAofficial, Billie Joe Armstrong, front man for the rock band Green Day, who was asked by Southwest Airlines flight attendants to leave a airplane he had boarded in California. The company apologised to the singer, who boarded the next flight from Oakland to Burbank.