Friday, September 29, 2006

American Airlines doesn't allow kissing?

The New Yorker has an account of a flight crew threatening to divert a plane heading to JFK from Paris for kissing. Yeah, you heard me. According to Boing Boing: "American Airlines says this was all according to procedure, because kissing of any kind isn't allowed on AA flights." Or was it because they were gay?

Judging by the New Yorker article, it started with an uptight flight attendant. It escalated because the flight crew felt they needed to save face, rather than just laughing off a relatively embarrassing situation. Just in case, make sure not to show your significant other any affection during travel on AA.

Someday soon, I'll regail you, my two readers, with the horror story (in a matter of speaking) that was the trip back from our honeymoon in Paris (and other locales thereabouts). If I ever fly AA again, it'll be too soon. This seems typical of my experience with the airline (the "we won't give you an inch, and if you challenge us in any way whatsoever we'll make things difficult for you and invoke the 'it's company policy; my hands are tied' line" attitude, not the "don't kiss your boyfriend" one. Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
Shortly after takeoff, Varnier nodded off, leaning his head on Tsikhiseli. A stewardess came over to their row. "The purser wants you to stop that," she said.

"I opened my eyes and was, like, 'Stop what?' " Varnier recalled the other day.

"The touching and the kissing," the stewardess said, before walking away.

Tsikhiseli and Varnier were taken aback. "He would rest his head on my shoulder or the other way around. We'd kiss--not kiss kiss, just mwah," Tsikhiseli recalled, making a smacking sound.
Link (via Boing Boing)

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6 Comments:

Blogger beth said...

Are you kidding me?! American Airlines is the worst airline. I keep hearing more and more stories like this.

Fri Sep 29, 10:57:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm guessing the airline was attempting to preclude the possibility that passenger (a) was attempting to spit diesel fuel into the mouth of passenger (b), which no doubt contained ammonium nitrate fertilizer.

A blasting cap concealed in a molar would then have completed this deadly device.

Homosexuals? Ha! That's just the jihadists new way to fool the infidel!

Good on ya AA, for keeping your priorities straight - Southwest just doesn't have the balls to forbid kissing on their aircraft. I fear for the safety of their passengers.

Friendly skies indeed.

Fri Sep 29, 01:14:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Gabriel Villa said...

That could be the Anal Retentive definition.

Fri Sep 29, 01:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Shaun said...

I'd be banned so fast. That's ridiculous!

** Shaun **
My awesome blog: ohpunk.blogspot.com

Fri Sep 29, 01:55:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Vicki said...

I remember you guys telling me AA sucked and I said I thought they were good. Then I flew Delta to Brazil and found out what good really is. I even wrote Delta a letter letting them know how much more ass they kick than lame-ass AA that pulled their hub out of St. Louis, among many other piss-me-off decisions. Delta rules, AA drools. (I've been waiting a few years to bring that one back.)

Sat Sep 30, 08:37:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Fun Stuff Guy said...

Sounds a bit like the problem they had with Richard Gere kissing that Indian actress.

Sun Jul 08, 01:26:00 PM PDT  

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