In May, an Air India pilot and co-pilot showed flight attendants how to monitor the cockpit as they retired to take naps while the Airbus caring 166 passengers cruised from Bangkok to New Delhi on autopilot.
That’s just one of the bizarre travel stories of 2013.
The two pilots didn’t get much of a nap because they had to rush back to the cockpit and seize the controls after a flight attendant accidentally turned off the autopilot. Both pilots were suspended.
And speaking of falling asleep, just this month a passenger didn’t wake up when his plane landed in Houston at night. He awoke to find himself alone on a dark, cold, and empty plane. Locked inside, he had to call his girlfriend to get authorities to free him.
This summer the US airline that brought you fees for stashing luggage in an overhead bin came up with something new: wine in a can. Spirit, the Florida-based discount carrier, charged $7 a can for a wine with half the alcohol of most wines. Called “Friends Wine in a Can,” it came with names like Strawberry Moscato and Friends White.
More weird travel stories tomorrow.