Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials say there's a growing trend of a credit card knives being carted through airport security points nationwide -- and San Francisco is one of the more popular places to find these inconspicuous blades. SFO topped the list of airports this week whe ... More >>
Unless you were born before 1970, the notion that air travel was ever romantic is about as foreign as all those places you've never traveled to. It's a stretch, but local filmmaker James O'Malley has released this neon time-lapse video of SFO, hoping that people will somehow change their perception ... More >>
I'm visiting Chicago, right now, a city where the weather is as aggressive and unpleasant as the drivers and the roads. Despite that, I am a cyclist, so I though it would have been nice to tow my bike to the Windy City 2,126 miles away. After landing in Chicago, I did some research and -- much to ... More >>
Passengers from Asiana Airlines Flight 214 have begun legal action against Boeing, the manufacturer of the crashed 777 aircraft, and Asiana could be implicated in the same lawsuit in the coming days, according to a statement by a law firm representing the passengers. Ribbeck Law Chartered Internat ... More >>
San Francisco Fire officials confirmed this morning at press conference that one of their rescue fire trucks rushing to the Asiana Airlines crash "possibly" ran over one of the two teenage girls who were killed in the Saturday accident. The two fatalities have been identified by Chinese state media ... More >>
First public nudity is banned in San Francisco, and now the
The airlines just found one more way to dehumanize your flying experience. Virgin America Airlines has reserved a first-class seat for the non-breathing SF Giants' World Championship Trophy to ensure the award has plenty of leg room and a comfortable trip to New York City. The well-deserved trophy ... More >>
A gay couple has accused Continental Airlines employees of making their trip home less than satisfying, using the couple's own private dildo. Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger filed a lawsuit against United Continental Holdings and Continental Airlines in Harris County Court this week, c ... More >>
You can go ahead and add Air Canada to the list of airlines whose food you won't want to eat. The airline confirmed yesterday that a passenger found a sewing needle in his pre-packaged sandwich served aboard the Toronto-bound flight.We'd chalk this up to an anomaly probably not worth reporting if a ... More >>
Delta Airlines hasn't come up with any reason as to why or how some needles got into the turkey sandwiches served on some of its weekend flights. And no, the pre-packaged sandwiches weren't bought in the Tenderloin. The airlines confirmed that sewing needles were found in five sandwiches on fl ... More >>
As you already well-traveled folks know, catching a flight out of SFO sucks. Just ask Terri Weissinger, who lived at the airport for eight days because of unpaid baggage fees. And then there's the issue of flight delays, which is clearly a chronic problem in San Francisco, according to a new study r ... More >>
The problem with being famous and getting special treatment everywhere you go is that you sometimes forget that rules actually apply to you. Yes, music stars, we know you think you're more important than the rest of us plebeians, but make no mistake about it: In the eyes of airport security, you're ... More >>
A flock of United Airlines pilots will stand post at the doors of San Francisco International Airport this weekend, but not to greet frequent flyers or to help you with your carry-on. They will be there to rail on the airlines, like every other frustrated flyer. Pilots have been in contract negoti ... More >>
The year 2010 was anticlimactic for San Francisco nudists after they chickened out on their much-hyped plans to strip for TSA screeners to protest the new and invasive security measures at the airport.Well, it seems a Portland computer programmer showed us -- literally. According to press reports, 4 ... More >>
If the airlines are deficient at anything, it's making the skies friendlier -- or friendly at all. But in its never-ending quest to be cute, Virgin America Airlines has made another attempt to show us just how much personality the Silicon Valley-based company has. SFist snapped this ... More >>
It's not quite on par with Hungary's idea to erect a statue of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, but Virgin America Airlines -- based in Silicon Valley -- came up with its own creative way of honoring Jobs' memory. According to MacRumors.com, Virgin Airlines -- perhaps best known for flying homeless ... More >>
Today, the flight attendants would be serving coach first. With bongos sounding and dread-locked protesters fearing eviction from the Occupy SF encampment this morning, a group of well-coiffed adults in sharp uniforms converged at Justin Herman Plaza. Like the "Sesame Street" jingle, these p ... More >>
Christopher VictorioGreen Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, in better-belted times. Safe to say your Labor Day weekend is off to a better start than Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's: On Thursday night, Armstrong was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for sagging his pants.
They must have toured by busU.S. Airways' decision to kick a football player wearing sagging pants off one of its planes in San Francisco is provoking the ire of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which says that the move was racist.Deshon Marman, a black college foot ... More >>
Fiona Ma is not taking shit from SouthwestAssemblywoman Fiona Ma isn't going to stand for trash-talking. The San Francisco Democrat slammed Southwest Airlines today, asking her fellow lawmakers to stop flying Southwest after a pilot was busted for bashing gays, women, and overweight people via a ... More >>
Is this G-rated enough for US Airways?Last week, SF Weekly told readers about the University of New Mexico football player who was booted from a US Airways flight because he refused to pull up his sagging pants. At the time, US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder told reporters that Deshon Marman' ... More >>
Nobody wants to see your junk University of New Mexico football player, Deshon Marman, was boarding a plane in San Francisco when a airline employee noticed his sagging pants were just a little too low, a look that started in jail and has politicians now trying to legislate it out of style. Accor ... More >>
SF Weekly has been uncovering the naked truth this week, discovering that San Francisco nudists will not face problems if they opt to walk through TSA inspections in the buff. As far as strolling, nude, through the terminal, San Francisco International Airport is under the jurisdiction of th ... More >>
A hangar-ful of airlines is facing a class-action lawsuit filed in San Francisco that alleges an "international conspiracy" to fix prices and bilk travelers.The suit was filed yesterday in U.S. District Court by San Francisco resident Caroline Joy, who is represented by the law firm Moscone Embli ... More >>
Unharmed in yesterday's air emergency at SFO...An explosion that punched a hole in an engine on a Qantas passenger jet forced the 747 to curtail a journey to the land down under after only 45 minutes, and return to San Francisco International Airport shortly before 1 a.m. this morning. The plane ... More >>
With 17,000 flights canceled because of the volcanic ash clouds that traveled from Iceland over much of Europe, UK acts are having a very difficult time making their shows here in the States. It's still unclear when air travel will be able to resume, and in the meantime, more shows have b ... More >>
Last year SF Weekly published a story about child molestation on airplanes. SFist even made fun of for getting "all "To Catch a Predator" on Airlines." But as today's Chron story demonstrates, the problem isn't going away. This time, it was a 39-year-old Oakland man named Aboubacar Soumah who mov ... More >>
The girl flew as an unaccompanied minor, and she's still experiencing turbulence.
Every year, the corpses of hundreds of immigrants are flown from San Francisco to their home countries.
Now that Wall Street investments have collapsed in value, it's fair to credit Nancy Pelosi's lead in the 2005 battle against Social Security privatization for saving us all from spending old age in abject poverty."In this downturn in the financial -- the stock market, thank God we won that fight," P ... More >>
SFO officials deserve some blame for an air disaster in Honduras. By Matt Smith
CBS 5 reported yesterday that Southwest Airlines had grounded 41 planes because the company had missed "required inspections for structural cracks." The Federal Aviation Administration was aware that Southwest was flying the planes without performing the nessesary inspections but failed to act, with ... More >>
San Francisco, meet your new sister city: Bangalore. Yes, in addition to Shanghai, India's IT capital is expected to cozy up with the Bay Area in 2008, with several Indian airlines including Air India, Kingfisher Airlines, and Sapphire Airways scrambling to establish the first direct flights to SFO. ... More >>
A complex play about air traffic controllers never gets off the ground
Week of Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Wise-ass humor is the best way to fight the Bush administration's anti-terror excesses. And, hey, wise-ass humor is what we do best.
Ogling airline collectibles with Kelly Kelly, and reintroducing cougars into S.F. parks
A quirk in immigration laws, and tougher security rules, demand a terrible choice from Filipino baggage screeners at SFO: their jobs or their families
Mayor's attempt to end-run city voters on runways-in-bay reflects dimming of his political star
Hijacking on the East Coast. It was predicted.
How SFO officials used city employees and money -- in apparent violation of state and federal law -- in a very odd attempt to privatize the airports of Honduras
How the SFO construction program went $1 billion over budget. Yes, billion. With a B.
Sen. John McCain's push for campaign-finance reform has helped his presidential bid. Donations from special interests haven't hurt, either.
Megamillionaire Al Checchi thinks he piloted Northwest Airlines so well that you should elect him governor. Actually, he sucked in public subsidies, strong-armed unions, reneged on promises -- and still almost flew the firm into the ground.