Air Travel

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    More Passengers Being Busted Carrying Credit Card Knives Through Airports

    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 >>

  • Film

    September 25, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Neon SFO Video Attempts to Make You Forget How Absolutely Horrible Air Travel Is

    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 >>

  • News

    July 24, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Flying Cyclists: How to Fly With Your Bike From SFO on the Cheap

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Passengers to Sue Boeing, Asiana Airlines Over Flight 214 Plane Crash

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Asiana Plane Crash: Teen Victim "Possibly" Run Over by S.F. Fire Truck

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    TSA Will No Longer Electronically Undress You at Airports

    First public nudity is banned in San Francisco, and now the

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    SF Giants Trophy to Fly First Class to Second-Class City

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Continental Airlines Allegedly Humilates Gay Couple With Dildo

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Another Unsavory Needle Found in Airplane Food

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Delta Airlines Serves Turkey Sandwiches With Needles

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    SFO Is One of The Worst Airports, Study Says

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    How to Deal With Airport Security When You're a Famous Musician

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Pilots Say Flying United Airlines Isn't That Safe

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Portland Man Literally Shows TSA Screeners What S.F. Nudists Won't

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Brian Wilson's Beard to Fly Through Bay Area Skies -- Literally

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Virgin Airlines Emblazons Jet with Popular Steve Jobs Quote

    ​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, Virgin Airlines -- perhaps best known for flying homeless ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    American Airlines Flight Attendants Join Occupy SF Today

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Expelled from Southwest Flight for Sagging His Pants

    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.

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    NAACP Calls U.S. Airways Racist for Kicking Man with Saggy Pants Off Plane

    They must have toured by bus​U.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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Fiona Ma Demands State Boycott of Southwest Airlines After Pilot's Rant About 'Gays and Grannies'

    Fiona Ma is not taking shit from Southwest​Assemblywoman 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Crossdressing Man Allowed on US Airways Flight

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Football Player Wearing Baggy Pants Gets Booted From Airplane at SFO

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Nudists Not Welcome On American Airlines

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Airlines Accused of Price-Fixing in Class-Action Lawsuit

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Exploding Engine Forces Qantas Flight's Return to SFO

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Another Volcanic Ash Travel Casualty: No Gary Numan Shows

     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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Mile-High Club for Molesters Purportedly Inducts New Member

    ​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 >>

  • News

    July 15, 2009

    Predators are free to move about the cabin

    The girl flew as an unaccompanied minor, and she's still experiencing turbulence.

  • Calendar

    May 13, 2009
  • News

    January 21, 2009

    Exporting the Dead

    Every year, the corpses of hundreds of immigrants are flown from San Francisco to their home countries.

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Preventive Medicine: How S.F. Politicos Saved The World

    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 >>

  • News

    July 9, 2008

    Air Heads

    SFO officials deserve some blame for an air disaster in Honduras. By Matt Smith

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2008

    Southwest: It's Cheap for a Reason!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2008

    Bangalore to Be SF's New Sister City - Keeping IT in the Family

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2007
  • Culture

    July 13, 2005

    Jimmy Carter Was a Democrat

    A complex play about air traffic controllers never gets off the ground

  • News

    February 4, 2004

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of Wednesday, February 4, 2004

  • News

    August 6, 2003

    Uncle Sam Needs You to Be a Suspected Terrorist

    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.

  • News

    October 16, 2002

    Come Fly With Us

    Ogling airline collectibles with Kelly Kelly, and reintroducing cougars into S.F. parks

  • News

    February 13, 2002

    The Price of Citizenship

    A quirk in immigration laws, and tougher security rules, demand a terrible choice from Filipino baggage screeners at SFO: their jobs or their families

  • News

    February 6, 2002

    Brownout at SFO

    Mayor's attempt to end-run city voters on runways-in-bay reflects dimming of his political star

  • News

    September 19, 2001

    Earlier Warning

    Hijacking on the East Coast. It was predicted.

  • News

    September 12, 2001

    Flight Capital

    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

  • News

    March 22, 2000

    San Francisco International Airpork

    How the SFO construction program went $1 billion over budget. Yes, billion. With a B.

  • News

    December 15, 1999

    An Endowed Chair

    Sen. John McCain's push for campaign-finance reform has helped his presidential bid. Donations from special interests haven't hurt, either.

  • News

    November 19, 1997
  • News

    November 5, 1997

    Checchi's Checkered Record

    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.

  • Calendar

    August 9, 1995
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