It's strange, but it is true. Here's our pick of this week's bizarre stories from the world of aviation.
In January I wrote about a planned Thai airline, PC Air, extending its recruitment policy to the transgender community. Fast forward a few months, and the charter operation has finally got off the ground, taking four of its new cabin crew on a proving flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani. The Huffington Post carries more photos of the ‘groundbreaking cabin crew’.
While Virgin Atlantic is happy to let passengers ‘pinch’ its salt and pepper pots, Air France takes a less lenient approach. A Frenchman has profited from selling items nabbed from the first class cabin of Air France flights, including cutlery, blankets and glasses. He reportedly made a profit of €10,000 selling his ill-gotten gains on the internet. The 28 year-old Canadian resident is currently under house arrest on the island of Reunion, says the NZ Herald.
Never mind selecting that bottle of duty-free whisky or the 1:1444 scale aircraft model from the in-flight sales brochure, AirBaltic wants its passengers to part with a larger sum of money. For just €24,699, you too could own a custom designed Mini Cooper liveried in the airline’s lime green color. All you need to do is make a down payment of €50 on your next AirBaltic flight, says TerminalU.
Airport screeners caught a 76 year-old man with a handgun strapped to his ankle at Detroit’s Wayne County Airport. The man told screeners he “forgot” he was carrying the gun. CNN reports on the debate surrounding screening elderly passengers.
The commercial director of a U.K. rail firm, East Coast, has learned an important lesson this week: practice what you preach. In his job Peter Williams promotes the benefits of rail versus flying to/from London and Glasgow. Unfortunately for Mr Williams, an investigation revealed that in nine months he took seven British Airways flights between the two cities, costing £1,422.85, according to The Telegraph.
Strange But True will return in the New Year. From all of us here at Aviation Week, and the crew aboard HMS Ocean, happy holidays!