In 1986, two Russian airline pilots got into an argument over wether one could land the plane without vision. The main pilot pulled the curtains over the windows, insisting he could. Then, the plane missed the runway, flipped and killed 70 of the passengers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aer…
The Hindenburg Zepplin had a smoking lounge. The room was pressurized to prevent Hydrogen from leaking in and the airships stewards scrutinized passengers who left the room to make sure they weren't bringing out lit cigarettes or pipes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
The passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 did indeed breach the cockpit. The cockpit voice recorder revealed sounds of screaming and crashing; the hijackers' reading of the takbir; and then a calm voice in English instructing "pull it up." Five seconds later, the plane crashed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned of Joseph Blankson, a Nigerian Contractor who died while saving 13 victims of a boat accident. Blankson swam in and out of a river 13 times to rescue the passengers. Suffering from exhaustion, he drowned on the 14th rescue attempt. He was the only fatality in the accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Over 3,000 passengers die each year on the Mumbai commuter rail due to crowded trains and open dors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mum…
On July 24 1915, the SS Eastland rolled over onto her side while tied to a dock in the Chicago River, killing 844 passengers and 4 crew. One of the causes of the disaster was the weight of additional lifeboats added to the upper decks in response to the sinking of the Titanic 3 years earlier. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
United Airlines had assured a blind woman that they would help her off the plane but only after the other passengers had gotten off, before forgetting about her and locking the plane up with her in it after everybody else had left. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
2 million Americans can trace their lineage to a Mayflower passenger who fell overboard and survived by grabbing a trailing rope accesswdun.com/print/2015…
Ships are referred to as "she" from long tradition that they are female figures (e.g., mothers) who guide and protect its passengers and crew. iwm.org.uk/history/why-do…
In 2004 the Dave Matthews Band tour bus driver dumped approximately 800 lbs of human waste into the Chicago River from a bridge, only for it to land on an unsuspecting architecture tourist boat and about 80 of its 120 passengers (including infants, elderly, and disabled individuals). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
During the sinking of the Titanic, a drunken baker helped load women and children into the lifeboats, refused a seat for himself, threw deck chairs overboard for passengers to use as flotation devices, and somehow survived hours swimming in the freezing water until he was rescued at dawn. nationalpost.com/news/can…
Some people in Japan are paid to shove passengers onto subway trains. They are called oshiya (ζŠΌγ—ε±‹), and they make sure people don't get trapped between the train doors during rush hours. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
In 1984 NASA crashed a fully fueled Boeing passenger jet, with crash dummies as passengers and pilots into the Mojave desert. The crash was filmed from multiple angles at high speed in 16MM film. The knowledge gained from this test lead to major changes in airline flight safety standards. supercluster.com/editoria…
Before the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in World War 1 the German Embassy in New York opted to put a warning in 50 newspapers advising passengers not to board the ship en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The victims of the Titanic, that were recovered, were buried according to the class they were sailing in with First Class passengers being embalmed and buried in a Halifax cemetery while Third Class passengers were buried at sea. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CS_…
Jean-Pascal Danneels, a 34 y/o French veterinary surgeon, was a passenger on an airliner that crashed into the Atlantic and disintegrated more than a mile offshore from CΓ΄te d'Ivoire. He survived the impact, swam for four hours in darkness to the shore and lived. gettyimages.ie/detail/new…
The Concorde airplane flew so fast, if you left London (or Paris) in the evening flying west towards New York, to the passengers in the plane, the sun would actually appear to begin rising again shortly after reaching cruising speed. The plane flew faster than the Earth's rotation. heritageconcorde.com/airf…
Sir Richard Branson once lost a bet with Tony Fernandes on the winner of the 2010 F1 Grand Prix. The loser had to work as a female flight attendant on the winner's airline. Branson shaved his legs, dressed in drag, and hosted passengers on a 5 hour Air Asia flight that raised 200k for charity. cnn.com/travel/article/br…
The original British Airways policy for passengers who died mid-flight was to pretend they were alive, prop them up on their seats, and give them a vodka and tonic, a Daily Mail and eye-shades. Nowadays, they tuck a blanket up to their neck, and if possible, move them to a first-class seat traveller.com.au/put-them…
In the 1980s American Airlines sold tickets for unlimited travel (priced around 250000 dollar). One passenger, over a period of 10+ years, traveled more than 10 million miles, accumulated over 40 million frequent flier miles (all of which he gave away), and cost the airline more than $21 million bosshunting.com.au/travel…
During a flight of the Hindenburg over the UK a parcel was thrown overboard and found in West Yorkshire. It contained flowers, a small silver Cross, and a note requesting they be delivered to a passenger's brother's grave en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_…
After the horrific murder, beheading, and cannibalization of a Greyhound passenger in 2008 the company had to pull their advertising campaign which extolled the relaxing upside of bus travel and stated, "There's a reason you've never heard of bus rage". cbsnews.com/news/bus-rage…
In 2015, a flight from the UK to Dubai had to turn around and land after 30 minutes because of a 'poisonous' smell in the plane. The smell was later confirmed to be the "liquid faecal excrement" of a passenger in the toilet, which was so bad it caused a safety hazard. vice.com/en_uk/article/bn…
In the 50-plus year history of the Japanese bullet train system, carrying over 5.3 billion passengers, there has been not a single passenger fatality or injury due to train accidents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
Fiscally conservative Republican politician Howard Jarvis appears in the film Airplane! as the taxi passenger who waits patiently while the fare keeps going up. He delivers the last line of the movie and it was his only film appearance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Today I learned about UY Scuti, the largest-known star by radius. It is 1700 times bigger than our sun, and it would take 1200 years to fly around it in a 900km/h regular passenger airplane. If Earth was in its habitable zone, it would take 10.000 years for one full rotation, each season lasting 2500 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UY_…
Today I learned of a giant "WELCOME TO CLEVELAND" sign on a rooftop in the flight path of a Milwaukee airport. It has been causing confusion to passengers since 1978. Creator, Mark Gubin, said: "Living in the world is not a dress rehearsal. You better have fun with it." aviationhumor.net/this-gu…
Titanic crew member William Murdoch who was portrayed as shooting a passenger and then commiting suicide in the movie, was in fact last seen trying to fill as many life boats as possible and heroically went down with the ship. scottishfield.co.uk/cultu…
Today I learned of Dodger, a ginger cat who was discovered by his owner to have been riding the public buses near his home in England, at least once taking a 10 mile round trip. The drivers give him food, he sits on passengers' laps, and drivers know which stop to let him off at. telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle…
In 2009, after previously having thrown off a 23-year old female passenger for dressing too provocatively, Southwest Airlines plastered a 100 foot long bikini-clad image of supermodel Bar Refaeli on one of their airplanes. sandiegouniontribune.com/…
Japan developed a Train that can travel from Tokyo to Osaka (~500km) in 14 minutes from 1965 to 1967. After a successful test, it unfortunately ended as a a dream as the G force will likely kill all passengers at launch. youtube.com/watch?v=iCCOH…
UPS used to convert their cargo aircrafts into passenger aircrafts. The service was called UPS Airlines and lasted from 1996-2001. aerosavvy.com/ups-727-pas…
A British pilot of a 747 announced to his passengers: Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress'. They landed safely with no injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
A Utah woman was allegedly murdered by her husband while on a murder mystery trivia cruise in Alaska. The event was a musical Sherlock Holmes-themed murder mystery trivia program, and some of her fellow passengers thought the screams coming from her cabin were part of the show. people.com/crime/alaska-c…
Today I learned of showman cowboy who was given a full military funeral after the plane he was flying broke up at 61m (200ft) and he and his passenger cricketer William Evens were thrown clear of the plane after not wearing seat belts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
Today I learned of National Airlines Flight 27, during which a passenger was partially forced into the opening made by a failed cabin window. Efforts to pull the passenger back into the airplane were unsuccessful, culminating in the seat occupant's complete expulsion from the aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
For a day after it sank, a rumour persisted that the Titanic had been towed to Canada after striking the iceberg by a ship called the Virginian, with all the passengers having been evacuated britishnewspaperarchive.c…
The standard airline practice of pre-boarding (i.e., allowing passengers with small children and those who need extra assistance to board first) actually improves boarding efficiency by 28% and decreases time to takeoff. arstechnica.com/science/2…
Many cargo aircraft can be temporarially converted into passenger transport using "palletised seating". Seats come on individual pallets, just like how air freight is normally carried, and is easily installed in the same way too, without any physical modification to the aircraft. kwdmfg.com/products/mixed…
8231 passengers have died in Aeroflot crashes, the most of any airline. Air France is second with 1783 telegraph.co.uk/travel/tr…
In 2007, the hijacking of a Mauritanian flight was thwarted. Over the PA, the pilot instructed the passengers that he was about to make a bumpy landing, and they should attack the hijacker while he was off balance. He said this in French, which the gunman did not speak. The ploy succeeded. chron.com/news/nation-wor…
A passenger was turned away from two flights because he was wearing 10 layers of clothing to avoid extra luggage fees vice.com/en_au/article/8x…
Today I learned of flying ace Louis Edward Curdes, who is only one of three Americans to shoot down German, Italian, and Japanese planes during WW2. He also technically "shot down" an off course American transport plane in order to force it into a safe ditch. Among the rescued passengers was his future wife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver is called "Shotgun"because the position of the shotgun-armed guard on a horse-drawn stage-coach, wagon train, or gold transport was next to the driver on a forward-mounted bench seat. blog.directauto.com/odds-…
Today I learned about Aloha Airlines Flight 243 whose fuselage roof blew off mid flight in 1988, killing one flight attendant and wounding 60/89 passengers before successfully landing. hawaiinewsnow.com/story/3…
There was a direct bus service from London to Calcutta (now Kolkata) until 1976. It stopped in multiple cities enroute for passengers to shop. timesnownews.com/the-buzz…
Bryan Ferry (of Roxy Music) was on a flight to Nairobi when a mentally ill passenger broke into the cockpit and attacked the pilots. During the struggle the plane dropped 12,000 feet in 25 seconds, which is the fastest rate of descent from which any civil aircraft has ever recovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bry…
The airport in which "The Terminal" was shot was a massive failure. Traffic predictions were grossly overestimated, the highways to link it to MontrΓ©al were never built and its terminal was insulated with asbestos. It hasn't received passengers since 2004 and the terminal was destroyed in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Live snails need their own train ticket, if you take one on a train in France. According to French law, when taking any animal under 6KG (~13lbs) one must pay 7 Euro (~$7.5) for the ride. Law requires you to stay with your snail and keep it and the other passengers safe for the whole ride. us.toluna.com/opinions/40…
Today I learned of the Irish Titanic passenger who sent a good bye message in a bottle during the sinking, it subsequently washed up near his home, where his handwriting was recongnised by his mother. irishcentral.com/roots/ti…

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