December Crazy Travel Roundup, A Podcast


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SF Gentleman arrested at airport with 80 pounds of marijuana disguised as holiday giftsBoingBoing

He was only dreaming of a green Christmas, you guys.

In Nashville, Tennessee, an unfortunate gentleman is in jail after authorities, and their K-9 drug sniffing dogs to be precise, smelled some odiferous weed in the dude’s luggage.

Court documents say Tennessee state police caught Somphone Temmeraj, 57, with a quantity of cannabis that measured over 80 pounds (36 kilograms), wrapped up to look like Christmas gifts.

Temmeraj had flown to Nashville from Seattle, the documents state. He was booked into jail and bonded out Tuesday morning, according to online records. It’s unclear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Tis the season to be jolly indeed, how much will be re-gifted from TSA and the police?


CB Man Removed From Flight, Stuck In Austin For Four Days, Due To Unusual PetView From the Wing

A California man was stranded in Austin for four days after being kicked off a flight. He was trying to get home with his possum. And he did everything right.

  • He wanted to make sure he’d be good to fly on JetBlue with a possum
  • He “called the Department of Transportation, cleared it with them”
  • Then he called JetBlue and says he was told it would be fine
  • And indeed he had no problems flying JetBlue from Long Beach to Austin

According to the airline,

JetBlue gladly accepts small dogs and cats only in an approved pet carrier. On the customer’s return trip, our crewmembers in Austin witnessed the opossum come out of its carrier and saw that it was not a cat or dog. The crewmembers informed the customer that the opossum would not be able to travel on the flight and worked to assist the customer with his options.


If only his pet knew how to pretend to be dead… what is that called again?


SF Plane forced to turn around after woman fakes illness to get a bigger seatBoingBoing

A woman was taken into protective custody for pretending she was experiencing a breathing problem in order to get a bigger seat on an American Airlines flight from Pensacola to Miami, reports NBC News.

American Eagle 3508 returned to Pensacola due to a passenger who requested medical assistance,” American Airlines said in a statement to NBC News on Friday. “The flight took off at 5:43 a.m. and landed back at Pensacola at 6:26 a.m. and taxied to the gate. All [passengers] deplaned normally at the gate through the main boarding door and onto the jet bridge. The passenger was subsequently removed by law enforcement and medical personnel, and the flight took off again at 7:41 a.m.”

This is our Florida post of the month. Peniscola to Miami, taxing on the runway takes more time than the flight. After some research code for “Reading the article’s comments” the plane was an Embraer ERJ-145 with seating 1 then 2…. there are no bigger seats on the flight. She’s an idiot, thank you Florida.


CB Drink your coffee then eat the rest: Air New Zealand testing edible cupsThe Points Guy

Air New Zealand is determined to make a difference when it comes to sustainability and reducing waste from flights. For its latest innovation, the New Zealand flag carrier has teamed up with local Kiwi family-run business Twiice to create an edible coffee cup, which is being trialed in lounges in Auckland and on some flights between Australia and New Zealand.

The biscotti cups are vanilla flavored and couple up as a sweet treat for passengers once they’ve finished their hot coffee or tea. The trial comes not long after the airline introduced biodegradable cups on the ground and in the air in the hope that the eight million coffee cups that the airline serves per year would not end up in landfill.

File this under, what could possibly go wrong? Recently we’ve been forced to use paper straws, and they suck I can only imagine the challenge with an editable and digestible coffee cup. That being said if they made the cup out of Biscoff cookies then I’m in.


SF Evacuation Slide Falls From Sky As Delta Flight Lands in BostonView From the Wing

Delta flight 405 from Paris to Boston arrived 34 minutes early on Sunday – despite pushing back 15 minutes late. That wasn’t the only thing notable about the flight, however.

A family was standing in their yard when an uninflated evacuation slide fell from the sky as the aircraft made its approach to Logan airport. The six foot long slide “took down four tree branches” on the way down to the ground.

Leguia said her and her neighbor’s backs were turned when what looked like a “giant silver tarp” landed. Upon inspection they found a “Boeing” label on it and called police, who eventually figured out the tarp was actually an un-inflated emergency evacuation slide.

Conjuring up a Ron White bit, apparently, someone skipped how to shut the evacuation slide door day at Airplane college. If that had been mee I’d stash that slide in my garage and rent it out as a slide for kids parties.



A woman on a United Airlines flight got wayyy more than a trip from point A to point B … ending her journey instead with burning pain from multiple scorpion stings.

The woman says she was on a flight from San Francisco to Atlanta Thursday morning. She says while in the air, she began to feel a stinging sensation on her leg and went to the restroom when it intensified.

The woman says that’s when the scorpion dropped out of her pant leg, still alive, and scurried across the floor. It was eventually caught by flight attendants.

Paramedics met with her once the plane landed to tend to her multiple stings. Luckily she’s going to be just fine.

Emotional support animal? I know who wasn’t on that flight Samuel L. Jackson.


Richard Grieco of “21 Jump Street” fame tried to fly from Texas to Pennsylvania — but he ended up in jail instead — because according to cops, he had too much to drink.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ cops were flagged to Grieco’s gate at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Thursday by an agent who denied him boarding. We’re told Grieco was hunched over the counter, yelling at employees and slurring his speech … he also reeked of booze.

Cops say they sat Grieco down for a chat and he admitted to drinking two cranberry vodkas before the flight. Grieco was taken into custody for public intoxication and officers note he was very unsteady on his feet when they brought him in for booking.

Back in the day, this guy was the bomb, the type of that I figured would always be good looking…… Something bad happened. Drinking at the airport never ends well. In his mug shot, he looks like Alice Cooper’s son.


CB Not just shampoo: New study reveals the shocking things people are stealing from hotelsThe Points Guy

The study itemizes the most commonly stolen articles from 1,157 hotels, all of which are four and five stars properties. Much of the information would surprise no one — cutlery, hangers, towels. But these hotels reported that lamps, wall art, and mattresses are disappearing, as well. A bewildering 4.2% of these hotels claim they’ve got vanishing mattresses.

While it’s hard to even fathom step 1 of a mattress heist, the math suggests that at least 48 mattresses have been stolen. Interestingly enough, the data also shows that a five-star hotel guest is 8.1x more likely to steal a mattress than a four-star hotel guest.

There are also anecdotal accounts of stolen furniture, a grand piano, and taxidermy from the lobbies.

Short of toiletries, which I donate I’ve never removed anything from a hotel room. Easley SC.


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