Air Travel

  • Film

    February 20, 2014

    There He Goes Again

    Neeson stomps, Neeson-style, in Non-Stop.

  • News

    November 7, 2013

    Bigot-Baiting Billboard

    Company proud of effort that will hit Houston soon.

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    One Minute Late to Check-In, Frontier Airlines Passenger Kept Off Flight

    Forty-four minutes early was one minute too late for Michael Monroe Brown Tuesday when he tried to fly the low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines back to Indianapolis from a business trip to Houston Tuesday. The 22-year-old budding entrepreneur and recent Indiana University business major graduate, sa ... More >>

  • News

    October 3, 2013

    Desperate Act

    >Man douses self with liquid from a gas can in front of Exxon building.

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Lots Of People Bring Their Guns To Houston Airports (Surprising No One)

    Traveling can be stressful. You have to get there in time to get your bag checked and get through security before you even get the chance to hustle through the terminal to your gate (and it seems like your gate is always guaranteed to be farthest away when you've only got two minutes to get there an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    CEO for Nap Centers in Airport Terminals Wants to Open in Houston... But Not Yet

    Last month Daniel Solomon, the co-founder and CEO of Minute Suites told KTRH that opening a Minute Suites napping center in Houston is in his sights. He reportedly said this was part of his goal to get his business in the Top 20 airports in North America. Sleeping or working in between flights seem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    United's 787s Make a Comeback After Grounding

    After a four-month grounding, United Airlines' Dreamliner 787s return to the air. These aircraft are supposed to be Boeing's salute to energy-efficient travel. According to Boeing's Web site, this midsize airplane can carry between 210 and 290 passengers over a distance of up to 8,500 nautical miles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    George Bush Intercontinental Is One of the Top Hookup Spots; Who Knew?

    You thought the only action you were going to see at George Bush Intercontinental Airport was from that one airport security guard who always gets a little handsy in the pat-downs, but you've got another think coming. Turns out, if you're looking to get a little lovin', IAH is the place to go, speci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Michael Brown: Feds Accuse Former Hand Surgeon of Choking Flight Attendants, Threatening to Show His Wang

    We're sure that, by now, everyone's heard the latest hijinks our favorite cocaine enthusiast and alleged anal-herpes-giver Michael "Daddy's Baby Girl" Brown has gotten himself into: Dude has busted his federal-charges cherry by allegedly choking flight attendants and threatening to get buck nekkid o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    City CM Helena Brown Never Visited Any South Korean Airlines On Publicly-Funded Trip To Asia

    Houston City Council Member Helena Brown issued a press release Wednesday touting her recent trip to Asia, which she funded with $11,000 in public money, as a "successful business trip" -- but it's become clear her journey to Asia was anything but, and, in fact, completely different than the city's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Southwest Rolls Over United In Hobby Battle

    In the end, it wasn't even close. The epic battle between Southwest and United was won by SWA, with council voting 16-1 today to allow expansion that will enable international flights out of Hobby. United flies internationally out of Bush Intercontinental, and wanted to keep that status very much ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Southwest vs. United: The Tale of the Texas Tape

    This week brings another chapter in the titanic showdown between Southwest Airlines, who wants to fly international flights out of Hobby, and United Airlines, the company that flies international flights out of Bush. United knows that allowing international flights out of Hobby would be a very, ver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Comment of the Day: United, Southwest & Loyalty

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    United vs. Southwest Deathcage Match: Your Campaign Donations Scorecard

    Houston City Council is currently in an uproar over Mayor Annise Parker's tentative proposal to allow Southwest to have international flights out of Hobby Airport. Councilmembers have said the proposal is rushed and would harm United Airlines, which, of course, merged with Continental and flies int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Hobby Airport Renovations Promise to Make Air Travel Even More Fun For The Next Year

    Once you're inside, it's back to all thease and comfort of air travel​Nothing these days is as soothing, hassle-free and just plain fun as flying on a commercial airline. So the fact that starting today, repairs are going to be causing detours for the next year in traffic circulation at Hobby ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    10 Songs For Pissed-Off Travelers

    This spring, Austin honky-tonker and Pasadena native Dale Watson had some dates in Australia and made the mistake of booking a flight from Sydney to Melbourne on Singapore-based budget carrier Tiger Airways. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, not only did the airline charge Watson a $500 exce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Southwest's Pilot Apologizes For Misogynist, Anti-Gay Rant

    Sorry about that.​KPRC, which first broke the story, has an update: The pilot caught on an open cockpit microphone denigrating gays and flight attendants has sent out a company-wide apology letter. Captain James Taylor said he "deeply regret[s]" the remarks. "Please know that this event has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Southwest Pilot Caught on Open Microphone: You Are Now Free to Denigrate Gays and Your Female Flight Attendants

    Times haven't changed (for some).​KPRC has broken the story of a Houston-based Southwest pilot who got a little chatty without realizing his cockpit microphone was on. Air-traffic controllers were treated to a rundown on how the unnamed pilot thinks most Houston flight attendants are ugly, wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Robert Wade Prince: A-Hole Passenger Gets Six Months

    Robert Prince: A raft of bad ideas nets him six months​A year ago we told you about Robert Wade Butler, an Alabama man arrested at Bush Intercontinental after getting drunk and disorderly on a Continental flight home from Amsterdam. Prince not only hassled female flight attendants and passeng ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Saudi Diplomats Sue Continental for Kicking Them off Plane

    Flying to the courthouse​Two Saudi Arabian diplomats have filed suit here against Continental Airlines, saying they were tossed off a flight to Houston simply because they were speaking a foreign language. The action "unnecessarily subjected [them] to humiliation, degradation and embarrassmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Continental Airlines Puts an End to the Free Coach

    Felix Sanchez/PR Newswire​Admit it. You knew this day would come. People have been ragging on airline food for almost as long as people have been flying in planes. And now they want you to pay for it. Yes, Continental Airlines is introducing menu-based cuisine to the skies. Beginning Octob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Aeros Would Like To Start Making Plans, But The AHL Doesn't Have A Schedule Yet

    LeBron, causing trouble again​The Houston Aeros know who they'll be playing this season. They know the date of their home opener, and they know the dates of five other home games. What they don't actually have yet, as the start of the AHL regular season draws close, is an actual schedule, and with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Dave Chappelle and Other Memorable Celebrity Airplane Freak-Outs

    Victoria Osteen: No Dave Chappelle​Because celebrities are better than regular people and therefore fly a lot, it's only natural that the friendly skies are occasionally subjected to the inexplicable fame-fueled freakout.The latest famous person to go bananas at 30,000 feet was comedian Dave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    First, They Came For My Legroom...Then They Came For My Food

    ​Earlier this month Houston's Continental Airlines announced that it would be improving its customer service for tall people by charging them for legroom.Today the airline announced it would be improving customer service for everybody in coach by no longer giving them free food."Continental Airlin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Pop Rocks: "Fly, Fatass, Fly!"

    Before I'm accused of size discrimination, a little source material: If you've spent even five second on the internets in the last two days, you're aware of the escalating hostilities between movie director/"person of size" Kevin Smith and Southwest Airlines. Smith, 39, originally purchased two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Aren't You Supposed To Be Pretty Mellow Coming Back From Amsterdam?

    ​Robert Wade Prince, 47, is from Alabama. We have a feeling he's called "Bobby," if not "Bobby Wade."He was coming back from Amsterdam when he got a little annoyed with things, and began making a series of seriously bad decisions that ended up with him getting arrested at Bush over the weekend and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    For Continental's 75th Anniversary: Five Not-So-Great Highlights

    Houston's Continental Airlines announced today it's taking delivery of a plane done up in "retro livery," which to the rest of us means an old-school paint job and decoration, to celebrate the 75th anniversary.It's "The Blue Skyway" design from 1947, in case you're interested, and was chosen by curr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    What, The Name "Death To Jews" Was Taken?

    Qatar Airways is making a big move in the Houston market -- it's got ads on the air touting its luxurious service, it's got a giant new 777 plying the new Houston-Doha route.One thing it's probably not doing -- advertising in Houston's Jewish Herald-Voice. Or, if they are, they're probably not headl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Erin Andrews: Playboy's Sexiest Sportscaster

    Photo by speedye The competition has ended, and just like the Philadelphia Phillies putting down the upstart Tampa Bay Rays in last year's World Series, ESPN Erin Andrews' dominated her competition once again to repeat as's Sexiest Sportscaster. attempted to toughen things u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Erin Andrews: Playboy's Sexiest Sportscaster

    Photo by speedye The competition has ended, and just like the Philadelphia Phillies putting down the upstart Tampa Bay Rays in last year's World Series, ESPN Erin Andrews' dominated her competition once again to repeat as's Sexiest Sportscaster. attempted to toughen things u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Continental Wants Its Pilots to Work Harder, Fly Righter

    If you're flying Continental to Mumbai in the near future, you might want to pay close attention to how rested the pilot is. Are her eyes bloodshot, or are the lids propped up with toothpicks? Or is she perhaps knocking back little pills with gallons of coffee? Well, the FAA seems a bit worried tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Southwest Airlines Going All International On Us

    You are now free to move about...another country?Has Southwest Airlines, the little Texas company that introduced cattle-call boarding, going all international on us?The airline announced today it's taking the first steps to offering flights to Canada, which is a country somewhere to the north of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Tough Month To Be A Houston Flier

    October was really a tough month to be an air passenger in Houston.The federal Bureau of Transportation has released its latest survey of flight delays, and Houston plays a prominent role in it.The third-worst airline when it came to on-time arrivals was our very own Continental. Almost 19 percent o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Southwest Adding Flights To See Obama Get His First Executive Experience

    As we've noted before, Houstonians are going wild over the chance to be in DC for Barack Obama's inauguration (assuming it still goes on, after the world discovers The Truth about his birth certificate.) More proof: Southwest Airlines is adding flights to Washington just to handle the increased dem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Guy Sues Continental Airlines over Fuel Surcharges

    Pissed off about those extra bucks some airlines are forcing you to shell out in fuel surcharges? Even more ticked off when you pay extra for the plane’s gas and then don’t even make the flight? Well, Timothy Moriarty is. He’s so incensed, in fact, that he’s suing Continental Airlines over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    The Osteen Trial: Let The Feasting Begin

    The epic lawsuit between Victoria Osteen and Continental Air Lines flight attendant Sharon Brown is on a lunch break, but from all appearances it will be later this afternoon when defense attorney Rusty Hardin does his feasting. Hardin only got to the very beginning of his cross-examination of Brow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    The Osteen Trial: Brilliant Legal Mind At Work

    Two things were made abundantly clear at the Victoria Osteen trial today: one is that Sharon Brown deserves millions upon millions of dollars for being attacked by a rabidly out-of-control harpie; and the other is that there is simply no greater attorney in Houston – nay, in world history – than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2008
  • Blogs

    April 7, 2008

    I Must Know Immediately If Beyonce and Jay-Z Are Married!

    Excuse me, but I must know immediately if Beyonce and Jay-Z are married. Do you hear me, Beyonce and Jay-Z? It will be difficult, no, make that impossible, for me to conduct my life as usual without knowing definitely if you are indeed married. I know you supposedly filed for a marriage license, ... More >>

  • News

    December 6, 2007

    Victoria Osteen, Continental Airlines and Unmanned Drones

    Verdict on the Victoria Osteen trial: Fun!

  • Music

    September 6, 2007

    John Vanderslice

    Emerald City

  • Music

    August 2, 2007

    They Fought the Law

    In Rap, You're Nothing Without a Sheet

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 10, 2007

    This Just In: Rod Stewart Canceled

    We just got this note from Rod Stewart's PR rep. Seems fans will have to wait a week for their "Maggie May" fix. Due to severe weather, Rod Stewart's plane has been grounded at the Palm Beach International Airport in Palm Beach, Florida and he is unable to make it in time for tonight's concert at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2007

    Scorpion on a Plane!

    Kid, you're gonna be a star! The Associated Press reports a man aboard a United Airlines flight bound for Vermont was stung twice by a stowaway scorpion. Yes, we said that correctly: a passenger on a commercial flight was stung twice when a scorpion declared arachnid jihad on his right leg. He did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2006

    So Long, Friendly Skies

    It's still the safest way to travel. Well, thanks a lot, terrorists. If you're traveling by plane this morning, you'd better really dress down. By now, you've no doubt heard that British police have thwarted a would-be bomb plot against British flights destined for the U.S. The plot, as Brit off ... More >>

  • News

    October 14, 2004

    Up in the Air

    Was this the punch line to a bad racist, homophobic joke or a dry run for a terrorist bombing?

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    Air Sic

    In cargo holds or plane cabins, critters are taking more than flights of fancy

  • News

    November 18, 1999

    Wipe and Sniff

    Air passengers will get the rub, all in the name of safety

  • News

    October 7, 1999


    Not Ready for Prime Time. Continental may have taught the mayor how to fly right

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