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Plane Insanity - Any Good?  
User currently offlineTod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1729 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 3770 times:

Before I hit the "order now" button is Plane Insanity a good book or just BS?

Also, any recommendations for similar books?

Thanks,
Tod

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User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3663 times:

It's okay I prefered "Around the World In a Bad Mood"

User currently offlineLHUSA From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3596 times:

I read that one last year. I'm not a big reader but I had a long trip so I picked that one up. It definitely kept my interest and had some pretty funny stories. It's not going to make you any smarter but if you like aviation you should find it to be a good read. Also, it's fun trying to figure out which airline he works for (he tries to disguise it.) I ended up giving it to my flight attendant on the last leg of my trip.

User currently offlineSkyguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 3596 times:

Its not a bad book, funny stories and anecdotes of travel related stuff from industry insiders and FA's. I bought it on Ebay and was happy I got it, lasted me an entire red-eye flight.


"Those who talk, do not know, and those who know, do not talk."
User currently offlineNASBWI From Bahamas, joined Feb 2005, 1320 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3526 times:

Great read! I haven't read 'Around the world in a bad mood', but from what someone else mentioned, Hester's book is definitely more light-hearted. My recommendation: buy it!

Quoting LHUSA (Reply 2):
Also, it's fun trying to figure out which airline he works for (he tries to disguise it.)

My vote goes to AA  tongue 



Fierce, Fabulous, and Flawless ;)
User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5291 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3511 times:

Enjoyable. No ROTFLMAO moments, but a few knowing nods and smiles at some of the anecdotes.

User currently offlineRandyWaldron From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 324 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 3459 times:

Excellent book. Buy it!


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User currently offlineUalcsr From United States of America, joined May 2006, 485 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3374 times:

I enjoyed it; light reading and great for waiting around airports or on a flight.

Quoting NASBWI (Reply 4):
My vote goes to AA

Second that one. He's based in MIA, flies through DFW, does lots of traveling to Latin America.


User currently offlineAA777223ER From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 220 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3321 times:

Quoting NASBWI (Reply 4):
My vote goes to AA

correct!

Another good read is "Cabin Pressure" by Elizabeth Harwell and Corylee Spiro.
I've flown with Cory many times. Elizabeth is no longer flying IIRC.

And one last plug for a fellow crew member, a book called "High Wire" written by Kam Majd, one of our pilots. A fictional tale, look it up on Amazon. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Regards,

AA777223ER



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User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3314 times:

Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 1):
It's okay I prefered "Around the World In a Bad Mood"

Me too. Hester's writing came across as a little too cynical...and...well...I've got CNN for that  Smile

Steve


User currently offlineUsair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3295 times:

Quoting Ualcsr (Reply 7):
Second that one. He's based in MIA, flies through DFW, does lots of traveling to Latin America.

He also was based in JFK. But yeah definetly AA. But great read definatly hit the order now button.


User currently offlineQQflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2296 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3231 times:

Quoting Sllevin (Reply 9):
I've got CNN for that

Don't you mean FOX?

I read and enjoyed Plane Insanity. It is light hearted and a fun, easy read. But then again, I'm a flight attendant. If you're looking for a good read that's interesting, and totlally unrelated, check out Freakonomics. It was left behind on a flight and I decided to give a read. Very interesting.



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User currently offlineLatinAviation From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1279 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3166 times:

Quoting Usair320 (Reply 10):
Quoting Ualcsr (Reply 7):
Second that one. He's based in MIA, flies through DFW, does lots of traveling to Latin America.

He also was based in JFK. But yeah definetly AA. But great read definatly hit the order now button.

Elliott actually left AA around 3 years ago. He was based in MIA when he left. He has another book out now, as well, called "Adventures of a Continental Drifter." He also has a syndicated column.

More info on his website:
http://www.elliotthester.com/


User currently offlineNYCAAer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 693 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

I thought "Plane Insanity" was a little on the campy side, being a flight attendant myself. I much preferred "Around the World in a Bad Mood" by Rene Foss because she doesn't sugar-coat anything, and is honest about what it's really like to be a flight attendant for a U.S. major. And her book is a laugh a page. I met her when she did her show in New York, and she's funny and charming in real life, too!

[Edited 2006-08-25 15:24:11]

User currently offlineTod From Denmark, joined Aug 2004, 1729 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3016 times:

Thank you everyone for your advice.

I ordered both Plane Insanity and Around the World in a Bad Mood  Smile

Happy trails,
Tod


User currently offlineRP TPA From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2914 times:

I read "Cabin Pressure" many years ago, and thought it was hysterical. I loved the fact that they didnt exactly montion which airline they worked for ,but purposely did a bad job of disgusing it (just like the other books). Their major competitor was "Divided Airlines", and the CEO of their company was Mr Ladnarc (hint...spell it backwards)

User currently offlineT7ils13latjfk From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 84 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2883 times:

I personally got a few good laughs out of it. Although I'm not finished with it yet.
On my last trip (with CO), I showed it to some of my flight attendants. Some of them liked it and thought it was funny. One attendant, noticed that I was showing it to some of the other cabin crew and he came up to me and told me, "Hey, you know, that book is like crap. There are so many lies, that half way through me reading it, I threw it out." I was shocked, but I laughed. But he was correct. There is a lot of, what seems to be, fallacious information in this book.
I'd buy it anyway.



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