Tod
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Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:36 am

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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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 4:44 am

It's okay I prefered "Around the World In a Bad Mood"
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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:27 am

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.
 
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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:29 am

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.
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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:32 am

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 
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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 6:43 am

Enjoyable. No ROTFLMAO moments, but a few knowing nods and smiles at some of the anecdotes.
 
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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 8:43 am

Excellent book. Buy it!
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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:26 am

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.
 
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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:45 pm

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,

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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:48 pm

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

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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:25 pm

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.
 
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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 5:07 pm

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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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 9:12 pm

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/
 
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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:23 pm

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]
 
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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Mon Aug 28, 2006 10:35 pm

Thank you everyone for your advice.

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

Happy trails,
Tod
 
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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Tue Aug 29, 2006 3:01 am

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)
 
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RE: Plane Insanity - Any Good?

Tue Aug 29, 2006 3:46 am

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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