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Lameballs! US Airlines Raising Prices Again!

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Looks like it's not just Spirit Airlines that's trying to screw us anymore!

Today, Delta Air Lines confirmed that they have raised fare prices to Florida, Phoenix, and Las Vegas by $10/round trip! Boo!

JetBlue has ALSO

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Peanuts Protected By Law

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Peanuts have more rights than some living creatures.

Despite the Department of Public Transportations murmurings of a possible peanut ban on airplanes to avoid bothering those with severe allergic reactions, a 12-year-old law blocks the agency from tampering with peanut policy without more scientific study.

The Department of Public Transportation said in a statement:

"The Department is prohibited by law from restricting the serving of peanuts aboard aircraft unless a peer-reviewed study determines that serving of peanuts causes severe reactions among airline passengers. There has been no such peer-reviewed study, so we declined to take action at this time."

The government proposed the ban last June and asked the public to give their opinions on the possible ban on the Public Transportation's website.

Many peanut allergy sufferers supported the ban, but the government decided to honor the existing law and has put any peanut objections on the back burner for now.

Fortunately for those suffering from severe peanut allergies, some carriers have developed their own policies to protect allergic passengers.

Some flights no longer serve peanuts and even create peanut-free buffer zones, so if you're worried about an allergic reaction, make sure to do the proper research before hopping on your next flight!

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Carry-On Luggage Costing Tax Payers $260 Million A Year!

Filed under: Wacky, Tacky & TruePolitik

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This is certainly not helping the national debt go down.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, told Congress last week carry-on luggage is costing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) some $260 million every year.

She says that luggage fees have scared off more passengers from checking their bags and instead load more into their carry-on, which means more items for Transportation Security Administration officers to inspect at security checkpoints.

That's a bummer, so what is the head of Homeland Security suggesting? Charging us more to fly of course!

After being asked whether taxpayers should have to pick up these security fees or make airlines use some of their MASSIVE profits to offset the cost on the people, Napolitino suggested a surcharge of up to $5 on each ticket.

The new security fee, she says, would bring her department about $600 million a year.

Typical. Let's make the PEOPLE pay for the airline companies' cost to run THEIR business!

They probably can't afford it anyway, they only make an estimated $5 billion a year. Ha!

Question Janet…why are we footing the bill for a billion dollar business to run effectively?

Thoughts???

[Image via AP Images.]

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Transgender Flight Attendands Take Flight!

Filed under: Gay Gay GayBusiness Blitz

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Inspired!

A newly formed Thai airline carrier, PC Air, announced that they have hired their first round of stewardesses - or as they're calling them, "Ladyboys."

Yes, in an effort to showcase their commitment to equal employment opportunities, three transexuals, or peoples of the "third sex" as they say in Thailand, were the first to be hired as air hostesses. Peter Chan, the CEO of the new airline, enthusiastically shared the news with sources and reveals his company is open to hiring even more transsexuals in the future. He explains:

"I think these people can have many careers – not just in the entertainment business – and many of them have a dream to be an air hostess. I just made their dream come true. Our society has changed. It's evolution. I'm a pioneer and I'm sure there will be other organizations following my idea."

We sincerely hope so! Like we always say, equality for all!

No joke, we really want to go to Thailand right now, for no other reason than to party 30,000 feet up with fiercest trannies known to man!

RuPaul should book their inaugural flight for an episode of Drag Race.

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Boo Airlines!

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If you already dislike checking baggage, you'll like it EVEN LESS after hearing this!

According to the Transportation Department, the top 20 largest American airlines have collected a total of $2.6 billion in baggage fees SO FAR in 2010.

We can only imagine how much they'll make over the holidays!

Airlines are making 23 percent more than they did this time last year AND they're making over 5 times more than they did in 2007, when they made $464.3 million in baggage fees!

Delta Air Lines is making the most off of baggage, with $733.2 million in the bank so far for 2010. American Airlines and US Airways are next in line, with $431.8 million and $388.1 million so far.

…We wonder how much we can shove into our carry-on…

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The Silver Fox Steals Silverware!!

Filed under: Silly!Anderson Cooper

Well, at least he did when he was a kid!

While co-hosting on Live With Regis and Kelly, Anderson Cooper admitted to stealing airline cutlery when he just was just a wee little Andy.

He revealed that he stole the miniature silver because he "kept thinking, one day I'll have a house and I'll need cutlery."

He also admitted to stealing hotel towels and even a pillow from a hotel in Niger, which makes it okay, we guess because he "wasn't stealing from America."

LOLs!

We love how honest and adorable he is!

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JetBlue Diva Pleads Not Guilty!

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He's pleading not guilty!

JetBlue diva and badass Steven Slater arrived in a Queens courtroom today to fight the charges of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and criminal trespass he's facing after having a post-passenger spat meltdown and hopping off the plane he was attending onto the emergency exit slide at JFK, and now even crazier details are emerging!

According to sources, Slater was arrested last night at his Queens home WHILE he was banging his boyfriend! He's currently being held on $2500 bail.

We also would like to retract our wishes to give him a cocktail, because we're hearing he's a recovering alcoholic!

The DA Richard Brown said this morning in court:

"The emergency chute deploys at 3,000 pounds per square inch within seconds and could easily injure or kill ground crews or others on the tarmac who are unaware the chute has been activated. This would have been a far different arraignment if someone had been standing under the emergency chute when it deployed.”

However, Slater's lawyer, Howard Turman, argued:

"There was no one below the window. People who deal with the public face stress."

On top that, Slater is allegedly HIV positive and is tending to his mother, who is dying from cancer.

Sounds like this guy had a lot on his plate and he just couldn't take it anymore!

It will certainly be interesting to see how this trial goes, given the MASSIVE amounts of press that it's getting!

FREE STEVEN SLATER!!

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