Southwest Airlines flight attendant Marty Cobb has gone viral -- just for giving the in-flight safety briefing on a recent.
Cobb's one-liners delivered with impeccable comic timing sent a YouTube video of her hilarious instructions into the stratosphere. By Thursday, it had 8.7 million views and counting -- and it's just one of the funny ways that flight attendants and airlines bring new life to stale safety briefings.
Cobb had a planeload of fliers in stitches. Here's the YouTube video posted Saturday and some of her best quips:
"As you know, it's a no-smoking, no-whining, no-complaining flight. It's a 'please' and 'thank you' and 'you are such a good-looking flight attendant' flight.
"Everybody gets a door prize in the seat-back pocket in front of you along with dirty diapers, chewing gum wrappers, banana peels, and all other gifts you leave for us.... It's the safety information card.
"Sit back and relax -- or you can sit up and be tense, either way."
"Why is one of the few things on your menu that can be eaten without fear or regret -- a lunch-only sandwich of chopped soy-glazed pork with coleslaw and cucumbers -- called a Roasted Pork Bahn Mi, when it resembles that item about as much as you resemble Emily Dickinson?" New York Times critic Pete Wells wrote as one of the series of questions that made up the review.
Wells said the New York restaurant's watermelon margarita glowed like "nuclear waste" and tasted like "some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde."
Asked about the review, Fieri said: “Did we make mistakes? Without question. Every...
Celebrate the life and loves of actor Charlie Chaplin at an exhibit that opened this week at the Catalina Island Museum, which is toasting the 125th birthday of the iconic silent screen star.
Besides the exhibit, Chaplin, known for the lovable "little tramp" figure he often played, will also be honored during the museum’s 27th annual Silent Film Benefit on May 17, which will feature the actor starring in “City Lights,”considered a vintage film masterpiece.
“City Lights,” which will be shown at Avalon's Casino building, will be accompanied by a 39-piece symphony orchestra led by Grammy award-winning conductor Richard Kaufman.
Tickets cost $18 general admission, $15 for museum members, $9 for children or people wearing period dress.
More Americans are going to Cuba, which makes the U.S. the second tourism source for the island nation after Canada, according to a new report. Despite a travel embargo that's been in effect for half a century, 173,550 Americans went to Cuba in January through March.
"The data confirms, although the Cuban government does not recognize it publicly, that the United States, even with the effect of the embargo, is the second greatest source of tourists to Cuba after Canada," Emilio Morales, president of U.S.-based Havana Consulting Group, wrote in a report provided to the Associated Press.
"Most of the U.S. travelers are Cuban-Americans visiting family but others have no ties to the island and travel to participate in academic and cultural programs," the AP reports, noting most flights originate from Miami.
The number of Americans visiting Cuba has been on a steady increase. In 2007, 244,699 Americans went to Cuba. By 2013 that number had more than doubled to almost 600,000. That lags behind...
AirTrain service at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, which New York-bound travelers use as an alternative to New York's JFK, will be suspended starting May 1 to repair the 6.3-mile rail system. That means you won't be able to hop on the AirTrain to get to a rental car agency or connect with other transit to Manhattan.
"Customers using shuttle bus service are strongly urged to allow extra time and be prepared for possible delays," the statement says.
Travelers arriving at Newark (EWR) usually have the option of taking the AirTrain to New Jersey Transit for a $12.50 trip to New York's Penn Station. Or they may take it to Amtrak trains heading to Boston and Washington, D.C.
Can pictures of flowers and cozy couches tame the traveling beast? Apparently. Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport (DFW) last year tested amenities, including a "recomposure area" at one of its security checkpoints, that were designed to calm passengers by being as welcoming as a nice hotel lobby. The result: Lines moved 25% faster.
"There were little touches to ease anxiety and speed [passengers] through the line to make it more user-friendly," DFW airport spokeswoman Cynthia Vega said.
But the pilot program at DFW's E18 checkpoint, which was duplicated at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) in North Carolina, has come to an end. The couches, chairs and some other amenities were removed from Dallas, and Charlotte will follow suit shortly. Both airports hope to find another sponsor.
The program was a collaboration between the Transportation Security Administration; SecurityPoint Media, known for creating advertising opportunities on the plastic TSA tubs; and hotel chain...
Union Pacific's vintage Big Boy 4014 steam engine goes on the road again April 28, leaving its current waystation near Colton to be towed across Nevada and Utah and then on to Cheyenne, Wyo., by May 8. There, it will be restored for several years.
The steam monster built in the early 1940s will be on display for a day in Las Vegas and a day in Salt Lake City during its journey.
Big Boy's schedule tweeted and posted online shows the engine scheduled to leave at 8 a.m. PDT ON April 28 from Bloomington, an unincorporated area near Colton, and travel on to Victorville andBarstow with the first day ending at a Union Pacific rail yard in Yermo, Calif.
Rail enthusiasts have thrilled to the movements of the 6,300-horsepower engine. Day 2 brings the engine to Las Vegas, where it will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 30.
It then heads on a northeast route to Utah, where it will be on display in Salt Lake City from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 3. Scheduled arrival in Cheyenne is 1 p.m....
A centrally located Waikiki hotel, renamed the Aqua Oasis, has relaunched after a $2.5 million renovation. Introductory room rates start at $108 a night.
The rebranded hotel, formerly known as the Waikiki Joy at 320 Lewers St., officially opened Tuesday. The 96-room property is close to a host of restaurants and shops and is a few blocks from the beach.
The Oasis has a mix of standard rooms, junior suites and one-bedroom apartments, all of which have had a makeover. San Francisco designer Anthony Laurino juxtaposed splashes of bold patterns and bright color accents with backdrops of natural finishes and more neutral colors.
Guests who book by April 30 will receive a 15% discount for stays through Dec. 10. That brings the rate for a basic room to $108 for much of May and $176 during July, a peak travel month.
The rates include continental breakfast and in-room Wi-Fi.
Reservations can be made online or by calling (808) 943-9291.
By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Now that American Airlines is dropping LAX-Santa Barbara flights, the company that has run shuttle service between the two points for three decades sees a prime opportunity.
"American Airlines will be missed!" Airbus co-founder Eric Onnen said in a statement. "Our service will continue to make LAX connections convenient, reliable and affordable."
Shuttle buses, which take 2 1/2 hours each way, cost $46 one way or $88 round trip for prepaid tickets; $50 and $95, respectively, for regular service. A second passenger goes for $40 one way and $80 round trip if tickets are bought at least 24 hours in advance.
A search on Kayak shows that United Airlines, which flies nonstop between LAX and Santa Barbara, charges $118 to $243 each way for a the hour or so flight. (American is cutting the service because of its restructuring plan with US Airways, it said in February. US Airways, however, will continue to fly between Phoenix and Santa Barbara Airport.)
A long-overdue renovation of the Calico Mine Ride will introduce state-of-the-art technology to the first major Knott's Berry Farm attraction while preserving the groundbreaking work of a legendary theme park innovator.
After transporting more than a million riders a year over the past half century, the 1960 Calico Mine Ride at the Buena Park theme park is undergoing a complete overhaul that will see the addition of nearly 50 animatronic figures as well as technical and structural upgrades to the seven-story manmade mountain.
Legendary ride designer Wendell "Bud" Hurlbut - who conceived, built and operated the Calico Mine Ride along with the 1969 Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's - was one of the first creators of theme parks in the United States.
Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger Mary Forgione likes to hit the dirt when she's on vacation. An avid hiker and runner, Mary likes speed-touring cities on foot and sightseeing by running marathons.