James Wysong

Ghost stories in flight

by James Wysong on October 31, 2013

At the end of an otherwise ordinary flight, I hear a strange rustling from the overhead bin. A faint, ghostly whisper emanates from the back of the airplane. The whisper comes nearer, and the voice becomes spookier. Now I can make out the words: “Get out!”

My first Boxing Day

by James Wysong on December 26, 2012

For years, one of our most popular contributors was James Wysong, a flight attendant and the author of Flying High with A Frank Steward. Here is a story he posted in 2006 about celebrating his first Boxing Day in London. Enjoy and Happy Boxing Day.


The right to recline

by James Wysong on December 17, 2010

On the airplane, that tiny button on your armrest that allows you to recline your seat is often a bone of contention for many passengers, and it can make ordinarily calm and affable person see red. What is the exact ruling on this issue? Where is it written that one passenger has the right to invade the person’s space behind them? Read on, answers and tips on this issue follow.


James WysongShowing up early for your flight. Carrying no more than six ounces of liquids. Being prepared to pay for anything extra. Some things are black-and-white when you travel by air. But many others aren’t. James Wysong explores the 10 most vexing ones.


I can’t think of any other industry in the world that treats its most valuable customers like dirt, goes out of its way to infuriate its employees, gives its shareholders such dismal returns — but survives. I’m talking about the airline industry, of course.


No one likes a noisy traveler. You know — the guy at the gate with the cell phone glued to his head, shouting details of his personal life, or the scene-maker on the airplane, or the couple trying to break an endurance record (if you know what I mean) in the hotel room next to you.


If anyone knows hotels, it’s airline crewmembers. We often smirk at the way properties work, but then forget about them when we leave. James Wysong doesn’t.


The summer is in its final stretch, and after Labor Day weekend, you’d think you can say goodbye to overpopulated airplanes until Thanksgiving. Take it from me, you can’t.


One would think that airline crewmembers would dread layovers, but many don’t. In fact, it’s just the opposite, the longer some stay in their job, the more they grow to appreciate the amenities of a quality hotel. James Wysong spells out 15 tips to make your experience more pleasant.


Working for the airlines these days is sort of like living in America. Times are tough, and you just hope the people in charge know what they are doing, even though you have huge doubts.