Enjoy comedy at the airlines’ expense. Be wooed by low-cost airlines through their commercials. And, take a look at the new world of natural-gas-powered buses. It’s all in a weekend collection of media.
7 things airlines can learn from comedians’ most common complaints
We can complain to DOT, to the airlines, to flight attendants, to fellow passengers, however, when comedians work our pain into their skits we all know that what we feel, thousands of others feel as well. Fox News has collected a sample of comedians’ routines that play on the most common aviation hassles from the reclining (or should I say, non-reclining) seat to lost luggage. Enjoy.
The airline peanut is likely only second to the mother-in-law as the starting point for jokes by comedians. But even beyond the peanut, airlines are a never-ending source of material for the stand-ups and sketch artists who connect between cities large and small to deliver their act.
With all that travel comes insight into what goes wrong. And while it’s surrounded by laughter and delivered with derision, it’s almost always about a real pain point airlines have. We’ve collected seven hilarious bits, below, that deal with customer complaints. It’s not just about the laughs; we follow them with serious advice about how airlines could provide a fix.
Making fees and uncomfortable seats look fun
Sometimes advertising agencies find ways to make suffering through airline flights seem like fun. Well, sometimes, when everything goes well, it can be. Here is a collection of international advertisements for airline travel that puts the pizazz into the mundane. Some ads highlight the basics to make the upgrades seem like a bigger bargain. What do you think?
Here’s the kind of ad that you might find — EasyJet’s new ad campaign identifies a new generation of flyers who prefer low costs over comfort. “Generation EasyJet” includes everyone from young hippies to business professionals to old men in bow ties. The video’s upbeat song, quick pace, and pretty display of faces almost let viewers forget the reality of the product it is promoting. But, hey, at least it’s not Ryanair.
Transit buses fueled by natural gas more viable than diesel or electric
With the coming glut of natural gas being developed domestically in the USA, it is only natural that public transportation and big trucks start to look at powering themselves with cheaper, cleaner gas rather than diesel. Now, research is showing that such a switch may make sense and save money even after all of the set-up costs.
Purdue researchers found that over the course of 15 years, even with the $2 million expense of building a natural-gas fueling station, the natural-gas system would cost $48 million over the span of the project, compared with $54 million for the diesel-electric and $48.5 million for the diesel-only, according to the report. The analysis takes into account fluctuations in diesel and natural gas prices, operation costs and maintenance.
“Moreover, from the environmental perspective, the implementation of compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in the fleet would also produce less emission and provide benefit to the environment of the local society,” the report says.