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Why booking flights with Jet2 is a miserable, unfair experience

Time to begin planning the Summer holidays again, which means across the north of the country, thousands of customers are forced to endure Jet2's excruciatingly convoluted and unfair booking system. I don't say that lightly; not only are customers continuously and illegally opted-in to charges, but some practices are now so obscure that customers have…

Buy your child a Baby In A Microwave toy!

While this may not be new or news, we've stumbled across a most peculiar toy from those wonderful Japanese folks from Japanland. Welcome Baby In A Microwave! That's right! Is your puking little sprog forever sticking its siblings in the microwave trying to explode them? Well sate their disgusting desires with this toy! Or send…

Durham Tees Valley Airport to charge you simply for walking through the door

If you're planning on flying from Durham Tees Valley Airport, you'll love this. Soon, you'll have to pay a fee just to get through the doors. That's right! From November, adults will be charged £6 and children £2. Owner Peel Airports reckon that this fee is a way of safeguarding the future of the airport,…

Rail passenger charged £155 for getting off one stop early

Wave goodbye to common sense everyone – there it goes now, on a train from Birmingham to Durham. This is a story that, to be frank, boils our piss – a tale of a rail passenger being ordered to pay £155 for getting off a train one stop BEFORE his designated departure station. That passenger…

Most people don't want to make calls on a plane

I once had a conversation with a barber who told me he cut the hair of an airline pilot. One of the things he'd learned from him was "the reason they don't let you use your phone on a plane is because they're an annoyance. If they made the plane crash, they would take 'em…

easyJet's refund policy doesn't scan well for passengers

So then. You book a flight online with easyJet.com, through their online booking system. Once your online booking is confirmed, their online system sends a confirmation email. Any additional passenger details must be submitted online and, should you want to, you can go online and log into the site at any time to view your…

Cabin crew raise funds during strike by selling naked photos

Sometimes I'm happy to be a massive hypocrite who is happy to objectify womenfolk in the name of a good cause. You see, a group of Spanish cabin crew ladies got laid-off when their employer Air Comet went belly-up at the end of last year and, well, they've decided that while they wait for their…

Fatties AND stinkers no longer welcome on planes

Throughout all of the recent furore over fat people being chucked off aeroplanes, one question has remained unasked. Namely – what about all the smelly bastards? Why aren’t they being asked to disembark before take-off? Now, as airlines slowly morph into airbound Aryan mini-states, it’s starting to happen. It’s game over for the stinkers and…

Nobody advertises fruit on our television. Maybe it's because we've been scoffing the stuff for donkeys' years, and been trained to eat it as part of the now legendary balanced lifestyle. It's common sense innit, and we don't need condescending marketing campaigns costing jillions to tell us what we already know, in the same way…

Chav Free Holidays - Leave Your Air Rifle At Home

Who fancies some class warfare? Middle class warfare? Oh yeah! That’s right, the well-heeled are fighting back, most notably in the shape of Northumberland-based holiday company Activities Abroad. They’ve put out a promotional email to the 24,000 people on their database, plugging ‘chav-free holidays’ including lists of names “you are likely to encounter” on one…

How to successfully apply for ESTA before going to the USA under the new Visa Waiver Program

Are you heading over to the United States? Make sure you visit the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website in view of the new Visa Waiver Program's electronic application system. (Credit to BW reader Lam for giving us the heads up) As of yesterday, the United States government will be implementing this system for…

More airlines join the big consumer squeeze

God, I'm angry. I could pull the head off a mouse, I'm so apoplectic with rage. Actually I'm not, but I was mildly irritated reading this morning's Telegraph. See, nothing upsets me more than short people. More specifically, nothing upsets me more than short people loafing about in plane seats with extra legroom. The merest…