About Jack Leonard

Jack Leonard is a 747 captain with over 20 years of airline experience. Living in France, based in the UK and operating around the world, he has seen his fair share of airports as both flight crew and passenger. He's not sure which is worse.

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7 People Who Landed Themselves In A Social Media Mess

One of our recent articles — 7 Ways To Get Banned From Flying — told how United passenger Chris Roberts tweeted his intention to hack into his aircraft’s flight computers. Once alerted to the content of his Twitter feed, the airline promptly informed the authorities and slapped Roberts with a lifetime ban. While he may […]

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7 Ways To Get Banned From Flying

7 Ways To Get Banned From Flying

In January 2016, a woman’s drunk and disorderly behaviour caused her Jet2 aircraft to divert to Ireland. The 42-year old was fined $10,000, and the airline banned her for life, in line with a zero tolerance policy towards disruptive passengers. Since then, their no-fly list has been growing by the week, and other airlines are […]

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5 strange reasons for flight delays

5 Of The Strangest Reasons For Flight Delays

Winter is just around the corner and so are the inevitable long flight delays that go hand in hand with crappy weather. These days, in the US at least, passengers can expect better treatment because of new legislation that actually forces the airlines to look after them. After several well-publicised incidences where people have been […]

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Airport Commandments: Loud Devices

The Five Airport Commandments

What is it about an airport that makes travellers leave their brains at the front door? Travel stress, perhaps, fear of flying or maybe they simply decided their logical brain processes needed a well-deserved break too? Whatever the reason, some passengers transform into inconsiderate sociopaths before they even hit the check-in desk. Unfortunately, for the […]

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Airport Employees Behaving Badly

These days every large organisation appears to have its fair share of bad apples and major airports are no different. Post 9/11, rigorous background checks were supposed to weed out potential terrorists, sociopaths and thieves. However, as they tend to look at past transgressions, anyone without a previous conviction or subscription to Al Qaeda will […]

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Strangest Things Ever Left At The Airport

Hands up who hasn’t left something in an airport at one time or another during their travels? It’s easily done, of course, as most passengers always have their mind on the next step of the journey, whether it’s catching a flight, negotiating security and immigration, or even just getting home. Depending on the item in […]

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Must Have Travel Accessories For Airport Sleepers

Over 20-plus years of professional and personal flying I have been in the air for nearly 20,000 hours, covered well over 6,000,000 miles and passed through hundreds of airports. Admittedly, that’s just a back of a cigarette packet calculation, but the numbers won’t be too far off the truth. Obviously, when I’m at work I […]

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