of a Continental Drifter
Destinations & Diversions / Travel / January, 11, 2002
BUCKLE UP FOR PLANE INSANITY
"I never wanted to be a flight attendant," writes Elliott
Hester in the introduction to his new book, Plane Insanity: A
Flight Attendant's Tales of Sex, Rage and Queasiness at 30,000
Feet (St. Martin's Press, $23.95). But anyone who has ever had
the urge to peek behind the galley curtain and ask the flight
crew what really goes on at 30,000 feet will be glad he did. Hester,
a 16-year employee at a major airline (he isn't saying which one),
has written a tell-all that is part confessional and part payback
to all those rude, smelly and obnoxious people he has flown with
over the years. Here, he shares with USA TODAY's Jayne Clark some
of his insights from his time aloft.
Saturday Today (7:00 AM ET) - NBC, March 9, 2002
Elliott Hester discusses his book, "Plane Insanity"
SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, co-host: Sixteen years around the world can open
your eyes to people and things. And it's especially true for the
frequent fliers, the airline employees who've seen more than they
thought was ever possible, high above it all. Elliott Hester is
a veteran flight attendant and he chronicles many a wild ride
in his first book, which is called "Plane Insanity: A Flight
Attendant's Tales of Sex, Rage and Queasiness at 30,000 Feet."
Don George, Traveler at Large
COLUMN #42 / January, 2002
By Don George
As a flight attendant for a major US airline for many years, Elliott
Hester has seen an eye-opening, hair-raising array of airborne
misbehavior. Hester approached me in early 1999, when I was travel
editor at Salon.com, with the idea of writing a column about the
flight attendant's life. That column, Out of the Blue, proved
extremely popular and when Salon stopped publishing travel articles,
Hester began syndicating it to newspaper travel sections. Now
he has taken the best of his old tales and added some new ones
and put them together in a thoroughly enlightening and entertaining
new book, Plane Insanity. I spoke with him earlier this week about
the flight attendant's life.
Ft Lauderdale, Florida
METRO SECTION: LIVING, January 25, 2002 Friday
AIRBORNE INSANITY: A FLIGHT ATTENDANT TELLS ALL
John Tanasychuk, State Correspondent
Elliott Hester remembers the camaraderie on airplanes the first
few weeks after Sept. 11.
with Jim Benning
Jim Benning talks with the author and flight attendant about the
buzz of airports, the hum of airplanes and the joy of flying.
/ February 11, 2002
Elliott Hester has written eloquently about the highs and lows
of travel through the eyes of a flight attendant. His articles
have appeared on Salon.com and in National Geographic Traveler.
He writes a column, "Out of the Blue," that appears
in nine U.S. newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle.
His new book, Plane
Insanity: A Flight Attendant's Tales of Sex, Rage and Queasiness
at 30,000 Feet, recounts memorable stories from 16 years in the
business. "Flying gets in your blood," he writes. "It's
like malaria." I talked with Hester recently about flying,
writing and the infectious nature of travel.
Q-and-A with Rolf Potts
Elliott Hester's stories have appeared in National Geographic
Traveler, Endless Vacation, Caribbean Travel & Life, Salon.com,
Glamour, Maxim, Details and more than thirty newspapers in Canada,
Australia, New Zealand and the United States. He also writes Out
of the Blue a syndicated newspaper column that reaches more than
1.5 million readers. Hester's first book, " Plane
Insanity: A Flight Attendant's Tales of Sex, Rage, and Queasiness
at 30,000 Feet," was published in January by St. Martin's