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April 01, 2014

Airlines' April Fools Fun: trips to Mars, cargo lie-flat nonpremium beds, metric time departures and personal climate control

Happy April Fools Day Sky Talk!

I don't have a joke for you today but several airlines got in on the fun with their own creative ways to prank the Internet.

Southwest Airlines is headed to Mars while Spirit Airlines is offering lie-flat non-premium beds in their cargo holds. WestJet Airlines has decided to switch its departure times to metric time while Sir Richard Branson has installed personal seat climate controls on Virgin America.

One airline, however, decided to give its customers a treat instead of a trick on April 1. JetBlue Airways said it will give passengers on a flight today whose birthday is today a JetBlue credit equal to the amount of the fare the passenger paid for their flight. And the airline's twitter feed confirmed, this is no joke.

"Everyone’s birthday should feel like a personal holiday, even if it’s on an actual holiday. So on a day like April Fool’s, a birthday is still nothing to joke about,” said JetBlue director of market planning Roger Johnson in a statement. "That’s why we’re making sure that our birthday travelers today get a present, not pranked."

Spirit, which is known for its ultra-low fares and fees on everything, said it will begin offering full flat-bed seats in the belly of its Airbus A320s starting in 2025. The "Mother of All Sleeper (M.O.A.S.)" beds do not include heavy wool blankets ($19.95), oxygen masks ($49.98) or a 2-foot bed extender ($299.99) since the bed fits customers up to 5'6" in height.

"Due to security concerns, passengers are not allowed to bring their own blankets. Spirit is not liable for any injuries or scratches incurred as a direct result of the use of any blanket purchased on board," the company said.

Here's some of the airlines' videos about their tomfoolery.




-Andrea Ahles


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