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Jul 16

A New Cause Of Flight Cancellations: Global Warming

Oh, good. As if the airports and environment didn’t have enough working against them, here’s one more issue: Global warming could lead to more flight cancellations. Short version: The hotter it is outside, the less lift a plane can generate, meaning the more fuel it needs to carry to get to where it’s going. According …

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Jul 02

Making The Most Of An Overbooked Flight

I’m currently onboard a JetBlue flight to Fort Lauderdale. I’m flying out an hour later than expected, but I’m $250 richer for the trouble. This is the second time in under a year that I’ve volunteered my seat on JetBlue, an airline that doesn’t actually overbook their flights. Of course, they do occasionally have a …

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Jun 29

Travel “Security” Update

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Lots of news over the past 48 hours regarding rules and regs for accessing the United States. Let’s take a look at a couple of the biggest changes: Muslim Ban in Effect Starting at 8 pm tonight, travelers from several countries will be prohibited from entering the US. According to the Supreme Court, visitors from …

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Jun 21

Airlines: The Way We Were

Joe Nocera just published an interesting article on Bloomberg about how the airline business has gotten to where it is, describing it as “Airline Hell.” The basic message is “you get what you pay for” and, while it’s not pleasant, he would likely agree with former Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune, who told a reporter …

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Jun 16

A Couple Of Security Updates


It’s fair to say that I’m not a fan of the TSA. I’ve always considered much of what they do to be security theater*, which can create as many problems as it solves. It’s rare that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does anything to improve efficiency at the checkpoints, since it has no incentive …

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Jun 13

JetBlue (Possibly) Improves Boarding (Slightly)


I’ve never really understood the concept of a “premium boarding lane.” Yup, it’s just what it sounds like: There is a special rope line for people that the airline wants to make feel special. It costs them nothing and allows the chosen passengers to get on the plane without mingling with the commoners. Frankly, I …

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May 31

Laptop Ban Threat Over. I Think. Probably.

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According to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson, the laptop ban on incoming flights from Europe is dead, for now (Yup, I did see the headline on the article.). This decision followed a meeting that Secretary John Kelly had with European officials on Tuesday. Of Course It’s Not Over Nevertheless, DHS never rules out anything, which …

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May 15

Cookies, Cruises and Curses

Last week was a somewhat frustrating week when it came to travel news, so here are a few fun and interesting items that I found over the weekend. Cookies And then there were Biscoffs. When I first stumbled across the cookies in the late 90s, it was love at first bite. But I could never …

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May 12

Umm, About That Laptop Ban From Europe…

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Last month, somebody broke into my blogging account and wrote that the United States would never expand the laptop ban to Europe. Sad! All Kidding Aside… Discussion of banning laptops on flights from Europe into the United States (which European countries would almost certain implement on flights to the US) has accelerated over the past …

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Apr 26

No, The US Is NOT Going To Extend The Electronics Ban To Europe

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An article in The Guardian yesterday claimed that the US is considering banning laptops on flights from Europe, and possibly the UK, into the United States. For that matter, it would prohibit any electronics larger than a smart phone and would be similar to the one implemented a month ago on flights from certain mostly-Muslim …

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