So I get a few news alerts during the day that tells me about what’s going on with the big guys (hint, Delta just passed United as the second largest airline), or maybe some cool stuff about airplane design.  I mean who wouldn’t want to read an informational article about Boeing’s new patent for an airplane design that literally wraps itself around cargo for delivery?  Brilliant, eh?

But no – what headline do I get sucked into?  The one about the emotional support turkey that flew on a recent Delta flight.  Yes, I’m serious – this fowl actually got a seat on a mainline Delta flight, and someone got a picture of it.  It’s rather odd.

And non-American’s say that we have no common sense.  They’re right of course, but still.  I mean, at least the turkey didn’t get to sit in the exit row!

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So a while back I wrote a travel book, detailing exactly how someone who is new to the business traveler world should navigate.  Points this, hotel that, and the like.  Then the book sat unloved for a while.

Well it’s not only been resurrected – it’s published!

Currently the book, titled A Million Miles Amok: A Guidebook For The New Road Warrior, is available in the iTunes iBookstore and from Amazon.  So if you are interested, check it out!

Here’s the cover art:

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So I have a side hobby that keeps me busy called CatastropheCast, in which I talk about disasters and catastrophes that have happened in the last couple hundred years.  A big part of that is airplane crashes, which luckily have become much more rare these days.

Arguably one of the most important airline incidents was Air Canada flight 797, which happened in June, 1983.  That crash is significant in two different ways.  First, it’s the last time an Air Canada flight produced a fatality.  Second, there are safety issues that came out of the loss of flight 797 that affect us to this day – like fire suppression, smoke detection, and items in the cabin to help guide people out in the event of a smoke filled cabin.

Thing is, after a significant incident, flight numbers tend to be retired.  Delta 191, Korean 007, United 93 and 175 – which came back after the merger of United and Continental, and quickly were removed.  There’s a whole writeup on the phenomenon you can read here.

Thing is, looks like Air Canada forgot about this, because Air Canada still operates a flight 797.

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Bad form, Air Canada!  Bad form!

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So I was flying out of my home airport, Portland International, this morning.  First had to head through security – luckily with my TSA PreCheck, so I could fly through security in front of all of the other regular travelers.  It’s faster, right?

Umm, no.  Not that the two TSA PreCheck lines weren’t going fast.  But the other lines nearest the PreCheck lines had TSA agents screaming (naturally – their default behavior) that the lane was a “Throw and go” lane.  Remove nothing from your bag (like your liquids and such), leave your shoes and coats on, and just put your phone in your bag, then walk through the magnetometer.  Not even the fancy new porno-scanners – just the regular magnetometer.

So basically TSA PreCheck is now the same security as every other TSA line, at least at Portland International.  And like TSA PreCheck, the general public only went through the porno-scanner when they set off the magnetometer.

What the hell, TSA?

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Want some exercise, Road Warrior?

We all tend to struggle when we’re on the road.  You know, trying to get to the client site, get your work done, and have some semblance of life, so maybe your afternoon run or your morning workout goes by …

 

The Latest Volley in the Frenemies Fight Between Alaska and Delta

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So I have been waiting for the other shoe to drop in the Alaska/Delta frenemies fight, and it has.  An email from Alaska Airlines this morning spells out mileage accrual changes for elites flying on Alaska, and anyone flying on …

 

Airsnark’s Unscientific Guide To The Airlines – ON BOARD AMENITIES

So you’re settling in for your long journey, and as soon as you get on the plane you realize that you left your book/tablet/only source of entertainment at home.  You sit down in disgust, only to almost break your tailbone …

 

Airsnark’s Unscientific Guide To The Airlines – SAFETY

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As I start this five part series on my own ranking of the airlines, I have to say that these rankings are all of my own choosing, and have to do solely by my experiences first hand, or because of …

 

AirSnark’s Unscientific Guide To Ranking The Airlines!

So my shitty experiences on Delta, and some rather shaky/scary experiences on Skywest (“This is your Captain speaking. I’m sorry about the delay, but when we landed, a piece fell off of the airplane.  We had to find it and …

 

So why am I so hard on Delta Airlines?

If you follow my twitter feed, then you’ll note that as of late, I’ve had some not very nice things to say about Delta.  Now don’t get me wrong; they are a big airline, and they have a very nice …