Month: June 2012

Pinching pennies, costing lives?
By: Date: June 27, 2012 Categories: Air Travel,Airlines Tags: ,

Well this article sure isn’t one you want to read on an airplane. There’s a new book out by author (and former airline-insider) William J. Mcgee called “Attention All Passengers” that calls into question the practices of our modern airline companies, and the sometimes scary job they’re doing as part of their day-to-day business.  Yes, overbooked flights…

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Airbus factory in Alabama?
By: Date: June 27, 2012 Categories: Air Travel Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Okay, so I know I’ve ranted in the past about <a title="Hey American Air – How about you buy your namesake?" href="http://www.airsnark navigate to this web-site.com/2011/07/19/hey-american-air-how-about-you-buy-your-namesake/”>“patriotically named” airlines that don’t fly American planes.  It’s a particular pet peeve of mine.  I mean “US Airways (brought to you by a European consortium)” and “American Airlines (soon…

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My first prediction: There will be blood!
By: Date: June 27, 2012 Categories: Air Travel,Airlines Tags: , , , ,

So it turns out that Delta is trying out a self-boarding process in Las Vegas and Atlanta.  I don’t know how the damn thing works, but it’s to “free up the boarding agents to deal with passengers other issues”. Translation: We can fire more people and make more money. This is gonna be ugly, I…

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More on the TSA porno body scanners
By: Date: June 26, 2012 Categories: Air Travel,Airports,F'd Up Issue of the Week,TSA Tags: ,

Anybody remember the video from last March about getting things through the TSA body scanners?  Well the original guy is at it again, and has video of his incident via a “freedom of information” act. Here it is.  Support this guy! <iframe src="http://www strattera online canada.youtube.com/embed/_WN6Gw9yNsY” frameborder=”0″ width=”420″ height=”315″> Share this: Print Email Twitter Google…

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Proof that there is a hell…
By: Date: June 26, 2012 Categories: Air Travel,TSA Tags: , , ,

…and it’s at the Orlando international Airport. Seems someone was traveling with their grandfather’s ashes in a properly marked glass container when their bag was subject to a “bag check” by the TSA.  The TSA agent opened the jar and promptly spilled about 25% of John Gross’ grandfather’s remains.  What’s the worst part?  The agent…

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Where the ‘Mac vs. PC’ debate sits with hotels
By: Date: June 26, 2012 Categories: Hotels Tags: , , , , ,

This is one of the strangest travel-related stories that I’ve read in a while.  Seems that Orbitz has decided, if you’re using an Apple computer to browse their website, you’re going to be presented with more expensive hotel rooms.  Why?  Because Orbitz has found that if you’re a Mac user, you’re more apt to play…

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A cool rundown of airplane WiFi
By: Date: June 25, 2012 Categories: Air Travel,Airlines Tags: , , ,

Going to fly on a carrier you don’t know much about?  And are you a business traveler, ready to do some billable hours at 36,000 feet?  Here’s a good rundown of airlines – US and global – and the status of their WiFi availability. LInk: http://www.northjersey.com/news/transportation/160154615_Plugged-in_airlines_.html?page=all

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Oh racism, my old enemy
By: Date: June 25, 2012 Categories: F'd Up Issue of the Week Tags: , , ,

So you’ve probably heard about the TSA agent at JFK Airport in New York who didn’t realize his  metal detector was off, right?  If not, have at it – the “exclusive” is over here at the New York Post. Now I’m no friend of the TSA.  Even when I say something nice about them, I…

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Now THIS is monumentally stupid
By: Date: June 25, 2012 Categories: Airlines,F'd Up Issue of the Week Tags: , , ,

One of my regular blogs is USA Today’s “Today In The Sky” column by Ben Mutzabaugh; I check it a few times a day.  Today’s lead-off story is how a flier complained about having to sit next to a corpse for an overnight flight, and got a partial refund from the airline. My complaint?  If,…

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Paying Our Respects
By: Date: June 24, 2012 Categories: F'd Up Issue of the Week Tags: , , , , , , ,

I originally posted something similar to this over at CatastropheCast.com, but thought it should go here as well… I’m not only a regular business traveler, but I’m an airline geek as well.  I have been my whole life; when other 7 or 8 year olds wanted to be astronauts and firemen, I wanted to be…

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