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Revisited: Airline Bereavement Fares, Are They Worth It?

Over the past few weeks I have received a number of requests from people regarding airline bereavement fares, sometimes referred to as “compassion fares.”. I am not sure why these enquiries all seem to have come in a relatively short period of time, but having replied to nine people in a little over two weeks…

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Who Knew A Moscow Airport Could Provide Quirky Travel Fun?

Normally a late night arrival into an international airport you’re transiting through is straightforward. You arrive; you pass through passport control, find a bench or lounge, and go to sleep.  But as with many things in my life, it appears as if John Cleese is the author of my daily life.   My flight today…

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Travel Etiquette and Common Courtesy … Get Some!

Long gone are the days of refined airline travel. Passengers no longer put on a tie to fly, children are no longer in their Sunday best for flights and the refined cabin environment has largely gone the way of the dodo bird.   Despite the changes in airline travel, the need for common courtesy and…

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Dept of Homeland Security’s Disconnect With Reality

On the 23rd of January two tourists from the United Kingdom arrived at Los Angeles International Airport, on board Air France Flight 74 from Paris, for a vacation in Southern California. Instead of posting their trip to Twitter, comments made on Twitter got them deported. Under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Publicly Available…

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Reader Mail : Why Does The TSA Rescreen Passengers Connecting From Int’l Flights?

Security is a fact of life for airline travel and screening procedures vary from country to country … which leads to this reader mail from Gene R., from Pittsburgh, PA.  Gene writes “I just flew home to Pittsburgh from Paris with US Airways, as I have done a few times through Philadelphia.  When connecting through…

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Reader Mail “Is A Lay Flat Seat The Same As A Fully Flat Seat?”

Wordplay is a hallmark of marketing and sometimes says exactly what a project is without actually saying what a product is.   This reader mail from Riley O’Connor is all about word play. Riley emailed me the following “I’m flying Australia in December and noticed some airlines describe their business class seats as a lay…

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CityJet’s Tweets Take The Piss Out Of French Actor

Yesterday evening Air France Cityjet Flight 5010 was running 15 minutes behind schedule as it pushed back from Terminal 2E at Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport at 7:00pm to fly off to Dublin. On board this two hour flight was world renowned French actor Gérard Depardieu, an Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe winner … and…

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When an Airbus A380 and a Bombardier CRJ-700 meet …

New York’s JFK International Airport is known to be an extremely congested airport, and sometimes stark reminders of how dangerous airport taxiways can be interrupt the perfectly choreographed movements of airplanes that appear to be effortless along the taxiways and ramps.   Yesterday evening as Comair’s Delta Connection Flight 6293, a Bombardier CRJ-700 (CR7), taxied…

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Putting Boeing 737 & Airbus A320 Popularity Into Perspective

There are all sorts of impressive statistics for commercial airliners, cost per available seat mile, cost per block hour, how many hours of flight per incident, how many operators fly a specific aircraft, types of variants of aircraft … but sometimes its difficult to put all these numbers into perspective. First the basics, the Boeing…

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iPhone App of the Week : KLM Converter

Travelers the world over face similar complications when dealing with conversions in currency, clothing sizes, how distance is measured and other basics information we all rely on every day. This week’s iPhone App of the Week addresses the basic conversion needs of travelers, regardless of where they are coming from and regardless of where they…

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