Be Careful, Very Careful What You Incent People to Do

Have you noticed recently that airline flight attendants are becoming considerably more insistent that boarding passengers place only large items (e.g., roll-aboard suitcases) in the overhead bins, and stuff everything else under the seat in front of them? Some even take it upon themselves to ...

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Travel Tips for Infrequent Flyers

While returning from a business trip to New York last evening, I experienced a 2 hour non-stop reminder that we have now entered what frequent flyers refer to as “amateur season”, one of those periods when planes and airports are packed with lots of folks for whom modern air travel ...

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Professional? Hardly.

Yesterday, the US Airline Pilots Association, on behalf of member pilots at US Airways, placed a full-page ad, “A Message to Our Valued Passengers…” in USA Today (p. 5A).  The ad lambasted US Airways management for “pressuring your Captain to reduce fuel levels for your flight in order to save ...

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Plane Pains

Forty years ago I experienced my very first commercial aircraft flight(s) on a trip from Charleston, WV to Sarasota, FL to visit my grandfather. Though the second flight leg, from Atlanta to Sarasota was canceled, something I found a bit unnerving as a teen-aged newbie flyer traveling alone, ...

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Airline Mergers… a Good Idea? Delta and Northwest.

I was recently asked my opinion on the mating dance that is going on between Delta Air Lines and Northwest. More specifically, the question was whether or not I thought the two of them getting married was a good idea. In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit up front that, of the ...

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