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What we’re reading: FAA to explore testing gadgets on planes, LAN starts testing RNP, ATL needs volunteers to test terminal

FAA to explore testing gadgets on planes, LAN starts testing next Gen technology, Atlanta Airport needs volunteers to test new international terminal

The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix — an amazing aural experience

The Phoenix Musical Instrument Museum has collected musical instruments from every corner of the planet. It is far more than a collection of things, instruments. It is collection of music and sounds as well.
By |March 24th, 2012|Today|0 Comments|

Weekend what we’re reading: Czech’s new Havel Airport, UA’s 2-day delay, Canada’s airport security follies

This week we learn about the renaming of the Czech Republic's main airport for their ex-President Havel, United has problems crossing the Pacific and Canada has it's share of security problems irritating the public.
By |March 24th, 2012|Today|3 Comments|

The FAA owes travelers a no-nonsense answer about “everything with an on and off switch”

Airline pilots do it. Military pilots do it. Private pilots do it. JetBlue does it. Alec Baldwin tried to do it. Why can't we do it? Use electronic items during take off and landing?
By |March 23rd, 2012|Today|27 Comments|

What we’re reading: Scoot set to take off in June, FAA says space tourism set for takeoff by 2014, US Airways/AA merger might make sense

No frills Scoot by Singapore Air set to take off in June, FAA says space tourism set for takeoff by 2014, US Airways/AA merger makes sense

United-Continental FF-program merger reminds us of two tips about PINs and security questions

This post focuses on one particular merger issue, with lessons that go beyond dealing with airlines — dealing with the human element of memory, personal identification numbers (PINs) and passwords.
By |March 22nd, 2012|Today|5 Comments|

What we’re reading: Averting disaster-NWA Flight 85, Air Berlin joins oneworld, SeatGuru introduces iPhone app

Video of averting disaster-NWA Flight 85, Air Berlin joins oneworld, SeatGuru introduces an iPhone app

BackBid promises a better hotel deal, but at what price?

A few days before Eric Kimmel flew from Montreal to San Francisco for a recent conference, he checked to see if he could find a better deal on a hotel.

What we’re reading: Rental car takes a dip in the bay, airlines warn of Olympic chaos, pilot skills may be eroding due to technology

Rental car’s navigation system guides Japanese students straight into the ocean

When it comes to using your GPS, don’t believe everything it tells you, as a group of Japanese students found out recently.
In what can surely be filed under the “what in the world were they thinking” category. Three Japanese tourists decided to forgo all logic by following the directions of their rental car’s navigation system and drive directly into the ocean while vacationing in Australia.

Reported in the Redland Times, the plucky trio was apparently trying to get to North Stradbroke Island, an island only accessible by ferry, but instead got stuck in the bay after the tide swept in. Under the direction of their Hyundai Getz’s navigation system, the Japanese tourists were lured out into low tide, only to realize later (far too later) that they had been lead astray.

What’s yours and what’s not? Confess to what you have taken from hotels and restaurants

Remember the days when people used to have matchbooks as souvenirs from hotels and restaurants? Perhaps, that is out of date because in this non-smoking era, it’s increasingly hard to do. So, what’s appropriate to take? What’s not? What have you taken?
By |March 20th, 2012|Today|14 Comments|