Mario at Universal park, Delta-Air France-KLM-Alitalia tie-up, rewarding FAs

Nintendo characters, games coming to Universal parks Soon you’ll be able to ride in a life-size Mario Kart at Universal Studios. Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts are working to create new attractions featuring Nintendo games and characters, the two companies announced Thursday. That could bring characters such as Mario, Link and Donkey Kong to […]

5 grinches of holiday flight boarding

Many people love to go somewhere over the holidays. Few love the travel process. Flights are full and lines are long. Plus, in the Northern Hemisphere, winter can play havoc with flight schedules. Lately, with all the hassles and issues, one of the worst parts of airline travel, to my mind, has become the boarding […]

Flight attendants: <em>still</em> the unsung heroes of 9/11

Over the years since 9/11, there have been many ceremonies, new memorials and remembrances for those who died in that day’s tragic events. The 9/11 Memorial Museum opened this year, fulfilling the desires of many of the families whose loved ones died in the Twin Towers. Police officers, firefighters and other first responders gather every […]

Sunday musings: Airline punctuality elusive, chance encounter with flight attendants, hotel security

We take a look at how incomplete delay data from the airlines doesn’t tell the full story about schedules and problems with on-time arrivals and departures. Next, the travel editor for Conde Nast Traveler has a chance encounter with a group of United flight attendants and discovers some juicy information. Finally, hotel security is getting an upgrade with new abilities to monitor nooks and crannies of the hotels never before protected.