What we’re reading: F-15s escort Alaska Air flight, Ryanair explains one bag rule, tips for short vacations


F-15 jets scramble to escort Alaska Air flight to Seattle

F-15 jets escorted an Alaska Air flight to Seattle and took a passenger off the plane after a caller told the FBI that there may be a hijacker aboard.

Two F-15 jets from the Oregon Air National Guard escorted Flight 819 in to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after a threat call was received at the Honolulu FBI office.

Agents talked to the unidentified man for nearly two hours, [Seattle FBI spokeswoman Ayn] Dietrich said. She described him as cooperative.

Ryanair’s one bag rule is driven by safety, not revenue

Ryanair explained that its one bag carry-on rule is for the interest of safety, not revenue.

Because Ryanair operates with very high load factors (avg load factor last year was 83 percent, or over 150 passengers per flight), and because Ryanair encourages its passengers to travel with free of charge carry-on bags in order to avoid checked-in bag fees, most Ryanair passengers avail of Ryanair’s (free of charge) 10kg carry-on bag policy.

How to get the most out of a short vacation

The average number of days Americans take for a vacation is 3.8 days. Gadling put together some tips on how to get the most out of your short vacation.

1. Don’t fly too far. It goes without saying that if you try to fly half way around the world, you’re going to have next to no time to actually enjoy your destination. If you only have a few days of vacation, you might want to stick to domestic cities (or nearby international ones, like Montreal). The longer your break, the further afield you can venture.