Category Archives Air Travel

There have been moments over the last couple of years when we tiptoed right up to the edge of global hysteria over the so-called Avian or Bird Flu. The various strains of the virus – H1N1 two years ago, H5N1 now – are so powerful that there was concern that they could sweep through the population at an uncontrollable pace.…

Last week, we saw headlines of a traveler’s worst nightmare – Air Australia suddenly declared bankruptcy on Friday the 17th, immediately grounded its fleet and stranded thousands of travelers all around the Pacific. In all, approximately 4,000 passengers were stranded in Hawaii, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia, and no flights are expected in the “short to medium term,” according to a…

Last week, dog lovers spent a couple nights watching the Westminster Dog Show, watching as Malachy the Pekingese took home “Best in Show.” It’s an example that Americans seem to be more attached to their pets than ever before. Certainly, the number of people traveling with their pets – even internationally – is on the rise. Many people feel as…

This is some exciting news for international travelers - American Airlines announced that starting February 1, they will begin serving complimentary beer and wine to customers flying in the main cabin on certain international flights. That’s right – free beer and wine will be served on American’s flights between the U.S. and Europe, Asia, and certain countries in South America. Hard…

From the Wright brothers' wild rides over the fields of North Carolina to the current ultra-modern aircraft, the idea of flying has always captured the hearts and imaginations of people around the world. Today, you might take for granted that you are able to travel safely by air, but in the industry's infancy, safety was not regulated by laws, and…

I noted with pleasure a recent post by Virginia Heffernanthat reveals her yearning for the ability to catch a sound nap on board a plane. After all, a refreshing nap has plenty of positive health benefits. Unfortunately, there are lots of physical obstacles—cramped quarters, aisle traffic, public address announcements, turbulence—not to mention the cognitive strain of reconciling the banal proceedings…

On my left there is a rather large business man yelling in Dutch on his Blackberry and beginning to perspire. To my right, sits a lady looking slightly claustrophobic. We have been sitting on the tarmac for almost two hours in Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG), just outside Paris, France, waiting to disembark.  Unfortunately, CGD is so massive that…

Yesterday's Yemenia Airlines crash was the second one this month involving a large number of passenger fatalities.  Although there is at least one survivor and hopefully more, these events renew anxieties about flying and overshadow just how safe flying commercially has become. The Internet is a great tool for researching airline safety, but it is easy to get swamped by…

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