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Voice in the Wilderness on Wifi?
You all know by now that American Airlines is offering Wifi on some of its flights ($12.95), and more is on the way, but — I know a working woman who says, “Enough! Enough with the Wifi!” Seems she used to actually look forward to flights as the one place she could “get away from it all”. She has a point – between cell phones, Blackberrys, laptops and now the ubiquitous Wifi – we’re never out of touch. And that’s great most of the time, but tell me – do you ever get tired of, in effect, being “always on call”?
MORE TIPS: Warding Off Thieves While Traveling
Saw this on Consumerist – a list of 8-ways to prevent theft, while traveling. Common sense ideas, including watch your bags at all times, and use safes everywhere you go. My favorite is called, “Don’t Need It? Don’t Bring It.” Amen to that.
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Dress Rehearsal at JetBlue’s New JFK Terminal:
1,000 people got at a look at the new JetBlue’s new Terminal 5 over the weekend and they were impressed.
It’s not open yet – not ’til October – these people were simply “extras” on hand for rehearsals. They were directed through baggage check, security lines, just about everywhere you could go at JFKexcept onto a plane.
Funny, most of us don’t like doing this when we have to; imagine going to the airport for this on your day off – but I understand everyone got “paid” with playing cards, luggage tags and baseball caps – so I guess it was worth it to them.
3oz Liquid Rule = Angry Poetry:
Cranky Flier and BottleWise held a contest to “celebrate” the two-year anniversary of the TSA’s carry-on liquid restrictions – air travelers were asked to tell us how they really feel about the restrictions, in just 6 words.
And the winner: “Two years. Three ounces. Million headaches.”
Southwest Appoints New V.P of “Strategy and Change Leadership”:
Southwest Airlines, the only major carrier to make any money so far this year, has announced the appointment of Kathleen Wayton as Vice President, Strategy and Change Leadership.
I’m sure she’ll do a great job, but for heaven’s sake, Ms. Wayton — don’t change too much!
Surf’s Not Up:
This has been a rocky summer for surfing aficionados, what with some airlines charging as much as $300 to check a board. The Los Angeles Times has all the details, including the fact that 14,000 petitioners couldn’t convince British Airways to drop their “board ban” – they just won’t carry them anymore.
I was amused by the quote from a professional surfer, who said high fees means cutting back on partying: “You have to skip nice meals and give up that nice bottle of tequila.”
Weekend Engine Problems:
Two San Francisco to Chicago flights were turned around shortly after take-off; the engine compressor on a United flight stalled late Friday and on Saturday, flames started shooting out of an engine on a Northwest flight. Scary stuff, but no one was hurt.