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Enjoyed this article in Bloomberg which suggests airlines are pouncing on “the return of the business traveler” – and why not?
The reporters note that while the recession hit global first-class and business-class bookings hard, and those passengers made up less than 8% of last year’s overseas total, “they produced 26% of the revenue on those flights.”
Now as signs point to an easing in the slump, airlines are redoubling efforts to lure the big spenders back.
On Delta, for example, that means (among other things) pouring more money into lie-flat seats “and quilted duvet comforters” while American flights to Tokyo will offer menus that include “Tahitian Crab Soup” and gingered scallops with lobster sauce. Sounds good, huh?
I don’t usually peruse the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal (I was tipped off to this by the Daily News) – but I’m glad I read the latest issue as it has some interesting research – with the bottom line being:
Male and female travelers get sick in different ways.
Okay, maybe not earth-shattering news – but – it could help you prepare for a big trip by bringing along some preventative medications.
Here’s what you might need, according to the study:
Women: More likely to suffer stomach problems, colds and urinary tract infections
Pack: Anti-diarrhea medications, cold and flu symptom relievers
Men: More likely to suffer from infections and diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks
Pack: Insect repellent
Oh, and you guys out there? Dress warmly – you are much more likely to get frostbite.
And remember, delays in snow-country can mean delays in warm-weather airports due to the domino effect – if there’s the slightest doubt in your mind, go to your airline’s website or call your carrier. And drive carefully on your way to the airport.
Can you believe this? Maybe I should have titled this post, “Smackdown!”
Two female flight attendants got into “a fistfight” on the plane (according to WLFI TV in Rochester).
The brawl took place yesterday aboard a Delta Connection flight operated by Pinnacle Airlines, as the plane was at the airport in Rochester. The passengers had expected to take off for Atlanta, but once the fists began to fly, that was the end of that.
Said one of those passengers, “The pilot decided to kick everybody off the plane – they told us we had to get off the plane because stewardesses were fighting.”
A pinnacle spokesman is quoted by the TV station as saying, the flight attendants will be “off duty” while an investigation continues, adding, the acts reported were “not acceptable”. I’ll say!
And what of those poor, inconvenienced passengers? They were eventually put on other flights but – some of them were really inconvenienced. Again, we turn to a quote from the Rochester station:
“You had someone who was getting married and was supposed to be in Cancun. There was a couple that was supposed to be on a cruise ship. Non-refundable. They left crying.” – Passenger aboard the “fighting flight attendant” flight, 2-25-10
Disgraceful. And no, we don’t know what the fight was about.
Alaska Airlines, still up in the air over the feats of its Olympic favorite, speed skater Apolo Ohno, now proudly announces its partnership with WiFi.
In other words, Alaska plans to offer Aircell’s Gogo on all its aircraft – so you can get online as you fly. They’ll charge $4.95 and up, depending on the length of the flight (no info on when it’ll start, just “soon”).
Meanwhile, the athlete that Alaska sponsors – the fleet-of-skate Mr. Ohno – can be seen lunging across the ice again in Vancouver, tomorrow night.