Air Passenger Wishlist

The NY Times has an article up with what purports to be a true air passenger wish list. In it are things like clean restrooms, timely and correct flight arrival and departure information, and a safer better place to rest before or between flights. Those all seem like pretty good ideas. But here are a few of my suggestions for Airports that really want to make customers happy: 1) Redesign security check points so they are not a...

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Paris and Orlando moving closer

Polish up your Joie De Vivre, Air France has announced it will begin non-stop flights between Orlando International Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport starting June 11. “This is an effort we’ve had going on for probably 20 years to get into France from Orlando,” said Phil Brown, executive director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, who said it took, “persistence with Air France to make it...

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DOT proposes higher compensation for bumped passengers

The Department of Transportation is thoroughly making over the rules airlines must comply with when it comes to safety and passenger comfort. They’ve already limited the amount of time an airplane can spend in the tarmac before penalties start to accrue, now they’re focusing on undisclosed fees and overbooking that leads to involuntary bumping of passengers. Currently, airlines must compensate passengers for involuntary...

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Airport goes extra mile during Volcanic Ash Crisis

With a giant volcanic ash cloud paralyzing air travel across Europe many passengers are stuck in the weird in-between world of airportlandia while they wait for mother nature to clear the skies. Turns out that when clouds of volcanic ash delays your flight you’re not entitled to compensation by the airline, so many have been forced to camp out at airports. Many for two days and perhaps longer. What’s an airport’s...

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Travel Tip: How to Save Money if Your Checked Luggage is Overweight

Recently when I was packing for my two week trip to Israel I forgot to weigh my luggage before I got to the airport. My luggage weight was 7 pounds over and it was going to end up costing me about $100 by the end of the trip. The $100 did not even include the weight of my souvenirs! Luckily, my co-workers who were traveling with me knew that you can purchase a small duffel bag from the airline and it only cost me $30. The bag was a...

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