An Open Letter (and photos) to United, Jet Blue and Newark Airport

Most people who come to this blog know that I'm an enthusiastic and frequent traveler but my last trip really tested my nerves. It all but left me wanting to become a recluse and never venture out again. Folks, the skies are no longer friendly and, worse yet, they really don't give a s**t once you've paid your money. Downright incompetence and mistruths reign. ...more

How Green Is Your Airline?

I recently returned from a plane trip and admittedly, I enjoyed the amenities: wrapped headphones, napkins and ice-cold Coke in a can. Once home, however, I found myself going through what I used that day and wondering how much of it would be recycled by the airlines. Image: √oхέƒx™ via Flickr ...more
I can assure from knowing many flight attendants, no airlines are recycling... and if they are ...more

Flying With Family

“Oh no,” said DorkyDad. “What a terrible start to a holiday.” We had just been treated to the sight of Alex Salmond, recently off a flight from London, strutting through Edinburgh airport. For a man in a crumpled suit, he exuded an extraordinary air of arrogance....more

Pets and Airlines : Not So Friendly Skies

Pet owners, according to most American airlines, have deep pockets.How else to explain the exorbitant fees they charge so that you can substitute your one carry-on bag for a bag that contains your small dog or cat? And the oligopolistic nature of the business comes through loud and clear when you examine the variance (or lack thereof) in the in-cabin pet fees....more

I nearly got kidnapped in Moscow and it was quite annoying

So you all know about the blog Bodacious Boomer don't you? Of course you bloody do, she is one of the Universe's most prolific and entertaining bloggers. Well, to give you a bit of background, BB has been working away from home for the last month, and she asked me to do a guest blog because she had limited internet connection and needed someone to fill in for her. Yeh, I know! I was also amazed that she asked me.   ...more

6 Tips for Friendlier Skies

By Kristin Fast, Lifestyle Editor and In-House Wit-Cracker There was a time when traveling on an airplane was the height of sophistication… ...more

I'll Have the Can, Hold the Cup

Somewhere over the Grand Canyon at 30,000 feet -- I was sipping from a plastic cup of cool water. The flight attendant swept by in short order with a plastic bag to collect the "trash." Not an hour later, along comes the metal cart (keep your knees and elbows in if you're on the aisle) with another drink service, and another hard plastic cup, including the funky-smelling, sandpaper-like logoed napkin. So what was wrong with the previous ones? I'd sipped from the cup which was completely unscathed, and never touched the napkin....more

A Chihuahua Can Fly

The real end to the pet overpopulation problem and its attending euthanasia rate can be brought about quite simply. By melding the laws of supply and demand with the practices of non profits, rapid change, on a grand scale can be achieved almost immediately....more

Air Steward Quitter Begs For His Job Back

Steven Slater, the airline steward whose flamboyant resignation - turned him into a global anti-hero, has perplexed his legion of fans by begging for his job back.A few days after apparently jettisoning his career, Mr Slater’s lawyer said that he wanted to carry on working in aviation and he would like to return to JetBlue, the airline he “loved”....more

I didn't consider the guy a hero, but I laughed at the break-down way he left work that day. It ...more