Traveling to Ohio, Part I: Packing.

I hate packing for trips. I hem and haw and hem some more over what to bring. I study the weather reports and try to pack accordingly, but I know it's inevitable that if I'm traveling, we'll experience a sudden heat wave the likes of which San Diego has never seen before. Ditto in San Francisco. Or maybe the beginnings of a hurricane in Cabo.So, no matter how much effort I put in, I always seem to have the wrong stuff, despite my best attempts to be prepared....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

The Well Packed Bag: Regulations Regarding Air Travel with Kids

Travel Expert? As a travel expert, I recommend…oh wait, I'm not an expert on travel....more

Skincare Inflight

Flying can be rough on your body (jet lag anyone?) and on your skin.  This might sound funny but you need to wear your sunscreen on a plane if you are flying during the day.  No way around it.  Why?  High levels of UV rays penetrate airplane windows since the su...more

The Mile High Club

A flight attendant on Oprah Winfrey's private jet filed a lawsuit Friday denying allegations that she had sex on board. In the suit, Corrine Gehrls, 39, claims that fellow flight attendants Myron Gooch and Kirby Bumpus -- who is the daughter of Winfrey's best friend Gayle King and is Winfrey's goddaughter -- made the accusation that caused her to be fired.--Huffington Post ...more

In my opinion the most curious part of that story is how in the world Gayle King thought it ...more

Ten Hours on the Tarmac

Over the weekend about 50 passengers experienced airplane hell aboard a Continental Airlines regional jet stuck on the tarmac. Everybody was headed to Minnesota’s Twin Cities, but thunderstorms in the area forced the plane to take a pit stop in Rochester to wait out the storm and get some gas. ...more

The Air Passenger's Bill of Rights or whatever the new, official term is, is FINALLY set to ...more

Should the Ugandan baby born over Canadian airspace have a right to Canadian citizenship?

  I was lurking around trying to find more information about the case of the Ugandan woman, flying from Amsterdam to Boston, who gave birth on the plane on New Year's Eve in Canadian Airspace. ...more

All good points. I was surprised hows quickly American officials stated the baby would be ...more

On leaving...

“You must have great pain,” said the kind man in the light yellow golf shirt as I told him I was leaving Uganda, and wasn’t sure if I would return. We walked towards the airplane, more than 500 metres away. Apparently I missed the bus that took the other passengers there. ...more