I’m gripped by guilt when I get upgraded or somehow score a premium seat, which happens almost never, because I refuse to participate in those addictive airline loyalty programs. But when it does, I always cast a hesitant glance back to the economy class section, where the seats are stacked so close together that you almost can’t move, and I feel a little ambivalent – and ashamed.
Some of these videos are hard hitting and some of them are hitting back at recent travel stories in the news. Ryanair gives the students that mutinied because one of their group had to pay for excess luggage a lesson in packing. Brian Williams confesses to an encounter with TSA. And two British comedies take swipes at the airline industry and immigration that seem awfully close to below the belt.
Our air transportation system is still mired in the 15th-Century world of peasants and landed gentry. Unfortunately, the airlines have been ignoring the peasants in the back of the plane. Worse, they rub the peasants’ noses in it but only advertising upscale seating that no normal passenger can afford and then making the lower-class passengers march through the world of spacious luxury before they squeeze into their allotted space.
Delta starts unionization voting as union flight attendants from Northwest are merged with the non-union Delta folk. FAA orders airline to inspect Japanese-made seats. Secrets of getting upgraded.
Air New Zealand has introduced a new sleeping seat for long-distance travel. It is called the skycouch. It is the first step up from coach. Basically, it allows two passengers to share what amounts it seems to a twin bed.
After reading this article about unruly fliers, I wondered how many air travelers had seen other passengers misbehaving. I’m not referring to parents who allow their children to run up and down the aisles. Or people who cram so much in overhead bins that if they open mid-flight, your life may be at stake. Annoying [...]
Ned reviews a recent trip he took on Amtrak’s AutoTrain and has some tips to make your trip on it better.
With higher fares and a stumbling economy, more and more business travelers are opting for the cheaper seats, according to American Express Business Travel.