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Mar 242017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 March, 2017

Good morning What a crazy week it has been, with the TSA managing to set a new low for inanity and insanity. We’ve seen some terrible things in the past – with the worst perhaps being the global ban on all electronics on all flights, and their extended insistence on subjecting us to potentially dangerous […]

Mar 232017
 
The Idiocy of the New Electronics Ban

The TSA has banned passenger flying from ten specific airports to the US from taking any electronic items larger than a cell phone into the cabin with them.  The airports are in Cairo, Istanbul, Kuwait City, Doha, Casablanca, Amman, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The UK followed with a similar but not identical ban.  […]

Mar 232017
 
(At Least) Three Things You Need Due to the New Electronics Ban

At first, the new and utterly nonsensical ban on any electronics bigger than a phone on some flights seemed like it was something most of us would happily avoid. But by essentially including all flights from Dubai to the US (ie Emirates), from Abu Dhabi (ie Etihad flights) and Istanbul (ie Turkish Airlines) it has […]

Mar 172017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 March, 2017

Good morning My comments last week about California’s deliberate withholding of its Department of Public Health findings on cell phone dangers engendered a few comments and, quite understandably, a few concerns as well.  As a result, I have not one but two articles to offer this week. The first is nice and short and simply […]

Mar 162017
 
Circular Runways?

Here’s an interesting article about a Dutch concept advocating circular runways for airports.  Here’s the underlying website with the original research. Ostensibly, there is some sense to the idea inasmuch as it would no longer be necessary to build runways that are very much longer than required for an airplane’s take-off or landing roll.  If […]

Mar 102017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 March, 2017

Good morning My extended ‘future of transportation’ series took another slight detour this week.  Uber has been going through some gyrations of late, managing to offend just about everyone on the planet in the process. Although it is only seven or so months since I last wrote about Uber, it seemed appropriate to update the […]

Feb 242017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 February, 2017

Good morning What was to have been the ultimate part of my ‘new era of transportation’ series proved to actually be the penultimate part.  There’s enough left for one more article, next week – maybe more!  But for now, I hope you’ll enjoy what was a curious shift in writing style for me – to […]

Feb 172017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 February, 2017

Good morning My ‘new era of transportation’ series took another detour this week.  What was supposed to be a couple of sentences on the shifting balance of ‘should you/shouldn’t you own a car’ ended up with almost 5,000 words of commentary and a complete full article, then a couple of reader responses caused me to […]

Feb 092017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 February, 2017

Good morning Does President Trump read The Travel Insider? He met with airline CEO’s on Thursday – although American’s CEO, Doug Parker, was notably absent due to a ‘scheduling conflict’.  One has to wonder – what sort of scheduling conflict would take priority over meeting with the President?  Maybe he was busy meeting with Nordstroms? […]

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