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May 122017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 May, 2017

Good morning An interesting week this week, and a rather portentous one.  While, for once, there were no leaks prior to Mr Comey’s firing, we’re being subjected to what seems to be a deliberately orchestrated series of leaks to prepare us for what increasingly seems like will become an unavoidable new reality – electronic bans […]

May 102017
 
Preparing for the Inevitable Ban on In-Cabin Laptops

In late March, the US government banned passengers who were flying to the US from ten specific airports from taking any electronics larger than a cell phone into the passenger cabin with them.  The UK followed suit with a similar but not identical ban, adding four additional airports but exempting six of the original ten […]

May 042017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 5 May, 2017

Good morning In just over a month, 26 Travel Insiders and I will be heading off to Scotland for our lovely Islands and Highlands tour.  We’re all looking forward to it immensely, and although it is the fourth time I’ve done the tour, it remains one of my favorites. No, this isn’t a precursor to […]

Apr 282017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 28 April, 2017

Good morning Our lovely December Christmas Cruise continues to attract plenty of comment and interest, but not many firm bookings.  If you are thinking you’ll come, please don’t delay confirming your participation.  The best value cabins are disappearing, and the pre and post ground options are getting steadily tighter to confirm. One person suggested there […]

Apr 142017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 14 April, 2017

Good morning Yes!  I’ve now published the full details for this year’s Christmas Markets cruise along the Danube.  It promises to be the best cruise yet – both the cruise itself, and the pre and post touring, too.  Unlike airlines, Amawaterways keeps improving their ships and service, and I do my best to build on […]

Mar 312017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 31 March, 2017

Good morning After several weeks of pressing distractions, I’m back this week with the probably final (sixth) part of my series on the future of transportation. This week, it is time to look at the nonsense and hype surrounding flying cars.  While the abstract concept of a dual purpose vehicle has enormous appeal, the reality […]

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 […]

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