Jul 222010
 
Weekly Roundup Friday 23 July 2010

 Wow.  What a roller-coaster ride of a week it was.  The conversion to the new newsletter format ended up with us losing 2,000 readers.  Surprisingly, most of these losses came from people who presumably didn't recognize the new format and simply reported it to their email service as being spam.  Some people have a very […]

Jul 222010
 
Dinosaur Watching Roundup Friday 23 July 2010

 It is boom time for the airlines again.  Rather like the biblical times with periods of feast alternating with periods of famine, even the tight economic times at present are not interfering with a roaring return to profitability by the major US carriers. The Air Transportation Association reported domestic passenger revenue rose some 25% in […]

Jul 082010
 
Airline roundup week ending 9 July 2010

It seems to have been a very good June for many airlines.   Delta reported a 4.2% increase in passenger traffic.  Air Canada had a remarkable 15% increase in passenger traffic.  Westjet enjoyed a similar increase.  AirTran had a 5% increase in passengers, and both US Airways and American Airlines also had slight increases. US Airways had about a […]

Jul 082010
 
Miscellaneous Roundup week ending 9 July 2010

Another sign of the continuing ascendancy of China in every respect is seeing Beijing international Airport now overtake London’s Heathrow airport to become the world’s second busiest airport.  Atlanta remains the world’s busiest – but one wonders for how much longer. Here is an interesting idea being trialed by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.  They will allow passengers to stay […]

Jul 082010
 
Security Roundup week ending 9 July 2010

This Week’s Security Horror Story :  What do these people all have in common?  A disabled Marine veteran and US citizen in Egypt.  A U.S. Army veteran and US citizen in Colombia.  A US Air Force veteran and US citizen stranded in Europe?  A US citizen in Portland unable to visit Dubai?  A Guinea native, granted US political asylum, […]

Jul 012010
 
Airline roundup week ending 2 July 2010

Mergers galore part 1 :  British Airways has now signed a merger deal with Iberia, subject only to ratification by both airline’s boards of directors, something that is 99.9% assured. Mergers galore part 2 :  Alitalia has said it will join with Delta and Air France/KLM in their joint venture to jointly set fares, plan routes and share revenues […]

Jul 012010
 
Miscellaneous Roundup week ending 2 July 2010

There’s some potentially good news for ship preservationists and for this country’s maritime history.  The passenger liner SS United States, which had been threatened with sold for scrap by its present owners, NCL, may now be saved.  NCL has agreed to sell the liner to a preservation group for $3 million, a very fair and generous move on NCL’s part […]

Jul 012010
 
Security Roundup week ending 2 July 2010

This Week’s Security Horror Story :   The TSA tells us that now they have taken over passenger screening, and now they know our dates of birth and genders, there will be fewer mix-ups with passengers being confused with terrorists and placed on the no-fly list.  The TSA also tells us that if such mix-ups do occur, they now have […]

Jun 032010
 

There’s an interesting article in USA Today a couple of days ago about the increasing problems experienced by Americans internationally when they try and use their credit cards.  For more commentary and some advice, read my article about What to Do if Your Credit Card is Not Accepted Internationally. Good news for iPhone users this week – Skype will now operate […]