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 […]

May 272010
 

The House of Representatives Judicial Committee is on the job, busy protecting our interests when it comes to evaluating the merger between United and Continental.  Unfortunately, it seems that they cannot comprehend much beyond the simple black-and-white issues of whether or not the merged airline would result in job losses or hub closures.  As this article reports, it seems no […]

May 272010
 

After a slow year last year (and lots of great value bargains) it seems that river cruising in Europe is booming once more.  Most of the river cruise companies are reporting strong bookings and many cruises are already sold out for 2010, and the companies have started offering their 2011 cruises earlier than normal. In addition, most of the […]

May 272010
 

This Week’s Security Horror Story :  Have you ever noticed how most legislation that is introduced to protect us against terrorists seems to end up doing little or nothing to help us ‘win the war against terrorism’, while adding another layer of inconvenience and restriction on ordinary people for no apparent good purpose? Many of these new measures are […]

May 202010
 
This Week's Airline Roundup

The last week has been a torrid time for airlines and their relationships with their employees. The BA cabin crew’s latest series of four strikes were due to start this week, but at the last minute, a legal eagle at BA had a bright idea and filed for an injunction preventing the cabin crew from striking, due to the […]