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 […]

May 202010
 
This Week's Security Roundup

The new whole body imaging type airport scanners are being rushed into service, everywhere in the world. But as I have reported repeatedly before, serious doubts exist as to whether they really work nearly as well as they have been promised to work.  Until now, at least one could say ‘well maybe they help, but at least they don’t hurt’ […]

May 142010
 

While dinosaurs shrink, other airlines survive and thrive.  Possibly the best example of this is Southwest.  This week they announced the addition of two more cities to their network – Greenville/Spartanburg and Charleston, with flights to begin next year.  I was interviewed on this by the local Greenville newspaper, and I’m glad I had a chance to speak […]

May 142010
 

More numbers are coming out from the airlines about their April operating results.  As is often the case, we see starkly opposite trends from very different carriers. United Airlines reported a drop of 2.7% in its domestic passenger numbers (and another drop of 2.2% in its international traffic).  But, in the same month, JetBlue reported […]

May 142010
 

There has been some interesting speculation about the possibility of cell phone interference causing the Soviet made elderly Tupolev Tu-154 that was carrying the Polish president and other dignitaries to crash (killing all on board) when it was attempting to land in bad weather in the Russian city of Smolensk a couple of weeks back. […]

May 132010
 

This Week's Security Horror Story :  Should we subcontract the nation's security management to Visa? Much has been made of Emirates allowing the Times Square bombing suspect onto one of their flights as if it were their fault.  But Emirates were following normal procedures to the letter – no airline had been required to update […]