Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
I’ve always wanted to be tall, but I’m just pretty average. According to Tall or Not, I’m the same the same height (5’6”) as: Bridget Fonda, Twiggy, Teri Hatcher, Winston Churchill, Spike Lee, and James Cagney.
Via Jack and Hill.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Today in the Sky has provided an update on the topic of potential inflight cell phone usage.
Passengers are overwhelmingly said NO to inflight use in a USA Today poll. So, writer Ben Mutzabaugh took the idea a step further and asked the airlines themselves what they plan to do. His article today lists responses from most of the major airlines, including my carrier, so you can scroll through and see what your favorite plans to do.
One lesson learned from these responses is that the airlines are at least saying that they will be listening to their passengers to see what they want. Whether they do what passengers want, or whether they go where they think the money will be, remains to be seen.
I think it's time to start letting the airlines know what you think.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
I have a question that's been bugging me for a while now. When boarding and deplaning, I always here this "secret code" the cabin crew says on the PA. Cross-check and report. 1R1R, 1L1R, etc.Maybe your airline says different things, I just happened to remember what was said on my last flight (US Airways). I would be really grateful if you could clarify this mystery for me (or at least give me some hints if it's a professional secret) =)
Friday, March 17, 2006
Irish Coffee. Green Beer. Kissing the Blarney Stone. Looking for a four-leaf clover. Wearing of the green.
Everyone's a little Irish on Saint Patrick's Day.
|You Are Emerald Green|
Deep and mysterious, it often seems like no one truly gets you.
Inside, you are very emotional and moody - though you don't let it show.
People usually have a strong reaction to you... profound love or deep hate.
But you can even get those who hate you to come around. There's something naturally harmonious about you.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
When an airline does not charge enough for their tickets to cover the cost of doing business, they are essentially saying to their shareholders, you will subsidize the traveler out of your pocket so we can maintain market share. This is not that bad in the short term, but in the long term it is a terrible way to run a business.
And that is why the airlines are in the plight they are in now. If the airlines are smart, they will add another surcharge in the next month or two and make sure they are profitable and viable, as opposed to being stuck in a death spiral for market share.
Monday, March 13, 2006
The price of a ticket just isn't what it used to be.
Oh sure, there's the base fare, which is always very low. That's the price that we see advertised; the price that gets everyone excited about traveling. It's what makes the trip that we are contemplating sound affordable.
But then you have to add to that base fare the various taxes (local, state, federal) and fees (airport fees, fuel surcharges, security fees, etc.) and before you know it, the price of the ticket can nearly double.
I've long been a proponent of one-price shopping when it comes to airline tickets. The price you are quoted for your ticket should include ALL charges that you will have to pay. NO hidden add ons. NO surprises.
Apparently I'm not alone in this belief, as the DOT's recent proposal to keep base fare lows, but then allow the airline to tack on additional fees, is being met with opposition in the U.S. Senate.
Does anyone really care what the base price is? Isn't what's really important the total that you are going to have to pay for your travel?
If you're of the same mind as I am (that allowing an artificially low advertising fare, when the reality, after all the fees are tacked on, is substantially quite higher) is deceptive, as well as ridiculous, consider writing your Senator or Representative to express your opinion. Tell then you want your fees up front, not hidden. As soon as I finish this post, that's exactly what I'll be doing.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
The Museum is laid out with buildings surrounding by beautiful grounds. It is as peaceful sitting outside for a bit of fresh air (or lunch) as it is strolling through the various exhibits. And it's free! The current exhibit is a Degas.
After viewing so much great art, I came across this little quiz: Which artist would paint your portrait? I'm not a big Dali fan, but perhaps I should check him out a little more thoroughly.
Who should paint your portrait?
Who Should Paint You: Salvador Dali
You're a complex, intense creature who displays many layers.
There's no way a traditional portrait could ever capture you!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
As an employee, we rely on the computer systems to submit our bids (the process by which we get our monthly schedules), check to see our flight information, make trip trades, keep current on operations, etc. It is a vital part of our operations, and one that company wants to expand. Increased automation means decreased costs.
Today I have been unable to log into my work account for several hours. It's not a server failure or planned maintenance. Calling the help line just results in a recorded message saying that service is unavailable. No explanation. No estimate of when things might be working again. No "sorry for the inconvenience, please check back later" message.
Problems occur, of course. But this experience doesn't leave me feeling very favorable about implementing new systems when the current ones can't be maintained.
It does. . . it doesn't. . . it does. . . it doesn't. . . . Oh, who the hell knows any more?!
I'm talking about whether or not personal electronic devices (PDA's, laptop computers, games, cellphones, etc.) interfere with aircraft navigational aids. A recent study by Carnegie Mellon University researches says it does, that is, these items can pose danger to the normal operation of aviation electronics. This conclusion is, apparently, in contrast to the previously held believe that there was a minimal risk involved.
One of the worst offenders -- GSP receivers (global positional systems).
The study further found that cell phone calls are frequently made during critical stages of flight. We define that as under 10,000 feet, which is roughly climb out and final approach. That's why flight attendants tell you not to use your electronic equipment until after a certain point in the flight.
While the study certainly has its critics, the key issue seems to be one that is reiterated often -- follow the directions of your flight attendant.
Via Inflight HQ
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Friday, March 03, 2006
Many statitistic are tracked about airline travel, and one of the more closely watched are the lost luggage numbers. A couple weeks ago, USA Today reported that 2004 was a banner year for lost bags, with the airlines losing an average of 10,000 bags a day.
While there are lots of reasons that bags go astray, at sometime or another all airlines occasionally lose, or misplace, a bag. It seems, however, that some airlines do it just a little more often than others. US Airways had the highest lost rate, and Hawaiian Airlines the best, in calculations based on lost bags per person transported.
As I browsed the list to see where my airline landed, I started thinking about the last time that I had lost a bag. That's when I realized that with all the thousands and thousands of miles that I've logged I have never had a bag go missing. In talking with other people, no one that I talked with had had a lost bag either.
So, I figured it's time for another poll: Have you personally had a bag lost by an airline?
Via Today in the Sky