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The Case of the Missing Gift Certificate: Flying in the Age of Monopolies

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/15/2017, 1:15 AM

An airplane aisle separated the haves from the have nots. I’m not writing about the aisle separating business class and economy. No, in this case, the left-side of the plane, on a six hour flight from San Francisco to New York City, was in a 21st century crisis: our seatback monitors were on the fritz. The right hand side passengers were lulled into a stupor by visions of Americans who supposedly h...

App Lets Anyone Sneak into Airport Lounges

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/11/2016, 8:00 AM

Ever gazed longingly at the door of an airline business class lounge when you were only carrying a pathetic economy-class ticket? Polish computer security expert Przemek Jaroszewski has—and he hacked his way past the velvet ropes.   Jaroszewski, a frequent flier, figured out that most airport lounges don’t actually cross-reference passengers with actual bookings. They merely scan codes...

Climate Change to Make Flights Longer

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/19/2016, 1:15 AM

Environmental Research Letters, a peer-reviewed scientific journal that covers the Earth's environment, recently came out with a study that predicts airlines are about to require more fuel on transatlantic journeys. It predicts that the increase in wind speeds brought about by changing temperatures—a climatological shift that's already in evidence—will require flights to take more time to ...

Driver Licences From Four U.S. States May No Longer Be Accepted As I.D. at Airports in 2016

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/14/2015, 11:45 PM

And those states are: New York, New Hampshire, Louisiana, and Minnesota. In December of 2014, the first phase of the Real ID Act from Congress and the Department of Homeland Security went into effect. It's mandate was to standardize government-issued IDs across the United States, specifically for the purpose of allowing people entry to Federal facilities. The states would have until 2...

Sundays Replace Tuesday As the Day to Book Airfares, and More Savvy Advice From An Expert Source

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/26/2014, 8:45 PM

You may have never heard of the Airline Reporting Corporation but you've likely purchased a ticket it has had its "virtual fringerprints" on it. That's because the ARC serves as the middleman between thousands of travel agencies and the airlines. In 2013, the ARC (according to its website) "settled $86 billion worth of carrier ticket transactions". Translation: the people who work her...

Use It Or Lose It: Will "Dead" Electronics Be Confiscated At Airport Security?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2014, 2:15 PM

That's the question many travelers were asking themselves after the TSA posted a notice, on Sunday night, that those entering the United States would be asked to turn on cellphones, computers and other electronics when they went through security. This is apparently in response to new intelligence about a possible threat to inbound airplanes. The T.S.A. notice states that those devices tha...

Use It Or Lose It: Will "Dead" Electronics Be Confiscated At Airport Security?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2014, 2:15 PM

That's the question many travelers were asking themselves after the TSA posted a notice, on Sunday night, that those entering the United States would be asked to turn on cellphones, computers and other electronics when they went through security. This is apparently in response to new intelligence about a possible threat to inbound airplanes. The T.S.A. notice states that those devices tha...

Airport and Airplane Etiquette: An Interview with "Mister Manners" Himself

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/03/2014, 5:15 PM

In the hopes of restoring some decorum to air travel I decided to interview “Mister Manners”, Thomas Farley. Farley is the author of “Modern Manners: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Social Graces” and helms the website Whatmannersmost.com. After an appropriately gracious greeting, I grilled him with the following questions. Pauline Frommer: Why are manners particularly important when w...

Sky Dining: A New Study Looks At the Most—And Least—Healthy Airline Foods

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/17/2014, 6:30 AM

It’s that time of year again! And if you’re like most of us, you’re likely going to make the resolution to shed a few pounds. But like the rest of the gang, that resolution could go flying out the window on your next plane ride (and vacation). But it doesn’t have to…this year. And that’s partially because the food onboard planes has gotten healthier, according to a yearly study create...

Every Passenger To Get Fast, Free Wi-Fi on JetBlue

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/11/2013, 8:30 PM

Although JetBlue put its free Wi-Fi in place a few weeks ago, giving it time to work out the kinks, today it launched it officially in a big way by loading a group of persnickety tech and travel reporters onto one of its planes for a round-trip flight to nowhere. Once altitude was reached, the Wi-Fi service was switched on, and JetBlue let the critics have at it. The verdict: It works. Jet...

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