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When it comes to this topic, perhaps more than any other, I must stress that I can only speak for myself. But people are asking me how I feel about Malaysian Airlines flight 370, so I will tell you.
Generally I approach accidents like a surgeon to her patients. Cool detachment. “Minor” incidents are a piece of cake – evacuations, sliding off the runway, aborted landings, mechanical diversions, etc. – don’t even register on my emotional radar. They are proof of our procedures working, every day. That’s all. I keep moving.
The major incidents are like old relationships – you feel differently about each one. (Read more…)
I can’t help myself. Earlier this week a Twitter follower brought an interesting blog post to my attention (thank you, @clayton988!). It’s called Don’t Date a Girl Who Travels. And it’s cute – but I just have to rebut!
Note: the content re-posted here – so that I may respond (in blue) – is a slightly condensed version of the original piece on Huffington Post, by Adi Zarsadias. Click here for the full text.
She’s the one with the messy, unkempt hair colored by the sun. (So, Ok. You got the first one…) Her skin is now far from fair like it once was. Not even sun kissed. (Got ya! I’m pale as they come, slathered with SPF since I was 13 years old. My travels taught me to be observant and listen to advice from older, wiser travelers from early on. [*smug face*]) But for every flaw on her skin, she has an interesting story to tell. (Still, that’s the attitude I try to have.)
Don’t date a girl who travels. She is hard to please. (Miss. Travel has taught me to also enjoy the small pleasures in life.) The usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her. (On the contrary. Yin yang. For every fast lane there is a slow one that’s nice to take sometimes.) She will be unimpressed with your new car and your expensive watch. (Amen Amen!) She would rather climb a rock or jump out of an airplane than hear you brag about
it money. Continue Reading
So this is what happens when you have a nine-hour commute: you get on the plane, you write a column/post about a particular effect of The Shutdown…and when you get off the plane, news is long broken that the end has been announced. So, I better publish this fast! So here goes…
It’s probably a safe bet to say that most of you are sick of hearing about the government shutdown. I know I am. There are lots of things that this political drama is affecting, but I didn’t know that every passenger’s dream was among them.
You see, there’s been a lot of chatter this year about the FAA finally taking a fresh look at the effects of personal electronic devices (PEDs) on airplanes. Finally! That chatter was building – and scheduled for a crescendo – as the results of those studies were due for release. Rumors were zooming around that crews were about to lose our most favorite way to irritate passengers – denying you entertainment during taxi, takeoff and landing. Continue Reading
As a US-based flight attendant who commutes from London – and flies London trips – I get the “What should I do on my London layover?” question a lot. Several weeks ago I posted my hands-down #1 suggestion for a random day in London. I promised some more ideas though. So here you go, in no particular order…ways I personally like to spend an afternoon in London:
#2. Explore Shoreditch
Shoreditch backs right up to Whitechapel – stomping grounds of Jack the Ripper. There are plenty of Ripper walking tours, though lots of local shops also sell self-walking tour books for a few pounds. Walking down the main road in Whitechapel you’ll also find the famous bell foundry, birthplace of the Liberty Bell and Big Ben, to name a couple. (Last time I went into the foundry, we were told we’d just missed a visit by Prince Charles.) Continue Reading
Last week Crewed Talk focused on a recent flight I took from Spain to London. I was a “real” passenger, and this gist is that we missed our flight by 12 hours because…(are you ready for this?!)…I misread the flight information. It left at 1:30am. Not pm. Doh! Not my proudest moment.
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While admitting that, the actual flight profile was (in my personal experience) unheard of. A short-haul, 3am, international arrival operated by a traditional carrier? Doesn’t happen, I would’ve said. And I thought I had enough experience to know. (16 years? Anyone?) At that hour of arrival, the transport limitations alone means a plane ticket-sized taxi bill.
But of course it did happen! And, although many travel industry people have shared my surprise, my readers did not at all. Fair enough. But there is a bit more to our story. Continue Reading
London City (financial district), seen from the South Bank
I get this question a lot, particularly from flight attendants. London is one of those great cities where you could do something new every day and never run out of ideas – but that’s part of the problem: where to start?