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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
There’s a new travel site in town that I’m pretty excited about. One that I think has been a long-time needed. It’s called Routehappy, and it doesn’t just find you the lowest priced airline ticket – it finds you the best value flight.
Each flight is given a “happiness score” that reflects things like legroom and availability of WiFi and ports to charge your gear. I’ve long thought that a way for customers to be informed on value – instead of just price – is the way to get airlines to compete on more than just stripping things away. But creating something like that myself was too herculean a task. Finally, someone’s done it! (Assuming it works well, of course.) On the other hand, it’s also one way to test out the statements of those who claim they’re willing to pay a little more for better treatment. What do you think? Is this an flight-buying method for you?
Was it only two weeks ago that I was here chewing my nails saying, “Oh blurg, I have to go to Requals”? Well thanks to Saturday’s crash of Asiana’s flight 214, guess who’s more in the mood for a skills test than usual?
Requal might make me nervous, but I know that it’s this constant retraining that helps achieve the impressive number of lives saved. I feel frustrated for the fantastic Asiana crew when so many dismiss their actions with blithe statements like, “A plane crashes, chutes deploy and people walk off, essentially.” Read more…
Click here for the rest of the set. You’ll find images from Saigon (Ho Chi Min City), the Mekong Delta, Hoi An, Hanoi and Ha Long Bay.