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How dependent is the FAA on Boeing?

Boeing 737 MAX 8Following a second disaster with a Boeing 737 MAX 8, all countries but 1 ground the aircraft. Eventually, the USA does the same as the very last. Not the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) makes the decision, but rather president Trump. This is one of the rare good decisions he made since taking office.

Fraud?

Two federal agencies, the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Transportation, are conducting a criminal probe of Boeing, according to The...
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The cleanest airlines in 2018

The ranking lists season is open. Skytrax has posted a cleanliness ranking of airlines. It has nothing to do with the natural environment and CO2 emissions by planes.

Survey

Rather, they have asked passengers to rate the standard and quality of aircraft cabins. Seat areas, tables, carpets, cabin panels and washrooms are all part of the overall cleanliness score. By its nature it is a subjective list because it is based on travelers' opinions. As usual, there is hardly an account of the survey. Thus, we don't know how,...
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An unexpected pleasant entry into the USA

A reader shares his experience with traveling to the USA. We have only edited the text for purposes of clarity and readability.

Business travel to USA

Several times a year I fly for business to the USA. When preparing my travel this time I find a reasonable fare for a flight to Miami. As I will have meetings both in Florida and Washington, DC, I select Miami as my port of entry.

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Airlines and clothing police

If flight attendants behave like clothing police, they are usually American women. But British stewardesses may act similarly. When 21-year old Emily O’Connor is boarding a flight from Birmingham, UK to Tenerife, Thomas Cook stewardesses threatens to remove her from the flight. To avoid being kicked off she has to put a jacket on.

Warm climate

Interestingly, she was not going to Alaska, but to a Spanish sun-drenched island. In summer it is there 28/29 °C (82/84 °F) and in winter 21 °C (70 °F). Don't Thomas Cook flight attendants know...
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Passport expired

"Hello! Is this Anton's Pizza." "No sir, this is Google's Pizza." "Did I dial the wrong number? "No sir, Google bought the pizza store." "Oh, alright then. I’d like to place an order please." "Okay sir, do you want the usual?" "The usual? You know what my usual is?" "According to the caller ID, the last 15 times you’ve ordered a 12-slice with double-cheese, sausage, and thick crust." "Okay, that’s what I want this time too." "May I suggest that this time you order an 8-slice with ricotta, arugula, and tomato instead?" (more…)...
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How dangerous is a lightning strike?

JetBlueA jetBlue flight departs Los Angeles International Airport on January 31, 2019, when a lightning strike occurs. The captain decides to turn around to make an emergency landing. As the fuel tanks are fully loaded it is going to be an overweight landing. Less than an hour after takeoff the plane is back on the ground.

Another emergency landing

The same morning, a lightning also strikes a Southwest Airlines flight departing the same airport. This aircraft makes an emergency landing as well, although in nearby Oakland.
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