Category Archives: Tips/Experiences

You can avoid long lines at US passport control

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) runs a program called Precheck. It is very pleasant for travelers. Their security check is like it was before 9/11. There is no need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. And the lines are short.

Known Traveler Number

Americans can buy Precheck membership for $85 for 5 years after they have been screened and have had a background interview. Once approved, they will receive a “Known Traveler Number” that they can include in their airline reservations. After 5 years you can...
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How secure is your Wi-Fi while traveling?

About 1/3 of travelers are not very concerned about their security when they are online at airports or in planes. Some 9% confess they never thought about their online security, while almost 25% say they are not at all concerned about Wi-Fi security. However, 48% of respondents admit they do have concerns that distress them somewhat. And 19% even say they are very concerned about potential breaches.


These are the results of a survey that the GO Group claims to have conducted. They do not reveal when and how the...
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How to claim compensation from Ryanair?

RyanairRyanair has welcomed a court ruling in Barcelona that no compensation should be paid to passengers for flights canceled due to strike action. The reason is that the disruption was out of its control, so the airline was not to blame. However, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has repeatedly ruled differently. Thus, the odds are that passengers who go to the CJEU may find it on their side so that Ryanair would have to pay compensation.

Cancelations due to strikes

Ryanair's argument why it would...
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What do passengers want?

Passengers want: * Their bags tracked throughout their journey * Watch digital content on a seatback device * A human touch when things go wrong * Automation of more airport processes * Biometric identification to facilitate their travel  processes * Real time journey information delivered to their personal devices * Wait times of less than 10 minutes at security/immigration


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) finds this in its 2018 Global Passenger Survey conducted in April-July 2018. The majority of the10,408 respondents (63%) are men and 37% are women.
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Is airline compensation due to an upgrade?

In the UK, about 1.3 million passenger journeys were delayed by at least 3 hours last year. This concludes Which? - the research arm of the British Consumers' Association - on the basis of an analysis of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) data.


Which? analyzed punctuality data for the year to June 2018 and finds the bulk of the delayed flights are with: Easyjet (2,618 flights), Ryanair (1,868 flights), British Airways (1,668 flights). The 3 carriers' delay rates are close to 
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Herd behavior at the gate

Numerous studies have been made of the boarding process. Not only airlines have looked at possibilities for improvements, but also scientists. Interestingly, many carriers change the boarding processes every now and then, but they never really improve it. Passengers in economy class have very little personal space and can hardly move and breathe once they have squeezed themselves into narrow seats. They have also hardly legroom due to the very short pitch (distance between rows). Thus, one would expect that passengers would prefer to board as late as possible.
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