Category Archives: Tips/Experiences

Are airlines going to resemble Facebook?

Data is the new gold. Companies like Facebook, Google, Yahoo! and so on earn billions by using data about their customers or users. The most important application is using data to show users online advertisements that might be of interest to them. For example, you have searched the internet for vacation homes in Florida and after a short while advertisements for those homes pop up on your screen. By offering advertisers an audience made to measure Facebook and Google can get high prices for those advertisements. In fact, they share data about their users...
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Is flying to the World Cup in Russia dangerous?

On December 2, 2010 the Fédération Internationale de Football Association - better known as FIFA – announced that Russia was “chosen” to host the World Cup in June 2018. Russia’s ruler Vladimir Putin did not even bother to attend the meeting. He had paid the necessary bribes, so he already knew for a long time that Russia would host the World Cup. At the time it was not foreseen how the world would look like in 2018. But it has changed a lot. Russia has supported the Syrian president Assad...
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KLM creates a problem that Delta solves

On February 22, 2018 we posted an article about an American passenger’s experience with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which you can read here. He makes a long trip from Durham Teesside Valley Airport in England via Amsterdam and Seattle to Kalispell in Montana, USA. After check-in KLM takes his bag off the plane and would “dispose” of it, while it is unclear what this means.

On arrival in the USA he...

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KLM may dispose of your bag

KLM seatsOn October 24, 2017, a reader of our website is scheduled to fly KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from Durham Teesside Valley airport in England to Amsterdam, where he will change planes to Seattle, while his final destination is Kalispell in Montana, USA. But first he calls KLM to ask whether he can use an EMD voucher issued by Delta Air Lines to pay for his excess baggage. The agent tells him all he needs to do is give the reference number at check-in and it would...
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Lithium batteries and air travel

New airline regulation on battery safety and carry-ons is challenging passengers and their baggage in particular if they have smart luggage. These bags have built-in technological features such as USB ports, remote lock systems, a tracking device and an internal weight scale. As of January 15, 2018, however, baggage equipped with a lithium battery that cannot be removed, is forbidden for carriage according to a recommendation of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Thus, travelers with smart bags need to answer the all-important question: can I take the battery out? The...
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Make the dollar weak again

The USA used to be the world’s leading nation and a champion of democracy. It is very sad to observe that Donald Trump succeeded in doing away with the USA’s reputation as a leading, democratic and civilized nation. Nowadays, fewer students want to study in the USA and the number of visitors from overseas plummeted in Trump’s first year in the White House. The US National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO) reports a 6.4% decline of international arrivals in the USA from overseas and an 8.5% decrease from Mexico. The NTTO...
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