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Political geography

More experiences of a travel agent in Washington, DC, with politicians among his customers:

1. A New Hampshire congresswoman, who wants to go to Cape Town, calls him. The agent tells her about the length of the flight and the passport information, but she interrupts him with: "Sorry, but Massachusetts is not that far and I do not need a passport." If he asks whether she wants to go to Cape Cod rather than Cape Town, she hangs up.

2. A Vermont Congressman calls to complain that he has...
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How do I get the best seat?

Advices about the best seat on the plane abound. However, they often overlook that individuals have different preferences. For example, women tend to prefer window seats, whereas men tend to prefer aisle seats.

You need to determine your personal preference before booking a seat. Bulkhead seats - located at the front of each section of the plane - offer less legroom as they face a wall. On the other hand, however, you have no reclining seat in front of you. What do you prefer?

If you are tall you need...
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Your plane goes very fast

A travel agent in Washington, DC, tells about three of his experiences with politicians among his customers:

1. A US Senator asks a question about the documents he needs in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, the agent reminds him that he needs a visa. "I have been to China several times and I never had to have one of those," responded the Senator.

The agent double checks and tells him his stay requires a visa. The Senator replies: "Look, I have been to China four times and every time they have accepted my...

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Economic aspects of terrorism

“Understanding the economic aspects of terrorism can help to prevent or to mitigate terrorism”, writes Michael D. Intriligator in the January 2010 issue of Economic Inquiry. A professor emeritus of the University of California at Los Angeles and a former president of the Western Economic Association International, Intriligator presents important conclusions: - The Bush administration made the classic mistake of generals fighting the last war as opposed to the current war by concentrating too much on airports and airplanes and by creating an ineffectual bureaucracy in US Department of Homeland (DHS).   - DHS...
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Who is afraid of a mouse?

I flew Swiss and was working on my laptop during flight. However, a flight attendant told me that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations prohibit the use of a wireless mouse onboard. This information was neither included in the safety card nor in the safety video. Moreover, it was the first time ever that a flight attendant told me I cannot use a wireless mouse. Thus, I wonder whether she was right. Can you tell? Lars Feltmann   Airline Passenger Guru’s answer: FAA regulations do not prohibit the use of a wireless mouse during flight. However, this does not necessarily imply...
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How draconic can security measures be?

The panic in the USA has given rise to erratic and in some respects draconic security measures. A funny Canadian video shows that even more draconic security measures could be possible. Presumably, panicking US officials may not be amused by the video. Hopefully, however, it will not inspire them to implement this kind of measures....
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