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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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Review of the Element hotel Miami

A reader shares her experience with a hotel. When I make a reservation at the Element hotel - part of the Marriott chain - at Miami International Airport, I am unaware that it is an airport hotel without curtains and sound insulation. After arrival I walk to the hotel shuttle area as the shuttle picks up customers every 30 minutes. I am lucky because I need to wait just 10 minutes until the shuttle arrives.

Connecting room

I am a gold member of Bonvoy, the new name for Marriott's loyalty program....
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Will Air France/KLM split?

The cultural differences between Air France and KLM are large and the Air France/KLM holding company is certainly no love affair. But both personal and business interests facilitate the takeover by Air France in 2004.

Business and personal interests

The business interest is that Air France - thanks to KLM's top management - can buy KLM for next to nothing. The personal interest is that Air France showers KLM's management with princely salaries and very high bonuses. However, the takeover creates a combination of 2...
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Timing for booking cheap tickets

booking onlineThe closer to the departure date you book a flight, the higher the fare. But this is not always true. If you book long before the flight's departure the fare will be relatively high. In many cases the optimal time to book is 3 weeks out.

Key tips

This is what Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and Expedia Group find in their travel pricing trends study they published for the 5th consecutive year. Their 5 key tips are: 1. Book flights at least 3 weeks ahead of travel 2. Book...
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