Good afternoon from the Black Forrest of Baden Württemberg. It has been another busy but great week visiting family and friends. The coming week will also be busy, but there will be downtime as well.
The in-flight electronics ban has dominated travel headlines this week and rightfully so. I addressed in numerous posts:
- Official Details on New USA Electronics Ban
- Monkey See, Monkey Do: UK Will Copy USA In-Flight Electronics Ban
- Why the In-Flight Electronics Ban Represents Poor Public Policy
- Emirates Will Gate Check Your Banned In-Flight Electronic Devices
- How to Maximize In-Flight Productivity On Your Mobile Phone
While I lament the ban, I do appreciate how carriers like Emirates are innovating to make the experience less painful for customers. Per the latest rumors, the ban will last for seven months. Hopefully it will be lifted earlier.
Well, at least it was comforting to read that I was not the only one who had someone walk in on them in the middle of the night. My follow-up post Am I the Only One Who Doesn’t Use Hotel Deadbolts? garnered even more comments. Don’t worry: I will always use the deadbolt now!
Alitalia is a state-owned high subsidized carrier competing with U.S. airlines for jobs and profit. It just seems suspicious that Alitalia’s Milan to New York route is fine, but not Emirates on the same route. An active discussion ensued.
Why does Uber seem to tell drivers it can cancel undesirable fares but tell riders that drivers are not allowed to?
Although the review turned into more of a debate over whether I should publish old (previously unpublished) reports or not, I still cannot recommend EVA highly enough…even a few years later.
Here’s a look back at my posts over the last week—
Am I the Only One Who Doesn’t Use Hotel Deadbolts?
Scary! Stranger Walks Into Our Hotel Room at 3AM
Why I’m Still Hesitant to Tip on Uber
Gripe: Bottled Water in Europe…
Stupid! $400 for a Slice of Airline Pizza
REPORTS & REVIEWS
Review: Grand Hyatt Taipei
Review: EVA “Royal Laurel” 777 Business Class from Amsterdam to Taipei
Impressive! How EVA Handled Our Delayed Flight
Chocolate Muesli Hits the Spot in Lufthansa Business Class
Review: LOT 787 Business Class Chicago to Warsaw
Introduction: Star Alliance Business Class Adventure in Europe and Asia
NEWS & COMMENTARY
AA Unable to Confirm Air Tahiti Nui Award Space
Lie-Flat Beds Return to Schedule Between BOS-SFO on United
Uh Oh! Uber Self-Driving Car Crashes in Arizona
Double Standards and Dirty Tricks from Uber?
Condor Partnership = Lufthansa Miles on Alaska?
Amazing View of Southern Lights from Air New Zealand Flight
Delta’s Expensive Investment at LAX
Emirates Will Gate Check Your Banned In-Flight Electronic Devices
Alaska Airlines Will Bury More Than Virgin America Brand
How to Maximize In-Flight Productivity On Your Mobile Phone
Caution: Watch Out for This Message When Making a Hyatt Reservation
Why the In-Flight Electronics Ban Represents Poor Public Policy
Monkey See, Monkey Do: UK Will Copy USA In-Flight Electronics Ban
More British Airways First Class Cuts
Official Details on New USA Electronics Ban
Another Stealth Alaska Devaluation
Will US Airlines Now Boycott Alitalia?