Smelly passengers booted off planes, finally

I'm relieved to see that airlines are finally taking action against smelly passengers -- by deplaning them. Jazz Air, a Canada Air subsidiary, did just that on 2/6, after wasting 15-20 minutes searching for the source of a sorely offending odor, then finding it to be a filthy man. I applaud them for having the [...]

Perhaps some PSAs on manners are in order?

I'm starting to think one of the things that's missing in the US these days is an emphasis on manners -- particularly things to do or not to do in public. In the past, books on manners were widely read, but these days, I think I'm pretty safe in assuming manners are not on people's [...]

American airport hysteria

I love this article from Patrick Smith at Salon.com. It's on the subject of American hysteria when it comes to airport security, and it references all of the overblown and recent responses of the TSA and other individuals charged with security at American airports. Since when have we become such a nation of frightened ninnies? [...]

New Year's Day at Amsterdam Airport

We flew with KLM from IAD (Washington-Dulles airport in the US) to OTP (Otopeni-Bucharest airport in Romania) during this past New Year's Eve and Day. I highly recommend KLM, we've had the best flying experience with them of all the airlines we've used so far. I should warn you that Delta handles the ticketing and [...]

Reagan National Airport

As you read this, Ligia and I are supposed to be in Florida. Instead, I'm back at work. We were supposed to fly out yesterday. Everything was set. We were really looking forward to it. We got to the airport, checked in, went to the gate, and noticed that our flight was listed as leaving [...]

Dawn over the Atlantic Ocean

This will be my 1,000th post, so perhaps it's fitting that it be this: photos of the dawn, breaking high above the clouds, somewhere near the coast of France. It symbolizes a new beginning, a milestone -- although I have to confess it came by surprise. I hadn't monitored the number of posts for a [...]

Impressions from Walt Disney World – Part 3

This post is a continuation of my series on Walt Disney World. Lights, Motors, Action! is one of the shows at Disney MGM Studios. It runs only a few times a day, and it involves tightly coreographed action and stunt sequences with cars and motorcycles. The setup is that they're filming scenes for an upcoming [...]