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Supreme Court Justices to Review Case by Frequent Flier

November 30, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The justices of the Supreme Court of the United States will hold one hour of oral arguments on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 pertaining to the review of the case of S. Binyomin Ginsberg — a rabbi who flies frequently to give lectures but his Northwest Airlines WorldPerks frequent flier loyalty program account was unceremoniously revoked in June of 2008 because he supposedly had the audacity to file 24 complaints within a period of eight months about the airline’s service and sought compensation which resulted in $1,925.00 in travel credit vouchers, $491.00 in cash reimbursements, 78,500 WorldPerks frequent flier loyalty program miles...

Half Price Black Friday Sale to Antarctica Now On — But Hurry

November 26, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Starting today, Quark Expeditions is having what it calls a Black Friday sale on ten select departures aboard three different vessels for the upcoming Antarctic season where you can save 50 percent on travel to Antarctica — and this sale will only last through Monday, December 2, 2013 at 5:00 in the afternoon Eastern Standard Time or until supplies last. The least expensive option I can find at this time is...

News: Car Crash Mistaken For Gunfire at Airport; Crazed Passenger Forced Off Airplane; Homeless Good Samaritan Rewarded By Hotel

November 24, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Here is a collection of recent news stories which are associated with travel: Car Crash Mistaken For Gunfire At Airport Terminals 4 and 5 at Los Angeles International Airport was evacuated — or “self evacuated”, according to some reports — on Friday, November 22, 2013 when frightened passengers misinterpreted the sound of the crashing of multiple vehicles for the sound of shots fired from a gun. Approximately...

Manufacturing Weapons AFTER Passing Through Airport Security Checkpoints?

November 29, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Ever since the tragic events of September 11, 2001 — where ordinary box cutters were used to kill pilots and overtake the cockpits of four airplanes during their flights — I have always thought that virtually anything can be used as a weapon aboard a commercial aircraft. Evan Booth apparently had similar thoughts. The difference between Booth and I is that he actually demonstrated what he thought by converting actual ordinary items into potentially lethal weapons — something I had no desire to ever attempt to prove. FlyerTalk member skwashd first discovered a weapon created by Booth called BLUNDERBUSSness Class with items — including but not limited to a hair dryer, magazines, a condom...

Earn Up to 15,000 Bonus Starpoints: Starwood Says “Bring On The Nights”

November 25, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The one thing that stands out about this latest promotion — called SPG Bring On The Nights — is that none of the greater than 1,100 hotel or resort properties which participate in the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program will be excluded from this promotion. Additionally, you may book your reservation now for stays between January 5, 2014 and April 30, 2014, as all eligible reservations booked prior to your registering for this promotion will count. You may register for this promotion at any time starting...

Telephone Calls: Should They Be Allowed During Flight? It Could Happen Soon…

November 22, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Talk about going from one extreme to the other — and quickly. Within a month after the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States and the European Aviation Safety Agency released announcements to allow the expansion of the usage of certain portable electronic devices to be used throughout all phases of a flight — including taxi, takeoff and landing — the Federal Communications Commission is currently considering a proposal to allow airline passengers to place telephone calls during a flight using their portable electronic devices while the aircraft is above 10,000 feet in altitude. Judging by this response posted by FlyerTalk member PcolaPaul...

Judge Approves Exit of American Airlines From Bankruptcy

November 27, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Sean H. Lane — the judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York who approved the merger of US Airways and American Airlines back on March 27, 2013 — granted American Airlines approval earlier this morning to exit bankruptcy, which clears another major hurdle pertaining to the merger. The court ruled that...

Travel Alert: Disruptions Due to Major Winter Storm During Thanksgiving Holiday Week

November 25, 2013 by Brian Cohen

It appears as though travel will be a big turkey for millions of travelers due to expected inclement weather conditions from a major winter storm across much of the eastern third of the United States and southeastern Canada on Tuesday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Heavy rains are expected in cities such as...

Bizarre News: Slide Deploys; Oversized Plane Lands at Wrong Airport; Gold Found Aboard Aircraft

November 21, 2013 by Brian Cohen

There has been some bizarre news concerning commercial aviation which has occurred this week: Emergency Slide Partially Deploys During Flight An Embraer 190 aircraft which operated as jetBlue Airways flight 1266 from Fort Myers to Boston was diverted to Orlando yesterday afternoon due to an emergency slide which suddenly...

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