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Baggage Claim Carousel: How to Ease the “War Zone”

July 30, 2013 by Brian Cohen

You would think that with the advent of ancillary fees charged for checked bags that the crowding around the baggage claim carousel at airports would be diminished and more civilized as a result of fewer people checking their luggage. Sadly, that apparently does not seem to be the case. The baggage claim experience is one of the reasons why I avoid checking luggage at all costs when I travel — and that experience has...

The Porsche Panamera — one of several models of Porsche automobiles reportedly being used by Delta Air Lines to offer personal vehicle escort service to select customers.

3-Hour Porsche Rental for 99€ — If You Are an HON Circle Member and First Class Passenger

July 27, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you have greater than three hours to kill while in Frankfurt and you are a member of the HON Circle of the Miles & More frequent flyer loyalty program and a passenger in the first class cabin on an aircraft operated by Lufthansa, SWISS or Austrian Airlines, you can rent a Porsche 911 or Porsche Panamera vehicle from Avis for only €99.10, which includes 150 kilometers, fuel and insurance. The cost to rent a Porsche 911 or Porsche Panamera vehicle from Avis for 24 hours is...

Despite the incidents which plague the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft currently in service, United Airlines apparently ordered 20 of the newer and longer Boeing 787-10 “Dreamliner” aircraft — possibly positioning itself as the “launch” customer for this particular model. Photograph courtesy of Boeing International. Click on the image above for additional information pertaining to the Boeing 787-10 “Dreamliner” aircraft.

Inspections for Boeing 787 Aircraft Proposed by Federal Aviation Administration

July 23, 2013 by Brian Cohen

As a result of several recent incidents involving Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft, a proposal by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States calls upon airlines to inspect emergency locator transmitters in the entire fleet worldwide for signs of wire damage or pinching, as well as signs of unusual heating or moisture of the lithium manganese dioxide battery of each transmitter. Investigators in the United Kingdom traced a fire in the interior of a Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines to...

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Who Is FlyerTalk Member Number 500,000 — and Who Posted the Closest Guess?

July 29, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Before I reveal who registered as FlyerTalk member number 500,000, please allow me to put what amounts to a half of a million into perspective...

The curbside at Greater Rochester International Airport near where vehicle owners can leave their cars to be parked by valet parking attendants who will supposedly search your vehicle twice — whether or not you grant them permission to do so. Photograph by FlyerTalk member Short hair Francis. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Short hair Francis.

Should Vehicles Be Searched By Valet Parking Attendants?

July 26, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Some rather disturbing recent news out of Rochester suggests that in an attempt to protect everyone at Greater Rochester International Airport, the valet parking attendants are apparently inspecting the vehicles they park under the “orders” of the Transportation Security Administration...and the cars are searched twice: once at...

A Boeing 777-232LR aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines on the tarmac at the international airport in Atlanta. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

Modifications to Same-Day Confirmed Policy Announced by Delta Air Lines

July 23, 2013 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk member DwayneSkyMiles — who is one of the official company representatives of Delta Air Lines on FlyerTalk — announced earlier today that effective immediately, Delta Air Lines will waive the $50.00 same-day confirmed fee for Diamond, Platinum and Gold Medallion elite SkyMiles members. This change supposedly increases the number of free options available for same-day travel changes. You will also be able to request a same-day change up to 24 hours before your original flight departure time — rather than only on your day of departure — by the end of next month. This modification will supposedly better align with existing check-in reminders and increase convenience for you. However...

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Pilot Faces Child Pornography Charges

July 28, 2013 by Brian Cohen

A pilot of 22 years faces federal charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. Donald Edwin Gallagher Jr. — a pilot based in Saint Petersburg, Florida who is 51 years of age, is employed by American Airlines, is a veteran of the United States Air Force, and has no prior criminal record — was arrested recently as the Federal Bureau of Investigation confiscated his laptop computer after being served a warrant to search his home. He could face up to...

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Lose All of Your Hertz Points If Rental Car Reservation Is Not Canceled At Least 24 Hours in Advance?

July 25, 2013 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk member GrizShel has a warning for you if you plan to use Hertz Gold Plus Rewards frequent rental loyalty program points to reserve a vehicle: if you need to change your plans, do so at least 24 hours in advance of the time you were scheduled to pick up your vehicle — or risk losing all of...

The disabled Boeing 737-700 aircraft operated by Southwest Airlines before emergency vehicles converged onto the scene.

Southwest Airlines Aircraft Landing Gear Collapses During Landing at LaGuardia Airport in New York

July 22, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Ten people were reportedly injured when the landing gear of a Boeing 737-700 aircraft operating as Southwest Airlines flight 345 apparently came off at LaGuardia Airport in New York. One runway at LaGuardia Airport has been closed and will remain so until the damaged aircraft has been removed. The other runway was reportedly re-opened at 7:15 in the evening. The incident was witnessed by FlyerTalk member penlin, whose photographs taken via mobile telephone are shown within this article. The flight supposedly...

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