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Airplane Window Shade Controversy: Raised or Lowered?

June 14, 2013 by Brian Cohen

A ongoing debate which has caused as much angst amongst FlyerTalk members as armrests and reclining seats is the proper etiquette regarding the window shades aboard aircraft: who gets to determine whether the window shade is raised or lowered? Some FlyerTalk members believe that...

Girl Identified as a Unicorn With a Toy Passport at Turkish Customs — and Passes Through Successfully

June 13, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Imagine being able to enter a country with a toy passport while being identified by customs agents as a purple unicorn. You might think “Yeah, right — that’ll be the day...when unicorns fly”, but that is apparently what happened at Antalya Airport in Turkey to a nine-year-old girl from South Wales when she was traveling with her parents on vacation. The passport...

Want to Be a Passenger on the Longest Flight in the World? Better Hurry

June 11, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you have never been a passenger on the longest non-stop flight in the world, you only have a few more months to do so. The non-stop flight from Newark to Singapore — as well as the non-stop flight between Singapore and Los Angeles, which is the second-longest flight in the world if you do not count the return flight from Singapore to Newark — will cease, according to an announcement by Singapore Airlines last October. Reasons cited for the discontinuation of those flights include...

50% Bonus on Purchase or Gifting of Priority Club Points

June 13, 2013 by Brian Cohen

When you purchase or gift up to a maximum of 50,000 Priority Club Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points through June 23, 2013, you will receive a bonus of 50 percent additional Priority Club Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points. You may purchase your Priority Club Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points in increments of 1,000 as follows...

Should Shark Fin Soup Be Removed From the Menu at Marriott?

June 12, 2013 by Brian Cohen

A plea to Marriott International, Incorporated to ban shark fin soup from the menus of its restaurants has been posted by FlyerTalk member Allvest, who threatens to do business with competing lodging chains which officially proclaim their ban against having shark fin soup served in their restaurants. This is not the first time there has been criticism about a company in the travel industry pertaining to shark fin soup. In April...

Prosthesis Pulled From Bra of Breast Cancer Survivor at Airport Security Checkpoint?

June 11, 2013 by Brian Cohen

After being pulled aside while attempting to pass through the security checkpoint at San Antonio International Airport for her trip to Orlando, Suzanne Steiner — a survivor of breast cancer — claims that a female agent of the Transportation Security Administration removed the prosthesis of her right breast from her bra without warning or notification, leaving her “nearly in tears” from the experience. What worsened the situation is that...

Has the FDA Inspected the Aircraft on Which You Are a Passenger?

June 13, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration — an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services of the United States tasked with protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, amongst other responsibilities — has jurisdiction over certain aspects of the inspection, compliance, certification, enforcement and criminal investigations over interstate carriers and their support facilities? Interstate carriers includes commercial airlines — and their past history with...

How Do You Classify Places Such as Turkey and Finland Geographically?

June 12, 2013 by Brian Cohen

There are some places around the world on which we can all agree on their classifications: Atlanta is located in the Southeast region of the United States. Japan is an Asian country. In terms of regions and not continents, Lebanon is part of the Middle East, and Costa Rica is part of Central America. Are we all in agreement thus far? In an article posted on June 10, 2013, John Mendelssohn of The Hub posted the following...

72-Hour Sale for Flights on Southwest Airlines

June 10, 2013 by Brian Cohen

For 72 hours — from Tuesday, June 11, 2013 through Thursday, June 13, 2013 — you can book flights on both Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways at low airfares for travel between August 26, 2013 through December 18, 2013. The airfares for non-stop flights — which include all government taxes and fees — are based on distance as follows, starting at...

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