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Excessive Dog Excrement Forces Emergency Landing

May 31, 2014 by Brian Cohen

I could not fabricate this story if I tried. The excrement of a dog during flight reportedly resulted in an emergency landing of the aircraft operating as US Airways flight 598 from Los Angeles to Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Flight attendants supposedly ran out of paper towels while attempting to clean up a second mess left in the aisle by the large dog, which reportedly defecated three times during the flight — resulting in some passengers becoming ill, causing the diversion of the flight to Kansas City. Once the aircraft landed...

Voting Ends Tomorrow, May 31: FlyerTalk Nominated for Best General Travel Site in 2014

May 30, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Time is running out, as FlyerTalk has once again been nominated for the GlobeRunner Award for Best General Travel Site — which is based on votes by readers of Frequent Business Traveler magazine — after having won the award in 2013 and in 2012. If you believe that FlyerTalk is indeed the best general travel Internet web site in the world, then please show how you feel by...

Could This Be The Worst Airline Promotion In Recent Memory?!?

May 27, 2014 by Brian Cohen

When I saw the name of this promotion, my first thought was “you have got to be kidding me.” Even worse is that this promotion is targeted — so targeted that FlyerTalk members who have received the e-mail message communicating to them to register and participate in this promotion received the following message after attempting to register and agreeing to the terms and conditions of the promotion...

Another Runway Under Construction Causes Commercial Flights at Airport to Cease Temporarily

May 31, 2014 by Brian Cohen

If you are planning to travel to or from Chippewa County International Airport at Kincheloe anytime between Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7:00 in the morning through Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 11:00 in the morning, plan on using an alternate mode of transportation, as commercial flights will be unavailable temporarily to allow for major improvements to the main runway of the airport by replacing the cement surface on the main runway with asphalt in order to improve safety and security at the airport. This is unlike other runway construction projects currently under way at international airports such as...

In Canada: Use of Portable Electronic Devices Aboard Aircraft to Be Expanded to Taxi, Takeoff and Landing

May 29, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Following the decision which was announced on October 31, 2013 from the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States and a similar decision which was announced two weeks later by the European Aviation Safety Agency, Lisa Raitt — who is the Minister of Transport in the Cabinet of Canada — released an official announcement which will eventually allow the expansion of the usage of certain portable electronic devices to be used throughout all phases of a flight on aircraft operated by airlines based in Canada. Current rules dictate that portable electronic devices may only be used when the aircraft is flying at an altitude above 10,000 feet during a flight. The revision of the rules will...

Which Would You Prefer When Delayed: Pizza or a Meal Voucher?

May 27, 2014 by Brian Cohen

In recent months, there have been reports of delayed passengers of Delta Air Lines being served pizza at the gate at airports within the United States. At first, FlyerTalk members were lauding Delta Air Lines pertaining to this new policy — but it was apparently at the expense of meal vouchers during irregular operations. Those meal vouchers — typically good for ten dollars or so worth of food at certain vendors within the airport — have reportedly since been eliminated...but then FlyerTalk members started reporting the disadvantages of this new policy. What if...

Should Your Boss Get The Upgrade Instead of You?

May 30, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Years ago during one business trip when I worked for a company and held the highest level of elite status with Continental Airlines, I was upgraded to a seat in the premium class cabin; while the person to whom I reported did not — and as I watched him walk the “walk of shame” down the aisle towards the seat he was assigned in the economy class cabin, I simply smiled at him from the comfort of my seat while sipping on my pre-departure beverage. In response, he sneered at me while mumbling a few expletives under his breath. We had a great relationship where we joked around with each other all of the time. He never acted like he was my superior. We worked very well together, laughed a lot and had a great time at work. We were quite productive as well. I still miss that interaction which we had — but I also never let him forget about that upgrade. Do not feel bad for him: he never let me forget a lot of things either — and that was just fine with me. I could take it just as well as I dished it out...but more often than not, many people unfortunately do not seem to have that kind of relationship with their bosses. That can lead to some awkward scenarios — such as when you get an upgrade and your boss does not. What do you do if you find yourself in that situation?

Travel Alert: Strike in Italy on May 30, 2014 Causes Some Flights to Already Be Canceled

May 29, 2014 by Brian Cohen

If you are traveling to or from Italy tomorrow, you might not be saying “Thank God It’s Friday.” As an exercise in caution in preparation for the strike to be conducted by unions representing ground handlers at the airports in Venice and Milan, some flights have already been cancelled by airlines such as Alitalia and EasyJet in order to give customers an opportunity to change their travel plans; while Vueling has changed the departure times of at least two flights. In addition, employees of Alitalia and...

Best Rate Guarantee Policy Quietly Changed — With No Notice From Hyatt

May 26, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“I said ‘good change for me’ and not ‘good change for everybody’. I think I should be entitled to such statement. I just had the first BRG approved, and it took me 3 minutes to fill the form, rather than arguing and holding on the phone for 30 minutes.” Although FlyerTalk member banzani — who is based outside of the United States and purports that the new process will be easier — seems to be in favor of the latest changes of the Best Rate Guarantee policy by Hyatt Hotels Corporation where claims must now be processed using a form via the Internet, many FlyerTalk members disagree. Claims to qualify for the Best Rate Guarantee can no longer be processed almost instantly via telephone, as the telephone number had been quietly removed from the official Internet web site of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Even worse is that no known announcement had been released to announce this new change in policy. FlyerTalk member steveholt found out about the change of the Best Rate Guarantee policy when he...

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