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The Gate Moves Back to BoardingArea

As of approximately 12:10 Eastern Daylight Time today, The Gate has moved back to BoardingArea. In the article I posted yesterday — which was officially the last article for The Gate here at FlyerTalk — questioning if commercial aviation is safe after four major incidents, I wrote at the end…

To ensure that your travels are as safe as possible, this engine is about to be tested at the Technical Operations Center of Delta Air Lines at its world headquarters. You do not want to be in this room once the testing starts. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Is Commercial Aviation Safe After Four Major Incidents?

“Do you think that the terrorist attacks on passenger planes is part of a trend that should change the our perception of the probability of flying?” asked FlyerTalk member shawbridge in this discussion. “Are the other crashes indicative of a trend in the flight-worthiness of planes (e.g., poorer maintenance or willingness to fly in bad conditions)? Or are these just akin to a few heads in a row in a sequence of random coin flips and shouldn’t change our assessment of the probability of plane accidents?” The reason why shawbridge is asking is because his “wife is concerned about our upcoming trip to Croatia and the Czech Republic (which is preceded by a weekend in Toronto). Her fear is that somehow terrorists will now be targeting passenger planes and maybe that the overall risk of flying is higher.” Recent events have understandably caused trepidation in some people when it comes to travel. Those recent events include but are not limited to…

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Wife of FlyerTalk Member Stranded Due to Technical Issues of the Global Database of the United States State Department…Were You Affected?

The global database of the State Department of the United States for processing passports and visas underwent unspecified problems which possibly caused major delays for — and also supposedly stranded — millions of people around the world who were awaiting their travel documents. The latest announcement issued from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the State Department of the United States is as follows…

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A Rebuttal to Delta Points: “The ‘Funny’ Little Things You Should Know Before You Try FlyerTalk”

I read an article posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 called Rookie Wednesday: The “funny” little things you should know before you try FlyerTalk written by René deLambert, who is the author of the Delta Points weblog at BoardingArea.com…and although I have nothing personal against René — in fact, we even plan on flying as passengers together on flights operated by Delta Air Lines sometime in the future with the itinerary and exact dates yet to be determined; and we have discussed this idea more than once — that article is filled with so much misinformation that I do not even know where to begin. René admits…

This is the lobby of Hilton London Gatwick Airport — one of the hotel properties participating in the Summer Welcome promotion. Photograph by FlyerTalk member uggboy. Click on the photograph for trip reports, reviews and more photographs posted by uggboy and other FlyerTalk members.

2,500 Hilton HHonors Points on Your Next Visit — But…

To earn your 2,500 bonus Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points, simply register for the Summer Welcome promotion prior to checking in for your hotel room and book a reservation for your next stay from now through December 31, 2014 at any resort or hotel property located in Europe, the Middle East and Africa within the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio directly through either the official Internet web site of Hilton or of the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program. This promotion is supposedly only open to…

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