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LAX Says Howdy to Saudia

On a day as gorgeous as that on which this is being written, those of us who reside in Los Angeles, to quote Smokey Robinson, have all the riches that one man [or woman!] can claim. The sun is warm and the breeze is cool. Wide sand beaches are half an hour away even for…

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Nope, We’re Really Not Paid for That

After reading your latest Crewed Talk and seeing this video, I’m (admittedly) completely clueless about exactly when Flight Crews are and are not paid. In the video the SWISS crew has a pre-flight briefing in a conference room which, so help me, they get paid to attend. What incentive is there otherwise? -AussieOzzie Thanks so much…

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2014 Global Airport Leaders’ Forum Airport Show

Ordinarily, I spend May 12 celebrating my birthday. This year, though, wild horses couldn’t keep me away from the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the world’s biggest B2B airport industry event. There, I’ll be networking with some 6,600 fellow aviation professionals and learning about various Middle East airports’ multibillion-dollar plans to rebuild and expand…

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The NSA Is Watching You…and Gogo’s Helpin

In mid-April, a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Sacramento had to make an emergency landing in Omaha after a passenger decided he didn’t want to leave the Midwest after all, and tried to open the rear emergency exit door. Fellow passengers became aware of the guy’s potentially catastrophic impatience when a flight attendant began screaming…

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Damn the Tariff! Check Those Bags!

Tell us Americans to kowtow to an evil emperor from a land in which English isn’t spoken, or is spoken in a nearly unintelligible guttural accent, and we will kick you in the shin. Tell us that we are, with out profligate use of fossil fuels, condemning our children and grandchildren to a world in…

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Two Awesome Dutch Ladies Remind Us How Amazing it is to Fly

Do you remember what it felt like to fly for the first time? Not many of us do, probably, at least not to the extent that the memory brings us real joy at the wonder of it all. A new video just did that for me, so I’d like to share it. One of the…

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A New App for Globalistas!

Thanks to the good folks at Emirates, air travel enthusiasts can now virtually explore some 130 glamorous places around the world to which Emirates flies via a new app that also allows them — encourages them, actually! — to book flights. Indeed, they can handle every aspect of their flight with the app from the…

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The Rising Tide of Passenger Libertarianism

If you’re like this column, one of the things you most enjoy doing when you get together with friends is compare air travel horror stories. Air Such-and-Such sent your checked baggage to Timbuktu, rather than to Toronto? Well, my recent flight to Dubai actually landed in Abu Dhabi! The sole vegetarian option on your flight…

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Crewed Talk: Airline Crews Don’t Need April for Pranking

One of the things I most love about my fellow crew members is that they know how to have a good time. The course of an airline career will serve up lots of time to kill. Delays, reschedules, red-eyes, cancellations, long sit times and layovers, so self-entertaining skills come in handy. Now that we have…

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Sleep Hygienically on Etihad!

As one who has benefitted — if only! — from extensive psychotherapy over the years, I was surprised, while roaming the Internet recently, to learn that there is such a thing as an aviation psychiatrist, but it’s tricky figuring out exactly what that means. Is it someone who sees patients only while airborne, or someone…