Tuk Tuk. Who’s There? A 6 a.m. Taxi

It all starts with getting to the airport. Doesn’t it? Every FlyerTalk member has a story. A 6 a.m. flight means a 4:30 wake up. And that’s only the beginning.

The “Astonishing Swiftness” of Fixing those Dreamliner Batteries

When was the last time aviation was so much in the news? Last week, stories on airline safety were among the most-emailed stories at The New York Times. Some days, there were four different aviation stories in the top 10.

What’s Wrong with Thai Airways?

The unwashed masses in Heathrow’s Terminal 3 were behind us. At Gate 2I we boarded a near empty, 10½ -hour Thai Airways flight to Bangkok on a vintage 747-400 that seemed about as obsolete as a 25-year-old computer.

Air Canada Flight 850 to London: True Stories

It begins with free Wi-Fi at YYC before a 6:30 p.m. departure from Calgary. Trying to catch up on Stephen Colbert I click on ‘Full Episodes’ and get the message everyone in Canada gets: “Sorry, but this video is unavailable from your location. Probably due to your overly polite attitudes.”

British Airways Bets on Both the Dreamliner and Airbus 350-1000

Depending upon how you feel about Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, the Airbus 350-1000 is either the best or second-best long-haul aircraft in the world. British Airways is going with both.

TSA Delays Easing of Knife Restrictions

The TSA has delayed the decision to allow knives of 2.36 inches (6 centimeters) in the cabin of commercial aircraft.

Japan’s ANA Planning 200 Dreamliner Test Flights

Japan’s commercial aviation industry bet heavily on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) operate 24 of the 50 Dreamliners parked on the tarmac for the past three months.

Is Meth a Contributing Factor to Lion Air Crash?

Let’s revisit that recent Lion Air crash at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport (DPS). There have been news reports in the past year suggesting the use of methamphetamines by overworked pilots in Indonesia.

TSA, Can You Spare a Dime?

I might as well begin with a joke from my tax accountant: The trick is to stop thinking of it as ‘your’ money. Now the meat: More than a half-million bucks, mostly in change, was left at airport security checkpoints in the USA last year.

Lion Air to Pay Crash Victims $411.95 for “Lost Baggage”

Suppose you were on that Lion Air flight that dropped in the drink off Bali. You got through the emergency exit, then to shore in a rubber dinghy and ended up wearing a dry “Bintang” T-shirt you bought in the market because you have nothing else. Now what?

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