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  • Jun 6, 2016

    Bag Blog final: Airlines & airports score well; Dulles customs not so 8

    As I’m now back home in Washington DC, this is the final “bag-blog” covering the last leg of my European work trip. Essentially, both security screening and the flights from Dublin to London Heathrow then to Washington Dulles went well, although it ended on a very sour note at US Customs & Border Protection (CBP). More of that later....More
  • Jun 3, 2016

    Irish charm delivers me to Dublin

    This bag-and-I update is a little delayed as I’ve been at the IATA AGM in Dublin the past couple of days. So how did the last leg go? There was an unpromising start....More
  • May 30, 2016

    Hamburg again; Avec ou sans bag? 1

    The latest leg took me back to Hamburg last night from Barcelona via Paris Charles de Gaulle; an Air France Airbus A321 followed by an A320....More
  • May 26, 2016

    Consistent inconsistency

    It seems the only thing consistent about flying is inconsistency. When you never know what to expect, it takes its toll on trust....More
  • May 25, 2016

    Second leg: Air France delivers my bag but loses 13 passengers 6

    Happy to report that I am in Barcelona and so is my bag. Two flights completed from Hamburg to Barcelona, via Paris Charles de Gaulle, in Air France Airbus A319s....More
  • May 24, 2016

    Dulles to Hamburg, hassle-free and bag delivered 3

    The first leg started and finished well. Bag drop-off at Washington Dulles was a breeze – I had checked in online, walked right up to the counter and the bag was tagged and placed on the belt in two minutes....More
  • May 23, 2016

    US airlines’ big test 1

    If fuel prices continue to rise, will US airlines’ profitability disappear?...More
  • May 20, 2016

    If It’s Tuesday it must be Barcelona, but where will Karen’s bag be? 1

    On Sunday I depart for a two-week work trip that involves seven airports, six countries, five hotels, four airlines and three different work events, ending with the IATA AGM in Dublin....More
  • May 19, 2016

    Speaking of elections ... 1

    This picture of Senator John F. Kennedy (D-Massachusets) was taken in September 1960 in Alaska....More
  • May 16, 2016

    Breaking off the engagement 1

    Engagement seems to be a real buzz-word at the moment, but what if passengers don’t want to engage?...More
  • May 12, 2016

    Congress’ colander case for solving long airport security lines 12

    Each time I think political meddling in how airlines run their business cannot get any worse or more ridiculous, one of our elected lawmakers proves me wrong....More
  • May 5, 2016

    Norwegian becomes the new “Gulf” target in the transatlantic battle 13

    Perhaps not surprisingly, last month’s announcement by the US Department of Transportation that Norwegian Air International (NAI) should be granted a foreign carrier permit has so far not unclogged the way for NAI to begin transatlantic services....More
  • May 3, 2016

    Winners and losers from Delta’s CSeries order 11

    “There’s no question this is an industry-accepting order,” Bombardier SVP Colin Bole said....More
  • Apr 21, 2016

    American Beauty

    American Airlines turned 90 years old April 15....More
  • Apr 21, 2016

    Customer choice 6

    Airbus is hoping passengers will seek out its Airspace cabin and proactively buy flights because they are operated by Airbus products, but how many passengers actually know which aircraft type they are flying on?...More
  • Apr 20, 2016

    Playing the Gordon Bethune card 5

    The former Continental CEO said Altimeter and PAR “used me as a credible alternative” to force changes at United....More
  • Apr 18, 2016

    DOT’s decision on Norwegian scores one for competition & Open Skies, finally 5

    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) decision to give tentative permission for Norwegian Air International (NAI) to serve the US, more than two years after NAI applied for a foreign air carrier permit, is long overdue....More
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Oct 24, 2016

Will there be cake?

Every time the London Heathrow runway decision is deferred, Amsterdam Schiphol sends a cake. The question is will there be cake on Oct. 25?...More
Oct 24, 2016

President Obama is wrong on airline competition; did he also plagiarize Tony Tyler?

US President Barack Obama has weighed in on airline travel and borrowed a line from former IATA director general Tony Tyler that completely upends Tyler’s famous mantra that airlines are a “force for good”....More
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