News and notes from around the interweb:
- Do you remember paying international departure taxes at the airport, when you’d go through immigration on the way out of a country? For the most part all taxes are now collected with tickets, and airlines remit them to the relevant governments. This makes things much easier. Yet the US government has been studying setting up kiosks and websites to collect airport fees separate from tickets. They needed a study to understand this is a bad idea, as if in-airport and ticket-buying experience isn’t cumbersome enough for the median traveler.
- Flyers on Skyteam member China Eastern opened the emergency exits when frustrated by a delay. Again. This is apparently becoming ‘a thing’ in China.
- 20% off United economy awards to Hong Kong booked by February 1 for travel between March 2 and April 20.
- How to claim a refund on the UK departure tax for children ages 2-12 flying economy.
- 500 free Lufthansa Miles & More miles for subscribing to newsletter (HT: Mile Nerd)
- European leaders are arguing that the Charlie Hebdo attack justifies “a comprehensive EU-wide mandate for surveillance and profiling of airline passengers”
- Jimmy Carter flies coach. In my experience so does Harry Reid, while Hillary Clinton does not.
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