News and notes from around the interweb:
- The inefficient, pain-in-the-butt process of getting to Machu Picchu
- The 3 most important things to do when your flight is cancelled: find your own alternatives, be nice, and hang up/call back.
Known for his points hijinks and flying escapades, Gary Leff, the founder of View From The Wing is a big proponent of this tactic. After many flight delays, he knows that being able to present your own options to the agent can help. What might seem crazy to one person – like flying to Florida to avoid bad weather in Chicago – seems perfectly normal to another.
The key, according to Leff, is to be humble and not “do it presumptively.”
…“When it is not just one flight and it is weather, a lot of travelers are taking it out on the agent. I find it easy to commiserate with them about other travelers, tell them you think they’re doing a good job,” says Leff. “You can get an agent on your side by being nice. A little bit of kindness can stand out.”
- The American Airlines enchilada was fine (Austin – Charlotte lunch), but are two cherry tomatoes, one slice of cucumber, and single piece of lettuce a salad?
- 7 people have been arrested in connection with a 58 million euro diamond heist at Amsterdam airport that occurred 12 years ago.
- How the media influences our fear of terrorism. On this blog I’ve laid out the controversial things I believe, including that:
There aren’t actually a lot of people out there trying to blow up airplanes and the only useful changes in aviation security post-9/11 have been reinforced cockpit doors and a new equilibrium where passengers will fight back against any hijacking. In fact, more people have been harmed by the germs they’ve picked up taking off their shoes without socks walking through security checkpoints than have been protected by the TSA (which has never caught a terrorist).
- Woman thrown off a flight after an anti-Trump rant
- Two people who met through an online travel forum got married on a Cathay Dragon flight. And it’s awesome. (HT: One Mile at a Time)