News and notes from around the interweb:
- Nicholas Kralev, who used to write an excellent travel column for the Washington Times (on the side, he was their diplomatic correspondent) and who wrote an excellent book on understanding airfare construction (disclosure: I arranged the venue for his book launch party) has a piece on the state of travel journalism when headlines have to shout ‘free travel’ to get articles read.
- Passenger tries to light plane on fire
- Emirates has re-engineered dining at 30,000 ft so that airplane food tastes good. The claim is that Airbus A380 pressurization means we don’t lose the ability to taste and smell as much, yet there’s also a focus on flavors that stand up well at altitude. I’m not sure I buy that, and the rest of the piece talks about parts of the meal experience that better airlines do in first class as well. In the end, I wasn’t enlightened — although I do think that Emirates does an excellent job with their first class catering.
- There’s some progress with legislation catching up to current decrees permitting Cuba travel
- Which airports have the best cell service? My experience is that JFK and Dallas are not very good, with DFW problematic only once you’re out on an aircraft.
- London Heathrow is the world’s first ‘imaginary friend’-friendly airport. It is not, however, in my experience particularly friendly for ‘real’ people making connections.