January 29, 2019: Yup — many airlines are now charging travelers an extra “Up Front Seating Fee” if you want to sit closer to the front — seems excessive especially with airline profits are record highs. Bathroom fees next? Maybe a camper-style port-a-potty is in order???
January 28, 2019: Airbnb, not a TC favorite, is dramatically rising its rental rates to users on both ends — for renters and for folks who list properties. The increases are coming from Airbnb’s new owners — EXPEDIA — who already own nearly 2 dozen of the internets most used travel booking and review sites —potential users need to check around and book rooms elsewhere!!!
January 18, 2019: Apple’s eyes are on China for growth this year — so much so that they have committed to buy a minimum of 50 business class tickets a day for their employees to travel to China on United —BIG $$$$ for United!!!
January 17, 2019: The current government shut down is quickly changing travel plans — and not just from the long (and getting longer) TSA airport lines — nearly 20% of potential travelers planning winter holidays are canceling their plans — as the shut down continues, travel cancelations are expected to increase. No travel winners here!!!
January 16, 2019: Delta is changing it’s flight boarding order based on how much your ticket costs — ticket costs on most flights can represent over a dozen different prices and fares — higher priced fare holders board first — low cost super economy fares bring up the end of the line. Shameful way to treat customers!!!
January 15, 2019: Never easy to find and buy beer in some Middle Eastern Cities — if you can find a place to buy beer in QATAR a six pack will set you back $26! The price for a case, if you can find one, will set you back over $100. Drink slowly!!!
The human heart, being transported from Dallas to Seattle on a Southwest flight, was left behind — not off loaded — in the planes cargo hold area on arrival at Seattle. 90 minutes later the plane flew off to another destination. When the crew was informed — over an hour into the flight, they told passengers they were returning to Seattle to deliver the precious cargo — you just have to wonder how these things happen?
January 11, 2019: Could be — TSA reports they pick up at least 9 loaded guns a day at US airports — travelers passing through security lines seem to “have forgotten” they have the guns or “accidentally” left them in a bag? Even more unloaded guns are found by TSA daily!
January 10, 2019: Yup — happened recently in Cadiz, Spain — where city officials “relocated” over 5000 messy, pesky pigeons to an undisclosed location over 500 miles away from their city. City officials call their pigeons “flying rats” and now plan the relocations as an annual event. London now fines anyone seen feeding a pigeon $500. Hopefully the Spanish birds are happy in their new isolated mountain home?
January 9, 2019: Happened recently in Westoennen, Germany, when a local chocolate factory had a major spill from their mixing equipment and over ONE TON of hot chocolate rolled out on to the street. When it hit the chilled pavement it quickly froze — much to the enjoyment of locals and fire fighters who had to pry the “tasty” chocolate off the pavement with shovels — a sweet time was enjoyed by all!