Tag Archives: Air Travel

There has to be a better way

In the video below,  CGP Grey explores the good, the bad, and the ugly methods for boarding airliners. Generally airlines board passengers using the slow back-to-front method even though other boarding systems would be faster. I have long surrendered to … Continue reading

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Book Nerd Travel Nightmare

h/t to cartoonist Laura Pacheco

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Reclaiming the Middle Seat

Anyone who has ever been stuck in middle seat hell will applaud the S1 (AKA the “Slip-Slide Seat”) clever redesign of airline middle seats from Colorado’s Molon Labe Designs. It sits a little back from the seats to either side, … Continue reading

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Airport Security Woes

I recently received an email from TPTP reader Martin from Spain who had some unpleasant experiences with the airport security procedures during a trip in the United States. Martin explained that on three different occasions he had been pulled aside … Continue reading

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How Airports Work

When I was a young child my Grandfather had a job that took him all over the world for work. I always begged to go along to the airport to drop him off or pick him up for flights. The … Continue reading

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Boarding Zone Nightmares

If you have done any flying recently, this very funny routine from comedian Iliza Shleshinger will certainly have resonance. Having recently succumbed to bribery to escape boarding zone purgatory, it certainly hit home for me.

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Sleep Is For The Weak

Over the years I’ve tried ever possible gimmick to manage to get some sleep while flying. As a life-long insomniac, air travel usually means a sleep-less night, or at best fitful tossing, turning and squirming in an uncomfortable seat. Even … Continue reading

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Stress-Free Travel (not)

Whether you’re traveling for fun or work, travel is never stress-free. This hilarious graphic from the British travel website Just The Flight illustrates just how frustrating travel can be.

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Don’t Get Bumped ( Unless You Want To)

Unless you’ve been on a digital detox for the last 48 hours, you’ve seen the horrible images of a United Airlines passenger being brutally removed from a flight after refusing to be bumped. It should be shocking that a major … Continue reading

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Is It Worth It ?

During the past month, I’ve taken six flights. Three were in Economy and three were upgrades to Business Class. I was able to upgrade on two of those flights with minimal bids on empty seats. The last upgrade was a … Continue reading

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