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November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

The OTR is heading out of town for the holiday.  We'll be back next Wednesday (or possibly Monday or Tuesday).  Have a great holiday.

November 22, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

6 Muslims Removed from Flight for Saying Prayers

Another proud day for America:  6 imams were kicked off a US Airways flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix because passengers accused them of "suspicous activity" on the plane.  The aforementioned suspicious activity was the 6 men praying.  There are so many things wrong with this that I can't even discuss it.

OK, there's more.  A spokesperson for the airport said that "said some witnesses reported the men were making anti-American statements involving the Iraq war, asked to change seats once inside the cabin, that one requested an extender to make his seat belt larger even though he did not appear to need it and that in general 'there was some peculiar behavior.'"  Yes, they were kicked off for praying and criticizing the Iraq war.  And because one of them felt a bit bloated. 

November 22, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (6)

Only 25,000 Continental Miles for a Free Ticket to Cologne, Germany

Continental has a great deal on award travel to Cologne, Germany:  Book by November 30 and it's only 25,000 miles for a round trip ticket - half the normal amount.  Fly by March 15, when it's a bit less miserable than it will be in January.

November 22, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 21, 2006

$59 from New York to Cancun in December

JetBlue just announced a crazy cheap deal from JFK to Cancun: $59 when you fly from JFK November 30 to December 8th & December 13-15, and return December 4, 5, 11, 12 or 13.  Enjoy -- it'll be like you're 18 and on spring break.  But in a good way.

November 21, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Southwest Airlines Would Buy Delta Assets

Without waiting for the body to be cold, the WSJ is reporting that it would buy any assets that Delta needs to shed in its merger with US Airways.  If you're a fan of the merger, this is a good sign.  Delta will have to sell some parts of its operations to make the combination work (both financially, and from an anti-trust standpoint), and it helps to know that there's a wealthy company that's interested in them.  The article doesn't mention if Southwest wants the shuttle, but it would be quite interesting if they did.  They practically already run a shuttle between Houston and Dallas profitably with far lower fares than we see in the Northeast right now. 

November 21, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

More on the Breast Feeding Incident in Vermont

As mentioned last week, a woman was kicked off a Delta Express plane for breast feeding, after she refused to cover herself with a blanket.  The CEO came out with a statement a day or so later saying the whole thing should never have happened, apologized profusely, and said that passengers can breastfeed however they like.

Today, a group of mothers in 12 cities are planning a breast-in(?) (breast-feed-in?) (ah, yes, nurse-in) in 12 airports to protest the original kicking-off of the plane.  Never mind that the airline has apologized and said that it was wrong.  I have no idea what they're protesting, as nursing mothers are not being kicked off planes left and right.  Anyway, I thought you should know.

November 21, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 19, 2006

4 Injured in Air Turbulence Incident

People are always concerned about planes being "safe," but on a day-to-day basis, your biggest concern should be getting injured from unexpected turbulence.  For the 2nd time in a week, a bout of turbulence caused injuries on a flight.  An Air Canada flight from Shanghai to Vancouver made an emergency landing in Tokyo on Sunday after 4 flight attendants were injured when the plane encountered turbulence.  Keep your seatbelt on.  Your plane isn't going to crash, but smacking your head on the ceiling is going to hurt like hell.

November 19, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)