You’re spilling over into my seat, and it’s giving me PTSD

If there was any doubt the airlines are putting profits above the comfort — and in many ways, the safety — of passengers, they’ve been dispelled by recent news.

True, economy seats are smaller and closer together, meals are scarce and not particularly healthy, and the entire experience of flying is so stressful that passengers are even in danger from one another.

But are passengers milking this situation? Maybe. Read more “You’re spilling over into my seat, and it’s giving me PTSD”

Here’s why it’s important to read those confirmation emails

Barbara Smidt booked two tickets to Australia to celebrate a special birthday with her husband. But as they were excitedly putting the final touches on this trip, they were shocked to discover that United Airlines had no record of Stephen Smidt ever having a ticket. So what do the confirmation emails say? Read more “Here’s why it’s important to read those confirmation emails”

How about a refund for these downgraded seats, Qantas?

Stan Shopa is disappointed to miss his Qantas connection from Los Angeles to Melbourne. The airline rebooks him on a flight the next day. Unfortunately, he soon discovers that he and his wife will be sitting in downgraded seats for the 17-hour flight. Shouldn’t he be entitled to a price adjustment? Read more “How about a refund for these downgraded seats, Qantas?”

Why visit Australia now? Here are 10 reasons, mate.

If you’re an international travel buff, it’s likely that Australia is on your list of places to see. But here’s the thing: it’s not usually near the top. Read more “Why visit Australia now? Here are 10 reasons, mate.”

A sincere apology to the sadomasochistic sharks who practice bondage

Now there’s a headline I never thought I’d write.

In one short week, it seems I’ve offended sadomasochists and great white sharks with my commentary. I feel an apology is in order.
Read more “A sincere apology to the sadomasochistic sharks who practice bondage”