Elliott’s E-Mail/February 26, 2008

By | February 26th, 2008

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In this issue …

Forbidden travels
Banned for life for being too pretty
Wrong name on my airline ticket — now what?
Traveling in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba
Are travel agents worth the extra money?
Don’t go there
How to reach yours truly
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FIRST | Random thoughts about the week in travel

Forbidden travels. Area 51. Havana. The forward lavatories. All are forbidden places people want to visit. And some of them are revealed to you in this issue of Elliott’s E-Mail. There’s also a new videocast, lots of blog posts, articles and archived stories about other places that are off-limits to you.

Burning question … near misses! Ever had a close call while you’re on vacation? The travel industry has near-misses all the time, whether it’s a TSA agent not spotting an explosive or a jet clipping another one on the runway (or worse). This week, I want your stories of near-misses, and your insights into whether the travel industry’s near-misses are — or aren’t — dangerous for the traveling public. Send me a note and please don’t forget to include your full name, city and occupation.

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BLAZIN’ HOT BLOG POST | What’s burning up my bandwidth this week?

Banned for life for being too pretty — Is there such a thing as too gorgeous to fly? That’s the strange but true claim of two 18-year-olds from Oldsmar, Fla., who were escorted off a Southwest Airlines flight in Los Angeles recently. I’m not making this up. You can read the full story here and watch it here. JOIN THE DISCUSSION — leave your comment!

Ask the Armchair Traveler | This week’s videocast

Ask the Armchair Traveler: wrong name on my airline ticket — now what? — The Armchair Traveler shows you how to fix a ticket when you’ve got the wrong name on it. Yes, there is hope. Here’s a high-resolution version.

SIGHTINGS | Noted Elliott appearances online and offline

No refunds for the dead — Robert Maddocks and his wife plan a 50th-anniversary trip to Europe. But they have to postpone the vacation and then, shortly after Maddocks rebooks the tickets, his wife dies unexpectedly. Now United has sent him two certificates for the trip — vouchers he’ll never be able to use. Don’t the circumstances warrant a refund? (From The Troubleshooter)