Should people fly with an infectious disease?

Gary Pool was standing in the jetway, waiting to board his flight to Texas, when he remembered that the change in air pressure often caused him sinus problems.

He quickly grabbed a pill out of his carry-on and swallowed it with the last dregs in his water bottle. Unfortunately, the pill made it partway down and stuck in his throat. Pool was seized with a horrible coughing fit, his eyes watering, gasping for air, all the while inching forward in the jetway and onto the plane. Continue reading…

Is it time to ban batteries in the air?

Last week, KLM flight attendants put out a fire in an overhead compartment caused by a lithium-ion battery in passenger’s hand luggage’ on flight from Amsterdam to Bangkok.

Mobile phones, laptops and tablet computers are powered by lithium batteries.

A KLM spokesperson said the incident occurred when the Boeing 777 carrying 321 passengers plus crew was taxiing to its gate at Bangkok International Airport after flying in from Amsterdam.
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Hey travelers, do you have the right to tell someone to dress up?

Can you believe what people wear on a plane these days? You’d think an old Greyhound bus had sprouted wings by the way some people look.

Flying used to be something that only business people or the one-percenters could afford. And when they did, they dressed up. Men wore suits and ties, and women wore dresses — or at least a long skirt, a nice blouse — plus a coat or a shoulder wrap. Dressy shoes were a must.
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