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“Did you know…Airline passenger leaves nasty note to pilot?”

(ABCNews.go.com)

note to westjet pilotYou can’t make this stuff up.  A passenger (of unknown gender), left a nasty-gram for WestJet pilot, Carey Smith Steacy.  Decidedly sexist and rude, the note was posted by Capt. Steacy on her Facebook page – she has received nothing but support from WestJet fans.  Read the note and full story here: http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/airline-passenger-leaves-nasty-note-pilot/story?id=22784067

“Did you know…8 digital travel trends to watch?”

(Mashable)

digital travel trendsMashable’s list of eight digital travel trends to keep an eye on:

  1. Brands engage in real-time marketing during holidays and big events
  2. Brands can make viral videos on a budget by engaging customers
  3. Hotels invest heavily in next-gen guest experiences
  4. Airlines improve in-flight entertainment to attract flyers
  5. Airports adjusts regulations to make room for taxi-booking apps
  6. Cities make it easier for tourists to explore with Wi-Fi hotspots
  7. TripAdvisor’s plans to continue acquiring startups
  8. Amtrak attracts riders with less security and better Wi-Fi

Read the entire post here: http://mashable.com/2014/02/18/8-digital-trends-this-week/

“Did you know…Airline industry considers cracking down on unruly passengers?”

(CBSNews.com)

unruly passenger on IcelandairLast year, after a man on an Icelandair flight to New York downed a bottle of duty-free alcohol and became unruly and aggressive, passengers had to restrain him with duct tape.  A Frontier Airlines passenger was booted off the plane when she lost her cool over not being able to fit her carry-on in the overhead bin.  She lashed out at a fellow passenger who was recording the incident, grabbing and throwing his phone.

These are just a couple of examples of  a growing trend of air rage aboard international flights, in particular.  CBSNews.com reports that the industry is considering new rules.

Long lines, baggage fees and canceled flights: For passengers, the experience of flying today can trigger enormous stress. But internationally, airlines are focused on another pressing problem: incidents of air rage that are on the rise…between 2007 and 2011, reports of passenger misconduct increased dramatically, from 500 to more than 6,000, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Read the full CBS News report here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/airline-industry-considers-cracking-down-on-unruly-passengers/

“Did you know…Man buys first class ticket and eats for free in VIP lounge for a year?”

first class meal(NY Post)
Just when you thought you heard it all, the New York Post published an account of a man from China who takes the term “meal ticket” to the extreme.  The man purchased a first­ class plane ticket just so he could freeload meals at the VIP lounge at Xi’an International Airport – for an entire year.  Read more here: http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx

“Did you know…The Guy in the Window Seat Wants to Talk to You?”

talking on a placeWhy don’t airline passengers, sitting inches apart for hours on end, utter a single word to one another?  Most likely, because we assume that the other person doesn’t want to talk and we rather not risk annoying anyone.

Since the ups and downs of air travel always pique our interest, we were drawn in by a recent New York Times article written by Jeff Kaye, a co-C.E.O. of the executive search firm Kaye/Bassman-Sanford Rose Associates and C.E.O. of the recruiting training company, Next Level Exchange.  Since the 1990s, Jeff has been contradicting the assumption that our seat mates don’t want to engage.  In fact, he says, about 90% of people DO like to chat and share.  Since Jeff travels all the time and all around the world for business, he makes a regular habit of greeting fellow passengers and asking a few polite questions.  In addition to interesting company, he’s been rewarded with advice, recommendations and anecdotes that made the trip fly and in many cases left him a little bit smarter.

Next time you’re on a plane, say hello to your seat mate.  You never know where the conversation will take you.  Read the entire story here: http://ht.ly/t21aq