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“Did you know…You can get $1,000 for your Lost Baggage?”

blue ribbon bagsA new insurance company called Blue Ribbon Bags gives travelers peace of mind in the event that they experience suitcase separation. For a mere $5.00 service fee, Blue Ribbon Bags pays luggage-less travelers $1,000 for each bag lost by the airline after four days missing.  Even better, you don’t have to come up with any receipts for baggage contents to receive payment.

Who says insurance isn’t exciting? Visit www.blueribbonbags.com to learn more.

“Did you know…new theory emerges on how long Malaysian plane kept flying?”

(theguardian.com, Wall Street Journal and nbcnews.com)

malaysian airlinesAfter five long days, Malalysian Airlines flight MH370 remains missing and new theories and questions concerning the disappearance multiply.  The Guardian reports today that the plane may have flown on for hours beyond its last reported sighting.

“The Wall Street Journal, citing two people in the US familiar with the details, said US investigators suspected the Boeing 777 actually stayed in the air for about four hours past that time. The startling assessment was based on data automatically sent by the plane to Boeing’s engine department as part of a routine maintenance and monitoring program, the Journal said.

In an NBC News story this morning, it was reported that Malaysia’s transport minister denied this report, saying, “A report in the Wall Street Journal – that the aircraft’s engines had continued to transmit data long after the plane’s last confirmed position – was ‘inaccurate.'” “…However, asked if it were possible that the plane kept flying for several hours, he said, “of course, this is why we have extended the search.”

See story links:

theguardian.com

NBCNews.com

Wall Street Journal

“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/