The World’s Worst Airports for Delays and Cancellations So Far This Summer
by Kurt Stolz

Flying this summer? You might want to avoid airports in London, Paris, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam, among others.
The delays at London Heathrow Airport are so bad that the airport authority asked airlines to stop selling tickets for outbound travel this summer, limiting passenger traffic to 100,000 departures per day.
Meanwhile, two North American airports, namely Toronto-Pearson International in Canada and Orlando International in Florida, are also on the top ten list, based …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2022 Edition

by Jesse Sokolow

August, a holiday month in a good part of the world, is the eighth month of the year in both the Juliana and Gregorian calendars. It is named after Augustus, a Roman statesman who was the first emperor of the Roman Empire. The month was originally named Sextilis because it was the sixth month of the ten-month Roman calendar.
The current name was chosen by Augustus because several of his greatest …

26 Years Ago Today, TWA Flight 800 Exploded Over the Atlantic, Killing 230

by Anna Breuer

Twenty-six years ago, TWA Flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. It was the fourth deadliest aircraft accident in the history of U.S. airlines after Pan Am Flight 1736 in Tenerife, American Airlines Flight 191 in Chicago, and American Airlines Flight 587 in New York City.
On July 17, 1996, 12 minutes after taking off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Boeing 747-100 disappeared from radar. All 230 …

BMW Heats Up Subscription Market by Charging for Heated Seats in Some Countries

by Jonathan Spira

On an episode of the mockumentary television comedy “Come Fly With Me” from 2010, Omar Baba, the CEO of FlyLo (a parody amalgamation of Flybe, Ryanair, and EasyJet), explains he’s “made it easier than ever for passengers to use the lifejacket.”
“Simply reach under your seat,” he says in the episode as he pulls out a large credit-card terminal that asks “Do you want to purchase life jacket [sic]?”   For a …

New ‘Bill of Rights’ for Air Passengers With Disabilities Unveiled by DOT

by Anna Breuer

Just as the busy summer travel season is getting underway, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg announced a bill of rights for air travelers with disabilities.
The bill of rights essentially summarizes existing laws intended to protect the disabled when flying.  It outlines passenger rights and highlights the responsibilities that airlines have when a disabled individual is flying.
Key points covered in the bill are as follows:
1.)       The right to be treated with …

Great Moments in Travel History – July 2022 Edition

by Jesse Sokolow

Named by the Roman Senate after the general Julius Caesar as it was the month of his birth, July is the seventh month of the calendar.  Prior to that time it was known as Quintillis, or the fifth month of the ten-month Roman calendar.
The month is also the start of the second half of the year and, in the Southern Hemisphere, July is the seasonal equivalent of January in the …

Monday is the Fourth of July Holiday in the U.S.: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed for This Year’s Observance

by Kurt Stolz

Monday is the Fourth of July, Independence Day in the United States. This year, many observances of the holiday will return to what resembles pre-pandemic era celebrations, although the pandemic continues to rage on.
Nonetheless, there will be a marked return to some degree of normalcy when compared to how the Fourth was celebrated in 2020.
Although only two-thirds of the country is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, many of the annual …

Worldwide Chaos Greets Travelers at Airports Ahead of Major Travel Periods

by Anna Breuer

Across the globe, passengers were greeted at airports and by airlines with chaos and meltdowns. Post-lockdown staff shortages and passenger unrest are blighting what was once a tolerable, if not pleasant, experience on both sides of the Atlantic.
Indeed, just when travelers are returning in droves to the skies, they are finding that the skies suddenly can’t handle the increased demand.
The end of coronavirus test requirements and isolation periods should have …