Articles in In Flight

Air Canada Business Class Flight 7461 New York LaGuardia – Montreal, Canada

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Air Canada was, until recently, the only major North American carrier I had never flown on, despite many trips to our neighbor to the north. Resolved to remedy this oversight, I opted to fly my third trip to London in 2014 via Montreal. Going non-stop would have been just too easy.
Arriving for my first international flight ever from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, at check-in, I was greeted by an Air …

Lack of Personal Space and Misbehaving Passengers Continue Reign as Top Air Travel Pet Peeves

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Those flying frequently know that travel by air is inevitably fraught with petty annoyances and irritations, many of them a result of being enclosed in a small, confined space with other travelers for long periods of time.
Ironically, the results of this survey are being released on the tails of three highly-publicized in-flight fights resulting from disputes over a reclined seat.
Frequent Business Traveler and FlyerTalk, the world’s largest online travel community, inquired …

To Recline, or Not to Recline On Flights, That is the Question

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A spate of reclining-seat incidents in the air has frequent and not-so-frequent flyers debating a rather Shakespearian question, namely whether it’s appropriate to recline one’s seatback on a plane.
While some airlines boast about how far their seats recline, not all passengers seem to think that their fellow flyers have the right to use the feature. (For that matter, several low-cost carriers including Allegiant and Spirit have seats that do not …

Photo Essay: How Your Airline Meal Is Prepared

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Love it or hate it, airline food is a popular topic of conversation amongst travelers.
In the earliest days of commercial aviation, airlines copied what others in the transportation industry, such as operators of rail service and passenger ships, were doing and offered food and drink.
Today, airline meals are big business but there are still real people in the kitchen chopping, mixing, sautéing, grilling, and garnishing what is served to you …

The World’s Best Airport Amenities

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Most people think of airports as places to depart from and arrive on flights at, but that view may prove to be somewhat outdated.
Airport operators around the world, recognizing that people are traveling longer distances and often spending hours waiting for connections, wish to entice travelers to use their airport for that connection.
I started writing this article sitting outdoors in a beer garden in Munich, one that happens to be …

Poll: How Effective is the TSA?

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If you fly frequently, be it for business or leisure, you are well aware that waiting in line at TSA security checkpoints is an unavoidable part of the air travel experience.
Over the past year, the TSA has implemented numerous changes with an eye toward improving the airport screening process for passengers, including expanding the PreCheck trusted traveler program to international flights and airlines, as well as to more airports within …

New Startup Airlines Have Old Names, Give Old Ideas a New Twist

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If you were reading news items about new airline startups and momentarily felt caught in a time warp, it would be understandable. Names such as Eastern and People Express are currently in the headlines – and what’s this about new all-business class startups flying from the U.S. to Europe?
This is in no small way due to major airlines reporting profitable quarters, some for the first time in years, thus causing …