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Editorial: Gold-Plated Travel Should Not Be Standard Government Issue

One government official’s penchant for flying first-class has caught the attention of the media, government watchdogs, and other politicians. Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, along with his aides have put forth the dubious argument that he must fly up front because he is not safe in economy. Apparently, people haven’t been very nice to him in the rear of the plane.
“Unfortunately, we’ve had some incidents” he said in …

Flight Review: Air Canada Business Class New York-LaGuardia – Toronto

For a quick trip to Toronto to experience Canadian culture, I wanted to go Canadian all the way and booked my first-ever flight on Air Canada, which operates multiple daily flights connecting the Big Apple with Canada’s largest city.
Given a surprising lack of traffic en route to LaGuardia, I had time to stop at Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounge. The lounge offers great views albeit with a limited selection of …

Peacocks on a Plane

It took a peacock to bring everyone to his senses.
Oddly enough, it wasn’t the pig, the duck, the snake, the spider, the chicken, the rooster, or the turkey that brought the pot to a boil.
It was the peacock.
As most people know by now, an over-entitled woman tried – albeit without success – to bring a peacock onto a United Airlines flight out of Newark in January, claiming that the peafowl …

Heathrow Express: London Heathrow to Paddington Station – Review

Over the years, I’ve typically found the Heathrow Express to be the fastest and most comfortable way of getting to Central London.
After arriving on an American Airlines flight from New York at what I assumed was the quiet hour of 10 a.m., I stopped at AA’s arrival lounge for breakfast as I had decided to sleep on the plane, and then headed over to Heathrow Central, the train terminal located …

Shades of Ada Quonsett: Stowaway Flies on BA from Chicago to London

While Ada Quonsett merely tried to fly from Chicago to Rome on the fictitious Trans Global Airlines in the movie “Airport,” her real-life counterpart, Marilyn Hartman, made it from Chicago to London last week.
Like Mrs. Quonsett, Ms. Hartman was a habitual stowaway and trespasser who has flown from San Jose to Los Angeles and from the Twin Cities to Jacksonville. She was apparently a regular at Chicago O’Hare International Airport …

Review: Is the Mobile Passport App Better than Global Entry?

Mobile Passport, available on both Apple iOS and Android platforms, is a relatively new app, introduced just a little over a year ago.
The app works by supplying arriving international travelers with a QR code after having them fill out an app-based copy of an electronic customs declaration form.
In some respects, it sounds strikingly similar to Global Entry, but it may be faster to clear passport control than Global Entry given …

Flight Review: American Airlines New York-London New Flagship Business – International

Not another review of a flight to London, I hear you cry. Well, dear readers, this one is different. This time we are on a newly configured American Airlines 777-200ER sporting the carrier’s new business-class seats.
The 777-200ER originally was a three-class plane, with Flagship First, business, and coach. A few years ago, the airline decided to offer more business-class seats on these planes and offer Flagship First only on the …