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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 …

Review: Air Canada Signature Suite at Toronto Pearson International Airport

No matter where you are in an airport, you feel as if you are in an airport. That is unless you are in the new Air Canada Signature Suite lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Here in the lounge, the outside world virtually disappears. It’s more like a private supper club, as only paid business-class passengers traveling on Air Canada flights are invited. Indeed, you feel as if you needed to …

Why Aircraft Deicing Makes Winter Flying Safer

Those who travel by air during the winter have undoubtedly seen this unusual dance before: trucks circling the aircraft spraying a strange orange-colored fluid, while passengers peer through the plane’s windows.
As your aircraft pushes back from the gate, you probably hear the captain announce, “Well folks, we’re just making a quick stop for deicing, and then we’ll be off.”
Deicing prevents a build-up of snow and ice on the plane’s wings …