This week’s featured link:
After Istanbul terror attack, should U.S. airport screening be done off site? – Chicago Tribune
No. Next question?
Two Three for the road:
A Very-Good-News Story: Microbursts and U.S. Aviation – WunderBlog (Thanks to @ElieBilmes)
I still get anxious … Read the post
Altitude Adjustment – APEX Experience Magazine
This was really fun to research. I looked into the different technologies being used to help eliminate turbulence. Pretty fascinating stuff, actually.
If you were traveling in the eastern half of the country last week, you know what a mess it was. The weather caused problems from Dallas all the way to New York. In particular, Thursday was a real mess. It was one of our busiest days at Cranky Concierge thanks … Read the post
This is a bit of a strange Ask Cranky in that it’s actually a question I’m asking myself. To pilots, this is an elementary question, but I’ve had this conversation with other window-seat lovers and they want to know the answer as well.
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It was a busy week on the web…
SkyMall Lands in Bankruptcy as Air Travelers Shun Catalog – Bloomberg
SkyMall is bankrupt and Bloomberg asked me why. You probably can figure it out without my help.
I don’t like thunderstorms. Oh sure, they’re fine if you’re on the ground, but ever since a particularly nasty encounter with windshear in a severe storm flying into Charlotte back in the early 1990s, flying around storms has made me anxious. So when I went to visit with Honeywell back … Read the post
I’m probably the only person in sun-soaked Southern California (it’s in the 80s today) who is really concerned about the snowy weather. We’ve been working basically nonstop at Cranky Concierge getting people rebooked since the beginning of the year as the airlines continue to see the south and east pummeled … Read the post
What Happens When a Plane Freezes, and Why You Should Care – Conde Nast Daily Traveler
A little piece talking about why cold air doesn’t hurt airplanes, but it can snarl operations.
Southwest’s International Announcement Isn’t Really Big News. Here’s Why. – Conde Nast Daily … Read the post
I’ve had a few notes and comments come in regarding how one airline handled the bad weather last week versus another airline. There’s no question that the airlines handled things differently, and for that reason, I thought it would be fun to walk through how it went. (Warning: Excel wonkiness … Read the post
Thanksgiving fliers wait: How bad will Wednesday be? – USA Today
Everybody was wondering whether Wednesday was going to be miserable for travel, so I weighed in as well. I was skeptical it would be as bad as predicted for air travel.
While most travelers know that airlines are complex operations, I don’t think many can appreciate how difficult it is to actually put one back together after it has been shut down. I talked about airline operations during Hurricane Sandy last week, but today I wanted to take a closer look … Read the post