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Monthly Archives for June 2003.

More about Hooters Air

The Washington Post ran a puff piece, “Leave it to Cleavage,” earlier this week. It’s economic sociology — one writer’s experience flying the airline, noting the lack of passengers contrasted with the high hopes, giving a feel for flying that notes the trivia contests and the shame in telling others who you’re flying. But the piece doesn’t mention load factors or any other macro data — so it isn’t nearly as informative as it could be. Still, not having flown the airline, I read the piece with interest.

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Can I save money by letting you leave my room dirty?

Hotels are increasingly tacking on fees to their published rates. Most travelers already know about high phone charges and resort fees as well as fees for the in-room safe and the morning newspaper. But an extra charge for housekeeping? One frequent traveler commented that if a hotel was going to charge extra for housekeeping services, they were going to be sure to get their money’s worth! The best practice is to print out your room rate confirmation and bring it with you to the hotel. If the charge isn’t disclosed on your confirmation, you should be able to get it taken off the bill at check-out… or at least successfully dispute the charge with your credit card company.

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The longest regional jet flight?

It’s long been possible to fly coast to coast on regional jets with only one stop (Continental — Richmond to Houston to Palm Springs). The second leg of that trip is 1269 miles. American Airlines has announced regional jet service from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Los Angeles – a whopping 1371 miles. To the best of my knowledge, this is the longest scheduled regional jet flight. (Readers, please correct me if I’m wrong.) Meanwhile, pilots at regional airline Comair are suing their union, arguing that the Airline Pilots Association has a huge conflict representing pilots at major airlines and arguing that those airlines shouldn’t be allowed to increase the number of regional jets that their regional partners fly.

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Almost makes me want to be a TSA screener

The Transportation Security Administration is testing a x-ray device that makes passengers appear naked. Some feel it’s better than being patted down. I think it’ll just make the whole screening job much more appealing. Imagine how many candidates will be attracted to the job! Unless, of course, the TSA decides to implement a software modification that an electronic fig leaf – programming that fuzzes out sensitive body parts or distorts the body so it does not appear so, well, graphic. That’ll sure satisfy any privacy objections. (Thanks to alert reader Jeff for the pointer.)

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Link to my website, fly first class

If you have a website, add a link to View from the Wing. If you have a blog, post about this site or add it to your blogroll. Then drop me a note about it. I will pick a winner at random, from those links received by July 1 at 12pm Eastern time, to receive (2) USAirways space upgrade certificates.(One additional caveat — if I’m already on your blogroll as of this post it doesn’t count. You’ll need to actually post about this site. 🙂

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