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  1. I can’t believe what I just read about the Mexican father accused of trafficking his daughter. Why weren’t the passports checked? So much for innocent until proven guilty.

  2. I’d be curious to know what US management paid:
    “While it looked like the US Airways – American merger was US management overpaying…l

  3. I absolutely hated Pattaya when I went there for a music festival a couple years ago. I thought the red light district of Bangkok was bad the first time, but it was a whole different level. The city needs to shut down all of its sex tourism

  4. What a waste of time on the article about hotel hopping. How many times can you say the same thing and not say anything of value? These people are definitely A-listers when it comes to that.

  5. We stayed away from Pattaya’s walking street and thought it was a run of the mill Thai city. We were there for 5 days and I don’t think we’ll be back. We did miss the temple there though, so that’s sad for us.

    BTW, why does it matter that the dad was Mexican? Shouldn’t this be shocking either way? Yes, yes, it stirs the pot.

  6. I don’t recommend you get your investment advice from most Seeking Alpha writers. The piece you reference has some major financial oversights. It is definitely true that the collapse of oil prices led to windfall short-term profits in 2014, but that is not necessarily the cause of current profitability.. It’s not rocket science to realize that unit revenue (fares) move in conjunction with unit costs (fuel). If oil prices were higher now, airfares would also be higher. No one really knows whether airline profitability would be higher or lower is oil was, say, $70/barrel. FWIW, airline investors rarely cheer lower oil prices. You’ll find airline stock prices to be very similar to what they were before oil prices collapsed — even though some airlines, like AA, used the windfall to buyback a good percentage of their outstanding shares.

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