Posted by: athomas
If you travel as much as I do, you have likely seen passengers increasingly traveling with their 'comfort animals'.

In the vast majority of cases it is a freakin' sham.

Except for blind folks and disabled vets, no one should be able to bring their dog- or any other non-human "pet"- anywhere near to an airport.

On a Frontier flight last month, one of those sandal-clad, yoga-pants wearing types who believes the world owes them everything was prancing through the ticketing area with her "comfort" dog. At the checkpoint it took 5 minutes to get "Rover" to pass through the screening machine.

The wack owner thought it was soooooo cute. Everyone else was angry at being delayed.

Then, in the concourse, the dog pissed right in front of a restaurant, five feet from where a family had been enjoying their meal. If any human had done what the mongrel did, they would have been shipped off to Guantanamo: no questions asked.

Instead the Berkleyesque-owner giggled and continued on to the gate: oblivious to any personal responsibility.

I am getting sick and tired of these dog owners who believe that merely possessing a pet gives them the right to take their mongrels anywhere. Trust me, a vast majority of the population thinks so, too.

Memo to you self-absorbed losers: your dogs are not humans. Read a Biology textbook...

Dogs are filthy creatures that belong in your house or on a leash in your yard. Not near to where us humans eat, walk, sleep, etc.

Thankfully, Delta and United are working hard to curb this abuse.

Posted by: athomas
For those of you who have never had to experience a trip to involving New York's JFK Airport, consider yourselves blessed.

It embodies all the worst things about modern air travel in the U.S.: indifference, stress, confusion, and filth.

The first week of the New Year is a wonderful example of why this airport is always rated one of the worst anywhere.

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For the 1%, flying on Emirates in business class is a common experience. For the rest of us, it is mere fantasy.

There is a bar area for the jet-set. A couple weeks back, a guy went off on some kids crawling around his special space. Standing before a judge, he blamed his outburst on "sleep deprivation". Yea, right...

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Posted by: athomas
Ah, the problems of the rich...

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Posted by: athomas
The number of air rage cases where a violent passenger was restrained significantly rose over the past year.

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It seems a woman who was busted for smoking on a flight, lost it and then wildly threatened to "Kill everyone on the plane"!

Thankfully for us, it was all caught on video.
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OK, follow me here:

A family is traveling from Doha, Qatr to Bali. The husband is sleeping. The wife gently applies his thumb onto his smartphone to unlock it. Wife discovers he has been cheating. Wife goes off, starts hitting just-awakened husband. The struggle escalates. Pilot diverts flight to Chennai.

This is an awesome air rage story! One for the books.

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The battle for space in the overhead bins in spilling into physical confrontations between passengers and flight crew.

In this incident, a woman holding a baby gets into it with another female passenger.
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Here is a thoughtful piece that features my long time friend and colleague, Brian Sullivan, who worked airport perimeter security for the FAA.

Several issues around airport security arose from the attack on concertgoers on the Vegas Strip.

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Posted by: athomas
The issue of animals being brought onto planes, whether as "service pets" or whatever excuse the owner can come up with, is becoming more widespread.

It seems in this case a woman was given a police escort off her flight because of her allergy to dogs.

I guess animals ARE more important than people in many cases.

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