DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT TAKE A TAXI FROM THE AIRPORT. My family and I flew into CIA and, after getting through customs and whatnot, attempted to get a taxi. A sign with a legal regulation on it stated that a trip inside the Aurelian walls would cost 30 euros. My dad spotted a taxi driver and asked how much it would cost for a ride to our AirBnB. He showed the driver his phone, which displayeRead More »
Can I buy a fully refundable Emirates business class ticket for lounge access and then cancel before I fly?
Depending on your airport, you might have to go through migrations in order to get to the lounge. That might be a problem.If that’s not the case, you can easily go to the reception of the lounge and indicate you got a call and had to postpone the flight for the following week. Hopefully they’ll find you a spot within the same class of service.You then call the call center, cancel and aRead More »
For international travel always take adapters for the power outlets. Have ebooks/books/offline stuff to read/do. Bring more for unexpected delays. Be hydrated. Bring candy to bribe/socialize with flight attendants, you may get a free upgrade. Bring luggage tags. Take a picture of where you parked and email it to yourself with the airport name in your email so you can search itRead More »
The most-challenging airports are those with safety hazards. These hazards may be topographical, weather-related, traffic-related or caused by congestion on the ground. Operational changes also create hazards.There are a number of airports with ground contours on or near the airport that create problems. Some examples: San Diego, CA's Lindbergh was notorious for planes having to maintaiRead More »
What we notice, standing at the door: apart from the obvious, male, female, old or young, we pay attention to their language (check if they hold a magazine or newspaper), citizenship (in Japan I greet with Konnichiwa or Ohayogozaimasu), in Thailand, sawasdeekrap, and so on.. if I know it is in their language I try to welcome the guests and hope I guessed right.Another thing: Do I smell somethingRead More »
India's and China's require more work than most countries for Americans, but the visas are full page stickers.India's includes a photo. I think the U.S. Visa does too, but I haven't seen them for any other countries. China's features The Great Wall. The visa extensions offered in-country are much plainer. The work visa is identical except there's an Z instead of an F. Dates and durationRead More »
The shape of an airplane is dictated by physics but that's a bit like saying chemistry is dictated by physics,or biology is dictated by physics. Currently wing length is dictated by runway widths, cabin lengths by airport bays. The bulk of the cabin is a tube of constant width as this is the cheapest way to make a pressure vessel and you can increase seating capacity by stuffing in another plug.Read More »