The skies are friendly; the passengers are not

aargh's blog

Wed, 2008/03/05 - 20:03 by aargh

Air travel with a laptop computer in tow is its own brand of ... fun. Especially that brief span of time when the thing is out of its bag and on the conveyor belt for X-ray scanning. Wouldn't it be nice if I could somehow keep it in my bag? That's one less thing to try to gather after having cleared the checkpoint, when I'm already occupied just trying to keep my trousers up without a belt...

The TSA has released general guidelines for a bag that would not require people to remove their laptops:

"TSA launches search for the perfect laptop bag"

Any takers? Submit a design and prototype, and you could have all kinds of new friends in the travel world...

(Credit where it's due: I first saw this on

Fri, 2008/02/22 - 20:02 by aargh

Before we talk about us, let's talk about you. Ask yourself a few questions:

- Are you on a first-name basis with airport gate agents? flight attendants? pilots?

- Do hotel concierges ask you where's a good steak joint?

- Do rental car companies have a price special named after you?

- Does your frequent-flyer milage outstrip your salary ... by a decimal place?

If so ... welcome to Travel Hell!

It's hardly news: Travel sucks. Whether you're getting there (planes, trains, automobiles), staying there (hotels), or trying to get the hell out (flight delays), you're getting the short end of the stick.

Sure, the airlines all tout awards of this, customer satisfaction of that, but it's hard to believe when you're in the back of coach next to the loo... delayed for another two hours... and your checked baggage has landed in a nicer locale than you. -and all this after your hotel room was sandwiched between newlywed couples. (or at least people who sounded like newlyweds. Let's not go there.)

Road-weary people, is for you. It's a place for seasoned veterans to swap stories and explain how the travel industry works. Spectators will hopefully pick up some tips, tricks, and learn that sometimes the airlines, hotels, and rental car companies aren't at fault.


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