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Hello! Travelers are still up in arms over how airlines treat them, generating stories for days about both minor inconveniences and major disruptions. This week’s chief offender, Air Canada, an airline I haven’t flown for years after my own overbooking debacle, proves my one-woman boycott is for a good reason. Thanks for reading The Packing List, have a great week!
Travel news you can use
- Air Canada took some of the heat off of United Airlines with some well-publicized overbooking decisions:
- A 10-year old boy was bumped from a flight from Charlottetown to Toronto (and eventually to Costa Rica) while the rest of his family was given seats. The father and son drove to another airport 400km away to catch another flight (which they paid for out of pocket).
- AC eventually apologized, but a month later and after international media coverage.
- AC also bumped a woman connecting to a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to the Galapagos Islands, apologizing after the media attention.
- American Airlines steps into the fray when flight crew got into a fight on board with passengers, ultimately hitting a woman with her child’s stroller.
- Westjet is getting into the ultra low-cost carrier business. I’d guess WOW Airlines or Ryanair is their inspiration, so get ready to pay for carry-on, having a seat, using the toilet, and so on…
- A moron caused widespread chaos at Toronto’s Pearson Airport when a scan of his bag revealed fake bomb that turned out to be a ‘novelty clock.’ Do you need to be told it’s a bad idea to transport anything that looks like a bomb on an airplane? REALLY?
- While we’re at it, don’t take your umbrella that looks like a gun, either.
- Looks like the US-EU “visa war” is escalating, as the US is going to review its visa waiver program for EU citizens.
- United Airlines announced they will no longer remove seated passengers for staff. Great work! You’re doing the bare minimum!
- So, will travelers actually pay to avoid United? It seems like they will (for now).
- Finally, some good news for United: they’re polling slightly better than the President of the United States.
- Meet Ferryland, Newfoundland, this year’s star town on “Iceberg Alley,” the annual event where icebergs break off in the Arctic and drift by the province’s Atlantic coast. To the uninitiated, we pronounce it “New-fun-land.”
- The woefully true tale of the hapless American who thought he could just wander into the Soviet Union in the 1960s and get his passport stamped. It doesn’t end well for him.
- This wildly-decorated house on AirBNB will permanently burn itself onto your retinas.
- I don’t give TSA credit for much, but they’re great at social media.
- If you like Wes Anderson movies, you’re going to love the Museum of Hotel Keys.
Planning your next trip
- I’m bothered by stories of people who go to all-inclusive resorts in poor countries and complain about the conditions. Here’s some good advice for avoiding your own “travel nightmare” in the Caribbean.
- I’m a big fan of long walks, and time spent working through things while walking. The UK Prime Minister is, too, deciding to call a snap election after she went on a walking holiday in Wales.
Packing lists and tips
- The annual Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas has all of the newfangled luggage, tools, and doodads to make travel more tolerable. I’m into this convertible duffle that can be configured into a 31L-46L-62L bag depending on your needs.
- Packing light successfully has two components: volume of stuff and how it’s packed. Check out these tips for packing more efficiently.
- Seven things you don’t need to pack. Follow-up question: who takes two pairs of jeans anywhere?
Zipping the suitcase
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