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Keep calm, but don't carry on!

Mar 22, 2017
The British Airways statement on the new rules forbidding laptops and other personal electronic devices in carry-on on certain flights is so British....

Trying to make sense of the new TSA electronics ban

Mar 21, 2017
I flew to Abu Dhabi for a short work trip in January and, if I’m honest, I found the security and screening processes at that airport ahead of my...

The security paradox of Trump’s first budget

Mar 17, 2017
US President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal would shift the majority of TSA costs on to the airlines and traveling public. Why would a...

10 good and bad indicators for US aviation under Trump

Mar 01, 2017
It’s still early days in the US Trump administration, but here’s a few thoughts on the outlook for aviation, good and bad, given what little we have...

Protesters at Washington Dulles are happy, well behaved

Jan 30, 2017
I took an international flight out of Washington Dulles Sunday evening so stepped down to the international arrivals lounge curious to see what was...

Alitalia, the airline that broke the camel’s back?

Jan 24, 2017
Can Alitalia ever be a good-news story? It appears not for Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-based airline that has become the latest in a line of...

Don’t dismiss the widebody

Jan 17, 2017
Already 2017 is shaping up to be another good year for the narrowbody, especially the new-generation of ultra-efficient airliners....

MH370 becomes a ghost ship

Jan 17, 2017
It’s a sad day in commercial aviation history with the confirmation that the search for MH370 has been suspended....

Aviation’s 2017 nightmares begin in Fort Lauderdale

Jan 06, 2017
There is still a lot to be learned from today’s shooting incident at Fort Lauderdale Airport, but this is the nightmare the industry – especially US...

Uncertain Times: The global airline industry’s 2017 watch points

Jan 03, 2017
No matter your industry or priorities, the common feeling entering 2017 is one of uncertainty about how this year will turn out. The airline industry...

The flight crew dilemma: a follow up

Dec 28, 2016
Since I wrote in this blog about a couple of onboard incidents involving passenger behavior, more details have come to light about the second...

The flight & cabin crew dilemma

Dec 22, 2016
A white male with an American accent stands in the aisle of a commercial airliner and delivers an angry, hate-filled, political rant at the rest of...

Lufthansa & Etihad: From enemies to partners

Dec 16, 2016
Lufthansa and Etihad, in the past, have fought over airberlin codeshare rights specifically and more broadly over Gulf carrier growth and subsidy...

Five priorities for the next US Transportation Secretary

Dec 01, 2016
US President-elect’s nomination of Elaine Chao to be Department of Transportation Secretary seems to have broad support and will likely be an...

Rant guy on Delta plane is banned, but where are we going as a society?

Nov 28, 2016
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian confirmed Monday that a passenger who gave an expletive-filled rant on a Delta aircraft is banned for life from flying...
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