Wow, more than 100 million views! The TV commercial stars Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi.
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Wow, more than 100 million views! The TV commercial stars Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi.
In fact Transition is more “roadable airplane” then “flying car”. Two prototypes have been built and over 100 people have advance-ordered them, the first delivery is scheduled for 2015. The company behind the airplane/car is Terrafugia that has already raised $10 million in funding.
“Transition, is a two-seater folding-wing aerocar that is designed to comply with both highway and flight safety regulations. It flies 400 miles per tank in 4 hours, fits in a single-car garage, and takes ordinary premium unleaded gasoline. And unlike with traditional small airplanes, you can learn and be licensed to fly it (in daylight and good weather) in as little as 20 hours.
The Transition is the first airplane ever that can convert between flying and driving in less than one minute and is designed to meet both FAA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards. This was not an easy problem to solve, but the combination affords unprecedented flexibility. You can park it in your garage, which means no hangar fees and no time spent changing modes; just drive it onto the airstrip and take off, then drive to your destination on the other end. Folding and unfolding the wings is like raising and lowering an automatic convertible top.”
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“You can make a real difference to Aeroplan® – just by sharing your thoughts. Your opinion matters to us – so much that we would like you to join our online Aeroplan Advisors panel.
All you have to do is complete a five-minute survey and, for a limited time, you’ll get a chance to win 50,000 Aeroplan Miles.* That’s enough for two roundtrip flight rewards to anywhere in North America.”
I did not like I had to fill out some basic details for example the postal code and the year and month I was born in.
About the postal code they said “We collect this so we can send you surveys relevant to your local area.” Fair enough, but I filled out the province, that should do it or at most ask only for the first 3 characters of the postal code, they do not need the full postal code.
They did not give any explanations why they needed the year and month I was born in. It makes sense the year, but the month?! Do they need to know the exact age?!
Again age brackets would be sufficient for their marketing purposes.
I could have made up the postal code and year/month but I did not feel good about this so appealing as the chance to win 50,000 Aeroplan miles might be, I decided to pass and not join any panel.
I have just come across a very interesting site: “At Jobstr.com, you can ask people anything about their jobs and answer questions about yours. It’s as though we took the classic “What do you do?” cocktail party question and turned it into a website…minus the awkward small-talk.”
The following are the top 4 highest rated questions for a flight attendant.
Do pilots and flight attendants hang out when staying in a destination city?
Though I do come across those pilots who think they’re above hanging out with the cabin crew, they are thankfully few and far between. Often captains are first to suggest meeting up for drinks and many even go the extra mile and buy the first round or a few appetizers. Of course there will always be some FAs and pilots who, after a long day of flying, just want to hole up in their hotel room and savor the solitude, and consequently they get a reputation for being “slam-clickers” (that’s the unmistakeable sound of a hotel door shutting and locking). As for pilots and flight attendants getting a little too cozy on layovers? Well, I will neither confirm nor deny that it happens, but what happens in a layover city, doesn’t stay in a layover city, because nothing passes the time in the air like gossiping and, as one FA from another airline told me, “if I don’t hear a rumour before 9am I start one”.
If you were made Queen of Air Travel for 24 hours, what changes would you implement?
I would ensure that all crew members were paid for the time spent doing security checks on the aircraft (we’re not) and going through customs (we’re not) and boarding guests onto the plane (you guessed it, we’re not). I would also make it illegal to clip or paint your finger/toenails while on an aircraft, or even remove your footwear for that matter. (it’s a public place, do you really want to?) And if I could magically make every TV on every plane always work the way it should, I would do that too, because if you’re happy, I’m happy.
How much training is required to be a flight attendant?
Surprise, surprise, turns out I didn’t need that totally practical four-year degree in cinema studies to become a flight attendant. Actually everything you need to know they teach you. So apart from some handy customer service skills picked up while waiting tables, and a bit of high school French in my back pocket, I was starting from scratch. Training periods vary from airline to airline, but for me it lasted a solid month during which I lived and breathed all things airplane. I relocated to another city for it and spent 9 hours a day, 7 days a week training on the company campus, and enjoyed all my other waking hours studying.
I underwent fire-fighting 101, first-aid training, and even got to inflate one of those life-vests you’ll find underneath your airplane seat. But most of the training is devoted to learning about the emergency equipment carried on each aircraft (how to use it, where to stow it, and how to make sure it’s in proper condition) as well as practicing shouted commands to deal with emergency situations (fires, unruly passengers, and evacuations). A flight attendant needs strong vocal chords! We had several exams throughout training and many drills within the month. We got one chance at a re-write and if we failed we were out of a job. Every flight attendant, or FA as we call ourselves, must return to the campus for a few days each year to get re-certified. It’s like a very stressful forced migration. In any training setting we only spend about 5% of our time focusing on the customer’s experience so remember that next time you’re on the receiving end of some crummy airline service – we’re qualified based on our ability to save your life, not our bedside manner.
What kinds of passengers annoy you the most?
You’d be surprised how many people seem to pack their manners in their checked luggage. When I ask you if you would like a drink, try taking off your headphones instead of yelling, “HUH?” and making me repeat myself several times. Say “please” and “thank you” – parents will remind their children to do this and then forget to do it themselves – and please! I don’t have Garbage Can written across my forehead, so stop thrusting your dirty napkins in my face as I pass through the aisle, often with my hands full. But what really gets under my skin is people who stand in the galley and stare at me eating my lunch while saying, “Gee, not much room in here, is there?”. Yes, it’s a small space, there’s no privacy, and the best way to annoy your flight attendant is to loiter in their personal bubble while they try to catch a breather between services. Imagine it as your cubicle and someone’s sitting on your computer. And here’s a secret – if too many people are in our space, we can ask our buddies in the flight deck to flick on the get-back-in-your-seat sign. Ah, power!
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4. Costa Rica
5. New York
7. Caribbean Cruise
I was surprised ‘Caribbean Cruise’ was there but this was the article’s explanation
“In spite of belief that cruises are generally for couples, they have lots of things to offer for single travelers. A Caribbean cruise is a wonderful experience and a chance to enjoy the excellent beaches, the cool wind and wonderful blue sea. Jamaica, the Turks and Caicos can offer you an amazing diving, Aruba and Antilles are great places for wind surfing and the St Maarten and San Juan casinos are great places for everything. Try to schedule your visit to coincide with a festival or regatta, you’ll have the best time of your life.”
Very interesting article
“10 things cruise lines won’t tell you
Navigating a sea of potential sickness, danger and debt”
Some of the comments from the readers:
“I avoided cruises for years as some friends of ours, American and Canadian cruise ship employees told us they refer to their passengers as the Newlywed, the Overfed, and the Nearly Dead. Ha!! A deft description when it’s all said and done. Having said that, I was hooked after the first cruise. The secret is avoiding the cruise lines with the mega ships that cater to the college set. They’re not cheap, but get on a Regent Seven Seas cruise, and you won’t be disappointed. The food is superb, there are sit down menus nearly 24×7 and the buffet lines are short and quick. With cruise lines, you definitely get what you pay for.”
and this one
“Eleven things cruise ships will tell you!
1. The Captain is no longer on parole.
2. The toilets should be working in a day or so.
3. The Air Conditioning system should be fixed before our next port of call.
4. Happy-hour will be extended thirty minutes for all former passenger survivors
5. Free flu shots on the main deck upon final arrival of our destination.
6. Passengers will kindly return all ammo from the skeet-shooting range.
7. The Miley Cyrus / Justin Bieber All Girl Revue, has been cancelled.
8. There will be an additional sur-charge for passengers wishing to depart on time.
9. Cell phone transmissions will be blocked during the cruise.
10. Anyone with medical training will be requested to report to the captains quarters.
11. Passengers who can’t swim will not be given refunds.”
Reader’s Digest did an experiment by dropping 12 wallets containing a phone number, cash and other personal items in public spaces in 16 cities
In Helsinki, 11 of the 12 wallets made their way back, while in Lisbon, only one wallet was returned. Mumbai, India was on the 2nd place with 9 out of 12 wallets returned and New York on the 4th.
“Least honest: Lisbon, Portugal
Wallets returned: 1 out of 12. A couple in their sixties spotted our wallet and immediately called us. Interestingly, our reporter learned that the two weren’t from Lisbon at all—they were visiting from Holland. The remaining eleven wallets were taken, money and all.”
This was the title of one of those e-mail chains.
a. Customer’s name
b. Customer’s partial home address
c. Hotel room number
d. Check-in date and out dates
e. Customer’s credit card number and expiration date! ”
Yes, e. was in red and the e-mail ended with “Information courtesy of: Metropolitan Police Service. PLEASE FORWARD to friends and family .”
Yes, of course .
However, I was curious how this hoax started so the place to go is snopes.com and it is an interesting article:
Do these promotions work?
Is there anyone looking to purchase a new car going to be swayed by this promotion. I am not going for a Ford or a Honda, I am going to pay $50,000 for a Volvo to get 75,000 miles, or I was about to buy a BMW but now I have changed my mind.
“Now you can leave the world behind with up to 75,000 Aeroplan Miles and a luxuriously smooth ride when you purchase or lease a new 2013 Volvo.
Until October 31, 2013, celebrate the launch of our newest partner with this very special offer. Not only can you earn up to 75,000 miles when you purchase or lease a new 2013 Volvo, you can continue to earn more miles throughout its lifecycle.”
“Volvo … is the only luxury car manufacturer with two Top Safety Pick+ awards.” This I didn’t know.
How do you determine which aircraft to use for a particular flight months in advance?
On a daily basis, that’s actually one of the most challenging tasks we face in the Network Planning department. Fortunately, we rely on a set of data to help us determine where to fly our 346 mainline and regional aircraft. Some of the key things we look at are:
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What is required of the cabin crew when they are asked to “Cross Check” on landing and takeoff?
A flight attendant’s most important role is to ensure the safety of passengers. To this effect, they conduct multiple checks, procedures and actions throughout the flight. One such procedure is conducted by the crew as soon as the aircraft begins pushing back from the gate. At that point, the Service Director will make the following announcement:
‘Cabin crew, please prepare for departure and cross check”
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“The number of guns found nationally by airport screeners has more than doubled in the past eight years — from 660 in 2005 to 1,556 in 2012.
This year is on pace to surpass that total again: the 1,150 guns discovered through August is a 20 per cent increase over the same period last year.
TSA officials decline to speculate about the reasons behind the increase, but say the most common excuse from passengers is that they simply forgot they had a gun in their bag.
Passengers can travel with guns, but only when they declare them and put them in checked bags that are hard-sided with a lock.” (I did not know that.)
“If the state or jurisdiction where the airport is located has tolerant gun laws, police at the airport will frequently hand the gun back to the passenger and recommend locking it in a car or finding some other safe place for it.”
“In July, a grenade was found in a carry-on bag of a passenger headed to Denver, prompting this Tweet from Dankers, the TSA spokeswoman: “Friendly reminder 2 leave your grenades at home when travelling by air.”"