This is related to the previous post ‘You just flew across country in four hours. Shut it.’, Air Canada pilot tweets
‘I had to sit on the runway for 40 minutes.’ Oh my god, really? What happened then, did you fly through the air like a bird, incredibly? Did you soar into the clouds, impossibly? Did you partake in the miracle of human flight and then land softly on giant tires that you couldn’t even conceive how they f**king put air in them?…You’re sitting in a chair in the sky. You’re like a Greek myth right now.
One of my colleagues gave me the code that he’d got from a Starbucks. I realized that it would be a ‘waste’ on me as I have not been flying at all this year an no plans to fly any soon. From the back of the card ‘Valid only on Canadian iTunes Store. Requires iTunes account.’ (my bold). The app costs $9.99.
This contest is only for frequent travelers (at least once a month) as they could make best use of this app. Leave a comment with your first name and initial of your last name and how many flights you have had in 2013. Of course, I have no means to check this but if you leave a comment it means you are a frequent traveler (according to my definition) and you are ‘entitled’ to participate in this contest.
I will choose the winner randomly and the only condition for the winner is to write some form of a review after s/he has used it for some time: what you liked, what you didn’t, was it useful, would you have paid for it, and any other things s/he can think about.
I re-discovered this video yesterday, still funny.
A friend sent me this link:
“San Francisco Airport gets raves for its art museum, restaurants, and a Zen Room stocked with yoga mats. But SFO airport is among the worst three U.S. airports for flight delays, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).
No. 1 Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Flights Delayed: 23.83%
Best Time Window: Before 7 a.m.
Worst Time Window: 1–11 p.m.
No. 2 San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Flights Delayed: 21.78%
Best Time Window: Before 8 a.m.
Worst Time Window: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
No. 3 Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
Flights Delayed: 20.1%
Best Time Window: Before 8 a.m.
Worst Time Window: Anytime after 3 p.m.”
Full list and article here
I am not fascinated by the recycling bins but just curios to what degree the airports are ‘recycling friendly’.
And this is my ‘report’ starting with the worst offender. It is the Munich Airport, where there are no recycling bins!?! Who would have thought I would have found this situation in Germany who has been at the forefront of recycling. I was so surprised that I went to the Customer Service. She feigned some surprise that there were no recycling bins and that was it (she seemed quite annoyed that I disturbed her with such an issue, any issue for that matter).
Only one type of waste bin in the Munich Airport
Quebec: 2 bins, 1 of them for recyclables (I suppose someone will separate them later)
And for the rest of the airports I have visited, the recycling bins are as expected. The ones from Geneva are the ‘best’, there are four bins very clearly marked, easy to identify what they are for.
I have slept only twice in an airport so far. Once it was in LHR as I arrived at around 10 PM and my next flight was at around 6 or 7 AM. I didn’t want to spend money on hotel and transportation only for a few hours of sleep, plus the stress of making it back to the airport.
I might have to sleep again in an airport so a quick Google search brought me to the … ‘Sleeping in Airports’ site.
It has even a list of ‘Best Airports for a snooze (or long transit)”. Here are the winners of the so called 2011 Golden Pillow Award (more details here):
2. Hong Knog
4. Kuala Lumpur
Yes, it is the best lounge I have ever been to. Period. The lounge didn’t feel at all like a lounge, it felt like a small and elegant restaurant.
And as a matter of fact for a second year in a row, the Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) has been voted Best Airport in North America in the 0-2 million passenger category according to Airport Service Quality (ASQ), a world-wide survey lead by Airports Council International (ACI).
I was surprised that I was asked for my boarding pass only at the security gate but not at the line itself. This was a first for me. You show it at the security gate then again at the line and for me it seemed standard procedure, I didn’t know it was possible to show it only once. So I suppose this and the quality of the lounge contributed to the award, I didn’t get a chance to wander around not that I had this desire since I had access to the lounge.
The board doesn’t say anything about the category so initially I thought it had been voted best airport in North America.
but the plaque for 2010 mentioned the category. Anyway, I suppose the oversight is understandable in the excitement.
Perrier water and many import beer
The wine is kept in a horizontal position like in a cellar, nice touch!
What kind of washroom is this?
And the fireplace:
Yes, there is such a TV channel that shows … an aquarium – and nothing else as far as I watched - round the clock. I think it is a simple and brilliant idea. They say watching fish in aquarium can be a way of reducing stress (perhaps watching an aquarium on TV does not have the same effect but still). The photos below are of the TV set at a London Radisson hotel:
The Vancouver airport has an impressive 114,000-litre aquarium in the International Terminal so I suggested they install a webcam. The response was very quick, let’s see whether they will do it.
Thank you for contacting the Vancouver International Airport Authority.
We appreciate that you have taken the time to share your suggestion regarding the aquarium webcam TV channel with us. I have taken the opportunity to share your suggestion with the appropriate department for review and consideration
Customer Call Centre
Vancouver International Airport
I left Honolulu at around 9:30 PM. December 31st and arrived in Vancouver at 5:00 AM, January 1st.
The Air Canada pilot announced at some point that there were 5 min. until midnight in Vancouver (it was 9:55 PM Hawai’i time or more exactly Hawai’i-Aleutian standard time) and said ‘Happy New Year’. I’d expected to say it again as we crossed a time zone on the flight from Honolulu to Vancouver (the time difference is 2 hours, Honolulu is UTC-10 and Vancouver is UTC-8) but it did not happen. Also, the map did not work and perhaps I could have seen when the flight crossed UTC-9 and immortalized the event by taking a photo. I asked the flight attendant about the map and she said that it doesn’t work on all aircraft and she doesn’t know why.
Could it be a security measure ?
I’d expected a complimentary glass of champagne too (maybe because a few years ago when I traveled with WestJet on the night of 31st December I was offered one, but then the plane was small in comparison with today’s Airbus).
I was deeply disappointed with the Star Alliance lounge at the Honolulu airport.
Not too much food to chose from
First lounge that I can remember of where the drinks are not freely available, you have to be served and for some drinks you have to pay; and of course the ubiquitous tip jar.