Eric BEAUME

Don’t Give Up Your Seat On A Flight Until You’ve Read The Airline Voucher’s Fine Print

You’re waiting at a crowded gate to board your flight, when suddenly, you hear it. “Flight XYZ is overbooked; do we have any volunteers willing to give up their seat in exchange for a travel voucher?” But before you volunteer yourself as tribute in the airline Hunger Games, make sure you understand exactly what kind of restrictions might come with that voucher. [More]

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Amid Rash Complaints, American Airlines Flight Attendants Want New Uniforms Recalled

After months of many American Airlines flight attendants complaining that their new uniforms are giving them hives, rashes, and headaches, a union that represents the workers is pushing the company to issue a full recall of all the uniforms. [More]

Scammers Ran A Fake U.S. Embassy In Ghana For A Decade Before Being Shut Down

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The U.S. Embassy in Ghana is a large, secured office building in the bustling West African port city of Accra, but for a decade scammers convinced some folks that their humble two-story structure — without security fencing, U.S. military guards,… or Americans of any sort — was indeed the office of the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana. [More]

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United Airlines Passenger Opens Exit Door, Hops Out While Plane Taxis

It’s always important to know where the exits are on an aircraft, but it’s also important that you not use the exit until the plane has come to a stop — and even then, you should not take it upon yourself to open the door. These are lessons that one United Airlines passenger apparently forgot. [More]

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Lufthansa Pilots’ Strike Cancels 876 Flights, Affecting 100K Passengers

If you’ve got tickets to fly with Lufthansa on Wednesday, well, you might be facing a kink in your travel plans: the airline has canceled 876 flights amidst a 24-hour pilots’ strike. [More]

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Chicago O’Hare Airport Workers’ Strike Won’t Happen Over Thanksgiving

If you were worried that strike at one of the nation’s busiest hub airports would complicate complicate your holiday travel plans, you’ll likely be relieved to know that the employees’ walkout won’t happen until after the Thanksgiving travel period. [More]

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Can I Fly With A Turducken In My Carry-On This Thanksgiving?

As many Americans prepare to take to the skies next week for the Thanksgiving holiday, there will no doubt be those who wish to travel with their holiday-themed foods. But will airport security let your turducken aboard the plane with you? [More]

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Hundreds Of O’Hare Airport Workers Vote To Strike Just In Time For Thanksgiving

Planning on flying into, out of, or through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for the Thanksgiving holiday? You should be prepared for some disruptions in travel, after hundreds of airport workers voted to go on strike over wages. [More]

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Airbnb Launches “Trips,” Offering Customers Things To Do, See On Their Travels

Airbnb’s plan to apparently become a full-time travel agency by offering customers add-on travel options like tours, bike rentals, and more moved another step closer to reality this week as the company officially launched Trips, a service that combines accommodations with things to do. [More]

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We Can’t Decide If Carnival Using Facial Recognition To Sell Passengers Photos Is Creepy Or Cool

As the world we live in becomes more and more digital, there are definitely some conveniences, but there is also the chance to feel a bit too connected. THat’s why we can’t decide if a cruise line using facial recognition software to identify passengers in photos is a cool bit of tech or is just downright creepy. [More]

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United Airlines Launching Cheaper “Basic Economy” Fares

Don’t mind not being able to pick your seats, boarding last, and carrying just a single personal item on board with you that fits under your seat? United Airlines thinks it has an option for you in its new, cheaper, “Basic Economy” fares. [More]

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More Flight Attendants Reporting Issues With American Airlines’ New Uniforms

Although American Airlines previously said issues flight attendants were having with the new uniforms — like causing hives and headaches — were limited to about a dozen people with wool allergies, a union that represents flight attendants says there have now been 1,300 complaints over the clothing. [More]

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TSA PreCheck On Hold Over Cybersecurity Issues

As passengers waited in seemingly endless lines to get through airport security this summer, the Transportation Safety Administration encouraged travelers to sign up for its PreCheck program, which offers expedited screening. The TSA set a goal of enrolling 25 million Americans, but a lack of personnel and “cybersecurity risks” have jolted those plans to a standstill.  [More]

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Multiple Airlines Experience Issues With Reservations After Sabre Systems Glitch

If you’ve been having issues booking flights today, you’re not alone: multiple carriers have confirmed they were affected by a glitch in the Sabre reservation system. [More]

American Airlines’ In-Flight WiFi Love Triangle

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While it’s no secret that American Airlines has been working with in-flight WiFi provider ViaSat to offer speedier connections, its current partner GoGo can’t be too thrilled that the carrier has plans to install its rival’s service in about 500 more of its aircraft. [More]

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Large Green Snake On A Plane Surprises Passengers On Aeromexico Flight

Pardon me a moment, while I pull out the usual Samuel L. Jackson reference out and dust it off: passengers on an Aeromexico flight experienced a real life Snakes On A Plane moment on Sunday after a large green snake slithered from the ceiling to greet his captive audience. [More]

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Lawsuit: Royal Caribbean Didn’t Try To Save Man Who Died After Falling Overboard On Cruise

The husband of a man who died after falling overboard on a Royal Caribbean cruise is now suing, claiming the company didn’t make any efforts to save him or to retrieve his body. [More]

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Air France Creating Budget Airline To Serve U.S., Asia Starting In 2017

Given that most big airline news seems to involve consolidation, it may be a nice break to hear news of a new-ish, (hopefully) lower-cost carrier entering the market. [More]