Kudos to KLM for allowing cameras in the cockpit during this flight from Amsterdam to London to show aviation geeks and curious travelers how autopilot works. Captain van Dorst and some nice production offer a nice explanation in this nine-minute segment from the great KLM Cockpit Tales series.
Avoid Tight Connections I always recommend flying nonstop to save valuable time, but sometimes there are more factors to consider. If you have to make a connection, you should think twice about getting the absolute shortest one—especially during busy times of year and during storm season. Airports vary on what they view as a legal connection, […]
Use the Loo Right After Takeoff The moment the seatbelt sign goes off after takeoff, I get up to use the loo—even if I don’t really have to go to the bathroom that badly. I do it because I know that at this moment, I won’t have to wait in a line, I won’t be […]
Check for Outlets on the Plane You’d think this would be common sense by now, but on my last two flights, my seatmate had no idea that there was an electrical outlet under their seat. They’re often hidden but chances are there is one if you’re on a new plane. All you have to do […]
Be Careful Displaying Sensitive Business on the Plane Yesterday’s tip was about speaking softly or cautiously about sensitive business issues in public. Today’s tip is similar: Always be smart and cautious sensitive files when viewing them on a plane or in an airport lounge—or anywhere in public. To give you a better idea of how and why, […]
In recent years—thanks partly to the widespread adoption of pocket technologies, social media networks and a shrinking global community—passengers have gained stronger voices and sharper swords with which to defend themselves in cases of travel injustice. In Europe, Regulation 261/2004 (colloquially known as the Passenger Bill of Rights) took effect on February 18, 2005. It […]
Cover Your Drink on the Plane Now, I’m not a doctor. But I recently saw an off-duty pilot cover his drink with a napkin on a flight while he wasn’t drinking—and it was enough for me to start doing the same. I’ve spoken before about germs on planes and shared other tips on the subject, and […]
On a recent American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Toronto, I chose to sit in row 16 of the 737-800MCE series aircraft because (like in row 17, as well) the middle seat is blocked on each side. The airline has made a habit of blocking out four seats like this so they can pay one less […]