Flight Attendants and Religious Freedom

As a lawyer who studied free speech extensively in law school, controversies pitting religious liberty and accommodation against employer demands are of particular interest. Two simmering issues surrounding the actions of flight attendants bring this legal tension to our attention once ...
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Visa Requirements for Visiting Cuba

When I reached Costa Rica, I had to check in for my flight to Havana because it was on a different reservation than the U.S. flights. A TACA agent asked to see my Cuban visa…I was not even aware that one was needed.
Turned out I could purchase one directly from her. Digging through a ...

Los Angeles to Havana in TACA Economy Class


This was not my first time flying TACA…last time the Lead FA thought I was a terrorist (for taking pictures…). No drama this time and that is exactly the way flying in economy class should be. TACA, or Transportes Aereos del Continente Americano, is now called Avianca ...

Planning a Trip to Cuba


Cuba is romantically characterized as a land of intrigue and glamour for good reason. Just 90 miles off the coast of Florida sits a nation that served as a Cold War chess piece in the 40-year match against the USSR and USA, a nation that remains one of the few communist experiments still under ...
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5 Tips for Using Uber at LAX


After months of political maneuvering, Uber and Lyft have prevailed in their bid to pick up passengers at Los Angeles International Airport, with service set to begin in the next few weeks. Here's five tips for using Uber like a pro at LAX.
1. Pick up Uber-X on Departures Level ...
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The Lufthansa Heist


Catching up on newspapers today, I noticed a WSJ review of a new book by Henry Hill and Daniel Simone entitled The Lufthansa Heist. Intrigued, I read up on it and apparently I need to watch the film Goodfellas...
Here's how it briefly went down -- an airport worker trying to settle ...

Preview of New United Airlines Safety Video

We've seen airline safety videos evolve from tedious reminders of onboard safety to comedic works of art and full-scale productions. Perhaps it is no surprise, then, that United has released a trailer for its upcoming new safety video, entitled Safety is Global II--

With airlines ...
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New California British Airways Route Has Lots of Award Space

British Airways will commence service between the Silicon Valley and London on May 4, 2016, offering daily non-stop service between San Jose, CA and London Heathrow on its new 787-9 Dreamliner. If you are looking for non-stop business class award space from the West Coast to Europe, now is the time ...
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How to Make the Most of an Airline Schedule Change

Airline schedule changes are inevitable, and the earlier you book your trip, the more likely you are to encounter one. Schedule changes can be devastating when your perfect non-stop flight is canceled, but schedule changes can also be a tremendous blessing, whether you are using miles or just buying ...
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Singapore Airlines, Airbus Working to Bring Back World's Longest Flight


Singapore Airlines and Airbus are working to restore non-stop service to New York by 2018 with  the development of a more fuel efficient A350-900 that would make the route economically viable.
Non-stop service from Singapore to Newark halted in 2013, as Singapore failed to turn ...
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United FAs Get iPhone 6s Filled with Info About YOU!


Although I have not seen them in use yet, United Airlines has recently equipped all flight attendants with an iPhone 6 Plus to "deliver an even higher level of flyer-friendly service and will offer our flight attendants simple, one-touch access to valuable work information, enabling them ...
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Korean Air Awards Suddenly Become Much More Attainable

Korean Air offers a treasure trove of first class award availability to Seoul and beyond and is not too stingy in releasing business and economy class award space either. Up until now, booking has required Chase Ultimate Rewards points or navigating the minefield known as Delta SkyMiles but two ...

Video: Typhoon Lifts 747-400 Into Air

Have you ever been in a terrible storm while flying? I wrote about my dance with death on Malaysian Airlines but I suspect that storm had nothing on Typhoon Soudelor, which hit Taiwan hard last week. Check out this video of a China Airlines Cargo 747-400 being lifted off the ...
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Official Clarification from United on 2016 Lounge Access Policy


I wrote about an upcoming change to United's lounge access policy in 2016 which will limit admittance to only those with a same-day boarding pass, even if they are members. The new policy left many unanswered questions and United finally got me back to me with an answer to my ...
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U.S. Reopens Embassy in Havana


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Cuba today to officially re-open the American Embassy in Havana, which for years as operated in the same harbor-front building as a diplomatically-downgraded United States Interests Section. This is a must-visit location during any trip to ...
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United Will Restrict Club Access to Same-Day Travel Only in 2016

UPDATE: See the update from United on the new change.
Unlike in much of the world, where airport lounge access is granted solely on the basis of traveling in premium cabins or airline loyalty, the U.S. legacy carriers have adopted a membership style of lounge access which permits paid members ...
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Sorry, This is the Truth About Delta


Frequent Miler sets forward a reasoned defense of Delta, arguing that "the truth...is complicated" and even while loyalty on the redemption side has taken a hit, Delta is great to fly and rewarding to high-value elite fliers. I will not dispute that characterization, but I think that misses ...
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A Cool Twist on Travel Photography

I don't update my Instagram often, but I just love travel photos--both taking them and looking at them. Opening up my photo app reveals I have 58,593 photos and 438 videos spanning the last decade of travel. I also have collections of print travel photos from my family -- some dating back to the ...
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