“Travelers, like poets, are mostly an angry race.” Richard Francis Burton
This is a story about an air travel nightmare. Future flyers, take note!
My daughter and I made plans to visit my mother for her 91st birthday party on Saturday, November 22nd. In order to save money flying around Thanksgiving, I booked our flights and rental car through Expedia. The downside was that we needed to take three flights to get from Madison, Wisconsin to McArthur Airport in Islip, New York. We needed the rental car to drive an additional hour to Greenport, New York.
We were supposed to leave on Tuesday, November 18th. Our flight from Madison was scheduled to leave at 6:35 a.m. That meant we … Read the rest
“I would like to spend my whole life traveling, if I could borrow another life to spend at home.” William Hazlitt
The flight from Frankfort to Chicago took about 8.5 hours. The flight crew was very young and I think, easily distracted. At one point, I watched a steward serve water to one aisle and waited and waited and waited for him to come back and serve our aisle. I finally got up and went to the back to request water and ask when they would serve our aisle. Two stewards, male and female, had been busy flirting with each other. They looked horrified when they understood the problem.
I think I ultimately drank 7 cups of water! It gets … Read the rest
“I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on.” Jean Kerr
My flight was at 2:45 a.m. on Lufthansa. Mohammed picked me up a little after midnight. I tipped the bellhop 10 JD for hefting all four bags into his car. It is interesting that Mohammed has a clear sense of role expectations, because while you or I might help put the luggage in the car, he just sat there.
At the airport, two porters came to help me. Thank goodness! They showed me where to go for this and that, and then negotiated down the payment for the extra luggage. I was allowed … Read the rest
February 1, 2013
I’m back in Jordan for two weeks to conduct three train-the-trainer programs for the Jordan Civil Society Project (also funded through US AID). I left the USA on Thursday, January 31st and arrived in Paris and Amman on Friday, February 1st.
This time, I flew through Paris. I had a 5-hour layover, but it wasn’t long enough to take a tour of the city. Instead, I walked back and forth past all the shops. My abiding memory of the Charles DE Gaulle International Airport will be the cloying fragrance of different perfumes mixed with cigarette smoke (who knows where it was coming from, because they said it was a non-smoking airport…), and the fact that the ladies … Read the rest
Last week, we added four more items to our checklist for preparing to conduct a workshop in a hotel. Those items related to mailing materials ahead of time.
This week, we add four more items related to what to pack and what to carry on to the airplane with you. Feel free to suggest additional items!
9. Items that you absolutely must carry on to the plane with you.
If you are bringing any of the following, make sure to bring them onto the plane with you.
- Laptop computer
- Digital camera
- Digital recorder
- Chargers for any of the above
- Any other technological gadgets
- A copy of your training materials
- Your list of contact names and numbers