The cost of flying

The cost of Flying


More taxes and Fuel charges

The Economic Times website posted an interesting article about the prospect of an increase in the cost to travel to India.  The increase comes in direct result of the airline carriers passing on the cost of the new carbon emissions tax coupled with the increase in fuel costs.  The carbon emission tax has been in debate for some months now and has pitted country against country in the battle to determine what is fair and how these costs will be structured.

The European countries have seen a number of countries push back against the new emissions taxes proposed and this has created a situation that will defiantly raise the cost of flying.   Unfortunately it will ultimately be the consumer that has to foot the bill for these taxes making it more expensive to travel.  The travel industry has taken quite a few hits over the last decade and some of those problems have resulted in fewer airlines available to provide to the needs of travelers.

With new taxes, higher fuel charges, and economies suffering around the globe, travel could see an even greater loss of revenue across the industry.  An increase in tax and fuel will not only affect airlines, but also the other industries that support travel such as hotels, rental car companies, and tourist businesses that cater to a traveling influx of tourists.

With the recent airline mergers of United absorbing Continental and Southwest purchasing Air Tran, and the financial woes of American Airlines, the US based airlines now have less competition to worry about.  The next few months will show how much the consumer is willing to pay to continue to use air travel.  It may be that we see another decline in airline travel and overall vacationing in foreign locations which doesn’t bode well for locations that rely heavily on the tourist dollar to keep their businesses alive.


Fly the Funny Skies? Flight Attendant Video pokes fun at the state of American Airlines

Having a sense of Humor


David Gailen fired from AA for YouTube laughter.

American Airlines is well known and so are the current problems facing the airline with bankruptcy issues, lay-offs, and union woes.  With the airlines future in question, there are articles galore speculating about the future, so when we saw this youtube spoof by flight attendant Gailen David we had to share it.


The spoof has some truth as American Airline employees feel the effect with layoffs and pay issues but will this video lead to the unemployment line for this flight attendant? We’ll have to see what American decides, right now they may have too many things to deal with to notice, but Gailen has gotten a lot of following from it.

Check out his other videos and have a good laugh…it might be the cure to what ails you and it might wind up helping American Airlines in the future.


Lufthansa Air-Traffic Control Strike in Frankfurt

Lufthansa announces Air Traffic Control Strike



Lufthansa Strike Frankfurt

As of Feb 16, 2012 3:30 PM Local time in Frankfurt, Germany; the GdF Air Traffic Control Union ordered a strike that will continue until Feb 17, 2012 at 10pm.  This strike is specifically at Frankfurt’s airport and should not affect others at this time.

Lufthansa is providing information on their website for passengers that are affected by the strike.  Follow this link to find additional help with your travel.


TSA Pre-Check options allow faster security exit

Faster Security Check

TSA announces Expansion of Pre-Check airports


Currently there are seven airports and 28 major cities with more than 310,000 participants in the TSA Pre-Check program.  This program allows for faster check-through at security and allows passengers to keep their shoes and belts on as well as allowing their computers to stay in the bag.

Enrollment in the program is voluntary and the procedure expands on access to personal information that is used to verify the traveler.  The expansion will allow for expedited check-in at more major airports.

For a great article with more information check out this link here.


Strange and Unusual Japanese Vending Machines

Strange and Unusual Vending Machines


Vending Machines stacked along street

The Japanese might have the market wrapped up when it comes to the strange and unusual products available in Vending Machines.  You can purchase everything from underwear to liquid cheese drinks…yes you read it correctly…LIQUID CHEESE!

There is an entire vending machine culture in Japan that is not seen anywhere else and offers a variety of things that might be considered weird.  There are entire streets lined with vending machines and it makes sense if you understand the culture. 

No Time to Shop


It is often said that Americans work too much and take far less vacations than anyone else, but in fact the Japanese “Salary Man” works long hours, and often more than just 40 in one week.  Being a workaholic is almost a national pastime, so time to shop is limited.

Smart Car Vending Promotion

What better way to stop and get breast milk for the new baby than to grab it at the vending machine on your way home.  Too busy to go home?  Have a project to complete by tomorrow afternoon and you feel the need to change clothes?  You can just hop down to the vending row and purchase everything from underwear to a new tie.

The vending machine option is pretty smart, you don’t have to find a specialty store, you don’t have to wait in line and you certainly don’t have to interact with another human being if you don’t want to.  The purchasing options are unlimited and in some cases bizarre, but if there is a market for a product, you can bet there is a vending machine out there somewhere that has it in 10 different flavors and colors.


Airplane Safety Checks on Airbus 380 for cracks in the wings

Maintenance for Airbus A380

Airbus A380

The European Aviation Safety Agency has ordered safety checks on all Airbus 380s for cracks on the wings of the aircraft.  The directive was put in place on Wednesday for the oldest of the aircraft and will be followed with a second directive to cover the entire fleet.

This directive is part of normal procedure for these aircraft and covers and deals more with a preventative maintenance measure than any specific safety concern.  To learn more click on the link below to the CNN article.


China Bans its Airlines from joining EU Clean Skies Program

China is the newest member to oppose the EU’s Clean Sky Program, forcing airlines to pay for carbon emissions while traveling their skies.

China isn’t the first country to oppose the new policies to include the US, India, and Russia.  The policy is intended to cut greenhouse emissions but the plan as set up by the EU is considered too costly. 

If the policy is enacted it will increase the cost of travel to much higher levels just to cover the large fees of this new tax.  The effects could severly impact the ability of people to travel across the EU.

The fear is that these policies will be enforced and flights from China will be denied entry into the EU unless they conform to standards.  This could change the way people travel and cut options to a point in which International travel becomes too costly for the common traveler.  To read more about China’s opposition check out the New York Time article.

For more on the EU policies see this previous post here.