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  • Grand Larceny

    - Monday October 2, 2006
    In May 1999, my Airport Business column was written about renting a car in Boston, Taxachusetts. The fees and taxes added 49.55%—repeat, 49.55%—to the price of the rental car, and I was mad about it. Earlier this year, I included that...
  • Here To Help Us

    - Tuesday September 26, 2006
    According to The Wall Street Journal, health care costs for employers are rising twice as fast as wages/inflation. The average family premium is more than $11,000. I don't know abut you, but I can remember working for a lot less pay than that. People...
  • Good Goshamighty

    - Monday September 18, 2006
    Boeing has flown the damndest aircraft you’ve ever seen from Taipei to Seattle. Called the Large Cargo Freighter (LCF), the airplane looks like somebody stuck a 747 into a giant hot dog bun. That’s logical enough since it’s an...
  • Surprise in the Family

    - Tuesday September 12, 2006
    I am amazed. Wife (of 39 years) Gail is the last person I would have suspected. I hear my airline-pilot friends complain about passenger behavior (passengers won't listen, they won't behave, they don't know what they're doing). Usually, I have...
  • What Are They Thinking?

    - Monday September 4, 2006
    Less than a month ago this BLOG reported amazement that the airlines were increasing capacity. We are more amazed today. I just bought a ticket roundtrip from Huntsville, AL—we are not a major hub and have no discount airline service—to fit...
  • Black Sunday

    - Monday August 28, 2006
    The safest five-year period in U.S. airline history ended abruptly Sunday morning in Lexington, KY. By now we know the details and several of the theories. It seems to be fact that the Comair flight tried to take off on the wrong (short) runway. The...
  • The Hassle Factor

    - Monday August 21, 2006
    Last week I flew an 864-mile roundtrip on the airlines instead of driving. Wish I had driven. Location, location, and location are the major factors in real estate. For airline travel major factors are hassle, hassle, and hassle, particularly at ATL...
  • The Bogeyman Did It!

    - Monday August 14, 2006
    After a big story like last week’s foiled terrorist plot—which come first, the jokes or the conspiracy theories? I don’t know, but the conspiracy theories do come fast and furious. It’s hard to believe so many theories can...
  • Airlines Increase Capacity

    - Tuesday August 8, 2006
    "Here We Go, ‘Round Again…" Front page, center, USA Today on Tuesday, August 8: "Airlines to add year-end capacity. Fliers could see relief from rising airfares." Lord, Lord. They finally make a profit, after all of the bad years, and the...
  • The Worm Turns!

    - Monday July 31, 2006
    How many times have we heard it said of light sport aircraft? "Oh. They might sell a few, but they’ll never have any effect on real aviation." "They’ll never amount to anything on my airport." "I mean, like, for crying out loud, don’t...