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Sep 26, 2016

We Are Not A Civilized Society, Not Even Close


We Are Not A Civilized Society, Not Even Close

It is the 21st century. We consider ourselves advance. With advancement in technology, transportation, medicine, and science, we are doing a lot of things on tiny gadgets. We are communicating instantaneously from around the globe, traveling vast distances in shorter time, live longer and healthier lives, and know a bit more about the far universe around us.
This is far from the truth when it comes to air transportation.
Humans are able to fly. And we are able to fly across the entire planet Earth. However, the experience is far from civilized for 99% of airline travelers.
Interestingly enough it was more civil back at the start of air transportation era. Less crowding, more polite and courteous crew and passengers, no exorbitant fees. Granted the system was used sparingly by few people who could allow themselves the luxury.

These days the experience of flying anywhere on commercial airlines consists of finding a place to stop vehicle dropping you off without getting screamed at, dragging your bags to check-in counter, hoping and praying that the scale will be good to you and show that your bag is not overweight, hoping and praying you still have or will get good seats, and then the herding.

Seems like through out the airport, you are always following the crowd. A large crowd. To get on the plane you have to wait in line that is unruly, jetting for position. To get off the plane, you wait squashed down under the overhang for folks to move along at snail pace. Then its is a mad dash along with the stampede to go find your bag that hopefully made it there at the same time. And then there are the huge lines to the boarder control where everybody is shuffled along either by staff or by ropes. And another one. And then once you have your bag and out, you get rewarded by standing in one more like to get transportation to at last take you to your destination.




When you decide to take a trip and to do so via a plane, you get

Limited amount of stuff you can bring
- which I understand. As it is another human, at least for now, that is throwing loading your bags onto the plane and would need to be considerate for them not to hurt their backs moving your overweight luggage

Fees for booking, fees for changing, fees for bringing a bag, fees for staying warm, fed and listening to "free" entertainment onboard
- No more such thing as bringing a free bag. Even JetBlue now charges you for every bag you decide to check-in
- If you, for any reason, need to change your tickets, you better have a really good reason or find a way to hack the system
- Blankets, actual food versus some small pack of peanuts, and headphones are all the items you have to pay for on the plane

Scanners and Pat downs
There are too many stories about folks being improperly handled, insulted,embarrassed, and harassed at the security checkpoints. Just take a look at the blog by consumer advocate Chris Elliot with stories about the TSA experience

Flying Connects Us
Air transportation connects countries and continents. The fact that it is becoming faster and more available makes the distance between different countries and cultures negligible. It also would be great if with the innovations in flying, the system would also be transformed to be more civil. Before we are all driving automated and flying cars.


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Sep 19, 2016

What's New in iOS 10 for iPhone and Benefits for Travelers

What's New in iOS 10 for iPhone and Benefits for Travelers

There are a few significant changes that are going to be released in the 10th version of the iPhone software. The changes that would be beneficial while traveling are:

You can remove music from your iPhone or iPad on the go
If you are out and about and are running low on storage on your phone but need to save that great picture or video you just took, you can create more space. Go to Settings > Music > Optimize Storage. There you can select to remove some of the music that you have not played in a long time from your storage.

Your iPhone will remember where you parked your car automatically
I have tried several different apps and tasks to mark the location of my car when leaving it in a large parking area. None have done a good job of remembering and pinpointing the location. So I am looking forward to this feature where the phone will automatically log the location without having to swipe or wave your phone or writing stuff down.

Improved Maps
Using Maps app, you will now be able to not only find a restaurant but also make reservations. Book a table through apps like OpenTable, within the app. You will also be able to search along your route. See what’s around the corner and easily find the closest places for gas, food, or coffee.

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Sep 12, 2016

How We Survived (Enjoyed) A Family Trip To Mexico

How We Survived (Enjoyed) A Family Trip To Mexico

Zika Virus
Mexico Travel Warning
Weather.com prediction of thunderstorms every day of the week

None of these things stopped us from going and enjoying our trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico

Sep 8, 2016

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - September


New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets - September

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This Stroller Charges Your Phone Using Generators In Its Wheels

Sep 1, 2016

Top Travel Tech Gadgets Posts Last Month - August


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