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You’ve heard of uptown, downtown, shanty town and funky town? Now meet Poison Ivy town! Well, it’s not really called that, but in translation that is an approximation of what the famous Guatemalan town of Chichicastenango means. “Tenango” means “place of” and “Chichicas” refers to a local plant with similar properties to poison ivy. Once you brush up against it, you are itching all day. While we were itching to see the famous Sunday market, we were spared a brush with the town’s namesake.Chichicastenago is located about 3 hours northwest of Guatemala City. June is the rainy season and true... Read More

A recent health scare on a Chicago airport tarmac last month has heighten awareness about a daily occurrence that typically goes by unnoticed and ignored: the spread of infectious disease by airline travelers.

Last month, a female passenger who had just returned from a visit to Africa had broken out in hives and the condition had gotten progressively worse since leaving the nation of Ghana. By the time the regional jet had arrived at Midway airport, the local airport fire department had surrounded the plane and the Centers for Disease Control had been notified of the possible contagion... Read More

While commuting on an airline other than the one I work for, I had the chance to chat with a very seasoned traveler. He was flying on this airline by chance (not his normal carrier).

When our discussion turned to airline related development, he became animated and quite agitated.

"Today, people are just plain savages!" he exclaimed. "People just don't know what they are doing anymore and they will step on anyone to get what they want and to hell with all the rest..."

I chuckled to myself because I knew exactly what he meant and how he felt. I truly empathize with the frequent... Read More

As crazy as the Holiday Travel period can be, one of the common pitfalls of crowded airports and airplanes is the spread of cold and flu viruses. The fact is that flu season usually peaks in January, just after the Holidays, and many experts believe it’s due to the heightened exposure to fellow travelers in close quarters with one another.

Most airplanes have HEPA filtration units in their air circulation systems on board aircraft, but the way many folks are now packed in like sardines in steel tubes at 30,000 feet for hours at a time, the likelihood that you will pick up an airborne... Read More

In my personal opinion, Alec Baldwin is a narcissistic blow hard.

There...I said it! And I make no apologies about that opinion.

I have been a casual fan of Baldwin's work for years. I have enjoyed some of the things he's done; others, not so much. In the grand scheme of things, I (and I believe all of us) need to remember one important distinction: he's an actor! He's not a rocket scientist, nor an important political leader, nor a distinguished medical expert. In the grand scheme of things, he hasn't done anything that I would consider to be of great value to the sustenance... Read More

The most exciting and fun part about going to an airport is leaving it. An airport typically is akin to a train station or other transportation facility where it serves the function of "shuttling" us to our destinations and ensuring we are uncomfortable in the process.

Enter Singapore's Changi International Airport. An airport of a different kind. Since it opened its doors twenty years ago, Changi International has received 370 awards making it the "best" airport in the world.

The Wall Street Journal did a piece about the airports luxury features, those that are sometimes though... Read More

In the past several weeks, there have been significant major announcements made by airline executives regarding the future of the passenger experience onboard aircraft worldwide. These announcements represent some noteworthy improvements in terms of comfort and amenities that will soon be available in the coming years, and mark a small but vital paradigm shift.

For years, the U. S. airline business model has lagged behind international airlines, in large part due to those foreign carriers' access to their government subsidies that the free market U.S. businesses have limited access to.... Read More

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