Travel issues

Travel issues

Postby fishandchips on Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:35 pm

Eurotunnel train service has had service disruptions of its Chunnel routing this week due to ferry workers going on the railroad tracks. Their reason? Eurotunnel is selling off its ferry division, so there's some upset feelings over that business decision. Best check for the latest news before getting to your train station. Truck drivers on the French side are having to mind any migrants trying to board their trucks/cargo areas in hopes of crossing the divide to Britain.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/striking-french-ferry-workers-block-eurotunnel-2nd-time-32121231

Over in Toronto (Canada), a labour dispute between a refuelling company and some airlines has lead to flight disruptions at Toronto Pearson airport.
http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/5707224-flights-cancelled-at-pearson-due-to-labour-dispute/
http://torontopearson.com/updates/#
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Re: Travel issues

Postby fishandchips on Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:45 am

Toronto Pearson International airport is getting back to normal. Today's article mentions the strike yesterday was a wildcat one.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/07/04/toronto-pearson-warns-of-more-flight-cancellations-and-delays-saturday.html
Some airports offer smartphone applications so that people needing to check flight updates can do so prior to leaving home/hotel for the airport. Worth a try, if you have the technology.
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Re: Travel issues

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:56 pm

United Airlines is trying to get its flight schedule restored after experiencing a computer system glitch earlier today.
http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/united-airlines-passengers-say-flights-grounded-nationwide-n388536

A computer system glitch left thousands of United Airlines passengers across the globe grounded Wednesday, causing a ripple effect of heavy delays throughout major airports.

About 3,500 flights were affected and the airline sought to recover after the ground stop was lifted. Aviation experts said that delays of even 90 minutes could have a snowball effect triggering flight delays at each late flight's destination.
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Re: Travel issues

Postby burnt fare on Sun Jul 12, 2015 1:49 pm

You have to think about how much we depend on automation and computers to get some daily tasks done or even just to commute.

The glitches make me worry.
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Re: Travel issues

Postby deja vu on Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:48 pm

What would you do about finding beer and someone elses clothes in your checked luggage when you landed? A West Jet employee made a joke out of that no one else is laughing at and also tried to
blame the passenger saying her case was unzipped.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/ ... -1.3264920


An Edmonton woman's luggage arrived a little heavier than when she packed it after a Thursday flight to Kelowna, B.C., from Edmonton.

Inside, she found some dirty men's clothing and five cans of Coors Light beer. The catch: She didn't put them there.

The airline's initial response in a tweet? "What happens in Vegas …"


This time, she called WestJet's baggage claim line directly and spoke with an employee who told her that in 15 years with the airline she had never heard of anything like this. The employee was not able to explain how the clothes and beers could have ended up in Squires's bag.

That answer came later, in an email from WestJet spokesman Robert Palmer.

Palmer said baggage crew spotted the mystery items sitting next to Squires's bag on the conveyer belt. Because her bag was slightly unzipped, they assumed the objects had spilled out, so they packed it all in there.



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Re: Travel issues

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:37 pm

Didn't get your luggage after a flight in the United States of America? Well unclaimed luggage after 90 days can be sold by airlines to one store in Alabama that has a monopoly on luggage from US airlines. The contents get sold at the UBC store.
All across America, bags routinely go missing and unclaimed, for a variety of reasons. All of them make a strange journey to a remote corner of the country and a gigantic thrift store in Scottsboro, Alabama, where they are unpacked and the contents sold to shoppers.

The Unclaimed Baggage Center (UBC, pictured) began as a one-man operation in 1970, when Doyle Owens borrowed a pickup truck, drove to Washington, DC, and used a $300 loan to buy his first load of orphaned luggage. Today the company has exclusive contracts with American airlines, giving it sole rights to purchase and sell detritus from flights. The UBC claims to be one of Alabama’s top tourist attractions, drawing more than a million visitors a year from around the globe.


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Re: Travel issues

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:19 pm

Is Italy part of your travel plans for 2017? You may wish to take notice of transportation, construction
and venue changes that can add time to your days visiting the country.

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/03/15/whats-new-in-italy-this-year

If you have been following US Politics this year, you are aware of the travel bans that have been attempted
by the current administration to limit visitors from certain lands. Ongoing court matter.
Nurses from Canada are currently discovering that work visas allowed for their residency and work in the past are no longer offered. There are nurses
being turned back at the US border. A different visa and cost are reportedly in effect with slower processing times for their category of work.
The nurses have been advised they need to apply for H1B visa status, which is a separate category under NAFTA for more specialized employment. But those applications can cost between $3,000 and $4,000 depending on the applicant, according to Topoleski.

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Other policy changes recently announced by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will suspend a fast-track program for processing H1B applications as of April 3.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/canadian-nurses-working-in-us-rejected-1.4026554
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Re: Travel issues

Postby burnt fare on Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:16 pm

US federal court judge in the state of Hawaii rules against the travel ban that was to start today:
A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued a sweeping freeze of President Trump’s new executive order hours before it would have temporarily barred the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspended the admission of new refugees.

In a blistering 43-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson pointed to Trump’s own comments and those of his close advisers as evidence that his order was meant to discriminate against Muslims and declared there was a “strong likelihood of success” that those suing would prove the directive violated the Constitution.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/lawyers-face-off-on-trump-travel-ban-in-md-court-wednesday-morning/2017/03/14/b2d24636-090c-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.6a3e9c47cf87

Same article points out a Maryland federal judge had a ruling on the matter too.
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Re: Travel issues

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:21 pm

Do airlines know too much about their customers? Can personalized attention be unwanted? It depends on whether your data shows how the airlines failed or succeeded with you in the past.
Like other carriers debating how to employ “big data” through new digital tools, Delta is exploring where the creepy factor lies in all this customer insight. For example, should a flight attendant wish you a happy birthday? What about appearing with a Bloody Mary because you ordered the drink on nine of your last 10 flights? What if you’re sitting beside your boss this time? And should flight attendants’ notes on high-value customers be updated and distributed company-wide?

Right now, they’re not, but what has begun as making use of information they had anyway could soon become a targeted accumulation of data on your travel persona.

Do we want to feel like we’re under the microscope every time we fly? Will we order that second drink? Even watch a racy movie? Entertainment isn’t being tracked as of yet, but creating a big brother environment may not make for happy customers, which after all, is the point of the exercise.

https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/11/19/airlines-have-your-personal-data-and-theyre-using-it-for-customer-service.html

When I do get to afford air travel, I never want my birthday public announced on a plane. Privacy does mean something to me.
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