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Monthly Archives: April 2017

How to Keep Your Seat on a Plane: The United Incident and What This Means for Passengers

To assess this situation with 20 years of airline industry knowledge, Rhyse Woodward, Resident Travel Industry Expert and airline retiree, to weigh in. Here are her insights:

A video went viral today of a doctor being forcibly dragged off his flight in an overbooking situation. The video is naturally causing outrage against the airline, staff, crew, and the law enforcement officer(s) involved. It has created a media crap storm for United. Someone may lose their job over this fiasco, but not for the reasons you may think. I’ll get to that later. In this post, I’m not going to delve into where the blame may or may not lie. Instead, I am going to provide a basic layman’s knowledge of what a contract of carriage is, some FAA laws applicable to this situation, and how they apply to us as passengers.

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A Traveler’s Ancestry DNA Results

As a Black American, I have always wondered where I came from. Sure, I knew it was Africa but where specifically. As as traveler with infinite wanderlust, I needed some guidance. I am finally getting back to the Motherland this year, but there are so many areas that I want to visit, and always have. I wanted to visit Egypt…because pyramids. I have also been interested in South Africa, Kenya, and recently Tanzania. And, of course, I have always (even as a child) wanted to visit western African countries like Ghana and Senegal because those were the last ports before the slaves were brought over on the Middle Passage. That has been a passion of mine, to see these various regions and countries in Africa.

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