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Archive: March 11, 2007 - March 17, 2007

What Comes Up . . .

Sometimes the nastiest topics come up in our weekly online chats (held most Mondays at 2 p.m., if you haven't checked them out before). And almost always, the nastiest topics generate the most response. Take last Monday's chat. Please. Here's what a reader posted: "I was on a tiny commuter...

By John Deiner | March 16, 2007; 3:52 PM ET | Comments (9)

Japan: Tales from the Toilet

I just returned from two weeks in Japan and whenever I am asked about my trip, I seem to skip over the Buddhist temples, fresh udon noodles and Zen gardens and go straight to . . . the toilet. To be sure, Japan has endless charms and attractions. I will...

By Andrea Sachs | March 16, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pay Up -- or No Sales for You!

Wish I could be in the morning meetings where Spirit Airlines comes up with its revenue-enhancing ideas. Earlier this month the airline announced it was charging for checked luggage, as reported last week in our section. The other day the airline posted on its Web site an even more original...

By Cindy Loose | March 15, 2007; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Requiem for a Shirt

Please join me in a moment of silence for my Hoi An shirt. Crickets. Thank you. It was a good shirt. It lasted through more than a decade of hard service, not bad for a custom-fitted, hand-tailored green cotton shirt that cost me less than $10. But that little fray...

By Steve Hendrix | March 15, 2007; 9:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Buddy, Can You Spare a . . . No!

It's not the easiest topic to address, but there he was, Gavin Newsom, the telegenic mayor of San Francisco, telling several hundred guests yesterday at a luncheon about what he perceives as a major problem in his fair city: panhandling. The mayor was in town with a posse of hotel...

By John Deiner | March 14, 2007; 2:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Scary Airline Employees

What's the right time to get alarmed about airport and airline security? Maybe when security officials start patting down other security officials? That's part of what was going on yesterday at airports in Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and San Juan. The Transporation Security Administration was also searching airplanes and...

By Cindy Loose | March 14, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Calculated Risks

This report from the Associated Press suggests that our daily jobs might be more dangerous than traveling . . . at least when it comes to deep vein thrombosis. Which got me thinking. Not about blood clots per se (fascinating though they are) but about what can be perceived as...

By Anne McDonough | March 13, 2007; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Customer Service -- Not

Is it just my perception or am I really hearing more outrage about airlines' customer service, or lack thereof? I'm also wondering if the trend toward locating call centers in India has anything to do with what appears to be ever growing frustration with reaching someone who can help when...

By Cindy Loose | March 12, 2007; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favorite Airport: The Results Are In!

And the winner is . . . DCA! Yep, Washington's Ronald Reagan National got the most votes from Post Travel Log readers over the last couple of weeks as the best airport they'd like be stuck in. If you missed the original item, we wrote about the sometimes odd choices...

By K.C. Summers | March 12, 2007; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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