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A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me two links to recent articles on Bangkok Post (one of the two English dailies published in the city) regarding flight cancellations and order of not to market flights between Thailand and Japan past May 31, 2015.

Bangkok Post Thailand - Japan Flights

The restriction all stems from the audit that the ICAO did (read more here) that found significant safety concerns how the airlines were overseen by Thai regulatory authorities. This may result other countries to restrict the operations of Thailand registered airlines. [click to continue…]

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Don’t we all know by know that most of the “security” at the airports is purely for the show trying to make the traveling public feel warm and fuzzy?

TSA

There was a good example of the TSA screeners just “doing their work” this week by CBS affiliate in Denver that had discovered quite a story. Some passengers were chosen for secondary patting purely because of their good looks, so that the screener could grope their genitals. [click to continue…]

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If you don’t want to know what is sometimes happening with the checked in bags and at the TSA security check points with your carry-ons, you shouldn’t read/watch this CNN piece.

CNN Hidden cameras reveal airport workers stealing from luggage

The theft from your checked in luggage is not only a problem in the 3rd world countries but apparently in the United States as well. The theft became so bad that the Israeli flag carrier even installed security cameras to cargo hold to find out what was going on there. [click to continue…]

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Tensions are heating up during the Songkran (Thai new year) on very popular tourist island of Koh Samui, where a truck bomb went off late Friday night in a shopping mall’s car park.

The Guardian

Seven people were hurt but all have been released from the hospital already. There is violence in the southern part of Thailand where some Muslim rebels fight the majority Buddhist government. [click to continue…]

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The issue of ultra-Orthodox Jews refusing to sit next to a female on a flights to/from Israel has been on the news several times in the past year and now even New York Times has an article about it.

New York Times New York Times When a Plane Seat Next to a Woman Is Against Orthodox Faith

Apparently, their fate prevents males from sitting next to a female that is not their wife because they might inadvertently touch each other that is a big no no. [click to continue…]

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Let me start saying that I really like Brazil and have been there numerous times (15 to 20). I was mugged once (10 years ago) during Carnival in Salvador da Bahia (didn’t occur again this year) and have had a couple of other unsuccessful attempts.

MAJOR RANT Housekeeping Theft & Credit Card Cloning In Brazil

In the past 6 weeks, I have had $800 stolen by housekeeping (three separate instances) and two credit cards cloned while in Brazil. A friend of mine got his cell phone stolen at 7AM the other Friday while walking in Sao Paulo. [click to continue…]

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Instead of having a frozen popsicle dropping somewhere along the route from Pekanbaru to Jakarta, this story has a happy ending.

Garuda Indonesia GA 177 PKU-CGK

A young Indonesian man that had wanted to go to Jakarta sneaked into a landing gear bay at the Pekanbaru airport when Garuda Indonesia flight GA 177 was about to take off. Luckily for him, he was able to survive the flight at the 10,000 meters above the ground without freezing. [click to continue…]

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French air traffic controllers are on strike this week on Wednesday and Thursday that has lead to flight cancellations of 30% to 40% to/from French airports that may affect other flights as well.

French Air Traffic Controller Strike

Air France plans to operate all of its long-haul flights and 60% of its medium-haul flights from CDG. Flights from Orly are severely affected as the airline plans to operate only 30% of its flights from the airport. [click to continue…]

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ICAO, which is a United Nations specialized agency headquartered from Montreal, has audited the Thai authorities that oversee the aviation sector in the country and have found significant flaws. The previous audit that the country passed was done in 2005.

ICAO Thailand Downgrade

The report that was released to the governments (not made public yet) on March 20, 2015, found that there are “significant safety concerns”. [click to continue…]

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Unlike Egypt that is going away even from visa-on-arrival for individual travelers in May (read more here), Indonesia is extending the visa free travel from 15 to 45 countries in April.

Indonesia Visa Free Extends To 45 Nations

Currently passport holders from 15 countries don’t need visa or visa-on-arrival to visit Indonesia and the citizens from the following countries can obtain visa-on-arrival for 30 days costing $35: [click to continue…]

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When I was reading the International New York Times inside the club lounge of the Waldorf-Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah earlier this week, I came across this interesting article about the spat between the US airlines, airports and hotels when it comes to the expansion of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways in the United States.

NY Times Expansion by Mideast Airlines Sets Off a Skirmish in the U.S.

The US airlines of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines started a campaign trying to limit the expansion of these three Middle Eastern rivals in the United States stating that they basically receive never ending handouts from their local governments. [click to continue…]