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150 passengers arriving on American Airlines from Mexico had a very speedy immigration process at New York JFK last Friday. None. They just left the airport without any checks after the flight was handled as a domestic arrival.

JFK AirportAfterwards passengers got tracked down by aggressive airline and customs officials blaming them for the mishap. [click to continue…]

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New York Times had an article last week where one of their “hard news” columnists Mr. Brooks briefly joined the Four Season Around The World trip to several destinations in Europe and was writing about his reflections.

NYT My $120,000 Vacation

Four Seasons has one Boeing 757 that is painted on their colors and only flies these around the world and others trips from one of their hotel to another while trying to immerse the travelers on some local culture as well. [click to continue…]

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This month the amazing Loi Krathong Festival will be celebrated in Thailand and in some regions of the country this includes sending the famous sky lantern up in the air. This forces the closure of airspace in the effected area.

Loi Krathong

Chiang Mai airport in Northern Thailand, the most famous area to celebrate the festival, will close it’s airport operations and the airspace in the region during the evening when lanterns are going up. [click to continue…]

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Estonian Air that is majority owned by the Estonian government has gone under and has ceased its operations effective immediately.

Estonian Air Goes Bankrupt

The European Commission ordered on Saturday that the airline must repay back the government 85 million euros that it had received as “state aid”. European governments are not allowed to pump money to airlines on any other than commercial terms or onetime capitalization. [click to continue…]

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When I have been watching CNN over the past week or so, they have had Travel Indonesia commercial running several times that promotes visa free facility for 45 nationals and the points of entries where this is available (the commercial lists both).


This visa free extension has been covered on here on LoyaltyLobby back in March (read more here) and then again in June (read more here). [click to continue…]

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A LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me an article that had appeared on Singapore Strait Times on Thursday regarding taxi drivers and airport employees planting live bullets and cases to travelers carry ons.

Bullet Scam Ninoy Aquino International Airport

The security personnel then “shakes” the passenger for money unless he/she is willing to spend few days in jail. [click to continue…]