Monthly Archives: January 2014

Not Just More ‘Passenger Comfort’ — More Passengers

My first thought on reading this headline — Delta to Improve Passenger Comfort on 225 Domestic Narrowbody Aircraft — was to wonder how many additional seats Delta is going to cram onto those jets.

Call me a cynic, but I was right. The upgrade is going to add about 1,500 seats to 182 jets.

My second thought was to wonder who decided that that narrowbody is one word. I believe it’s a compound modifier requiring a hyphen: narrow-body. (Anyway, it means the aircraft has only one aisle.)

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A Heap of Cheap: My Year in Travel

Looking back at my travels in 2013, I’m compelled to acknowledge something. Although my husband splurged on a long-planned gift, a 19-day repositioning cruise to Barcelona for my milestone birthday (no need to get into which milestone), we are otherwise a pair of cheapskate travelers.

Thrifty. Frugal. Penny-pinchers. We have our excuses. I work for a non-profit and he works for a newspaper. (You remember newspapers. They’re like the Internet but you can fold them.) Neither of us travels much for business, so we’re paying almost everything out of our own pockets.

The trouble is that we love to travel and our tastes always exceed our budget. The solution is the Internet — not fold-able but full of travel bargains. So after ringing in the new year, I find myself at the keyboard nostalgically recalling the deals we tracked down and the websites we used to find them in 2013. Here they are:

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No Pot at DIA, Buzz Detected

Marijuana has been decriminalized in Colorado as of today, but you can’t carry it at Denver International Airport, according to the Denver Post.

Even if you’re just dropping someone off and you aren’t going through security. And even if you have a medical marijuana prescription.

The Post also reports that it’s illegal to consume pot on public transportation but that state law “is not entirely clear about whether passengers in limousines, tour vans or tour buses can smoke marijuana.”

As these details are ironed out, the state is preparing for the growth of marijuana tourism. “We’ve had a lot of interest, a lot of curiosity, a lot of buzz,” a travel agent told the Post.