The U.S. Department of State recently announced a new risk factor intended for the information and safety of U.S. citizens who plan to travel (or are traveling) internationally. The new indicator makes travelers aware of the risk of kidnapping and Mexico, Haiti and the Philippines are included in what is currently a list of 35 countries that have a high risk for U.S. citizens to be abducted.
Unless you’re at a hotel that charges hourly rates via cash and expects payment up front (you know the kind of place I’m talking about), just about every hotel out there nowadays requests I.D. when you check in.
Here’s why that happens.
Ever since the 737 MAX started flying in the US on October 1, 2017, I’d never flown on one. I had plenty of chances to do so but when booking flights, I actively avoided flying on one if I could. This wasn’t some sort of innate sense of concern about the plane’s safety; instead, I didn’t fly on one because the in-flight experience was worse than what was available on other planes flying the same routes.
Looking to the immediate and long term future, there are other reasons I’m relieved I didn’t book our flights on the 737 MAX.
Not long ago, Lucky (Ben) from One Mile At A Time wrote an article about GOAA (The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, which represents MCO and Orlando Executive Airport) suing Orlando Melbourne International Airport, claiming that the name “Orlando-Melbourne International Airport” is false and deceptive advertising.
The lawsuit asks the court to permanently stop Melbourne’s aviation board from using the word “Orlando” in MLB’s name, advertising or promotional materials, to display a retraction statement on its website for at least one year and to pay damages and attorney’s fees.
The lawsuit states that, “By causing a likelihood of confusion, mistake and deception, MLB is inflicting irreparable harm on the goodwill symbolized by GOAA’s Orlando International Airport Trademark and the reputation for quality that it embodies.”
Friends, I live in Orlando and trust me when I say that MCO is making a mountain out of a molehill with this lawsuit. Here’s why…
People have been obsessed with the Titanic ever since when she went on her maiden voyage, hit an iceberg and tragically sunk, killing over 1,500 people. There are been movies about the ship, (shuttered) plans to raise her, museums, exhibitions and dinner theater shows about her, plans to bring tourists to her watery grave, as well as dozens of hours of video of the wreck.
Ideas to rebuild the Titanic have come and gone for decades. Right now there are two different companies building two different full-sized replicas of the ship of dreams; one that will probably finish pretty soon, one that I suspect never will really even start.