A Travel-Related Remembrance Of Tim Conway

Veteran actor Tim Conway passed away the other day and his was one of those passings that, to coin a phrase, “got me right in the feels.”

Like so many others of my generation, I mainly knew Tim Conway from his years on the Carol Burnett show. Being able to stay up all the way until 11pm on Saturday nights to watch the show in the 70s was a huge treat, and Tim Conway was, for me, one of the highlights of the show. Whether he was playing Mr. Tudball, The Old Man, Mickey Hart in the “Mama’s Family” segments, or any one of hundreds of one-off characters, I knew he was going to make not only me laugh, but definitely Harvey Korman laugh, and probably most of the rest of the cast in whatever sketch it was, too.

As a variety show, The Carol Burnett show had sketches of all different themes and genres, including travel. Like this one, which features Tim and Harvey…

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The Odd Response An Airline Gave To Its Passengers’ Severe Food Allergies

We were on our way home from London and once everyone had boarded, one of the first announcements the flight attendants made was, “Ladies and gentlemen, there are two people on the plane who have severe nut allergies so we ask that you kindly refrain from eating nuts during this flight.” (the 8-month-old directly in front of us proceeded to burst out in screaming and crying. Joe’s response was, “I guess she really likes nuts.”)

But seriously, I totally get it and understand the need for precaution. Some people have very severe allergies and the last thing anyone wants is for someone to go into anaphylaxis (or even just be uncomfortable) because someone else on the plane broke out a Kind bar or a bag of mixed nuts. But with that in mind, this just confused the crap out of me…

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Airline Introducing Economy Class Lie Flat Seats Between Select Cities In The U.K., U.S. & Mexico

Imagine flying between, for example, Manchester and Orlando, and you had the option of a lie flat seat, but didn’t have to pay for First, Business or Upper Class to do it? Sounds good, huh? Turns out you now can!

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That Time When There Was A Problem On My Flight & The Airline Was WONDERFUL About It!

Reflecting back on 2016’s “Forcibly Remove A Seated Passenger From A Plane So A Staff Member Could Have The Seat” situation with United Airlines, on top of the previous “#Leggingsgate” situation with United Airlines made me think back to a time, not really all that long ago, when passengers weren’t made to feel like profitable cattle with no rights, and when, if something happened that was out of the ordinary and potentially inconveniencing, the airline did everything they could to keep you comfortable and, even if you were not truly happy, at least you knew they had tried their best.

ContinentalPlaneIn April 1998, I was still living in Staten Island, NY and was going down to Walt Disney World about 6 times per year – usually for long weekends, but occasionally for a whole week at a time. Newark Airport was my airport of choice to fly down to Orlando and I would usually fly via Continental Airlines or Delta. The week before Easter of 1998, I took a long weekend trip and Continental was my carrier.

I usually would love to stay at Disney for longer than however long my trip at the time was, but in this case, I had some other things going on: Continue reading “That Time When There Was A Problem On My Flight & The Airline Was WONDERFUL About It!”

Delta Wants You To Learn Their Color Palette, So They’re Changing Their Boarding Process

The seemingly easy procedure of getting passengers onto a plane is one part of the flying experience that airlines seem to be endlessly tinkering with. Whether it’s a desire to load planes just a little faster or sort passengers based on how many bags they can bring, there’s always something that can be changed.

Delta recently announced they will be changing their boarding process, again, starting with flights on January 23, 2019. I’d bet unless you’re a frequent flyer, you’d never notice.

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