And BOOM, another month is done! Hello, November! Here are our most popular posts for October 2019. Some of them were actually written before October (heads up that rules and offers change and we can’t guarantee that those older ones are still accurate), so take a look to make sure you didn’t miss any of the good stuff:
Auckland International Airport (AKL) is the largest and busiest airport in New Zealand. It serviced over 21,000,000 passengers by their March 2019 year end, which puts it approximately on par with Phoenix (PHX), Houston (IAH) and and Miami (MIA) International Airports in the United States (latest data for them is Dec. 2018). Definitely nothing to sneeze at.
Like many airports, ALK has had an app for several years but it was pretty basic – just flight and parking information. Well, they’ve just done a refresh of the app and I now have airport app envy. Look at everything it can do…
Have you ever seen the flight patterns of flights from Japan to the United States? They never go directly across the Pacific Ocean to get to, say, San Francisco. They take a curved pattern that brings them, if not over Canada, then near it.
The same goes for fights between, for example, Los Angeles and Beijing – they take an upward curve route that hugs Canada, Alaska, Russia, etc., before reaching its destination in China.
So what’s up with that? Why don’t planes fly over the Pacific Ocean?
Nearly 30 (Thirty? UGH!) years ago, comedian Jeff Foxworthy released a comedy album called, “You Might Be A Redneck If…” It peaked at #38 on Billboard. The album included a segment of examples of how you might be a redneck if you do these things. Here’s a TV spot with the routine from 1989:
Of course, the same thing goes for traveling…
Even when they have the best intentions, people sometimes miss their flights. There was an incredible amount of traffic (people have been known to leave their cars to get to their plane on time). They had a connection and their original flight was late. Their delayed flight suddenly became “undelayed.” They overslept.
There are things you can do if you’re at risk of missing your flight. Obviously, make sure you give yourself enough time – going to an airport is not a time to show off your “I’m habitually late” skills. And if you think you might miss your connection, these are ways to be ahead of the pack.
But when you’ve actually missed your flight, it’s a whole different ballgame. Here are some pointers…