Uber App Has A New Update In The U.K. – Let’s Hope It Doesn’t Come Here!

Uber is currently available in 70 countries and how it works, and what it and its drivers can and cannot do can sometimes vary from country to country (or even city to city) depending on local laws.

If Uber is anything like other large companies, I’d also suspect they experiment with new and different ideas in a select city or cities to see how it goes, and then roll it out on a larger scale if it’s successful. If that’s the case with this newest update in the U.K., well, it’s not a good thing for passengers and I hope it never makes it to the U.S.

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Please Don’t Break The Ten Unwritten Rules of Flying!

Unless you’re in business or first class, flying is not a super duper lot of fun. And why should it be? I mean, you’re part of a coupla hundred people in ever-shrinking close quarters inside a tin can for what can be several hours. Unless it’s your very first plane ride, I don’t think flying in this day and age can ever be made into a truly “good time,” but here are some ways to help make things better for everyone. Consider them to be the unwritten rules of flying. Please don’t break them!
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The List Of Strollers That Are & Aren’t Allowed Into U.S. Disney Parks (& Other Disney Stroller Info)

In spring 2019, the Walt Disney Company announced that effective May 1, 2019, there would be size limitations on strollers that could enter the parks and that stroller wagons were being added to the list of items with wheels (i.e. skateboards, scooters, inline skates, shoes with built-in wheels, pull wagons, and wheeled mobility devices with less than 3 wheels, among others) that could no longer be brought into the park. It was said to have been done in an effort to alleviate stroller congestion and improve park traffic flow.

From WDW’s website (Disneyland has a similar page on their website):

Why are you reducing the size of strollers and prohibiting wagons in your theme parks and water parks?
Walt Disney World Resort makes updates from time to time, and the reduction of stroller sizes is intended to ease guest flow and reduce congestion, making the park experience more enjoyable for everyone who visits. Many strollers, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these guidelines.

Are stroller-wagons permitted?
Stroller wagons, whether pushed or pulled, will not be permitted at any theme park or water park or at indoor venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

What if my stroller is larger than the size allowed?
Strollers are available for rent at the parks. Guests who have additional questions on the stroller policy may visit Guest Relations for more information.

How do I ensure my stroller falls within the size guidelines?
Strollers should be no larger than 31” (79 cm) wide and 52” (132cm) long when measured across the widest and longest points.

To ensure that their guests understand the new rules, Disneyland and Walt Disney World both placed size check locations outside each of their respective parks…

…but that doesn’t do you a whole lot of good if you bring your stroller from home and it turns out to not fit. So lots of future Disney guests are (hopefully) measuring their strollers before they take them to Disney.

OR they can use our lists…;-)

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The Airlines’ Updated Policies For “Passengers Of Size”

In their quest to squash more and more bodies into planes, airlines have made seats narrower and narrower. Whereas seat width 30 years ago averaged around 19 or 20 inches, nowadays it’s closer to 16-18 inches (depending upon airline and plane). Meanwhile, while the width of airline seats have been inching down, the weight of the average American has been inching up, which causes, of course, an issue for people of size – the inability to fit into some standard airline seats.

Safety regulations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandate that passengers must be able to lower their armrests and sufficiently buckle and fasten their seat belts (but not all people can do that on all planes). And there’s no law from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding what airlines are required to do in the case of a passenger who can’t fit in a single seat due to his/her size. So each airline has made its own rules, some of which are better and fairer than others. As a reference, here are the rules for the major U.S. carriers:

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