Episode 133 – Traveling Smart with Kelli

North American XB-70, NASA picture

Kelli Jones is this week’s guest. She’s an aviation consultant, cabin safety expert, mediator, traveler, philanthropist, and a blogger at Traveling Smart. Previously, Kelli worked for a major US airline where she was a cabin equipment engineer and accident investigator, and she now works as a consultant for the FAA, the NTSB, airlines, and other aviation organizations through White Consulting & Mediation. Find Kelli on Twitter at @TravelingSmart.

We have aviation news from the past week, The Australia Desk Report by Steve and Grant from the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast, and Pieter Johnson speaks with Karlene Pettit in his Across the Pond segment.

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  2. Grant McHerron (aka Falcon124)

    On fees:

    Tiger Airlines down here has a “Check in Fee” for using their huge queues to check in with rather than doing web-based checkin prior to arriving at the airport.

    Tiger also charges you to join their spam list (the emails they send out with news of deals, etc – AUS$25 per year to get spammed – go figure πŸ™‚

    As we mention in next week’s AusDesk, many airlines are charging a Fuel Surcharge so they don’t have to bury the cost of fuel in other fees. Why don’t the US airlines do this? Piece of cake – someone gets upset at the cost, point to the cost of oil. Of course, this means if oil comes down, the airline has to reduce the fee (yeah, right, like that’s going to happen – fees are like taxes πŸ™‚

    As to injuries with carry on bags & these idiots who bring on half their house & expect to shove it in the overhead, that’s easily solved. All the airlines down here that I’ve travelled with have size/weight limits on carry on gear that are very carefully enforced. They have little units in the terminal and at all the gates that show the max size & weight so you can put your carry-on in there & see real quick if it will work.

    No subjective issues or complaining that the cabin crew hate you – if they say OI! and your bag doesn’t measure up, it’s off to the under-hold it goes. bad luck buster!

    How hard would this be to implement over there? Heck, it could be a major advertising thing: We’re not charging a carry on fee, we’re just making sure you are sensible & polite to others with what you bring on! No Steven Slaters at our airline…


    Like slot controlling airports (where access to tarmac is more important than access to airspace – HI JFK, how’s that slot system going? πŸ™‚ these systems seem rather obvious and I’m VERY surprised that airlines over there haven’t jumped on them. Is it another piece of evidence towards the completely clueless ineptitude of many management types at some airlines (often legacy ones)?

    Food for thought πŸ™‚



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