That’s a headline you probably don’t read every day. So apparently a woman had a three night stand (oddly, I doubt she was standing much) with some dude named Michael and sued the hotel she stayed at demanding the full name of Michael. Why? She got pregnant, had a kid, and now wants child support from him.
Mike Rowe, the former host of one of my all-time favorite shows, “Dirty Jobs” (and current host of one of my favorite podcasts, “The Way I Heard It”) recently took to Facebook to weigh in on the United Airlines fiasco after a fan asked him about it.
By now, most have probably heard of the situation United Airlines is in. In case you haven’t, let me sum up what happened for you: a passenger on a flight from Chicago to Louisville was forcibly removed from the plane because the airline overbooked the flight and no passenger was willing to give up their seat for a pretty hefty stipend.
At first, the airline offered the passengers a reported $400 voucher and a hotel stay. When that didn’t work, they upped their offer to $800. And when that didn’t work they randomly selected four passengers to give up their seats. Three did, albeit, probably begrudgingly. The fourth passenger didn't give up his seat. He said he had to be back in Louisville the next day for work.
Security ended up coming onto the plane, threw him across the aisle, and, literally, dragged him off the plane. Unfortunately for United, it’s 2017, and everyone records everything with their cell phones.
Since then, United has apologized. But too little too late. The airline has lost hundreds of millions in market cap, and now people want to boycott the airline.
However, there are certain things that still need to be talked about. With that, the following are among my observations:
The country is currently in the middle of a whiskey revolution. Sales have skyrocketed in recent years, and the thirst for all kinds of whiskey doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
Under the umbrella that is whiskey, one of the most popular kinds is bourbon. But bourbon’s cousin, rye whiskeys, aren’t too far behind. The main difference between a bourbon and a rye whiskey is the grain used to make it. Bourbon is made from at least 51% corn. A rye is made from - not surprisingly - at least 51% rye grain.
So if you are into bourbon but have never tried a rye, or just curious about how they taste, I’d start with these three:
Sometimes it’s almost impossible not to check a bag, like, for example, when you’re going on a long trip. I mean, that’s certainly what I do when I plan on being out of town for at least a week. It's only natural.
But, ultimately, the less you have to check a bag, the better. Why? There are several reasons:
There’s a lot of information flying around about President Trump’s executive order on travel restrictions and refugees. Unfortunately, much of the information is slanted one way or another.
So instead of reading someone’s opinion about the executive order, here's an opportunity for you to read the actual executive order and, if you so choose, form your own opinion from it.
With that said, here is the full text of Trump’s executive order:
You’ll want to read this if you fly American Airlines a lot, simply to avoid confusion the next time you buy a ticket and it says you’re boarding in Group 5 or Group 6.
American is changing their boarding process. More accurately, they’re changing the names of the boarding groups.
Currently, when you’re at a gate waiting to board, those who board first are First Class passengers, active military, AAdvantage Executive Platinum, etc. Here’s a complete list of their boarding process as it is now:
It’s popular to say “2016 sucked” or “2016 trolled everyone.” I disagree, as unpopular as that may be. I honestly don’t really have many complaints about 2016. My blog has grown in readership, I got a couple promotions at work. Yeah, 2016 was pretty good to me. And I, for one, enjoyed most of the 365 days of 2016.
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Over the past 12 months I’ve written about everything from whether Airbnb is worth considering to using Costco to travel the world. But what were you, the reader, most interested in? Here are my top 10 posts of the past year:
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say Google is one of the most used travel tools there is. Whether it’s a question about a particular city you’re about to visit, like “Where to spend New Year’s in Chicago?”, or a generic query about travel, like “What can go in a carry-on?”, Google is a very convenient tool.
So what were the top 10 travel-related Google searches in 2016? Here they are:
This should now be a goal on all future flights: on December 7th the captain of a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland to Kansas City made an announcement congratulating the passengers for drinking all the booze on board. Quite the remarkable feat in my estimation.
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