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Planespotting: KC-135 tankers @ BHM

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I took these photos last March. The USAF base for these planes was in full view of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), in Alabama. Been reading about KC-135 tankers all my life. Finally got to see them in real-life albeit from afar.

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Planespotting: Airbus A380 @ SFO

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Couldn’t get an aisle seat for my Chicago – San Francisco flight. But I was rewarded with the following views of the largest of today’s jumbo jets.

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Need flexibility? Get your name on two flights

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I had always thought that the standby list was primarily for folks who didn’t hear their alarm clocks in the morning and missed their flights. A symptom of travel plans gone terribly wrong. That was, apparently, an unfairly dismissive generalization.

On a recent trip to Dallas TX, I booked my return flight to San Francisco […]

Why all the funny airport codes?

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If you travel often enough, you will run into airport codes that make sense:

DVO = Davao International Airport (shameless plug for the hometown)

SFO = San Francisco Airport

SJC = San Jose Airport

The “O” in these codes were still mysterious, but at least the first two letters […]

Favorite inflight safety video

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I’ve been travelling for a few years now, and have been on over a dozen airlines. This remains the most entertaining inflight safety video yet . . . happily its from the motherland.

About the Philippine travel tax and terminal fee

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The Philippine Airlines website presents the following information the travel tax on their FAQ. Sadly, the link on this page that is supposed to take you to a government site for more information leads to a site that has been suspended.

From: http://www.philippineairlines.com/faq/checkin/check_in.jsp

How much is the Philippine Travel Tax?

For adult passengers, the travel […]

Rethinking the terminal fee at Philippine airports

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If there is anything about going home to the Philippines that I really really hate, it’s dealing with the cash-only terminal fees at the airport.

The first time I ran into this was on my first return trip to Taiwan in 2000. The explanation they gave me for the fee was that since my ticket […]

Planespotting: Airbus A380 at LAX

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2011 was a very quiet year travel-wise. Only one trip to Canada, and that was it (lots of snow-related observations on that trip, but that’s for another post). 2012 is shaping up to be more interesting.

One of the side-benefits of travel is plane spotting. This is the first Airbus A380 I ever saw. Thanks, […]

Phones as boarding passes

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My wife and I flew to my nephew’s wedding in New Jersey last month. While processing our online check-in, she noticed the mobile boarding pass option. Keen to try new things, she signed us up for it. I was new to this pass, and hadn’t read up on them by the time we got to the […]

Power @ airport

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When traveling, I lug around two laptops, a digital camera, and an iPhone. This stuff isn’t checked-in with the rest of my luggage. These are on my person as I wander around airports looking for a seat . . . and a power outlet. As an Economy class traveler, one that still hasn’t earned enough […]