Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1103
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

The feds sue Southwest

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICA'S federal government on Monday sued Southwest Airlines, the country's largest discount carrier, for what the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contends was improper maintenance conducted on 44 Southwest planes in 2006. Southwest...Show More Summary

The ongoing threat

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

UK INTERESTS and British nationals face a higher threat of a terrorist attack because of the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Syria, the Foreign Office, on the case as always, said last week. This warning wasn't based on any specific intelligence,...Show More Summary

Remote control

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IN ONE of his many former lives, Gulliver qualified as a pilot. He therefore exudes an aura of unquestionable confidence when striding into an aircraft cabin, secure in the belief that, if the worst happens and both pilots have the fish, he could take charge of the cockpit and calmly land the plane, Sullenberger-style. Show More Summary

Flyers vote with their wallets

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICANS claim they loathe Spirit Airlines, the discount carrier that earned the worst possible scores in all six of Consumer Reports' airline-ranking subcategories last year. But the company's financials show that people, mystifyingly, keep flying on Spirit. Show More Summary

The future of frequent-flyer miles

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICAN AIRLINES and US Airways, which are merging, will combine their frequent flyer programmes from the second quarter of 2015. The two airlines announced the details of the changes on Tuesday. The combined scheme will be similarShow More Summary

Whistle stop tour

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A REVEALING video is going viral, showing Shoshana B. Roberts, an actress, walking alone around New York. In ten hours strolling the streets Ms Roberts, who is young and attractive but plainly dressed, receives a hundred catcalls (watch below). Show More Summary

Joking aside

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MANY of us have felt that almost irresistible urge to make a sarcastic quip to a security official while trying to board a plane—and then quickly thought better of it. For sound reasons, airport staff like straight talking. No matter...Show More Summary

A modest proposal for the equitable treatment of the taller passenger

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THIS blog often applauds the impact that low-cost carriers have on the travelling habits of everyday consumers. Thanks to a canny mixture of operational efficiency and commercial flexibility, these airlines are opening up the world to vacationers like never before. Show More Summary

Projected route

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

DESIGNING commercial aircraft would be a whole lot easier if manufacturers didn’t have to consider the pesky customers. Take windows. They are a pain to include on a plane because they must be reinforced, as must the fuselage that houses them. Show More Summary

X, XXX or XXXXX?

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHEN doing business in today's globalised world, we are forever being advised to empathise with others' cultural sensitivities. That is clearly a sound thing, but it can put your head in a spin. Gulliver came across this map, created by Radical Cartography, while browsing the Jaunted website. Show More Summary

A bad case

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICA is a deeply divided country. Many countries are. But as Juan Linz, a political scientist, noted in a seminal study on presidential democracy, America's constitution ensures both Congress and the president have some claim to democratic legitimacy. Show More Summary

A touchy subject

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THIS morning, at the train station on the way to work, Gulliver did not buy a train ticket before boarding the train. Nor did he use a pre-paid travel card or show a season ticket. Like many others on the network, I merely touched my debit card on to a reader on the way into the station, and then again at the gates of the tube on the way out. Show More Summary

Flying fear

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ECONOMIST readers are not the panicky type, but just in case you weren't sure: it is okay to travel in the age of Ebola. This sort of reassurance seems to be necessary, at least for some people. A remarkable survey conducted in August...Show More Summary

I'm from the government, and I'm here to help

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

I WON'T lie: the newsletter drew me in. I was interested as soon as I saw it lying on the counter at a relative's apartment in New York. It featured bright colors, crisp design, good use of white space and interesting headlines. Even the paperstock was high-quality. Show More Summary

New lease of life

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LAST week San Francisco finally passed laws legalising short-term property letting through platforms such as Airbnb. The laws will come into force in February, but come with restrictive ownership clauses, as Business Insider explains:...Show More Summary

Irritable scowl syndrome

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

EARLIER this week, Gulliver was musing about how smartphones and other mobile devices have made long-haul travel a more bearable experience. But their invention is by no means all a blessing. A survey by Expedia, an online travel firm, asked around 8,500 travellers what annoyed them most about others' mobile habits. Show More Summary

The Achilles' heel of the Northeast Corridor

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AT 6:28 in the morning on November 23rd 1996, Amtrak train number 12, travelling eastbound from Washington, DC to Boston, rolled onto the Portal Bridge, an 86-year-old span that carries trains across the Hackensack River en route to New York's Penn Station. Show More Summary

A dangerous distraction?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FLYING, in so many ways, has become less tolerable than it once was. Shrinking seat-pitches, the withdrawal of complimentary food and drink, and new security hassles have all helped to make travelling by air a chore. But in one way at least, the modern-day traveller has never had it so good. Show More Summary

Knock your block off

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MARRIOTT has admitted to jamming customers' Wi-Fi hotspots in "at least one" of its hotels, forcing business travellers to pay for the hotel chain's own Wi-Fi service, according to America's Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Marriott...Show More Summary

Stay calm

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

HANDLED well, Ebola should be unlikely to become a pandemic. But as the disease continues to spread in west Africa, American officials are rushing to implement screening for the disease at some of its biggest international airports.Show More Summary

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