Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1305
Posts / Week:4.6
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Kuala Lumpur airport has no idea who dumped three jumbos on its tarmac

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ONE of Gulliver's favourite stories of the excesses of modern footballers was that of Jermaine Pennant, an average but lavishly remunerated player at Real Zaragoza in Spain. Mr Pennant once drove his expensive Porsche to a station to catch a train. Show More Summary

Is flying getting better or worse for the environment?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE winter holidays are around the corner, and that means a spike in air travel. A year ago, according to America’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the number of miles travelled on the county’s airlines jumped 10% between November and December, before declining 16% over the following two months. Show More Summary

Why African aviation needs to be set free

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AIRLINE passengers in the West are spoiled. For all our complaining about poor customer service and stingy legroom—grumbles that Gulliver is only too happy to partake in—we live in the golden age of affordable, accessible flying. If Ireland's Ryanair wants to launch an obscure route between Latvia and Slovenia, it is free to do so. Show More Summary

America downgrades Thailand's air-safety rating

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), America’s air regulator, has ruled that Thailand does not comply with international aviation safety standards. The FAA downgraded Thailand’s aviation authority from a “Category 1” to “Category...Show More Summary

America is to tighten its visa-waiver programme

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

DESPITE what Donald Trump may think, America is not always an easy place for a foreigner to breeze into. Anyone who has braved the immigration queue at JFK will testify to that. But entering the country might be about to become tougher. Show More Summary

Do hub airports boost growth?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

OVER the weekend, several newspapers suggested that Britain's Conservative government will finally be making a decision on where to build a new runway for London and the South East of England. This has become an urgent issue as the two...Show More Summary

Iraqi Airways launches a new service to Washington, DC, but is anybody likely to use it?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE Middle East is probably not high on many people’s travel lists these days, for business or pleasure. If the deteriorating situation on the ground through much of the region wasn’t bad enough, the skies are becoming increasingly perilous as well. Show More Summary

Southwest Airlines accused of profiling Muslims

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

SOUTHWEST Airlines has come under fire for its supposedly targeting Muslim flyers. In one incident last week, reported by NBC, Anas Ayyad, who runs a pizza restaurant in Philadelphia, and his friend Maher Khalil, were asked to step aside before boarding the plane. Show More Summary

Travellers who buy duty-free spirits are a boring lot

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IN THE past, when flying home from a distant country, it was always my practice to bring back a litre of the local spirit from the duty-free shop. The names of these have now long escaped me: a sugary liqueur from Brazil that had a tree...Show More Summary

British Airways is the least fuel-efficient transatlantic carrier

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ON AVERAGE, a nonstop transatlantic flight and back spews out about a tonne of CO2 emissions per passenger. But that figure hides a big spread in the fuel efficiency measures of different airlines. A new study of the 20 biggest transatlantic...Show More Summary

Facebook criticised for activating its Safety Check feature after Paris attacks

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE morning after the attacks on Paris, an unusual feature popped up on many people’s Facebook accounts. Mine told me that Annamaria, a friend who lives in the French capital, had been “marked as safe”. So, too, had Matt. Another Parisienne,...Show More Summary

United's attempt at further dominating Newark airport hits a snag

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHEN it merged with Continental Airlines in 2010, United Airlines assumed control of the vast majority of flights at Newark International Airport, a Continental hub. Newark is one of four high-traffic airports at which the American government limits the number of takeoffs and landings each day by allocating “slots” to airlines. Show More Summary

WOW is the latest airline to try to become a long-haul, no-frills carrier

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WOW AIR, an Icelandic low-cost carrier, will launch flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco next summer. The airline is the latest to bring the low-cost model to long-haul flying, as it tries to rekindle Reykjavik's historic role as...Show More Summary

A record number of Americans are trying to sneak guns onto planes

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AT THE end of every week, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) takes inventory on its blog of the prohibited items confiscated at airport checkpoints. Each post reads like a laundry list of items that most sane travellers would never dare try to sneak onto a plane. Show More Summary

Hilton is the latest hotel suspected of blocking customers’ personal Wi-Fi

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IT ALWAYS seemed improbable that Marriott was the only one. Last year the hotel chain paid $600,000 to America's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to settle a complaint that it had blocked customers' personal wireless modems and...Show More Summary

Tattooed travellers in Japan beware

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MINE is barely three inches long but gives people a case of the vapours at Japanese swimming pools. Invariably, a lifeguard will tut-tut from his high chair before demanding it be covered up. Tattoos come freighted with taboos in Japan. Show More Summary

Treating flyers well is bad for airlines’ business

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FOR all the frequent travellers out there just aching for airlines to make the flying experience slightly less unpleasant, there’s one fundamental obstacle: you. The airline industry recently undertook a wide-ranging study of passenger...Show More Summary

Qatar Airways begrudgingly moves with the times

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GIVEN that trade unions are banned in Qatar, it should come as no surprise that the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) has never been the strongest supporter of Qatar Airways. The two sides have been at loggerheads since 2013, when the ITF obtained copies of an employment contract for the airline's cabin crew. Show More Summary

Will flyers ever pay more for better amenities?

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

HILLARY CLINTON penned an op-ed last week on Quartz, a business-news website, taking aim at companies that aren’t doing all they can to save their customers money. Among her targets were airlines. The front-runner for the DemocraticShow More Summary

The case against tipping

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WOULD you like a smile with your burger and fries? That’ll be 15% extra. These days anything less in America will earn you either shame or a pointed question from an irate server. But on October 14th Danny Meyer, head of Union Square Hospitality, a restaurant group, announced that he would put an end to tips in his eateries. Show More Summary

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