Swiftly following on the heels of an Israeli security operation inside the Gaza Strip late Sunday night in which a senior Hamas terrorist commander and one Israeli officer were killed, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) ordered changes to flight patterns to Ben Gurion Airport—essentially Israel’s only international airport. Last month, after terrorist factions in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets toward Israel, authorities at … Continue reading It’s not war, it’s just the Middle East: Tel Aviv flight patterns again altered due to risk of rocket fire
Starring the long and odd swimming pool at Erego Beach Club! …and a statue that features a partial likeness of the island’s homegrown poet, Homer! …and water that looks like this! so without further a-blue, have yourself a read. And yeah, it might take a little while…what did you think this was, some kind of party? Continue reading SOI fo snoitcelfeR | Reflections of IOS
Due to a military incident involving Israel and Syria, flights into and out of Ben Gurion International Airport were briefly suspended Saturday, Israeli media reported. Immediately following the incident, in which an Israeli F-16 jet was shot down by Syrian fire, civilian airspace over northern Israel was shut down. The flight suspensions at Ben Gurion, much to the south of the Israeli-Jordanian-Syrian border area, lasted … Continue reading Flights to and from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport Briefly Suspended
In travel, sometimes it’s the most irritating experiences that turn out to be the most inspiring. Over about a 12-month stretch I found myself aboard more Norwegian Air Shuttle flights than I had planned on; but the routing and timing and reasonable fares added up to lots of Norwegian air time. I remember boarding one of the airline’s spanking new 787 Dreamliners at JFK. Okay … Continue reading Sonic Bloom? In Airline Audio Branding, Norwegian Leads the Way
But travel isn’t always pretty. In the travel and hospitality industries there are certain observations that are chiefly expressed over drinks among colleagues or in other closed quarters: things like “the French are lousy tippers,” “Israelis are pushy” or “Americans are loud.” And while such findings may contain some elements of truth, does it mean brand-appropriate reaction to them can veer into actual discrimination? Continue reading Pretty, right?
Come to America! Visit scenic lands stolen from the locals! Overpay for fake-buttered popcorn! Observe the sermonizing of once-fêted, belatedly reviled Hollywood phonies! Pray at Walmart! It’s all so fucking amazing! Continue reading Les Etats-Unis: Des Cartes Postales
My principal fear is that it will never be as good as the first time. True, I never intended to fly Ryanair, the Irish low-cost carrier that has generated more passenger horror stories than perhaps any other airline today barring United. Recent work assignments tethering me to Greece, I had sworn silent allegiance to Aegean Airlines, which is now more or less the official carrier of … Continue reading On Losing My Ryanair Virginity