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Jul 1st 2011 10:11PM I like the $1 coin, and a $2 coin would make sense too. Having lived in 3 countries that do not do notes until you get the equivalent $7, their coin equivalents of $1, $2, and $5 work great. Instead of digging out your wallet all the time, you just get a couple coins out of your pocket to pay for parking, a cup of coffee, or newspaper. With more and more people paying for everyday stuff by card, anyway, I don't think losing the $1 note is a big deal. And while we're at it, we need to lose the penny coin! I was living in Denmark when their smallest coin, the 25 øre, was phased out. It's the equivalent of about 5 US cents (currently). No big deal--stuff is still priced to the hundreth øre; it just rounds up or down--whichever is closest--if you're paying by cash.
Jan 1st 2011 7:51PM Sigh...
Note last line, "And yes, since this comes from the Borowitz report, this can be filed under "fake news".
From wikipedia: "In the late 1990s, Borowitz began e-mailing humorous fake news stories to friends. In 2001, he founded the Borowitz Report, a site that posts one 250-word news satire every weekday."
Nov 14th 2010 10:07AM After re-checking my math in my earlier reply, I realized a mistake. The 27% figure was from the last time I computed -- a few years ago. The current figure for US citizens holding active passports is about 38%. See http://travel.state.gov/passport/ppi/stats/stats_890.html
Nov 14th 2010 9:43AM This is somewhat of a myth. About 27% of Americans have passports (and about 40% of Canadians do). This is currently active passports, and does not include extant passport holders who have not renewed for whatever reasons.
Oct 8th 2010 4:23PM " Beginning on May 17, 2011, Icelandair will launch their eighth U.S. gateway...."
I think you meant 8th "North American" gateway. Currently in USA: SFB, JFK, SEA, MSP, BOS and starting May 2011, IAD = 6. FI also serve Halifax and Toronto in Canada.
Jul 22nd 2010 8:00PM 1. Norwegian men usually get drunk on flights, and
2. They typically have a sense of entitlement.
I lived there 4 years and had to fly often. No judgement, just facts.
Apr 6th 2010 8:04PM I can understand paying a p to leave a pound, but paying a pound to leave a p?! I'll spend my pennies elsewhere.
Mar 6th 2010 11:27PM Maybe the first male flight attendant ever to refuse an offer like this.
Dec 1st 2009 11:02AM Ryanair and Southwest charge cheap fares, yet they're profitable, aren't they?
Nov 10th 2009 4:35PM "This year, over 750 million people will migrate through airport security in the United States alone. So many different people...."
Are you sure -- 750 million? If every US citizen travelled, that would be only 300 million. So that means that the US will have 450 million visitors "this year?" I find that hard to believe. Please explain.