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Jan 15th 2013 4:31PM "Certain credit cards, for example the United Mileage Plus Club Card, give you access to expedited screening as well as a host of other benefits."
The irony is that they've so over-saturated the program by combining the credit card customers and the frequent flyer pool, that at certain United hubs I've found that the normal security line was actually shorter!
Also, a rarely-mentioned caveat of TSA Pre-Check is that "if any leg of an itinerary is international, the passenger will not qualify for TSA Pre-Check for that itinerary and will go through traditional screening." So if you fly mostly international, it's not much help, even for the domestic legs.
Jan 12th 2013 2:36PM Last year I was on a flight with my boyfriend, and we had an episode of Game of Thrones that we wanted to watch on his laptop. I didn't think about the graphic content until we reached one of the nude scenes. I was a little embarrassed that passengers around us might think we were watching porn, but it never crossed my mind that it would be disallowed to the extent that we could have received a written warning if we hadn't put it away.
Is there a ratings limit on what's allowed to be watched privately? Is R-rated sex/nudity allowed? What about PG-13? How is this addressed on international flights, where local viewer discretion ratings are different? If you had a European magazine with you on the plane that showed nudity disallowed in the US, would you be required to keep it hidden? On the flip side, if you're flying to Saudi, must you keep your copy of Vogue closed so that there will be no lingerie or bare midriffs exposed?
Dec 30th 2011 6:09AM Ah, I see you had your dream trips mixed up. Your dream is now to go to Sweden instead of Norway. Amazing what a few language lessons can do.
Still curious how you "learned" the original Norwegian translation from the Babbel site. Not a particularly trustworthy review.
Dec 28th 2011 8:02AM Hearing that you tried a sample lesson in Norwegian definitely inspired me to go check out the Babbel website. I have a tough time finding language programs that support Norwegian (e.g. Rosetta Stone doesn't offer it) so I was very excited to hear about an online program that did!
However, I cannot find any mention of Norwegian on the Babbel website. Could you point me in the right direction?
Dec 14th 2011 11:16AM I just got back from my Antarctica trip, and it is an absolutely incredible place! I wish I was still down there today to celebrate this special day.
And by the way, the Norwegian PM is Jens Stoltenberg. Not Jonas.
Sep 19th 2011 7:26PM If there are "Peanut Butter M&Ms" in Romania, I may need to hop a low-cost flight and stock up!
I have no problem finding M&Ms or Peanut Butter, but "Peanut Butter M&Ms" are a product all on their own. And, I might add, one that is very difficult to find in most parts of Europe. (And completely impossible to find here in Norway.)
Aug 2nd 2011 4:55AM Solid antiperspirant. If you like solid antiperspirant, any girl who's ever moved overseas can tell you that this is the second most difficult thing to find (after Peanut Butter M&Ms). Even in Europe. And if you're traveling to some parts of Asia, you'll be lucky to find any deodorant or antiperspirant at all!
Jun 20th 2011 6:57PM I booked a two-week trip this fall for around $5k (excluding air). As a solo traveler, willing to share a cabin on a non-luxury tour, I managed to find a pretty decent deal as it seems they are eager to fill the last spots on this coming season's sailings.
May 2nd 2011 7:30PM Cunard and Costa are both still sailing the Indian Ocean. Although ships are steering clear of the Kenyan coast, they're still sailing pirate waters. In fact, on our Indian Ocean cruise in January, there was an attack on a cargo ship just off the Seychelles a few days before we reached port. Apparently the security staff are armed, and Cunard rolls out razor wire while sailing the most at-risk areas.
May 2nd 2011 7:13PM One thing we learned the night our building's fire alarm went off unexpectedly: Have a plan for pets. We knew we needed to grab our two cats on the way out, but the logistics of doing this hadn't been thought through. As the alarm was blaring, we had to dig through a closet to find both the cat carriers and then assemble the one that "conveniently" collapses for easier storage. It's great that it doesn't take up much space, but in this (thankfully not really an) emergency, it was a nightmare to deal with. I ended up outside with a terrified cat squeezed into a half-collapsed carrier. From now on, it stays assembled for quick emergency cat stowage.