WikiLeaks Publishes CIA Documents, Includes Travel Tips and Condolences to Flying United

CIA Seal. Source: CIA

WikiLeaks has just published a number of documents, dubbed “Vault7,” that relate to CIA’s hacking practices and capabilities. For example, the documents show some of the techniques and exploits discovered and/or used by the CIA, which may be used for hacking Smart TVs, as well as both iOS and Android devices. But also buried in these documents is…

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The Decline and Fall of Cathay Pacific & Singapore Airlines


David Fickling of Bloomberg Gadfly describes the “new Great Power struggle” in his recent article on the fall of Cathay and Singapore Airlines. The two airlines cornered long-haul traffic beginning with the introduction of the B747 in the ’70s and continued dominating until the early 2000’s. However, today they are falling victim to excess capacity at Chinese and…

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Probation for United’s “Chairman’s Flight” – Ex-Port Authority Chief Bribery Sentence Revealed

United's Embraer E175 Aircraft. Source: United Airlines

Judgement day has come for David Samson, the former chairmen of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Back in July, Samson pleaded guilty to using his political influence to convince United Airlines to accommodate his private wishes for a regularly scheduled, non-stop flight to his South Carolina summer home. The round-trip flight from Newark to…

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SWISS Confirms Charge for Business Class Seat Selection – Paid & Award Bookings

SWISS Throne

In case you missed the news last week, SWISS has confirmed that they will begin charging $100-$200 to reserve a “throne seat” in business on their A330, A340, and B777 planes. The seats are commonly referred to as “thrones” because they have side-tables on either side. They are also quite limited, according to the SWISS maps, there’s…

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No Security Screen/Metal Detector & Nameless Boarding Pass On My Recent Flight


I recently flew Etihad’s First Class Apartment (at the old 90K AAdvantage redemption price) from JFK to Kathmandu, Nepa (KTM). I’ll have a full trip-report on that amazing flight as well as my stay at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu soon, but first I want to share quite the experience I had at the domestic terminal of Kathmandu when flying…

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