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Complete guide to smooth flying

Like most things in life, flying gets easier with knowledge and practice. Knowing your way around check-in, airport layouts, security checkpoints and how to settle into a long flight can make the journey something to look forward to rather than to suffer. Making a booking Getting to the airport Checking in Getting through security On […]

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Do we really need internet on planes?

Am I the only one who doesn’t want internet access and mobile phones on planes? Is it not the last bastion of getting away from it all, short of heading off into the wilderness? Even my favourite camping spots have mobile phone coverage these days (although I have been known to be ‘out of range’ […]

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Should kids get cheaper seats on planes?

As a parent I shouldn’t say this, but I don’t understand why children get cheaper seats on planes. Little people occupy the same seats as big people and my kids eat more than I do, so they’re no cheaper to have on board. Many children also weigh almost as much as I do, so there’s little […]

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Baggage handlers behaving badly

I had to laugh at all the fuss this week over a YouTube clip of Canadian baggage handlers tossing luggage around. Travellers from all over the world have been flocking to social media to express outrage over bags being dropped several metres from an aircraft into a luggage bin at Toronto’s international airport. No, it’s not funny when […]

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When will NZ become ‘domestic’?

I really thought it would have happened by now, with the numbers of people flying back and forth across the ditch and the relatively low security risks. I can fly to New Zealand a lot faster than I can fly to Perth – often cheaper, too – but there’s still the hassle of taking an international […]

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Just tell us what’s going on!

You’ve no doubt been there: hovering around the information desk in an airport, trying to be patient as you wait to find out what’s happened to your flight. It should have taken off hours ago but you’re afraid to even go to the toilet in case you miss that vital bit of information that will finally […]

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Worst airline passengers

People, if you are going on a plane, you need to wear deodorant. I don’t care what you do the rest of the year, but I do not want to be subjected to your body odour when we’re squashed into a confined space with limited air flow. I recently sat next to a man who […]

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Can airlines stop losing our bags?

If you’re a glass-half-full sort of person, you’d recognise that airlines are losing fewer bags than they used to. If you’re a half-empty type, you’d note that 25.8 million bags a year are still being “mishandled”. And if you’re a cynic, you might say that with the amount airlines now earn from baggage fees, there’s no excuse […]

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Guess what, you’ve missed your flight

If you’re one of those people who cut it a bit fine at the airport, you might want to think about changing your modus operandi. Imagine getting to a checkpoint and being sent back because a computer says you don’t have enough time to get through airport processes and make your flight. Your airline gets a […]

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Watch out for tight connections

It’s a horrible feeling, looking at the arrival time for your flight and wondering if you’re still going to connect. Most travellers opt for the shortest-possible connections when flying, yet it only takes one delay to set off a domino effect of missed flights and misplaced luggage. If you’re travelling with a single airline, it is […]

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