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The perils of airline security

Is it just me and my imagination, or is airline security becoming more irrational every day? For instance, consider the security check before boarding. It is adamant and removes all nail scissors regardless of size, but as soon as you board the aircraft, the steward gives you a glass bottle with a smile and offer you to buy more in the taxfree. A molotov coctail kit can be yours for a few bucks. In fact, there are sharper plastic knives in the air than there are penknives on the ground.

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Airlines of service past

I am haunted by the airlines of service past, to paraphrase Dickens. There is a certain scandinavian airline which has a questionable reputation. Henceforth it will be known as “The airline that must not be mentioned”, or “you-know-who” for short (pun intended). Some years ago, that airline screwed up. Again.

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Viva la Air France

This would be a night to remember. We arrived at Guarulhos, the international airport of Sao Paulo, in the afternoon. To our surprise the aircraft had already left. The Air France office was already closed at 5 pm so we had a look at the Air France web site, that referred us to a 24/7 telephone number. That led us in turn to an answering machine, saying that the service was closed and any questions were referred to the web site.

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Visions of Singapore

"By extensive use of landfill with sand bought from Indonesia and Cambodia, the bay area has expanded greatly in the last few years and tall buildings pop up everywhere."

Reliving history in Washington D.C.

"As I entered the heavily guarded Rotunda in the center, some of the most famous documents in the world laid before me."

Exploring Chernobyl

"But unlike the movie Chernobyl Diaries, we didn’t find anybody there. Nature had reclaimed the area and the silence was deafening."

Chilling in Chile

"My weary feet has reached Valparaiso. After almost a month of traveling across the South American continent I realize that this is as far south as I will come, due to weather conditions."

The urban maze of Tangier

"There are exciting things waiting around every corner and my bucket list is long, but the Medina has a mindset of its own regarding time and space."

Alone in Kyoto

"I tried my best to sneak across the building, but the floor revealed me each time. I suppose I would make a lousy ninja."