Monthly Archives:May 2017

ByMichael Otieno

Plan ahead to reduce stress when flying

Let’s face it flying can be very stressful, particularly, where the journey is international and is not going as planned.

It doesn’t help that there are some travel-related circumstances that are naturally on the edgy side of things.

It always starts by getting to the airport late because of a delayed taxi, heavy traffic, or in many cases, carelessness with time management. The stress of the first security check is child’s play compared with what lies ahead.

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ByMichael Otieno

How a ticket can derail your flight

Airlines in America have lately been in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Delta Airlines reportedly “booted” a family with a toddler from their flight and are even said to have gone as far as threatening the family with “jail.”

The family had purchased three tickets for three seats, one being for their teenage son who ended up on a different flight. Since they also had a toddler, they attempted to use the “extra” seat for their toddler instead of holding him on their laps as required.

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ByMichael Otieno

What a reliable train service means for flying

Flying domestic in Kenya is about to get very competitive for airlines and the game changer is not a new carrier but a train service.

News on Kenya’s spanking new standard gauge railway is that the operator is “full steam” ahead for a June 1 launch of a passenger and cargo rail service.

The service may not be by electric or bullet trains, but the diesel powered locomotives will be faster than the rickety colonial era relic the SGR is replacing. And the long term wishes of travellers to reduce the travel time between Kenya’s busiest city pair (in terms of passenger movement) of Nairobi and Mombasa will be actualised.

The promised four-and-a-half-hour train ride between the two cities does not only have direct implications for how we travel on the surface but is also bound to affect flying.

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ByMichael Otieno

Redundant aircraft systems enhance safety in flying

Since time immemorial, human beings have wanted to fly so bad that they have spent a lot of time and resources towards this quest.

Whether in an aircraft or not, the quest to conquer the skies is both bewildering and sometimes outright insane.

Take wing-suit flying for instance, where a flyer is dressed up in a body fitting suit with webbed wings between the arms and legs and dives off an aircraft, raised platform or cliff.

The aim here —  ridiculous as it sounds — is to glide through the air like birds do.

It doesn’t get dumber than this, but if you fancy going out with a bang, this is your ultimate ticket to Valhalla.

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