Osama vs Travel – The post 9/11 effect on travel

The 9/11 attacks have had a long lasting effect, particularly on travel. Here is a look how travel has changed in the past 10 years.

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Mileage Running

Something I recently heard about while stumbling about the web yesterday is called “mileage running”.


Apparently it’s possible to buy a bunch of off-season cheap flights and use them to rack up your frequent flier points. Later you can take a flight for free to a location where you actually want to go. Can you believe it?

There are some people who would spend hundreds of dollars and hours of air time just to get more points on their card. Is it worth your time, discomfort and damage to the environment to get a discount of this size?

Personally, I think it’s a terrible waste of fossil fuels, not to mention carbon dioxide emissions. How much money do these people really save? Is it half the price? Is a whole day of your life cramped up in an airplane worth it?

Have you ever done it?

Join in on the discussion in the travel forums

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Dehydration crisis in the skies?

Christopher Elliott of elliott.org is reporting that one woman had to be treated for dehydration on a flight that was charging for water. Her brother has been quoted as saying that she wouldn’t have gotten sick if only the drinks on the flight were free.

bottled water

On Aug. 1, US Airways will begin to charge for soft drinks and bottled water on their flights. In an age where everything, including water, is commercialized, many people blatantly turn their noses up at tap water. But, will these people go so far as to risk death or sickness because of the risks associated with drinking water from the plane’s water tank?

I’m thinking probably yes.

According to tripso.com, the free water given out on the airplane comes from the tap, and has most likely been sitting there for a while. Once people catch on to this fact, some will probably think twice about drinking it.

So, if these people happen to be short on cash during their flight, it’s conceivable that some of them could risk serious dehydration en route to their destinations. Let’s hope that won’t happen too often.

What do you think about airlines charging for drinks?

Tell me in the TravelPod travel forums!

See you there,

Louise Brown

TravelPod Community Manager

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