Just a reminder…

For people who are intending shopping in the United Kingdom, or who are purchasing goods and services, it's that time - Value Added Tax (VAT) will be going up from 15% to 17.5% from 1st January 2010.  Most of you will notice it - thankfully most over the counter reatailers will inculde the VAT directly into the price you pay or the price ticket (unlike some countries where … [Read more...]

The TSA opens a new line… in the war against Bloggers

It seems with bomb threats that the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security has something better to do - harass Bloggers and pump them for information. Both Christoper Elliot and Steven Frischling have had visits from TSA and DHS  "Homeland Security Special Agents", issuing subpoenas on disclosure of the actual source that these bloggers got their information from. In the … [Read more...]

Paddy Power takes bets… Monarch gets pissed.

The thing with the British is that we love a flutter on anything - from the Grand National (a horse steeplechase), the winner of Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars for our US viewers)  to the Christmas Number 1 Record (or sticking one in the eye for Simon Cowell). It seems there also seems to be the question of "Which airline will go bust next?" To which … [Read more...]

JAL edges closer to the edge….

It seems that JAL is edging step by step closer to the edge of its current existence as the Japanese governments will no longer provide any bailouts or extra loans for it as last week - the Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii said the state would not give the airline any more loans, thus JAL would need to file for the Japanese equivalent of Chapter 11 - with stock becoming … [Read more...]

The continuing fallout of NW253 – IFE is back on … but…

Well with the massive changes happening, it seems that now this could hurt operators, with shares in Delta and AMR (American) dropping by about 4%, UAL (United) down 3.4% and US Airways down 6.7%, with fears that this incident will depress air travel further than it is at the moment, and that the extra costs of implementing security changes will affect the back pocket - let … [Read more...]

Taking extreme changes…

It seems the airlines are taking deep action after the NW253 incident. Companies have updated their travel advice to include: Only one item of hand luggage, including items bought airside (British Airways and Virgin will not charge extra)  If your presents are wrapped, check them in Passengers subject to "pat-down" searches before boarding, on top of usual … [Read more...]

Changes due to NW253 Incident

British Airways BA has imposed an immediate bag restriction on it's US flights, restricting one bag per person only from Heathrow or Gatwick. Expect security checkpoints to have increased as well as well as other airlines following suite . BAA is reporting  (Heathrow Airport) "Travelling to the USA?  Passengers travelling to the United States should expect their … [Read more...]

DL/NW Flight 253 Terror Incident. Merry Christmas…

It seems that Delta/Northwest Flight 253 Amsterdam to Detroit had a little "fun" on it, with an attempted terrorism attempt on it. A 23-year-old Nigerian man was trying to ignite an explosive device as the A330 begun it's 20 minute approach to Detroit. He was overpowered by some of the 278 passengers and 11 crew. Reports say he burnt his leg. No-one else was hurt. The … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas from GhettoIFE!

Well it's Christmas day in GhettoIFE land. May you day be peaceful with your IFE (In-Flight Entertainment) working - be it inbuilt, custom made or a television in your front room with you and yours safely. … [Read more...]