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11, 2001 Travel Newsletter
Web Cam's Of The Week
IOWA CORN CAM / LAGUNA BEACH
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GREAT CIRCLE MAPPER
Mile Offers Of The Week
WEST/VARIG AND MANY MORE....
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NWA / ATA / SPIRIT AIR / JET
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SOUTH DAKOTA / IOWA / MINNESOTA
/ SAN DIEGO
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SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
THE WONDER UNDER
ALASKA'S INSIDER PASSAGE
WHAT'S DOING IN ROTTERDAM
SAYING I DO IN PROVENCE
THE KEYS TO SALT LAKE CITY
COIN FREE SLOT MACHINES HIT LAS
FREQUENT FLIER MILES STILL VALID
SURVIVING BUMPY RIDE
LA GUARDIA: PRIME EXAMPLE
OF TODAY'S AIRPORT WOES
GROUND RAGE IS AN OVERLOOKED
WHAT SHOULD SHE WEAR IN HONG
LOOKING TO GET OUT OF TOWN THIS
WEEKEND FOR CHEAP?
WHAT U.S. CUSTOMS WANTS YOU
TO KNOW ABOUT INT'L TRAVEL & UNOFFICIAL
CAMS OF THE WEEK
OF THE WEEK
OFF IN OVER 65 CITIES WORLDWIDE!
HERE FOR ALL CITIES:
Great Circle Mapper
It displays a map depicting the great circle path between locations and computes
the distance along that path. It can also display the area which is within
a given range of a location.
What is a great circle path?
A great circle path is the shortest path on the surface of a sphere between
two points on that sphere. Technically, the term geodesic path should be used
in this page since Earth is not a true sphere, but the great circle terminology
is common usage.
Last year when Amber asked me if I wanted to go to
her family reunion in Iowa/South Dakota for the fourth of July, I said sure.
Well, about two months ago she asked me did you get your plane ticket for
South Dakota? I said South Dakota? What are you talking about? Then she
reminded me, and I was speechless. I thought to myself: You mean
I am not going to spend the Fourth of July on my deck in Manhattan Beach
or watching the fireworks at Bayley in Connecticut? NOPE! Instead I
spent it somewhere in the middle
(I'm sitting on top of the Tri-State
Marker in Iowa/South Dakota/Minnesota).
I was only in the mid, midwest for a couple of days.
Amber and her cool Grandpa
picked me up from the airport, and our first stop was a Chinese
restaurant for lunch. I know, Chinese food in South Dakota? (Her
Grandpa wanted to go, but it was actually really good). We went to
the hotel dropped my bags off and cruised over to her relatives house in
(20 minutes away).
At her relatives house they introduced me to a new
bag toss. I was like you gotta be kidding me, this is what they
do for fun? Throw bean bags around? I kept an open mind (as I usually do)
and now I want one for my back yard. It's addicting. After a few games
her cousins asked me if I wanted to play a round of golf. I said golf? There's
nothing around here but corn
fields. I was wrong! Whom ever built this golf course 4 blocks down
the road must've saw the movie Field of Dreams, "Build it and they
will come." This nine hole golf
course cost me (get this) $13 to play nine holes and included a
(pretty scorekeeper not included). Not only was the price right, but
they weren't too strict on the rules either (which I love). I played with
my shirt off (like everyone else), and I saw some dude playing with shorts
on and cowboy boots! Yeeehaaaaw! You gotta love this town!
BTW: The name of the small town is Larchwood. Total population is
around 750 people, and who knows how many cows. Going to town for
dinner consisted of pulling up to a place that looked more like my friends
house then a restaurant. The prices were unbelievable! Check out the
from the main street restaurant (I think it was the only one in town).
After some broasted chicken we headed back over the border to South Dakota
(where our hotel was, I mean motel). This time of year when you cross the
border into S.D. you will find plenty of firework
stores (because they are legal there, not in Iowa). After purchasing
some M70's, bottle rockets, roman candles......we went around the corner
to a desolate dirt road and shot
them off. After burning a few fingers we went over to check out
the number one tourist spot in Sioux Falls; the
falls (Doesn't compare to Niagra Falls, so just take a quick pic
and move on).
The next day was the Fourth of July, which meant time for the ol' family
reunion. While driving back to Iowa, Jimmy (Amber's sister's boyfriend)
stopped the car and said I need to get a picture with Josh. I looked around
the car and said, Josh? "There's no one else in the car, but us."
Then he pulls out this paper
dude (with his arm hanging off) from the seat compartment.
He explained that his little cousin begged to go on the road trip with him,
but Jimmy said no. Josh said how about I draw a picture of myself and you
can take pictures along the way with me. He said sure, so now every time
they see a photo opportunity he slams on the car brakes and takes a picture
with paper Josh. (Maybe you had to be there, but I thought it was pretty
darn funny. In fact were working on a paper Johnny Jet.)
We arrived at the reunion and to my surprise her Grandpa
was all decked out in Johnny Jet clothing! I was like YEAH Grandpa,
you go boy! The reunion was a lot of fun, I met all of her relatives on
side. I ate way too many baked beans, and played a lot of games. Amber and
I were one
throw away from winning the water balloon toss, and I made it to
bag toss championship but lost to a 14 year old girl (don't laugh,
this girl was a five sport athlete).
Crossing the Iowa/South Dakota border on the fourth was like going through
Baghdad during Desert Storm. I have never seen more fireworks exploding.
For miles and miles I could see red, white and blue explosions. They were
also shooting them right by the street so you had to swerve out of the way
of a couple of them.
By 6am the next day I was on a plane. I was sad to leave so soon, but I
had to go to work. I flew from Sioux Falls to Denver. Hung out in the Red
Carpet club for an hour, then got on a phat 777 airplane bound for
L.A. I was able to work on my newsletter
and eat some breakfast.
Wouldn't you know it... I was in L.A. for 3 hours, I go to the car wash
and while sitting outside waiting for it to be dried, it starts raining
(do you realize the last time it rained in July in LA?). Oh well.
I got in my car and took off for a 2 hour drive to San Diego to see LMNT
perform at Sea World. It was great going there with the guys because
we got the behind the scenes tour. We checked out the dolphin
holding tanks, played with the walrus',
swim around, and made myself one of the biggest cotton
On the way home from San Diego, my buddy Scott and I visited one of my favorite
towns: La Jolla.
I found a great breakfast place for you to visit next time you are there.
It's called Brockton
Place, and it's right by the beach. In fact, I'm going there
again tomorrow morning.
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to sell the return fare. Can he do that? United says he can't
but you might be able to help. Please let me know.
A>He can't. It was always against policy, but they couldn't enforce
it until they started requiring positive ID. The only way it would work
is if the person who gave it to had the same name. Or they make a fake ID.
ie: My Dad and brother can use the same ticket.
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OF THE WEEK:
happened to have, occasionally, children visiting the flying crew in their
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
some of the rudest things people have said to you?
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
it true that Flight Attendants have debriefing parties? What
the alcohol policies?
TIP OF THE WEEK:
As in delay situations, go to an airport pay phone as soon as you hear a
call for cancellation, and make a reservation on the next flight to your
destination on that airline or a competing airline. Most of the time airline
personnel will try to book everyone on their next flight out. Shrewd travelers
know that the gate agents will put you on a competitor's next flight--but
only if you ask. Sometimes you can build your own substitute itinerary via
another airline or another hub better than the gate agent can. Go ahead
and make suggestions.
Of course, the simplest way to avoid delay and cancellation situations
is to fly airlines that maintain good on-time performance rankings. Or you
can fly at times that the skies are not so congested. (Your chances of being
delayed are greater from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.) Airline on-time performance
rankings are made public each month by the Department of Transportation
in its "Air Travel Consumer Report" (also on the web at www.dor.gov). Flights
are listed individually and by airline composite.
OF THE WEEK: (San Francisco Examiner)
LOS ANGELES TIMES
NEW YORK TIMES
Business Travel Today
THIS WEEK'S INTERNET
- Travel improves: Delays, cancellations, mishandled-baggage reports
and complaints declined in May, according to the Department of Transportation's
air travel report. Go to: www.dot.gov/airconsumer.
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GOOD TO KNOW!
What U.S. Customs Wants You To Know About
It pays to know what the people who regulate U.S. Customs expect when U.S.
citizens return home from international travel. They have issued a set of
tips to facilitate clearance and speedy passage through customs.
- Don't rely on sales people abroad for advice on what you are allowed
to bring home. They are not responsible for providing their customers
with information on U.S. Customs regulations. However well intentioned
a sales person may be in offering advice, it is far better for you to
know what you can and cannot bring back before you leave for your trip.
Obtain and read the brochure, Know Before You Go or check the Customs
- Declare all duty-free goods. Articles sold in a duty-free shop are
free of duty and taxes only for the country in which that shop is located.
If your purchases exceed your personal exemption, items you bought in
a duty-free shop, whether in the United States or abroad, will almost
certainly be subject to duty.
- Articles sold in foreign duty-free shops are subject to U.S. Customs
duty and other restrictions (for example, in most cases only one liter
of liquor is duty-free). Articles sold in duty-free shops are meant to
be taken out of the country the shop is located in; they are not meant
to be used, worn, eaten, drunk, etc., in the country where you purchased
- Articles purchased in American duty-free shops are also subject to
U.S. Customs duty if you bring them back into the Untied States. For example,
if you buy liquor in a duty-free shop in New York before entering Canada
and then bring it back into the United States, it may be subject to duty
and Internal Revenue Service tax.
- Don't attempt to return with fruits, meats or dairy products without
first checking whether they are permitted. The U.S. Customs Service is
responsible for enforcing 400 laws for 40 other government agencies, such
as the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Items that can cause disease or have the potential to do so may seem fairly
innocent, for example, the mad cow virus can be carried in meat products.
You may bring bakery items and certain cheeses into the United States.
Some imported foods are also subject to requirements of the FDA. A booklet
called Traveler's Tips offers information about bringing food products
into the country. For more information, or for a copy of the booklet,
- Study the rules on bringing in goods for personal vs. commercial use.
Goods imported for personal use are eligible for a $400 (or $600 or $1,200)
exemption from duty if they accompany the traveler. Goods brought in for
business or commercial purposes are not eligible for this exemption and,
depending on their value, will require either an informal entry to be
filed (goods valued at less than $200) or a formal entry and bond to be
filed (imports of goods valued at more than $2,000 and many textiles valued
at more than $250). Rule of thumb: multiple quantities of one item could
be considered as a commercial quantity.
- Learn the difference between prohibited and restricted merchandise.
Prohibited means the item is forbidden by law to enter the United States
and no exceptions are permitted. Examples are dangerous toys, elephant
ivory, or substances illegal in the United States like absinthe and Rohypnol.
Restricted means that special licenses or permits may be required from
a federal agency before the item is allowed to enter the United States.
Examples are firearms and certain fruits, vegetables, pet birds, and textiles
being brought back for resale.
- Study the rules on returning to the U.S. with medications. As a rule
of thumb when you go abroad, take the medication you need, no more, no
less. Narcotics and certain other drugs with a high potential for abuse
such as Anabolic steroids and Fen-Phen, may not be brought into the United
States, and there are severe penalties for trying to bring them in. If
you need medicines that contain potentially addictive drugs or narcotics
(e.g., some cough medicines, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, antidepressants
or stimulants), carry them in their original containers; carry only the
quantity that a person with your condition (e.g. chronic pain) would normally
carry; and carry a prescription or written statement from your physician
that the medicines are being used under doctor's supervision and that
they are necessary for your well-being while traveling. Additionally,
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibits the importation, by mail
or in person, of fraudulent prescription and nonprescription drugs and
medical devices. Because the FDA cannot ascertain whether or not medications
purchased outside the U.S. were manufactured in accordance with U.S. requirements,
foreign-bought medications are subject to detention and testing when they
are brought into the country. Contact the FDA for more information.
- Don't attempt to return with Cuban cigars unless they were purchased
in Cuba. Tobacco products of Cuban origin are prohibited unless you actually
acquired them in Cuba and are returning directly or indirectly from Cuba
on travel licensed by the Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets
Control for authorized travelers. Travelers may not, for example, bring
in Cuban cigars purchased in Canada. Persons returning from Cuba may bring
into the U.S. no more than $100 worth of goods. Included in this amount
may be up to 100 cigars. If a traveler has 100 cigars that cost more than
$100 total, the overage will be confiscated. Nonresidents may not bring
Cuban cigars into the U.S. for personal use or as gifts.
- If a traveler is returning from anywhere other than a Caribbean Basin
country or a U.S. insular possession (U.S. Virgin Island, American Samoa
or Guam), the traveler may bring back $400 worth of items duty-free as
long as the items accompany the traveler. Duty on items you mail home
to yourself will be waived if the value is $200 or less. If the value
of the package is more than $200 everything in the package will be subject
to duty. The waiver is $100 on goods mailed as gifts to recipients other
than the person mailing them.
- Don't mistakenly assume that U.S. Customs can not search a passenger's
luggage or conduct personal searches of passengers. Under U.S. law, Customs
inspectors are authorized to examine any and all luggage, cargo and travelers.
Under the special border search authority granted to Customs by the U.S.
Congress, every person who crosses a U.S. border may be searched.
- Know Before You Go is a publication containing information on what
must be declared; duty-free or reduced rates of duty on purchases; paying
duty; duty-free shops; prohibited and restricted items; currency reporting
requirements; traveling back and forth across the border; photographic
film; and much more travel-related information. This publication can be
accessed at www.customs.gov/traveler. You can also request a free copy
by writing to USCS, P.O. Box 7407, Washington, DC 20044.
UNOFFICIAL TA INFORMATION
NOT RELEASED BY A.P.F.A. or AmericanAirlines, Inc.
These are the only facts I have received, concerning the contract of American
I know nothing else.
1. Longevity: same
2. 3 Holidays
$11.00 prefunding - new hires-age 30+ $14.00
Best 48 months
4. Crew Rest:
777 - starting 7/15/01 the company will have 36 months to decide on
"Main Deck" or Bunks. If no decision - then 4 B/C seats and $4.00 an
hour. 767 - 4 seats with "hard door"
5. Gave "Speaker" on Domestic:
1.75% System Wide; 1.5% to 1.75% Only PVM's and Transcons
6. Crew Meals:
Domestic - 1st Class Meals
International - B/C Meals with Coach trays
7. Galley Pay:
Pensionable and Retroactive
8. Appendix "T": Gone
9. No change to "E" time:
No 5 Hour Day
2001-Same; 2002 to 2003 - 3.25%Cap
After 2003 - back to current 8%
11/1/98 to 1/1/2000---8% Lump Sum
1/1/2000 - 3% Retro
1/1/2001 - 6% Retro
1/1/2002 - 8.5% Brings us up to Delta
1/1/2003 - 3%
1/1/2004 - 3%
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