The Cowboys Wore Me Out

I should have quit and gone to bed last night since I had a 7a flight but I stayed up to make sure that there was no Green Bay miracle hiding somewhere. I’m tired today. One flight down, one to go.

My Air Travel Tips

  • MT. Dew and Diet MT. Dew ARE available in the Atlanta airport. It’ s not exclusively Coke products.  “The Grove” has them for sure near Gates A12 and T6. Ben and Jerry’s has it near B12. I haven’t yet found it in the E concourse because food there is scarce except for the central food court. I don’t fly through C or D concourse enough to know. If  you know where I can get Diet MT. Dew on the C or D sides let me know.
  • Screamo is the appropriate music  genre for air travel, not that easy listening/hippie mush that Delta pumps through the cabin. Screamo lets you get your travel frustration out vicariously.  I recommend Underoath. Just don’t sing along. Air Marshall’s are not amused.
  • Get a 3 way, right angle electrical adapter at Home Depot. They’re like 5 bucks. Each plug is offset so they’ll take 3 monstrous power bricks. This is important because Hampton Inn hides the outlets and other passengers are willing to share an airport outlet if you bring you’re own adapter. Just make sure you ask first. If you forget it, it’s 5 bucks at Home Depot. Maybe less at Wal-Mart.
  • Pee before you fly. Don’t be one of those seat belt sign flaunters running to the lavatory. Enough said.
  • TSA seems to be getting it right with laptop bags. If you keep your laptop in a sleeve inside of a larger bag, you don’t necessarily have to remove it from the sleeve when going through security. This has been a big help for me.
  • In general, exit rows have better leg room and worse tray tables. If your need to work, an exit row is not always better.
  • First class passengers are animals when it comes to overhead bins. It’s like a feeding frenzy. If you are in first class and the bins are full, don’t panic, ask the flight attendant and they’ll find a magic spot for your bags. This doesn’t work as well in coach. You have to be really, really, really nice.
  • Ditch your wired headphones and get a nice bluetooth headset setup like the Motorola Rokr S9. 

That’s all for now. I’m off to take my own advice and follow point 4.

TSA Laptop Bag Process is Better

A couple weeks ago, after TSA’s approval of bags that didn’t have anything between the bag and the laptop, I tried sending my UMPC through the belt in it’s case with nothing else. TSA asked me to remove it from the case. This week, I left it in the case again and it went through without a problem. Maybe they are paying attention. Then again, maybe they aren’t paying attention!

I won’t know for sure until I try this a few more times. I have to say that not having to remove the UMPC from it’s bag is a huge help in getting through security so I hope this trend continues.

New TSA Approved Laptop Bags Aren’t Much of an Improvement

Delta Putting WiFi on Planes Part 2

Ok, now that I’ve thought about this I’m left with more questions:

1) Why will I be able to use WiFi on a plane but not Bluetooth? I can’t imaging that they are only shielding the plane’s electronics against certain frequencies and I’d really like to use my BT headphones.

2) Why can’t I use external WIRED USB peripherals like a USB Hard Drive? (Hint: it’s specifically prohibited in Delta’s magazine.) Does this odd prohibition mean that I can use a USB WiFi connector?

3) If it’s shared WiFi among the plane and everybody uses it on a 767 will it slow to a crawl? If it does do I get a refund?

4) Since it only works over land, will Delta be smart and not let you buy it for a transatlantic flight or will they be dumb like they are today and simply tell you not to. (As an example, you can buy a 2 hour movie on a 1 hour flight but they make announcement and tell you not to.)