Flying High:

After traveling during Spring Break you may have come back wondering “is there any way to get a decent flight; one that doesn’t make you feel like a bovine herded onto a cattle car.  For the  last minute person planning your break get away, and for all of you who will return and/or travel this summer,  you might want to visit some of these helpful travel related websites.

Do you share a name with a terrorist?  Is it  causing problems with the TSA?  If you have been placed on the “no-fly”  list by mistake, the friendly and helpful Department of Homeland Security has provided a handy “One-Stop Travelers Redress process” to allow you to fix their mistakes.  (Am I the only one who considers the term “redress” an unfortunate choice from people permitted to do body cavity searches?)  Not seeking an intimate tête-à-tête with an overenthusiastic gate agent?  Visit TSA:Travel Assistant, to discover how to dress and what to carry or not carry in order to be “checkpoint friendly.”

Do you want to increase you chances of arriving on time?  Chronically late flights is provided by the Bureau of  Transportation and contains detailed statistics compiled by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).  You can discover which flights are at least 30 minutes late 50% of the time or more, and book around them or, in the alternative, bring a long book and be prepared to read.

Ready to make your flight reservation?  While everyone has a favorite  travel site or two, at TopTenReviews  you can view side-by-side comparisons of the top travel sites and read comprehensive reviews before deciding which is the best travel site to use for your trip.

The website Hipmunk provides you with a unique way to sort your flights, by “‘agony [as] measured via a combination of price, duration and number of stops.”  Results are displayed in horizontal bar graphs that include the length of layover times.  According to one travel site reviewer “compared with older search engines like Kayak, it’s much quicker to find the right flight as the pain factor of multiple stops and long layovers is shown graphically. Intuitive filters automatically hide terrible flights to aid the decision making process.”

Once you have decided what flight to take, your next step is to choose your seat.  How do you know which ones are in front of the wing, in the emergency exit row, or close to, but not immediately in front of, the rest rooms?  Check out SeatGuru or SeatExpert to get the lowdown on best and worst seats on your flight.  Sorry, but neither site can tell you in what seat the screaming baby will be located. 

Do you  travel frequently or plan on doing some site seeing over break?  Check out Travel & Leisure’s Best websites & Apps.  This article reviews and provides links to over 30 travel websites and apps, as well as tips and technology updates.  Some apps reviewed include Room 77  that lets you choose the best hotel room according to your criteria and iFly, a comprehensive, online guide to airports including maps and parking information.

Once your trip is complete, take a few moments to share your opinion of the travel experience at Skytrax.  Describing itself as “the worlds’ leading airline and airport review site  for over 681 airlines and 725 airports,” this site lets you read other reviews of  airlines, airports, seats and seating maps as well as leave your own reviews.

So what happens when you use all these sites and, despite your best plans, your flight is late, you are groped by TSA agent, and you had to sit in the middle seat of the last row?  At that point you just have to laugh about it.  If you need help, visit Flight Humor for some airline related jokes.  And safe skies for those of you flying next week.

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