The Straight Poop About Flying With Your Service Animal

Lately there’s been a flurry of articles, blog posts and Facebook comments about people flying with “questionable” service animals. What exactly do I mean by questionable? In this case, I believe it’s anybody who has a service animal that doesn’t have a visible disability. Continue reading

Ten Absolutely Incorrect and Completely Clueless Accessible Air Travel Tips

Misinformation is rampant today on the internet, especially in regards to accessible travel. And after reading yet another ill-researched and downright ignorant “Accessible Air Travel Tips” article yesterday, I’ve decided it’s time to act. Continue reading

SpiceJet Charges for Wheelchair Assistance — Sometimes

Although SpiceJet hasn’t gotten as much press as Ryanair, they both have one thing in common — charging for wheelchair assistance. The difference is that after an extended court battle, Ryanair learned the error of their ways, and no longer charges for wheelchair assistance. And SpiceJet claims to follow Indian law, yet some passengers still end up shelling out the bucks for wheelchair assistance. Continue reading

Oxygen — Don’t Leave Home Without It

As I was watching my Facebook feed this morning, a post by one of my travel writer friends caught my eye. Apparently her flight was being diverted for a medical emergency. She made a series of posts about what was happening and then took a video of a woman being helped off the airplane. She was hooked up to emergency oxygen, and although the sounds was fuzzy there was some discussion as to if she normally uses therapeutic oxygen. Continue reading

A Better Way to Build an Aisle Chair

Although access to the friendly skies has greatly improved over the past 25 years, it still has a way to go. Take the lowly aisle chair, for example. Some travelers call it a torture device, while others describe the on board transfer process as “beyond humiliating”. Either way, the whole system could use a facelift. Continue reading

The Joys of Traveling with a Disability?

Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel; in fact I’ve spent a good part of my life encouraging everyone to get out and explore the world. Not only does travel broaden your horizons, but it also expands your understanding of the global community. Plus it’s just kind of fun. Continue reading

Standing Room Coming to Ryanair? But What if You Can’t Stand?

It’s hard to pass on the opportunity to blog about Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary. After all, he just gives me such good material. First he charges for wheelchair assistance (and actually defends his actions), and then he wants to install pay toilets in his planes. Continue reading

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Really Works!

My very wrinkled test t-shirt.

I have to admit that I was more than a little skeptical when a PR person contacted me about Downy Wrinkle Releaser. Granted it comes in a nice three-ounce size, so it’s easy to pack along on trips, but does it really work? I remember some of the wrinkle releasers from the 70s, which just kind of wet your clothes and didn’t do much for the wrinkles. They  ranked right up there with waterless shampoo, as far as product efficiency goes.

But I digress. Continue reading