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Been a bit preoccupied

I’ve been a bit preoccupied with a video game addiction.  A lot of fun but a lot of time sunk in.  I have still been watching airline and frequent flyer news, and have a few things queued up…so lets start with this.  I came across an article on CNBC about airline competition in Asia, in the context of the Singapore Air Show that happened last week.  There’s been various low cost airline launches recently, with Air Asia expanding to new markets, and Qantas and also ANA launching low cost carriers (ANA appear to be competing with itself?).  Anyway, also of note is how much of the worldwide airline profit Asia brings in.  With the growth of various countries in that region, it’s likely to become even more skewed that way in the future.

Hotel availability for 2012 London Olympics

In case you haven’t heard, the London Olympic Committee has returned 20% of its hotels room back to the market.  Thus, there are some decent hotel deals available (via Loyalty Traveler).  I’m considering a weekend trip to London for the Olympics myself.  I’ve wanted to attend the last couple of Olympics, in Beijing and Vancouver, but never took the initiative to make it happen.  However, I have been fortunate enough in my life to have attended the Olympics before (Atlanta 1996).  I always enjoying following the Olympics, so it would be nice to go again.

Flying with Children

Recently, Delta Points and Mommy Points combined to write an article about flying safely with children.  Delta Points post covers the safety of flying with a child in your arms, and discusses bringing car seats on board, while Mommy Points goes into her personal experience with a lap child, brings up an old NTSB report and testimony about lap children, and reflects on the reasons we all collect miles.

I’m by no means an expert on this, unless you count being on flights that kids on 🙂  I generally haven’t had any horrible experiences, crying kids here and there, but that’s about it.  I think that despite the cost, parents should buy their children seats, even those under 2 (even though they are not required to), for the comfort for themselves and of fellow passengers.  Of course, this is coming from someone who doesn’t have to pay for the extra ticket, and I recognize it’s easy for me to say this when I’m not the one incurring the cost.

The safety argument that the other bloggers is a strong argument.  Despite airline travel being relatively safe these days, there’s still incidents of turbulence when people are thrown around the aircraft, or worse.  And a lap child would be easily injured during those incidents.  So I think that’s probably the most important consideration in this whole discussion.