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Fliers in India should be worried about not only the state of their aircraft but the status of the pilots as well.

India’s Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) disclosed in response to a Right to Information filed by a media organization that between 2009 and February 2014, 165 pilots were found to have high blood alcohol levels during checks.

The scary part is that since the DGCA is understaffed it’s unable to verify if airlines are conducting mandatory blood alcohol checks of pilots before every flight.

Sadly, DGCA has not disclosed the names of the airlines where the drunk pilots work.

Aircraft rules in India prohibit pilots and cabin crew from consuming alcohol 12 hours before the start of a flight.

For the first offense, a crew member’s license will be suspended for three months.

A two-year suspension for the second offense and five-year suspension for the third offense are the penalties.

Delhi Pilots Top Drunks List

Delhi had the dubious distinction of having 50 pilots reporting for duty with alcohol in their system.

Mumbai was a close second with 47 pilots arriving at the airport with a high blood alcohol level.

Kolkata took the third spot with 18 pilots reporting for work after sipping the cup that cheers.

The Southern city of Chennai had 17 pilots coming after consuming liquor.

 

There’s no travel nightmare worse than having to land at an airport and run to your gate to catch the connecting flight only to discover that the plane is already in the air.

Your holiday or business meeting is ruined, beyond salvage!

Ranking of Airports

A new study has ranked the world’s worst and best airports for connecting flights.

The airports are ranked upon the number of barriers and amount of time needed at each airport to get between its furthest gates once travelers have cleared security and passport control.

The study is by Mo’Zippity Apps, which offers the Connect On Time app for iPhones and iPads to provide gate-to-gate connect times for 42 of the world’s top airports.

Worst Airports

The worst airports generally have poor on-time departure and arrival records, illogical layouts, inefficient security and passport control checkpoints and gates that are more than an hour apart.

Connecting Flights - Worst Airports

Beijing Capital International (PEK) gained the dubious honor of being on top of the world’s worst airport list for connecting flights.

At Beijing Capital International, you’ll need 1-your and 27-minutes to get between its furthest gates after clearing security and passport control.

Beijing Capital has a dismal 30% on-time record and stressed-out passengers struggle to reach their connecting gates on time.

Best Airports

Zurich Airport (ZRH) made it to the top of the best airports for connecting flights.

At Zurich, you’ll need a mere 10 minutes to get between its furthest gates after clearing security and passport control.

Connecting Flights - Best Airports

Best airports usually have better than 70% on-time departure and arrival records, logical layouts, efficient security and passport control checkpoints, connected airsides, and gates that are no more than a half an hour apart.

Allot More Time

Mo’Zippity Apps’ president Wayne Chen recommends while considering which connecting flight to book travelers allot at least an hour between flights to account for unexpected delays and wait times at the Best airports, and three hours at the Worst.

Jun 032013
 

The Bangalore Chapter of The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has put out a free walking-tour app of the city’s heritage sites.

The app is available for both iOS (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad) and Android mobile phones.

We downloaded the app for our iPhone a short while ago.

Intach Bangalore Walking Tour App

Available in both English and Kannada, the app covers the area around Tippu’s Fort, not far from K.R.Market in Bangalore.

Besides text and pictures, the app also has audio commentary in both English and Kannada for a few sites.

While not the greatest of designs, the app could be of some use to tourists in Bangalore.

The INTACH Bangalore app was developed in partnership with Bangalore-based IT firm Sonata Software.

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May 292013
 

Finally, nickeled and dimed travelers have something to smile about.

Heathrow Airport will launch free WiFi in early June.

The London airport will offer travelers 45-minutes of free Internet access per day across its five terminals.

If you hold a Heathrow Rewards card, your free Internet time doubles to 90 minutes.

Travelers looking for longer periods of access can pick from a range of pay-as-you-go options.

Having gotten used to continuous Internet access at work and home, travelers can quickly become disoriented in the absence of free WiFi.

But Internet access is seldom free at airports or in flight and are often expensive.

 

A new survey on tipping has shown that Germans and Americans are dumber than Italians, French, Spanish and the Brits.

Why?

Because Germans and Americans are more likely to leave a tip while traveling.

The survey by TripAdvisor found that 69% of Germans and 57% of Americans always leave a tip while they’re on a trip.

Here’s nations from a bunch of countries tip when they’re on a trip.

1. Germans – 69%
2. Americans – 57%
3. Russians – 53%
4. Brazilians – 40%
5. French – 39%
6. Brits – 39%
7. Spanish – 36%
8. Italians – 23%

Americans are the worst when it comes to tipping during vacations.

The survey found 99% of Americans tip on vacation compared to the average of 43% who always tip among seven other countries.

In our view, tipping is a lousy trick played by businesses to pass on the cost of paying their employees to customers.

The TripAdvisor survey did not cover Indians, who are smart enough to seldom tip.

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