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Unintended consequences

Eat and drink free for a year A Chinese businessman bought a first-class, fully-refundable ticket aboard Eastern China Airline. On the scheduled departure date, he presented it for access to the Xi’an International Airport’s VIP lounge, where first-class travellers dine and drink free. Then, instead of boarding the flight he changed his flight’s departure date to the following day. The next day he turned up with his newly-issued ticket for the revised date, ate and drank free and then changed his ticket date again. Airline staff recognized what was happening only after noticing that his ticket had been re-booked 300

A day in the life

30 March 2015 My wife, Marge, and I returned to London (LHR) yesterday after last week’s OMG meeting in Reston, VA. We travelled from Reagan National Airport (DCA) via New York (JFK). Both planes left (more or less) on time. We were upgraded for the hop to JFK and the flight to London landed 40 minutes early. Travelling outwards wasn’t so good. “Flight AA101 to New York is cancelled”. It was Friday, March 20. We had just arrived at LHR to go to the OMG meeting. Our route was via JFK to DCA. Then a weekend in Virginia, and to