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10 Things Airlines Could Do Better

As a frequent traveler, I deal with airports and airlines all the time. and I must say there are good ones and bad ones all over the world. We pack, we arrange, we get there with hours before our flight so that we have plenty of time to stress out. The thing I can’t wrap my mind around is why airlines and airports don’t get what customers really want. So, here are the top 10 things airlines could do better according to my very informal non-data driven study.

10 Things Airlines Could Do Better
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Guarantee Luggage

Here’s the bottom line. If Amazon can get my package to me in 24 hours without blinking an eye, airlines can get my suitcase on the same plane I am on. As airlines continue to charge us fee after fee, it is beyond me why they are not held accountable for ensuring they do the job we are paying them to do.

woman in white top and denim jeans sitting on red luggage bag
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Normalize Gate Checking Bags

Speaking of luggage, so many people are trying to avoid that checked luggage fee that they drag their bags to the gate. Why do airlines wait until two minutes before boarding to announce that everyone’s bags are not going to fit in the overhead compartments? I don’t get it. Let’s just all give in and check those bags right at the gate. Put them on those slides and load the bags! And you know the most frustrating moment before take off and some lady with four kids is trying to find space for her 6 carry-ons! I’m so frustrated!

airport
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Fast Pass Boarding Procedures

If Disney can get people on the Millennium Falcon using Fast Pass, so can airlines. for Heaven’s sake! Just give me a time to show up and I will. How hard is that? Why must I wait in like three huge lines to check in, clear TSA and walk on a plane? Why?! I just don’t get it. Wouldn’t it be easier to clear everything right when you arrive? I once watched the TSA line at JFK for about 2 hours. What a s**t show.

woman in sleeveless top and black denim jeans
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Get Rid Of The Center Seat Once and For All!

Do I really need to say any more than this? I mean, airlines are already packing us in and charging us for the best spots to sit on the plane, I think we deserve to get rid of the majority of those banks of three seats.

people inside commercial air plane
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Mind The Gap!

While we are at it, with all the great engineering minds in aviation, why am I still shoving my jacket and purse into the gap between the wall? I don’t get it. Why?! For the love of everything sacred, fill in the gap- preferably with something soft on one side and USB ports on the other.

grayscale of airplane window and chair
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Family Seating

I checked. There is no rule or law that says all airline seats must face forward. So why in the world don’t we simply face two banks of seats together so that families can have a space to themselves? Imagine airlines treating seating more like trains do. Seating in groups of twos and fours. How much more inviting and easier would it be?

car chair comfort commuting
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Install those lay down seats! I want the top bunk!

We’ve all seen them on Facebook. Long haul flights deserve a better way to make it to the other side. There is nothing comfortable about flying overseas at all. So why in the world aren’t airlines shouting for the rooftops about how happy they are with this new solution?

The Zephyr Seats
things that airlines could do better
The Zephyr Seat System

Step Up The Waiting Game

New airports are showing the grand dames of the past that airports are not just holding pens for traveling human cattle. It’s time to rethink how spaces are being used in airports. Travelers want and pay for clean usable, comfortable areas. Older airports take notes and join us in the 21st century.

people sitting on gang chairs
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Money, Money, Money

I know! All of my brilliant ideas cost money. Well, airlines, you’ve charged me for my seat, my bag, my drink, my takes to pay for the terminal, early check-in, some premium stuff, and I was overcharged for my mocha latte in the terminal. There are no excuses here. It’s time for stockholders to realize that they must reinvest things that airlines could do better.

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10 Things Airlines Could Do Better

As a frequent traveler, I deal with airports and airlines all the time. and I must say there are good ones and bad ones all over the world. We pack, we arrange, we get there with hours before our flight so that we have plenty of time to stress out. The thing I can’t wrap my mind around is why airlines and airports don’t get what customers really want. So, here are the top 10 things airlines could do better according to my very informal non-data driven study.

10 Things Airlines Could Do Better

Guarantee Luggage

Here’s the bottom line. If Amazon can get my package to me in 24 hours without blinking an eye, airlines can get my suitcase on the same plane I am on. As airlines continue to charge us fee after fee, it is beyond me why they are not held accountable for ensuring they do the job we are paying them to do.

woman in white top and denim jeans sitting on red luggage bag
Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels.com

Normalize Gate Checking Bags

Speaking of luggage, so many people are trying to avoid that checked luggage fee that they drag their bags to the gate. Why do airlines wait until two minutes before boarding to announce that everyone’s bags are not going to fit in the overhead compartments? I don’t get it. Let’s just all give in and check those bags right at the gate. Put them on those slides and load the bags! And you know the most frustrating moment before take off and some lady with four kids is trying to find space for her 6 carry-ons! I’m so frustrated!

airport
Photo by Matthew Turner on Pexels.com

Fast Pass Boarding Procedures

If Disney can get people on the Millennium Falcon using Fast Pass, so can airlines. for Heaven’s sake! Just give me a time to show up and I will. How hard is that? Why must I wait in like three huge lines to check in, clear TSA and walk on a plane? Why?! I just don’t get it. Wouldn’t it be easier to clear everything right when you arrive? I once watched the TSA line at JFK for about 2 hours. What a s**t show.

woman in sleeveless top and black denim jeans
Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels.com

Get Rid Of The Center Seat Once and For All!

Do I really need to say any more than this? I mean, airlines are already packing us in and charging us for the best spots to sit on the plane, I think we deserve to get rid of the majority of those banks of three seats.

people inside commercial air plane
Photo by Sourav Mishra on Pexels.com

Mind The Gap!

While we are at it, with all the great engineering minds in aviation, why am I still shoving my jacket and purse into the gap between the wall? I don’t get it. Why?! For the love of everything sacred, fill in the gap- preferably with something soft on one side and USB ports on the other.

grayscale of airplane window and chair
Photo by Rui Chaves on Pexels.com

Family Seating

I checked. There is no rule or law that says all airline seats must face forward. So why in the world don’t we simply face two banks of seats together so that families can have a space to themselves? Imagine airlines treating seating more like trains do. Seating in groups of twos and fours. How much more inviting and easier would it be?

car chair comfort commuting
Photo by Skitterphoto on Pexels.com

Install those lay down seats! I want the top bunk!

We’ve all seen them on Facebook. Long haul flights deserve a better way to make it to the other side. There is nothing comfortable about flying overseas at all. So why in the world aren’t airlines shouting for the rooftops about how happy they are with this new solution?

The Zephyr Seats
things that airlines could do better
The Zephyr Seat System

Step Up The Waiting Game

New airports are showing the grand dames of the past that airports are not just holding pens for traveling human cattle. It’s time to rethink how spaces are being used in airports. Travelers want and pay for clean usable, comfortable areas. Older airports take notes and join us in the 21st century.

people sitting on gang chairs
Photo by Sunyu Kim on Pexels.com

Money, Money, Money

I know! All of my brilliant ideas cost money. Well, airlines, you’ve charged me for my seat, my bag, my drink, my takes to pay for the terminal, early check-in, some premium stuff, and I was overcharged for my mocha latte in the terminal. There are no excuses here. It’s time for stockholders to realize that they must reinvest things that airlines could do better.

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Reservations About Roma

You can’t turn a corner in Rome without running into some slice of history. It seems that whether you look high or low, the past greets you with one surprise after another. The eternal city is a travel icon for a reason. However, sprinkled in to the nooks and crannies between the basilicas and the forums are quite a few treats. Don’t get me wrong, no matter what kind of traveler you are, there are a few standards to see while there. So where do you even start? It’s time for a little travel, Roma Style!

Rome skyline
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Five Tickets To Secure Before You Visit The Vatican.

There is no denying that St. Peter’s Basilica is the finest church in Christendom. Within its literal borders, The Vatican has more priceless artwork per square foot than most art establishments in the world. As you can imagine, it’s a popular hot spot on the city’s grand tour. In fact, up to 20,000 people could file through to see marvels like the Laocoon and the Sistine Chapel. It can be very overwhelming!

With a little careful planning, you can enjoy the best the Vatican has to offer with a few clicks. First, do not buy any tickets from an outside source. They are inflating the price and are taking advantage of you. Instead, go straight to the source. In addition to getting a reservation at the museum and gardens, there are two other tickets worth looking into.

The official entrance to the Vatican Museums

Bonus: You can climb the 550 steps up Michaelangelo’s Dome and take in the breadth of the Holy See and the city beyond. It costs 10 Euro, cash only. Plus, there’s a little coffee shop up there. The Italians think of everything.

Bernini's Canopy the MichaelAngelo's Dome

Through a little known procedure, you can get a reservation to see the Tomb of St. Peter. to do this, you must make a request through the Office of The Scavi. This will allow you to see the ancient ruins, St. Peter’s resting place, and the Clementine Chapel if this request is approved.

The modest door to the Office of the Scavi

Bonus: Get to the Office of the Scavi early so you can pop in to the Teutonic Cemetery just across the way. It’s free to look around.

The Teutonic Cemetery

Don’t get the Necropolis that is offered through the Museum confused with the one offered through the Scavi. Do go see the second site located under a parking garage. Those tickets can be purchased at the same time you get your full museum pass.

The second Necropolis

Lastly, if you intend to get in to the weekly audience with the Pope, you’ll need to request your tickets for that as well. There are two ways to go about it. You can either check in with your local parish and find out of your diocese has any available for your dates or request them directly from the Prefecture of the Papal Household.

Five Tickets To Buy Before You Touch Down Rome.

There are two types of visitors to Rome. Those who stand in line and those who don’t. With so much to see and do, Rome is one of those cities that takes careful planning. The bottom line is that if you don’t schedule some specific must do’s, you will wind up rushing from one thing to another without time to truly appreciate everything you’ve come so far to enjoy.

Santa Maria Maggiore

…is one of the four major churches devoted to Mary. It has quite an interesting history and two fascinating features. First, the entire cieling of the sanctuary is gold leafed with gold that Columbus brought back and gave to Queen Isabella. To see it up close, you can climb up to the roof courtesy of a spiral staircase crafted by the great Bernini. You can see the ceiling, the stairs, and so very much more by booking a tour.

Bernini's Stairs at Santa Maria en Maggiore

Bonus: At The Basilica of San Clemente, there are three levels of ruins to explore under the simple church with an anchor. The underground ruins are a cash only business and tend not to have a big line anyway.

The Castel Sant’ Angelo and the Secret Borgia Passetto

…are loosely connected to the Vatican- physically. However, it doesn’t take much to see how important the Castel is to Vatican history. Those pesky Borgias were up to no good and needed an escape plan in case things went belly up. Touring both the Castel and the secret passage gives an incredible insight into Rome throughout the years.

Bonus: There’s no need to buy a ticket to go to Rome’s oldest church, The Pantheon. Located very close to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon is a true architectural wonder. With a perfect occulus in the dome and proportions that seem impossible, it’s amazing to think that it still stands, in quite good condition I might add, after almost 1900 years. Although, to avoid the lines, get there early or right at closing as the crowds are the thinnest then.

The Borghesi Gallery

…is probably the second most famous art collection in the city, falling in line behind The Vatican. With works of art like Apollo and Daphne, the Borghesi is only available by reservation. Plan on taking a full morning or afternoon to fully explore the entire gallery.

The Borghese Gallery
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Bonus: Don’t discount the gift shops of Rome. As we all know, pretty much every tourist site dumps you into a gift shop. I happen to find lots of them fun in this part of the world. There are some real treasures in them! My favorite souvenir? A glow in the dark Virgin Mary that I found at San Giovanni en Laterno.

The Coliseum

…certainly finds itself on the bucket list of most travelers who plan to see Rome. It’s no wonder considering all of the legends that surround this first sports arena of sorts. But, make no mistake, while the ancient Romans were able to fill and empty the place in five minutes, efficiency plays no role in today’s tours.

A close up look at the Coliseum

Bonus: It’s really worth the time to rent a few bikes and get out of town on the Appian Way. This historic road was the main thoroughfare from the south and into ancient Rome.

The Appian Way

Lastly, don’t forget your rail ticket out of town!

Like any good Roman from years past, it’s a really good idea to have an exit strategy! Whether you are taking the train to the airport or another part of Italy, book ahead of time so that you have all the information you need to make your transition smooth.

El Termini
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The romance of Rome is undeniable! And as long as you are well prepared, you’ll enjoy every minute of that Dolce Vita!