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BedBox by JetKids Full Review

I was initially intrigued by the BedBox by JetKids as it was something that potentially would have made my life a lot easier.

I was bound for a 30 hour trip from Los Angeles to Johannesburg at the end of May and decided to give the BedBox a try without hearsay but with a real hands-0n experience.

The results were great and I would strongly vouch for any person making a long haul flight with little kids to purchase themselves a BedBox by JetKids.

Here are all the reasons why:

1. Allowed My Child to Sleep

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There is no doubt that the primary purpose of a BedBox is to let a child sleep comfortably on the plane and BedBox by JetKids checked that box. Once my child was asleep somewhere over Zimbabwe, the BedBox allowed him to sleep until somewhere over Paris. This was on the Johannesburg to London route. The BedBox will not put your child to sleep, it will however allow them to rest comfortably once they are asleep.

2. Allowed my Child to Play

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The extension of the seating area that BedBox affords was one of the greatest assets. It allowed us to pull out toys, games and books for my child to play without the toys constantly falling on the floor. We were able to give crayons and a coloring book and it really did provide a great little play area with little fuss.

3. Stored on Plane very Easily

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BedBox by JetKids was very easy to store under the seat when not in use. It is sturdy and could be a comfy foot rest even when you don’t set up the actual BedBox.

4. Great for Packing

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There was no shortage of space when it came to packing the BedBox. Even with the mattress and side panels, there was ample room to pack diapers and wipes. Enough diapers and wipes to last us a week. The sturdiness of the case really feels high quality.

5. Easy to Set-Up and Pack Away

The BedBox is super simple to set-up. I am not particularly savvy when it comes to the set-up for such stuff but the BedBox was a breeze, flip the lid and you are pretty much good to go. Pack up was also very easy and it stored back beautifully. This was really positive from the BedBox.

6. Fun-to-Ride

My son had a great time riding the BedBox. With younger kids I would advise extreme caution. I found this to be more of a novelty with the BedBox as opposed to a practical mode of transport. Perhaps with an older child 5 or maybe even 6 years old, this could be a practical mode of moving around the airport.

Overall

The BedBox was a great benefit on my trip. After doing 60 hours of travel, it still looks as good as new and is in tip-top condition and I did not treat it with any particular care (although I probably should have). There is no doubt that the BedBox will only be of benefit to people travelling with children.

 

What is an Airport Curfew?

WHAT IS AN AIRPORT CURFEW

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An airport curfew is a certain amount of time during the night that aircraft could not take off or land at a particular airport.  This is also known as night flying restrictions.

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Airlines Get Fined for Flying After a Certain Time

 

The reasons for night flying restrictions

The most common reason for night flying restrictions is that cities seek to limit the amount of noise that are emitted from commercial jets or even private jets while most people are sleeping.  It has become quite common for airlines to fly into airports that are in quite urbanized areas.  This has made night flying restrictions a more important thing to residents.

 

What are the consequences for breaking the airport curfew?

Airlines that fly after the airport curfew time whether a take-off or a landing will be fined by the airport.  These fines vary from airport to airport and for the time at which the plane will land or take off.  Most often when the plane is leaving on a long international flight e.g. a flight to Europe or a flight across the sea the airport will take the fine on and fly the flight anyways.  However, if an airline has a flight that is not particularly full with not that many passengers and is perhaps only a national flight between cities or states there is a possibility that the airline will delay the flight until such time when they will no longer be in violation of the airport curfew.  In terms of the airport curfew and night flying restrictions it also has to be considered the cost at which the airlines operate after hours.  Many, many staff that it takes to manage airports and run smooth and successful airline operations will need to be paid overtime.  The incentive therefore for commercial airlines to be on time has become more and more in their best interests.

Airline and Travel Sue Stories

The thought has gone through the minds of many a traveler; “They are going to be sued for this” (Insert expletives after every two words”. Whether its being felt up by security, being served dog food for dinner, or having to wait overnight at the airport. Airports, airlines and all those involved in the travelling process have been sued. Here is a collection of some of the bizarre reasons people in this industry have been sued.

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Buying a coffee before a flight should be a fairly simple and relaxing task. In 1955 a hill district man claimed he received permanent neck and groin injuries after a chair was pulled from underneath him at the Coffee Shop at a Pittsburgh airport. He sued the owner of the coffee shop for$2500. He went flying that day, not the flying he had imagined though when  he woke up that morning.

Wifi – the new oxygen, we just cannot live without it.

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Now that pisses a passenger off

New Jersey resident Cary M. David has filed a $5 million lawsuit against United Airlines that,alleges passengers who purchased in-flight Wi-Fi and DirecTV services during an international flight were not informed by the airline that these two types of services were only available in continental U.S. flights.

If you are currently travelling, you may be able to google this story. Otherwise we will see you in court.

Obesity

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This could get tricky

Obesity can cause many problems, diabetes, heart conditions,high cholesterol and more. No one ever imagined that an airline would be sued because of it.

Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad is being sued by a man who claimed that being seated in economy next to an overweight passenger during a flight from Dubai to Sydney left him with back injuries.

James Bassos says he was required to “contort and twist” his body to avoid contact with his neighbor, who coughed frequently and “expelled fluid from his mouth,”. After repeated requests of cabin crew, Mr Bassos was given limited access to a crew seat but was still required to spend long stretches of time in a position which he claims caused a back injury and aggravation of an existing back condition.”

Obesity seems to be a big problem for Air Ethiad.

Granada or Grenada

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Not the same

A dentist planned a trip to Portugal for a conference in September 2014 and decided he’d quickly swing by Granada, Spain.

But carrier British Airways had other ideas, and instead sent Edward Gamson and his partner to Grenada — with an E — in the Caribbean.

Gamson, who said he clearly told the British Airways agent over the phone Granada, Spain, didn’t notice the mistake because his e-tickets did not contain the airport code or the duration of the trip. It was only 20 minutes after departure from a stopover in London that he looked at the in-flight map and asked the flight attendant, “Why are we headed west to go to Spain?”

An island holiday is not what he had in mind and is therefore suing British Airways.

Who knew that incorrect spelling can possibly land you on a desert island.

Our hope is that all those travelling reach their destinations safely, with wifi and without injury or insult!

Happy Travels!

 

That Bumpy Landing Was Planned

A small clap usually goes off on many flights as the pilot touches down. It is probably a gesture of thanks and relief at having being brought back to steady ground in one piece. Yet, many times you will hear passengers complaining and saying that the pilot must be an amateur for providing such a bumpy landing. Wet conditions are often the most difficult conditions to land in and at these times passengers if they were to take note will experience some of the most bumpy landings.

Consider this though. The reason you are experiencing a bumpy landing and particularly in wet weather is because you have a very skilled and very safe pilot. A pilot who is totally on top of all the skills there are in the trade of flying a massive aircraft and here is why.

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Wet weather is a hazard to smooth landing

You see, just like your car does not run as smoothly in wet conditions and you run the risk of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning as in skidding and slipping out of control and as dangerous as this is in your motor vehicle it is far more deadly when it is a commercial sized jumbo jet. At the point of touch down is when the plane is at its highest risk of skidding on the slippery wet surface. To negate this captains will come in with a slight bump or bumpiness to break and splatter the water underneath. This allows the pilot to get the plane on the ground while significantly reducing the risk of skidding uncontrollably down the runway.

So, the next time you experience a bumpy landing, especially in wet weather conditions maybe turn to the person next to you and let him know that this must be, one very talented pilot.

Mouse in the Cockpit and Other Flying Problems

With credit to Cop Humour Australia, we present to you  their list of some incredible flying funny banter between pilots and mechanics.

After every flight, pilots are required to  fill out a form that reports any problems experienced with the aircraft. The form is then sent to the mechanics that are asked to document what repairs they have done to the problems that were noted by the pilots.

Mechanics seem to be a funny bunch based on their responses, not sure how much confidence this gives you in the pilots or the mechanics, but it is good for a laugh all the same.

The problem has been marked with ‘P’ and that was penned by the pilot. The solution is marked with ‘S’ and supposedly taken care of by the mechanic. ENJOY!

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A creative solution to a mouse in the cockpit and other flying fixes

P: Left inside main tyre almost needs replacement.
S: Left inside main tyre almost replaced.

P: Test flight OK, auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back order.

P: Auto pilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Can’t reproduce problem on the ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That’s what friction locks are for.

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspect crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you’re right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed in cockpit.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.

KLM – The Royal Dutch Airlines was established on October 7th in the year 1919.  It is not only the world’s first airline, but it’s the longest running commercial passenger airline in the world today. It currently boasts 136 flying destinations a crew of 32,505 employees and a fleet of 118 planes.

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It’s headquartered in Amstelveen in the Netherlands very close to it’s main hub – Amsterdam airport.  Not so many people are aware of this but royal Dutch airlines actually owns the Amsterdam Schipol airport, the largest luxury airport in the world.

The first KLM commercial flight took place on May 17th 1920 and flew from London to Amsterdam

So what is the secret to running a company for 95 years and staying on the list of the worlds top commercial passenger and cargo airlines?
Understanding the customer is one of many crucial tools that  KLM uses to stay in touch with what a potential customer as well as a returning customer requires to be a loyal customer. A big and important part of to that is having a big presence on social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Through social media the airline gets direct from the consumer a hands on feel of what excites and really interests the flyer, and they also learn what is most important to the flying experience of the customer.   This is one example of playing with the times and keeping trendy, and shows that even the oldest and longest running company in any given field has to always keep on updating and stay with it as to not become “old fashioned”

Another goal of KLM is to become the most environmentally sustainable operating airline in the world.  Among the many ways KLM is trying to achieve this is by making the airline run lighter and smoother, which will help reduce the carbon dioxide emissions.

KLM continues to prove daily that old doesn’t mean old-fashioned.