Then, after some of the soldiers, who were on a flight from Baltimore to Atlanta, complained in a YouTube video — since removed — that went viral on the Internet, Delta announced on its blog that it was changing its three-bag policy for the military. The airline said it would allow military personnel traveling on orders to check up to five bags in first and business class.
But it seemed for a while that troops flying coach could only get three for free. Someone must have figured out that most troops tend not to fly first class, so the airline then said four bags would be fine even for those traveling coach.
The hubbub reportedly sparked a number of airlines to affirm or change baggage policies so that troops traveling on orders could check four or five bags for free. Delta is offering to compensate the soldiers affected in the most recent situation.
Loop Fans may recall our March 29 column about Marines stationed in Hawaii being hit with higher ticket prices — up to $900 in one case, we were told — when the Pentagon changed their deployment dates.
That change meant the Marines and sailors had to rebook their pre-deployment flights home before they headed to one of the most dangerous places in Afghanistan.
Several airlines, including U.S. Airways, United Airlines and Delta — waived the $150 change fee, but apparently would not waive the substantially higher ticket prices.
Seems like it may be time for everyone to get together and sort all this out.
The blistering heat this week beckons us to area beaches to cool off. And when we hit the surf, some of us will doubtless remember Bruce, the giant shark in the movie “Jaws,” and we’ll look around.
Do not be afraid. Unless you’re somehow mistaken for a seal, you should be fine. Turns out, sharks are less dangerous to humans than we are to them, according to a new book by our colleague Juliet Eilperin.
“They’re not exactly cuddly,” she explained, “but only a small percentage are dangerous. Like your average House member.”
In the book, Eilperin charts the complicated shark/human relationship through the years and takes us on several fascinating trips, including one in which she faces down a great white off the coast of South Africa and another adventure canoeing with a Papua New Guinean who summons sharks in the sea.
Sometimes things got really dicey. Take, for example, the time she encountered Rosie O’Donnell out driving a motorboat with friends off Star Island near Miami.
As it turns out, overfishing has caused the world’s shark population to plummet dramatically. Humans are eating them — not the other way around. There’s talk on the Hill of legislation that would ban shark fin imports to the United States. And international action is likely, with several countries close to adopting new shark fishing restrictions in the next few weeks.