Observations on Travel
Posted: Fri, 15 June 2007 | permalink | No comments
- Ignore what the check-in agent tells you -- your aerosol deodorant is still on the "banned liquids" list. Thanks, you numpty. I would have checked it if I'd known.
- They should possibly filter what goes onto the TV screens in the departures lounge. I can imagine that a song whose only lyrics are "destination unknown" might not fill some travellers with joyous anticipation.
- Your seat assignment is usually decided long before you check in. If you want a good seat, it's best to ask for it explicitly when you book. Failing that, you can ask at the check-in counter and again at the gate. It worked for me, but only because whoever got assigned that seat originally didn't make his earlier connection and hence wasn't going to be on that flight without teleportation.
- There's free wifi in some strange places -- even international departure lounges. I suspect that The Authorities weren't really aware of the one I was using -- the SSID and public IP address don't feel particularly "official".
- There's a Qantas 767, "City of Rockhampton", which has CASA registration VH-OGG. I find that particularly humourous, although I suspect that my entertainment is largely a function of boredom.
- The Internet kiosk machines in the International departure lounge at Sydney airport run Ubuntu -- not sure of the version (GNOME post-login splash screen was quite rounded, but I don't memorise what different Ubuntu versions' splash screens look like). They then run Opera on top of that. Anyone know anything about this?
- A lounge music version of the LJ Hooker theme song is a true abomination to mankind.
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