Time For A Smile
the most entertaining urban legends are created by travelers. A recent
article in the
Washington Post outlined some of them, including the “Stuck on the
THE MYTH: A
commercial airline pilot, or passenger, takes a bathroom break and attempts
to flush while still seated. Bad idea! The powerful suction keeps him or her
stuck on the toilet.
Nearly impossible. This legend appears to have started at least as early as
1992, when Scandinavian Airlines was forced to publicly debunk a rumor that
a female passenger spent part of a transatlantic flight glued to her seat,
so to speak. Asked about this legend, Federal Aviation Authority officials
demurred, suggesting that inquiries be directed to commercial airline
makers. Boeing spokeswoman Mary Jean Olsen confirmed that she had indeed
heard this legend, but hers starred an Airbus plane. But of course.
read more of these travel myths by
Growing broadband access at home:
Broadband use among Internet
users has exceeded 50 percent when access at work is included; now home use
of high-speed Internet connections is growing, too.
Leichtman Research Group, Inc. in their
updated report, Broadband, Cable and DBS Across the US 2005, found
that at the “beginning of 2005, broadband penetration of households in the
United States stood at close to 29 percent nationwide. In related research,
LRG found that as of the end of the second quarter of 2005, the 20 largest
cable and DSL providers in the United States--representing 94 percent of the
broadband market for cable and DSL--accounted for about 37.6 million
high-speed Internet subscribers.”
will remain largest online retail category in 2010:
recent study by Forrester Research, Inc.
“U.S. online retail sales will jump from $172 billion in 2005 to $329
billion in 2010.” The Forrester report includes a five-year forecast
that breaks out online sales across 15 retail categories, including travel.
represent 13 percent of total U.S. retail sales in 2010.
remains the largest online retail category, growing from $63 billion in 2005
to $119 billion in 2010.
showing significant growth include: apparel, consumer electronics, health
and beauty, home products, food and beverage, and sporting goods.”
travel buyers not created equal: According to findings from
PhoCusWright’s Online Travel Shopping
and Buying Behavior: Key European Markets survey, “eight out of 10 U.K.
online travelers use the Internet as the main way they purchase travel. But
e-commerce barriers and embedded habits make German and French travelers
more likely to use offline methods as well.
“The survey was
conducted in July 2005 to gauge the shopping and buying habits of online
travel buyers across three of Europe’s largest online travel markets--the
U.K., Germany and France. Online travel buyers in Germany and France are
more likely to use a combination of online and offline channels than are
U.K. buyers. For example, 68 percent of online travel buyers in Germany also
use other channels, including traditional travel agencies and tour
operators, when purchasing travel.”
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