Hot Issues Travel Blog

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The Hot Issues Travel Blog provides regular comment on travel related issues, often arising from holidaymakers’ concerns and complaints. Subjects covered range from holiday illness and hygiene standards through to risk destinations and Aerotoxic or Cabin Air Quality.  

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Malaysian Airlines Flight Number MH370: Some important questions!

I am but one of many millions of citizens around the world, whose heart has reached out the 239 families of the crew and passengers of the ill-fated Malaysian Airways flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpar to Beijing. We have lurched from the terrorist pilot and gold bullion theories, to shadow flights and alien abductions, all with the apparent goal of explaining a complex situation. This flight is no... READ MORE 25 March 2014

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20 Ridiculous Holiday Complaints: The Consumer Experience 2013!

I thought that I would share with you one holiday experience we have received this morning.  It comes from a holidaymaker who is so incensed about what she was 'given' for her holiday, that she has decided, enough is enough and that she is going to challenge her tour operator for compensation! This holidaymaker decided to take a 7 day holiday to the popular resort of Marmaris in Turkey.  When s... READ MORE 14 August 2013

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So holidaymakers ask; What is the minimum fuel level for an aircraft?

An article in today's Independent, highlights the report from the Spanish Aviation Authorities, where they express concern over 'market competition' and the apparent practice for airlines to carry a lower level of fuel for their journey.  The report follows on from a Ryanair flight which had to declare an emergency because it was low on fuel. The report cites the fact that the aircraft was foun... READ MORE 7 August 2013

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Travel Crises: Time for guidance to Turkey!

We have been watching the crises this past 14 days; firstly the weather crisis in Prague and secondly, the on-going and escalating crisis in Turkey. As I write this article, it seems that the Turkish Authorities have taken a tough line against the protestors.  This is a critical phase for Turkey as its image is important for the well-being of its 2020 Olympic dream! It is not for anyone outside... READ MORE 11 June 2013

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Lobbying for Travel Rights and HolidayTravelWatch

I was recently in the United States, working with pilots, cabin crew, representatives from Airbus & Boeing and American Airlines, arguing for a standard to deal with cabin air quality.  This work, done under the auspices of ASHRAE, is vital if we are going to tackle the scourge of fumes escaping into the aircraft cabin environment. As I was talking to one of the pilots representatives, he w... READ MORE 3 June 2013

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Why monitoring holiday illness resorts is so important!

This past few weeks has been busy in dealing with the numbers of holidaymakers affected by illness and poor hygiene conditions in resorts. The range of complaints indicate to us that whether the 'offence' against the holidaymaker is on land or at sea, there is scant regard to the issues that underpin the problems.  Let's face it, Giardia, Salmonella, Coliforms and so-called Norovirus is not dow... READ MORE 30 May 2013

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So Richard Branson does not like some Travel Advisories – so what about the Consumers?

I was interested to read that Richard Branson does not like the travel advisories issued by the UK Foreign Office.  His argument centres around the position that more travel is the best way to defeat terrorism.  He believes that, “The right thing is for every country to not put out advisories against nations that suffer terrorist attacks, but instead continue to aid them, through tourism and tr... READ MORE 30 April 2013

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The caring face of the so-called DIY Package Holiday!

Every now and again I hear of a holidaymakers experience which demonstrates the shocking attitude of some travel companies.  What is equally distasteful is reading about how many months individual holidaymakers will invest to try and resolve their holiday complaints, only to be, for want of a better expression, to find themselves 'shafted' by their 'travel companies'! This story does not just... READ MORE 17 April 2013

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