Delayed airline passengers only 4 in 10 claim compensation

The consumer Group “Which?” found 9000 flights and 37 million passenger journeys to and from UK were delayed by 15 minutes or more between June 2014 and May 2015, and out of 90,000 passengers who could be eligible to claim compensation only four in 10 people, 38% put in a claim. So delayed airline passengers…

Plight of 38 stranded British Airways Passengers in Mumbai!

“Kids and special needs passengers sleep on floor. British Airways officials have disappeared,” tweeted musician Sean Read, stranded passengers at Mumbai airport. He said passengers had been offered “no hotel, no food, no flight” by either the airport or the airline as minimum standards have been compromised. The 38 of stranded British Airways passengers, including…

The most infamous World Series

Would such a brazen act be even remotely possible today? For baseball fans everywhere who will be watching Game 4 of the 2013 World Series, scheduled to be played Sunday night in St. Louis, the first instinct is probably: There is no way any team could come close to getting away with it. The 1919…

Humanity’s better angels

Have you ever wondered, in those moments when the world seems especially hateful, how humanity as a race keeps going, not just on, but forward? We often seem to inhabit a world full of people whose empathy comes with an off switch when it comes to anyone outside their ‘tribe’ (race, ethnicity, nation etc), who…

Mythology of weapons

The recent ‘deweaponisation’ advertisements by the Sindh government provide a classic case study of how one can ‘appear’ to be executing a task, without actually wanting or intending to do it. Spread over 12 days, these quarter-page ads, which cost some 20-25 million rupees, resulted in the surrender of merely 20 illegal weapons. Most first-year…

Young Women, Drinking and Rape

Over the years, I often have found myself wanting to point out to young women that if they get blind drunk they run a very serious risk of being raped. But I know that the advice will be misunderstood and misused. So I leave it unsaid because some listeners will inevitably conclude that I am…

Meet the Makers

But that is exactly what I got last week by traveling to the China-Myanmar border area to visit Chinese village schools with the leaders of Teach for All, the network of 32 countries that have adopted the Teach for America model of recruiting highly motivated college graduates to work in their country’s most underprivileged schools.…

Homecoming at Howard

MY son is 13 and already cultivating an eclectic sense of himself. His friends span the American rainbow, and taken together, look like an ad for Gap Kids. I once heard him tell a group of giggling teenage girls, “You’re the first girls from Georgia” — the country, not the state — “I’ve ever met.”…