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  • MartynSinclair
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    Whilst I am highly critical (as most people are) about the BA CW product, as long as I am upstairs on the 380 by the window (with far more space) I manage 7 – 8 hours sleep to Asia. I will avoid the 777 like the plague.. the window seat feels very cramped…

    Don’t be taken in by the Concorde lounge.. as part of your decision though, I don’t find it anything overly special.

    Personally, i would take the BA flight to SIN via HKG… the lounges in HKG are certainly worth a visit…

    Let us know your decision, also would be interested to hear the price being paid..


    MartynSinclair
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    retirement after only 10 years service??


    MartynSinclair
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    Through my letter box today:

    The Proposed Expansion of Heathrow Airport – Heathrow’s public consultation 17th March to 28th March.

    For those interested, its all available via, http://www.heathrowexpansion.com


    MartynSinclair
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    and just out of interest, if the airlines did charge for hand baggage, I would have no qualms in paying, especially if it guaranteed locker space above my seat…

    As you quite rightly state Cedric, the airport authorities would scream blue murder if passengers reduced their purchases due to the cabin baggage charges.

    The pity is that airlines don’t arrange for the shopping to be put in a separate area of the boarding gate to be loaded separately. When the airline realises how much this is costing in terms of weight, perhaps their eyes would open and an income revenue realised..


    MartynSinclair
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    @ Cedric_Statherby – when I heard you mention charging for cabin baggage a few years back I became a big supporter of your idea and still am..


    MartynSinclair
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    1 cockroach = 1 free return flight to Europe zone 1… happy to bring several of the mites onboard.. 🙂

    in reply to: Bedbugs on BA

    MartynSinclair
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    Delighted to hear your bag has arrived. Would be interested to hear if the batteries were indeed dead or whether the unit was not responding….

    One of the added benefits of trakdot is you can enter 5 additional email addresses (and at one point SMS/text numbers). All email addresses will be sent a message to confirm your bags have arrived, i.e. you have also arrived safe and sound.

    I do not consider this a “boys toy” Mr K1ngston… It can provide vital data to the actual whereabouts of a lost suitcase, which is the worst part about lost luggage – not knowing where the case really is…..


    MartynSinclair
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    I know the new hand baggage / checked baggage rules are well published, but just in case anyone needs clarification, here is another article which ends with an examination.. (wonder if CPD points are available… for those that need them.. )

    https://news.sky.com/story/ryanair-change-rules-for-on-board-baggage-to-prevent-delays-11207945


    MartynSinclair
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    As far as I am aware Trakdot is not banned for 2 reasons:

    1. It uses AA batteries
    2. The unit is programmed to go to sleep and not transmit, when it is in the air – not sure how it knows though…


    MartynSinclair
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    @K1ngston – you are absolutely right, a tracker does not prevent your bags from going missing. What it does do though, is provide reassurance that you know exactly where the missing bags are and can correct the ground staff with the b*ll*cks they give you when making inquiries about where the missing bags are – as happened to me when I was told bags are in London, when I could prove, they were in the arrivals hall at my destination.

    This is of course on the basis the units are working.. 🙂


    MartynSinclair
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    I have been very fortunate to have visited the LH F lounge in Frankfurt on 3 occasions. Simply amazing and remains my most memorable lounge experience.

    The Pier in HKG remains another favourite (along with the Wing) and the CX lounge in BKK.. very comfortable…

    I also like the BA F lounge in T5, when its being managed correctly, but apparently, i am not meant to mention it…

    The strangest lounge experience was when I tried to use one of the business lounges in Frankfurt T1 (LH) in August 2017. Walked in and walked straight out, worse than a market square – far far too busy to even find space to stand… HORRIBLE.


    MartynSinclair
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    @mikeact – I would 100% recommend Trakdot (and I don’t work for the company)

    Yes they have their issues and the next generation, when launched will be better – but the worst thing about a bag going missing, is not knowing where it is. The first time I used the unit, my bag did not appear, I was told it was in London, but by using trakdot, I could tell the and show the very embarrassed airline agent, it was less than 100 metres from where we were (in Miami).


    MartynSinclair
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    I spoke to Josh at Trakdot last night to see if they were aware of why my units were no longer working. As I spoke to him & he became aware of the unit numbers (which I have a record of), they both came to life, although this morning only 1 unit came to life. Josh confirmed he was going to speak to the “service provider” in Dubai for further information, but he does have the ability from his office to do some sort of unit reset. His or the firms telephone number is available on the firms website

    Two additional pieces of information.

    1. It may not have been the batteries that caused the unit to fail. To be fair, my units can last up to 2 weeks on the same set of batteries. The units work on ancient 2G technology and this may be the cause of the units not picking up a cell tower.

    2. New units, working on 3G and 4G technology are in testing at the moment and this should increase reliability. He does not know when the units will be available, but it should be sometime in 2018.

    I know it is too late for you Travelling4Fun, but if you buy another unit, keep the unit registration number somewhere safe so you can call Trakdot if a similar situation occurs again for them to arrange a reset…

    I hope you get your bag back..


    MartynSinclair
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    I am not convinced Trakdot units are currently working in Europe.

    I have 2 units, an F and an H serial number.

    Neither unit has worked in 2018 (in Europe). When switching on, the red light comes on, but does not connect to any mobile signal (to make the operating light turn green), therefore making the units useless. In flight, the unit light does go into the blue sleep mode..

    I have emailed the firm but as yet no response.

    If anyone is using these units successfully (or otherwise), can you let the thread know and also what serial letter your unit is..

    Many thanks


    MartynSinclair
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    Cut the onboard service altogether on shorthaul flights and let passengers buy from a cart pre boarding by the gate..

    Recipe for a more peaceful flight ..

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