2023 Archive
Joe Brancatelli
Joe Brancatelli is a publication consultant, which means that he helps media companies start, fix and reposition newspapers, magazines and Web sites. He is also the former executive editor of Frequent Flyer magazine and has been a consultant to or columnist for more business-travel and leisure-travel publishing operations than he can remember. He began his career as a business reporter and created JoeSentMe.com in the dark days after 9/11 while stranded in a hotel room in San Francisco. He lives on the Hudson River in Cold Spring, New York.

JANUARY 22: THE POST-COVID FLYING WORLD
Covid turned the travel world upside down and it is only now that airlines are beginning to rebuild their international schedules. To say it's chaotic and unclear out there is an understatement. Here's my best shot of a roundup of schedule changes you'll find this year if you want to book an international business trip or take a long-delayed holiday.

JANUARY 14: HOW TO STOP AIRLINE MELTDOWN MADNESS
Travelers are never spoiled for choice. We even get to choose our meltdowns. But we really need to stop arriers from getting away with bailing on flights for days at a time, which is what Southwest Airlines did over the holidays. Here are a half-dozen ideas that the FAA and DOT could use to protect flyers, keep them moving and help them when they are stranded.

JANUARY 11: A NEW FLIGHT MELTDOWN AND THIS TIME IT'S NATIONWIDE
Just days after Southwest Airlines' Titanic holiday meltdown, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded all departures nationwide for nearly two hours. The reason? A critical safety system, called NOTAMs, collapsed. The aged pilot-notification operation created a full day of chaos around the nation. We'll learn more about the government failure in the weeks and months ahead, but here is how we have covered it in real time.