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What You Should Know When Your Flight is Overbooked

first_imgIf we’ve learned anything from the now infamous United Airlines debacle, it’s that dragging battered and bloody passengers from a plane is a less than ideal way to reconcile an overbooked flight situation. However, the incident (and others like it) sparked a broader conversation about the concept of overbooking in general.Like it or not, most flights in modern aviation history have sold more tickets than the plane can accommodate (some airlines like JetBlue do not oversell, however). It’s a relative secret of the industry that many passengers are surprised to learn. The first tip to “surviving” an overbooked flight is to be prepared so that you can use it to your advantage.Don’t Volunteer (to Be a Sucker)On any overbooked flight, airlines are required by the Department of Transportation to request volunteers. However, the compensation provided to volunteers is an open negotiation directly between passengers and the airline. They may try to bump you for a $100 voucher and a promise to put you on the next flight. Some travelers may be just fine with this. However, it can pay (sometimes handsomely) to hold out for more. Remember, it’s a negotiation, so start high with the compensation you’re willing to accept. It’s also critical to read the fine print on such vouchers as some expire in just a few months and/or carry heavy restrictions (e.g. no international travel, strict blackout dates, etc.). For that reason alone, consider demanding a check instead.Bumped Passengers Get PaidInvoluntarily bumped passengers are afforded straightforward federal protections. Airlines are required to get passengers to their final destination within an hour of their scheduled flight or substantial compensation kicks in:Between 1-2 hours late (1-4 hours on international flights), airlines pay twice the original one-way fare, up to $675.More than 2 hours late (4-plus hours if flying internationally), airlines pay four times the one-way fare, up to $1,350.Status is a Good ThingThe order in which passengers are bumped is entirely at the whim of each airline. Most consider unaccompanied minors, military members, travelers with disabilities, or those who can prove “severe hardship” last. However, many airlines also list loyalty program status as a consideration. Bottom line: It pays to be in the airline’s club. Even if you’re not a frequent flyer, joining their free loyalty program could place you below non-program members when it comes time to start kicking (or dragging) passengers off the plane.Don’t Cash That CheckLastly, that compensation check you receive from the airline is your final bargaining chip in any overbooked situation. Once you cash it, you’re all but waiving any future rights to negotiate. If your out-of-pocket expenses were more than what the airline compensated you for, you can always call and consult further with their complaint department. Or, as an absolute last resort, take them to court.Once you work through this mess and finally board a plane, treat yourself to this travel-themed playlist:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Article originally published April 18, 2017. Last update April 27, 2018. What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul Could You Handle a Marathon, 20-Hour Nonstop Flight? 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras last_img read more

Earth’s Strongest Coffee Launched to Astronauts in Outer Space

first_img World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches International Space Station/FacebookDeath Wish Coffee makes the world’s strongest coffee — pumping two times the caffeine into every cup of Joe they produce — but since they’ve already conquered the world, the badass roasters are now out to lay claim over the universe by sending their coffee to outer space.On June 28, Death Wish Coffee literally launched a freeze-dried, instant version of its insanely intense coffee into outer space aboard SpaceX CRS-15 on Friday, July 29. Once there, the coffee (which was packaged by NASA in astronaut drink pouches reminiscent of Capri Sun juice packs) will be enjoyed aboard the International Space Station (ISS).As an FYI, the ISS doesn’t have a Starbucks at every corner. In fact, Death Wish Coffee’s founder, Mike Brown, told The Manual, “We didn’t realize it was so hard getting a good cup of coffee in outer space. You really gotta jump through some hoops.”Inspired by a podcast chat with retired astronaut Nicole Stott on Death Wish’s Fueled by Death Cast, the real space-woman attested to craving good coffee while in orbit, especially after a tiring spacewalk. Death Wish, to its credit, heard that and said the equivalent of, “Hold my beer.”While Death Wish Coffee is typically sold in 1-pound bags of whole and ground beans, as well as “Death Cups”(single-serving packages much like K-cups), the rebel roasters developed a NASA food lab-approved instant product from scratch to send to the ISS.“It’s a pouch with Death Wish Coffee on the front in simple black on white, with all the air sucked out. There’s Velcro on the bag, maybe to help it stick around.” (The ISS is a microgravity climate, hence the floating.) “Then there’s a plastic nozzle and an insert to inject it with hot water,” said Brown.Mike BrownUnlike your memories of the watery instant coffee of the ’80s, Death Wish’s outer space instant brew (which is a combination of bold Robusta and Arabica beans) “tastes darn close to regular drip [Death Wish] coffee,” said Brown. “So much, in fact, that we decided to move forward for producing a consumer version of instant coffee within the next six months.”This means that you will theoretically be able to drink space coffee by winter.Before ew-ing instant Joe, you might want to check yourself. Instant coffee is actually pretty cool these days, especially now that it tastes great.“It’s something we’ve been working on for a while,” Brown said. “Friends and customers, people who are hikers, campers, and extreme sports people, ask us for instant. And it’s come a long way. Not too long ago, Starbucks put out an instant and it was so much better than the old stuff. A few other brands noticed and jumped on it.”Death Wish CoffeeBut enough about those other brands, let’s talk about the Death Wish’s intergalactic coffee.The unique freeze-dried packets will be enjoyed by the astronauts of Expedition 56, who are already living large on the ISS (albeit sans coffee … poor things). That means that the astronauts working on projects like ECOSTRESS, which measures the temperature of outer space plants, will be pumped up on Death Wish.As for his outer space essentials (if he were to be shot into the cosmos), Brown said coffee would be at the top of that list, followed by his laptop and beer. That is, if NASA (or a brewery) ever finds a way to keep beer carbonated in outer space. Certainly, a task unfathomable to complete without coffee. The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more