Too Close to Home: Asiana 214 Crash-Landing

It was such a relief seeing the photo by Samsung executive David Eun (@Eunner), who like most passengers walked away from the Asiana flight that crashed at San Francisco International. Thinking that family and friends, or I, could have been on that flight made me shudder—especially when I’ve taken Asiana flights to Seoul from West…

United Flight 148 & the Gas Monster

By the time UA 148 pushed back and taxied to the runway, I was dozing. I caught a glimpse of Newark getting smaller and was out again. Nothing could be more soothing than the roar of a jet engine. It vibrates me like a massage chair and then, at takeoff, compresses me gently to the seat…

Prague: El Toro Negro

An irreverent interpretation of paella? In Czech Republic? This southeastern Spanish delicacy was strange in appearance but flavourful to the palate. The restaurant, El Toro Negro, charges a premium–not for food but for its proximity to the stunning, 600-year-old Astronomical Clock. At 590 Kč (approximately US$34), this meal should have demonstrated perfection. The rice was mushy.…

Broadband in the Sky Is Thrilling

I am in an Alaska Airlines 737-800, 38,000 feet above sea level and traveling at over 500 miles per hour. And I am connected to the Internet at broadband speeds. Gogo Inflight Internet, the brand under which Aircell markets its in-flight Internet services, made sign-up and sign-in a two-click process. Within seconds, I was responding…