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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 8, 2014 / 10 Tammuz, 5774

Everyone May Now Board, Except You

By Froma Harrop



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The boarding pass typically lists two times: the time of departure and the time of boarding. For many airline passengers, the only significant one is time of departure.

That's because "time of boarding" marks only the beginning of a long process of which they are at the end. The parade of passengers qualifying for priority boarding has become so long that on some flights, half the passengers have this status. That makes for a neat split between — and here is the bottom line — those who have overhead bin space and those who have not.

As most airlines started charging for checked baggage, the incentives for carting it all on have multiplied. Boarders in the lower castes well know the inconvenience of taking seats under bins already stuffed with a priority boarder's life possessions.

Anyhow, here's a mixed sampling of the boarding classes:

First class.

Oneworld Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald.

SkyTeam Elite, SkyTeam Elite Plus.

Star Alliance Silver, Star Alliance Gold.

Dividend Miles Silver Preferred, Gold Preferred, Platinum Preferred, Chairman's Preferred.

AAdvantage Gold, AAdvantage Platinum, AAdvantage Executive Platinum.

US Airways Premier World MasterCard.

US Airways Visa Signature card.

Other passengers enjoying priority treatment are those needing "extra assistance" and families traveling with young children.

"Persons with help animals may now board."

Followed by help animals traveling alone.

One much-reviled group is what airline employees call "miracle" passengers. These are able-bodied people who demand wheelchairs — thus getting themselves wheeled to the front of lines — and then skip off when the flight is over.

Airlines employ a multitude of boarding styles: outside-in, rear-to-front, reverse pyramid, rotating zone, zone/block and random. Passengers familiar with these systems can use that knowledge to their advantage. Perfectly legal.



Less sophisticated are those whom seasoned fliers call "gate lice." These are passengers who clog up the gateway even though their group has not been invited to board. They can be identified by their steamer-trunks-on-wheels and nervous look. For them, just a few positions up the queue could mean the difference between getting desperately needed bin space and facing new hassles.

As airlines multiply the categories of special status, many "elite" passengers are feeling less elite. The bottom rungs — the Aquamarine Preferred — are competing against others with conferred status through not the miles they fly but the dollars spent on the airline credit card. And some get bumped up the boarding hierarchy by paying a simple fee.

These days, the lower elites are also having a harder time obtaining an upgrade to a finer seat. Some travel writers advise that if you want an upgrade, your chances improve if you buy an expensive ticket on a less popular route and avoid peak times. And don't go nonstop.

Of course, there's always the bus.

For the airlines, time at the gate costs them. So getting people on quickly is a goal.

Some airlines now let those vowing not to use an overhead bin to board first because they don't block the aisles with big bags. This works on an honor system, and humans can be frail, especially in trying situations.

A few airlines — Spirit and Frontier, for example — now charge fees for carry-on bags. And Southwest Airlines still lets passengers check in one or two bags at no extra cost. Good for all of them. They're blurring the advantages of lugging luggage onto the plane.

As we see, the boarding process can injure a sensitive soul's feelings of self-esteem. But it can also help cure a fear of flying. The stress of getting into a seat is such that once people do, they may not care much what happens next.

Now relax, and enjoy your flight.

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