Eye on Travel

Radio Guest List — January 16, 2021

This week, Eye on Travel broadcasts from Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun, in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. But Peter’s focus in the first hour is to acknowledge a special anniversary this week, and a sad anniversary next month. Jeff Skiles, Airline Pilot and Sully Sullenberger’s Co-Pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, on airline safety, not as it pertains to the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight, but to discuss the continuing air safety problems that still exist. And one flight in particular — the February 12, 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 near Buffalo, New York. What lessons were learned, and what was applied. And the remarkable story of Scott Maurer, who lost his daughter Lorin in the crash and then put 150 family members of other victims of the crash together to lobby for much needed safety improvements. Later in the show, Zach Griff from The Points Guy, talks about all things 737 MAX and the brave new travel world of COVID-19 vaccines. The airline pilot Greg Morris reports about his own experience in the air with unruly passenger behavior surrounding the U.S. Capitol and what airlines and the FAA are now doing about it. And, as always, Peter answers your questions. There’s all this and more as Eye on Travel broadcasts from the Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun, Quintana Roo in Mexico.


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Greg Morris, Commercial Airline Pilot, speaks about bearing witness to an uptick of bad behavior coming in and out of Washington, D.C. and some of it has notably made the news. How is unruly behavior controlled in the air? He reveals what’s done from diverting the plane to laying down the law. Then, he shares details on the airlines officially banning Emotional Support Animals and the new criteria for the canines that are allowed to come on board. Greg also warns that there are a whole slew of new, additional fees that may incur.

George Hobica, Travel Expert, Journalist and Founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, expands on the ridiculously low airfares that continue in the buyer’s market and how long it’ll last. Apparently, it could be a long time. Then, how long will business Zoom meetings last? And are those types of meetings the more efficient way to network? This is part of why airfares are still low. George argues that people are also waiting to be vaccinated before going on planes again. And he also gives an in-depth explanation about why on-board safety videos and other protocols are so important.

Zach Griff, Travel Analyst at The Points Guy, talks about all things 737 MAX – where the plane is now and why he’s really comfortable flying the plane now. But what hasn’t improved? He says it’s the relationship between the FAA and plane manufacturers. Zach argues that this has hurt Boeing’s reputation and it’ll be interesting to see going forward. Then, what does the future of travel look like with the COVID-19 vaccines and where are they accessible? Zach dives into what being vaccinated means and what that exempts you from when traveling abroad. He then predicts what COVID-19 protocols in airports, planes and hotels will stay – even when the pandemic is behind us.

Jeff Skiles, Airline Pilot and Co-Pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, joins the program to discuss the anniversary of the Colgan Air Flight 3407 tragedy in 2009 and the necessary industry changes that came after. Jeff and Peter talk about the incident and the efforts of the family members of the victims in the aftermath of the tragedy. The story really begins with the remarkable investigation that came thereafter.

Scott Maurer, Leader of the Continental Flight 3407 Families Group and father of Lorin Maurer, one of the Colgan Air Flight 3407 victims, joins Peter and Airline Pilot Jeff Skiles and speaks to the obstacles that came when taking on the huge task of changing legislation to ensure that a tragedy like the one that took place in 2009 never happens again. They speak to both airline crashes and the lessons learned and applied in retrospect. And what are the lessons learned as individuals?

Stephanie Carmon, American Expat and Creator of MID CityBeat, speaks about living outside of the U.S. for over 20 years and adjusting to life during a pandemic as the challenges seem to be universal. The state of Yucatan not only weathered the panic, but a number of tropical storms too. Stephanie describes the group effort that was required to get through it. She also speaks about the COVID-19 numbers in Yucatan and how consistency allowed for maintenance. And finally, she talks all about cenotes, their Jurassic formations and the myths about Mayan “sacrifices” that probably aren’t true.

Fernando Marti, Official Historian of Cancun, joins Peter to talk about Cancun’s massive transition from jungles and mangroves to a city of almost a million people and a global tourist destination. He then talks about the best things to do outside of the famous Cancun resorts. He further discusses the colorful and lively markets as well as the restaurants in downtown Cancun. He also talks about the archeological sites and local Mayan towns.