Thursday, September 29, 2011

Passenger Bill of Rights: What it means for you

The new airline passenger bill of rights was supposed to go into effect around the end of August-- about a month ago.

What is supposed to be different? Well, hopefully there will be no more 8 hour delays on the tarmac. Domestic flights are supposed to have a three hour limit for being stuck on the tarmac, and international flights a four hour limit, before the passengers can deplane.

H.R. 729 states that airline carriers must implement at a minimum a plan for :

1) Essential needs for passengers on aircraft that is delayed taking off or delayed in disembarkation including
  • adequate food and potable water
  • adequate restroom facilities
  • cabin ventilation and comfortable cabin tempertures
  • access to necessary medical treatment
2) The right for passengers to deplane and return to the terminal if:
  • three hours after the passengers have boarded, with cabin doors shut, the aircraft has not taken off, or
  • three hours after landing, the passengers have been unable to deplane
  • these options will be available to passengers at least once during every three hour successive stay on the tarmac
  • exceptions to this are if the pilot determines that letting passengers deplane would jeopardize passenger safety or security, OR, if the pilot determines that the plane will take off, or the passengers will deplane not more than 30 minutes after the three hour delay
Also incuded in the bill is the establishment of a passenger complaint hotline.
Passengers are also supposed to see other developments such as being refunded baggage fees if your luggage is lost, higher compensation if you are bumped from your flight because of overbooking, and to make taxes and fees on airline tickets more visible to purchasers.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Nashville's Exit/In Celebrates 40th

If you are familir at all with Nashville's live music scene, you have heard of the Exit/In. Chances are your favorite group or musician has played there at some point. Check the photo above of the wall outside the establishment to see some of the greats who have graced the stage: Eddie Money, The Police, REM, Steve Martin, Waylon Jennings, The Talking Heads, Billy Joel. And that is only part of the wall displaying names of those who have played there over the past 40 years.

This week, Exit/In is celebrating its big birthday with a series of concerts benefiting MusiCares, a foundation that provides musicians in need with housing, emergency financial assistance, addiction recovery, and other services. Standing tickets are only $15; seats up front are more.

Check out the schedule below and come here some of the best music around.

Tuesday, Sept. 6:

Buzz Cason, Barefoot Jerry, Mac Gayden and Skyboat, Dianne Davidson, Tracy Nelson, and Marshall Chapman.

Wednesday, Sept. 7:
Cowboy Jack Clement, Roger Cook, Lee Clayton, Denny and the Jets, Ballhog!, and Ranch Ghost.

Thursday, Sept. 8
The Babushka Brothers, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Old Union, Alex Harvey, Tom Kimmel, and James Talley.

Friday, Sept. 9
Matthew Perryman Jones, Drew and Ellie Holcomb, Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, Griffin House, and Daddy

Saturday, Sept. 10
Walk the West, The Cadillac Black, The Weeks, Buffalo Clover, and New Pleasure.