Open Jaw: 'New security rules are a failure of common sense'

Where readers write back

Flight connections

You answered a reader's question about connections between Newcastle and Calgary, and recommended taking a train rather than risking a missed connection. Passengers should book a through air ticket via Heathrow or Amsterdam to Canada; if one flight is delayed, the airline is responsible for solving the problem for you.

It is unfair to describe the cost of the rail tickets as next to nothing. You also fail to point out that a delayed flight means a missed train, requiring new rail tickets for the return leg.

People living in this region want to fly from their local airport. Each year nearly 500,000 passengers fly between here and Heathrow. We take pride in working for the economic benefit of the North East, providing as wide a range of services as possible. At the Airport Operators' Association awards, we were chosen as "Best UK Airport under 6 million passengers per annum".

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director, Newcastle International Airport

I fly Air France from Newcastle via Paris. I flew to Havana and they were fantastic during the aftermath of the volcanic ash cloud.

"Top Terry"

Aviation safety and security

I am happy to join your minority of people that see the ban on ink cartridges in cabin baggage as a failure of common sense. A similar failure reported in The Independent was the fall in Rolls-Royce's share prices due to one diversion and a handful of oil leaks. Leaking engines that are this new are not welcome, but for a company's value to tumble doesn't seem a rational response. How would the Comet ever have got off the ground if the same "logic" applied to the markets in the 1950s?

An aviation safety manager

The whole issue of goods on aircraft drives me nuts. Some years ago, returning business class from Milan, my wife and I had a set of cheese knives, gift wrapped in the continental way. They refused to let us carry them on to the plane and we had to stuff them into our baggage. We were then served our meals with steel cutlery and proper glasses.

Alan Learney

Northern lights

"Right now your chance of seeing the Northern Lights, otherwise known as the Aurora Borealis, is almost as good as it gets."

Rubbish. Your chance now is lower than at any time in decades, perhaps even centuries, and as we head into the new Maunder Minimum for solar activity, is likely to continue to drop.

Truly spectacular displays will undoubtedly become rarer in coming years.

"Davedavenotdave"

I first saw the Northern Lights in Oslo in 1966. But further north the spectacle is more colourful. I remember shimmering green and red curtains one frosty night in Trondheim in 1999.

"Bryan"

If you get the chance to see the Northern Lights, go! And I didn't find Tromso in Norway as expensive as everyone says. So worth it!

"Artyski"

Try Ivalo in northern Finland. I went there in February – the low season – hotels were half price and virtually empty. The 200m-wide river running through Ivalo provides an excellent viewing platform for aurora watching, but take care: daytime lows are -15C, at night it's -40C. Checking the local Sami culture museum in nearby Inari makes a fascinating day trip.

VicTheBrit

Fifteen years of easyJet

The comments by Michael O'Leary [Ryanair chief executive] about "getting there on time" may be true, but the airports that Ryanair sometimes uses are almost nowhere. In my opinion it's easy to arrive "nowhere on time", as there's little competition for the runway. I'm happy to take a chance and arrive "somewhere", even if it is a bit late.

"TyroneMonty"

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Voices
An easy-peel potato; Dave Hax has come up with an ingenious method in food preparation
voicesDave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Jay Z has placed a bet on streaming being the future for music and videos
music
Arts and Entertainment
Festival-goers soak up the atmosphere at Glastonbury
music
News
Japan's population is projected to fall dramatically in the next 50 years (Wikimedia)
news
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Bid / Tender Writing Executive

    £24000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in Manchester, Lon...

    Guru Careers: Marketing Executives / Marketing Communications Consultants

    Competitive (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a number of Marketi...

    Recruitment Genius: Marketing Executive

    £20000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This well established business ...

    Ashdown Group: Management Accountant - Manchester

    £25000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Management Accountant - Manchester...

    Day In a Page

    NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

    Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

    A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
    Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

    Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

    The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
    How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

    How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

    Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
    From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

    The wars that come back to haunt us

    David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
    Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

    Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

    A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
    Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

    UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

    Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
    John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

    ‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

    Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
    Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

    Let the propaganda wars begin - again

    'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

    Japan's incredible long-distance runners

    Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
    Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

    Tom Drury: The quiet American

    His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
    You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

    You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

    Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
    Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

    Beige to the future

    Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

    Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

    More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
    Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

    Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

    The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
    Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

    Michael Calvin's Last Word

    Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own