Featherlight Packing Aids, Delta Airlines and Nuts

Lewis N Clark Featherlight Packing Aids

IMG_0117 (1)Lewis N. Clark, a stalwart in the travel accessories business, has come out with their own line of ultra-lightweight packing aids.

Called the Featherlight line, these packing aids are made of rip-stop nylon and weigh virtually nothing.  They are offering cubes, expandable cubes, sacs and toiletry bags. Each is available in three sizes and three colors

One thing this line has over the similar sized Eagle Creek Specter line is that Lewis N. Clark’s cubes and sacs have a mesh window so you can see inside

Lewis N. Clark sent me a few for review. I liked them enough to actually buy a few more.

They are currently on sale at Amazon.

Delta Airlines

The+Boeing+737-900+1-small Starting March 1 of 2015, Delta will offer five classes of service. Two types of economy, economy plus, and two versions of first class.  The only real change I see is the new “basic economy” class, the cheapest tickets, that will no longer allow advanced seat assignments.

The first class services are really divided between domestic and long haul international.

Delta made a chart comparing the new classes of service to make understanding this easier. You can find it here.


Last Friday, Heather Cho, a vice-president of Korean Air Lines, was sitting on their flight from JFK Airport to Seoul, South Korea as it was taxiing for takeoff.

A flight attendant served her a bowl of macadamia nuts without asking. This is against company policy. Additionally, the flight attendant didn’t take the nuts out of the small bag they came in and put them in the bowl.

Cho was so incensed that she ordered the plane back to the gate and booted the flight attendant off the plane. She didn’t seem to care if her fellow 250 passengers were inconvenienced. The plane eventually did take off and only arrived 11 minutes late.

Word spread of this over the weekend and she sort of became the brunt of many jokes–especially when it was found out that she was also the daughter of the airline’s CEO.

On Monday, Cho resigned her position and apologized. The story, however, doesn’t end there. It seems she may have broken South Korean law by ordering the plane back to the gate. Once underway, only the Captain of the aircraft has that right.


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5 Responses to Featherlight Packing Aids, Delta Airlines and Nuts

  1. Frank T. says:

    I may spring for a couple of the cubes. I never liked the fact that the Specter cubes only zipped part way and it appears that these zip around three sides. I’m assuming that the weight may be slightly more than the Specter due to the longer zipper and the mesh. Hopefully the difference is minimal.

  2. Frank@OBOW says:

    The cubes do open on three sides.

    The largest Lewis & Clark cube weighs 1.9 ounces. The equal sized Eagle Creek Specter cube weighs 1.0 ounce. It’s less than an ounce difference.

  3. mkt42 says:

    That Delta policy, ugh. I flew on Frontier Airlines for the first time a few weeks ago and they wanted $8 to pick a seat in advance. Not to get an “extra comfort” seat, just to get a seat period. If I didn’t pay the $8, the website said I would get a seat chosen for me, essentially randomly. I didn’t pay, did get window seats on the outward flights, but middle seats on the return flights.

    I just now tried to reserve a flight on Delta after March 1, the cheapest fare indeed had no option for choosing a seat. As the Delta website says, the next step up is “Main Cabin” which does permit seat choice — but also provides some flexibility in changing flights, and thus would have cost an additional $226! Which makes Frontier’s $8 fee look cheap by comparison.

    Next they’ll charge us extra for providing pressurized air.

  4. bchaplin says:

    Wow, as if I did not have enough reasons to hate Delta! I have a long history of travel with them, particularly on long-haul flights between the U.S. and Africa, and have had some awful experiences. None of the other airlines I have flown compare. But… no seat choices? The prospect of a ten hour flight in a middle seat brings the misery to a whole new level.

    Our university policy is that we have to buy economy air fare, and I’ve seen it stated in some places that we should get the lowest-price economy fare. Don’t know how rigorously that is enforced.

    Well, fortunately, my next flight is already booked on British Air. Even without knowing the information above, I had already resolved to do everything in my power to avoid another flight on Delta. The BA seat policy is that is can be chosen at check-in, which is possible online 24 hours before the flight.