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Episode 7: Stuck at the Airport with Harriet Baskas

Original Stream Date: April 3, 2018

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There’s an old cliché in the travel world: It’s not the destination. It’s the journey. That might be true, but there’s part of the journey a lot of travelers hate: Sitting at airports.

Singapore's Changi Airport has a four-story slide! (Photo: Harriet Baskas)

Singapore’s Changi Airport has a four-story slide! (Photo: Harriet Baskas)

If you’re one of those people, you don’t want to miss this episode of the Globejotting Travel Show. Dave interviews Harriet Baskas, a USA Today travel columnist who specializes in airports and runs the Stuck at the Airport website. Harriet loves airports so much that whenever she travels, she allows extra time to explore them. She shares tips on how to make your time at the airport a fun adventure instead of a headache.

Also: From 1953 to 1970, United Airlines offered special men-only flights that featured steak, whiskey, and cigars. Travel humorist Kirsten Koza joins us to talk about the absurdity of it all, as well as a bizarre way female flight attendants used to deal with gropey male passengers, as well as pending sexual harassment allegations at Air Canada.

Dave wraps things up with a celebration of the ten-year anniversary of his first visit to Vietnam and explains how crossing the road one night in Saigon changed his life.

Program Notes

Harriet Baskas

  • From the practical to quirky, Harriet’s Stuck at the Airport blog is packed with tips and news about what’s going on at airports around the world. (If you’d like to get in touch with Harriet, you’ll also find her contact info on her website.)
  • Also check out Harriet’s At the Airport guides for USA Today, featuring destination-specific airport tips.
  • Harriet’s book, Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You divulges the secret items museums keep stashed away in their storage rooms – from the Smithsonian Institution’s condom collection, to the shrunken heads at Florida’s Lightner Museum, to a “world class stash of Japanese erotica” at the Honolulu Museum of Art.


Kirsten Koza

  • Check out Kirsten’s travel writing and learn about the international tours she guides at
  • Kirsten is the author of Lost in Moscow: A Brat in the USSR – the hilarious, true story of her experience at a Young Communist League summer camp in the Soviet Union in 1977.
  • She has also edited the Travelers’ Tales anthology of humorous travel mishaps, Wake Up and Smell the Shit (which includes a story by Dave Fox about the night he spent in a shipping container in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.)
  • Kirsten talks about men-only flights on United Airlines, which were offered on a couple of different routes from 1953 to 1970. They were eventually shut down after the National Organization for Women sued the airline. Learn more on View from the Wing and Airline Ratings.
  • She also discusses a complaint filed last month with the Canadian Human Rights Commission over alleged sexual harassment of Air Canada flight attendants. Read more about the pending case in this article by Sophia Harris of CBC News: Air Canada flight staff graded on appearance, sexually harassed by management, union alleges.


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