Heathrow. Topping laptop losses.

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FOXTROTS

 

 

Fox – sly.  Trots – left-leaning (Trotsky) plus its more insalubrious meaning. 

Foxtrots – leading the industry in a dance.

 

 

2008 December 16

Heathrow. Topping laptop losses.

Although it seems hard to believe, research by Ponemon indicates 15,000 computer laptops are lost or stolen each week around the world! Leading (?) airports are London Heathrow 900, Amsterdam 750, and Paris CDG 733.

For Heathrow that would represent 1 loss/theft for every 1500 passengers – 4/5 B747s.

In Europe, 3800 go missing each week from the continent’s 24 busiest commercial airports, and 51% are never found.

 

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Trav Talk. Beware false messengers.

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FOXTROTS

 

 

Fox – sly.  Trots – left-leaning (Trotsky) plus its more insalubrious meaning. 

Foxtrots – leading the industry in a dance.

 

 

2008 December 03

Trav Talk. Beware false messengers.

In 2007 Trav Talk commissioned Murray Bailey to write reports based on statistical data concerning India and the sub-continent.

 

Payment for these, agreed with the publisher Sanjeet, was unusual – paid in cash on occasions when the two met. Presumably this was out of convenience to the publisher and not related to India’s exchange controls.

 

After requesting an increase in the frequency of submissions, ironically, editor Luvleena Walia requested Murray Bailey to hold new reports, and she would advise when the next was needed.

 

That never happened – but neither did the payment for the items delivered. After repeated requests – and responses from Trav Talk for more time to find what was happening, a payment was made. Payments were due for four months – December 2007 to March 2008. The payment made – in November 2008 – was for December 2007 only.

 

Three months remain outstanding. Trav Talk has again requested more time to check what is owed.

 

The moral of this story is to beware dealing with this organisation. Although well respected for its coverage of the travel industry, there is clearly a gap between that, and the way it conducts business.

 

 

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