Tony Randgaard traveled to Cuba twice recently under the relaxed U.S. travel restrictions. The New York Times and CNN report that President Trump is poised to narrow the Obama loopholes that have enabled thousands of Americans to visit the lost-in-time island since fall of last year. Take in his latest adventure and Minnesota travel tips—before it’s too late.
I got off the bus in downtown Havana wearing a Gustavus Tennis tee, high hopes and a Cheshire cat smile, cultivated by two months of meticulous planning. I stepped into a frothing stew of pedestrians, vintage Fifties Ford and Chevy taxis, three wheel bicycle cabs and street peddlers. Not to worry, I had...
Not a bad deal — Key West-Havana for only $100 one way?
The brochure beckoning you to “Travel The Comfortable Way.” And then Vic Chenea, the airline representative, crowing about the wide wicker seats, sweeping glass windows and even free bags -- before plying you with rum on the airline’s tab. Who wouldn’t jump on that type of personal service? You’re in and a convenient return time from Havana at 3:55 p.m. to boot. What could go wrong?
Well it started with the rain and low visibility out of Havana. And then wondering by 5:00 p.m. -- isn’t the flight supposed to be one hour?
By 5:15 p.m. the pilot and mechanic are using binoculars to look for Florida and then asking if you can help find the Sand Key Lighthouse...
Last Thursday, the Sun Country pilots’ union (ALPA) sent a letter asking the National Mediation Board to schedule one final meeting with the company to seek agreement on a new contract. Should that effort falter, we are hearing echoes of the Humperdinck song: “Please release me, let me go.” After five years in negotiations, one of the longest in recent history, a release by the Board would enable the parties to choose binding arbitration, or more likely, the clock would start ticking for a 30 day countdown to a strike or shutdown.
The good news for Sun Country flyers is that the...!--more-->
Sun Country Airlines, the hometown airline of Minneapolis-St. Paul, serves 37 destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Caribbean. Negotiations with their pilots look eerily similar to the last U.S. airline strike.
Ten years ago this August, news outlets were reporting that striking mechanics were slashing tires, blocking busses and harassing employee vehicles. I was the enemy. I was a Northwest Airlines manager reporting to work during one of the last major airline strikes in the U.S. Airline mechanics were lined up along Airline Way in front of Northwest...!--more-->