Delays in the Airline Industry Due to IT System Issues on the Rise

With the rise and widespread use of information technology globally, it was only a matter of time until these systems would cause problems to the public. One of these rising problems revolves around the airline business and keeping customers moving from point a to point b. The article published by Forbes states the rise in technology related outages has rose unevenly from 2007 to 2015. This is due to the fact of IT problems on the rise and very difficult to fix immediately because of the complexity. A single outage in the airline IT business can causes issues for customers expecting to catch a flight at the time on their ticket. This has caused customers to lose trust in certain airlines and even leading to customers not booking with that airline again.

 

Some of the technological problems have occurred due to the carriers switching to different web based products causing glitches within their database. This has happened with multiple airlines. Delta being one of the domestic companies affected had to come out and apologize for the issues within their IT systems although it didn’t affect any flights or the safety if passengers. These problems will only to continue to get worse due to the way airlines spend their money and don’t put funds into redeveloping old technology systems. There is a commonality of airlines waiting until there is an actual issue before going ahead and upgrading their systems.

 

Due to the complex nature of the airline technological supply chain, a break in the chain can lead to issues elsewhere from the flight scheduling to the reservation systems. Stated in the Forbes article, “the weak point in the chain... [are] humans” simply because employees can’t be trained to “monitor the system or to ward of cybercrime.”

 

Information technology problems in the airspace industry is tough for everyone. Not only does it directly affect customers, it also hurt the trust and public image of airline conglomerates. If customers don’t trust your airline they turn elsewhere, which if a company continues to have problems they are losing out on revenue and losing customers to direct competition. In a time where IT is growing at an alarming pace, airline companies must keep their systems up to date so they don’t have delays for their customers or issues in the flight supply chain.

 

As a pretty frequent flyer, I’m irritated when I have a delay that affects my travel or even leads to missing a connecting flight. Which for most people, they will experience this in life if they haven’t already. I was a victim of this, in Europe my flight from Prague to Paris wasn’t scanning tickets so they couldn’t board the plane, then they changed to a different gate however the flight was behind schedule and had to delay later. Ultimately we didn’t get to leave and they issued a refund, not tickets for a different flight. This sucked because the following days flight was significantly more expensive and pretty much sold out.

 

In a published Seattle Times post, it talks on the topic of computer problems within United that caused nationwide delays. This caused 80 United flights to be delayed in Chicago, along with another 100 plus combined from other airports. Some flights left as late as two hours after the scheduled time, all because of a IT issues in the flight plan computer database. These issues arising are all due to drastic changing practices with IT systems and the way their systems all work together. It’s only getting worse and only going to affect even more flyers when these systems go down.

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A Week in Croatia with my Dad... What A WEEK

This entire summer my dad and I have been in contact to figure out a week he could come out and see Prague and then head somewhere in Europe. We looked at all of our options and places we both haven't been, and Croatia was ultimately decided.

He came in Friday the 31st and I showed him what I thought he should see in Prague all day Saturday. From there we left Sunday to Dubrovnik, Croatia.

We landed in Croatia with half a day left to start our week, and oh what a fun filled week it was!  

Our first stay was directly on the water... about a 15 minute bus ride from the city of Dubrovnik 

The castles and castle walls of Dubrovnik blew my mind... Never seen anything like it

The first night we walked the castle and explored the inside of the castle walls, which have all been turned into shops, restaurants, bars, museums, and housing. All I could imagine was how this place was when it was a kingdom and taking on intruders. It had a full moat and everything a castle would have. 

Golden hour lighting up a small part of the castle

Shiny cobblestone streets, tourists, and human statues all common around Dubrovnik 

I thought it was really cool that locals kids sat in their windows in the evenings and just watched people dancing in the square and enjoying the liveliness of everything around them. 

Just outside the castle walls off the coast a bit this island stuck out like a sore thumb... changed up the entire coastline view 

So many different views, a constant change of scenery every direction you look

Look at the person for a sense of scale

20 second long exposure shot looking towards the houses of Dubrovnik 

This was shot from a night time ciffside beer bar... if you look close to the top you'll see a shooting star

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Dubrovnik to Split

via Bosnia and Herzegovina

We drove just over three hours crossing through Bosnia which was a super scenic route and added a new stamp to the passport. Which is something that never disappoints me as I want my passport filled up as much as possible this summer! 

As we drove through Bosnia we left the coast for a bit and the scenery chnaged to green farmland spanning as far as the eye could see 

Welcome to Split

I didn't carry my camera around Split much as we were going in and out of the water and it was super touristy. I was warned not to set anything down while swimming or in busy areas as people will grab bags. The last thing I would want to happen this summer is lose my camera! I still have another month in Europe!!

Blue Lagoon, Croatia

We did a day trip to the Blue Lagoon to snorkel and enjoy the warm water and even warmer weather. The Adriatic Sea was definitely the saltiest water i've swam in but also the bluest and cleanest. 

Krka National Park

Saw some locals jumping from below the bridge and asked it they ever do it off the road... from there I hit the road jump and that was some fun to say the least. 

Hram Svetog Spiridona Church, Skradin, Crostia. Just a few minutes up the road from the bridge jump near Krka National Park

A trip to Croatia isn't a complete trip without climbing something. My dad shot this from the roof bar at our hotel. I think we calucated around 230 ft or so. 

High up looking at the city below me

Thank you, Dad, for an amazing week. I know you read these and will enjoy this one. See you in August. Argentina and Croatia in the same year together, great memories for life. 

Croatia= favorite place I've been in the world. I definitely recommend adding it in your bucket list, top 5. 

Prague rental cars are cheap... so Joe and all the roommates might do a weekend road trip this coming weekend. If that happens, some Switzerland might be in the next post.

Peaceeeeeeee! 

 

A Well Spent Weekend in Paris

How's it going, my friends? It's been a week since I last updated the site and some fun things have happened since! First and foremost, I had my first week of work and it was already a successful week within the walls of Media Planet. I am working directly alongside the production manager helping bring my creative ideas and skills to their office and company. I start school classes tomorrow morning and I'm very excited to have some other responsibilities while being out here.

PARIS: Friday June 9th, Prague to Paris 8:50 pm

So yeah, Friday morning Joe and I decided to buy a roundtrip ticket to Paris for the weekend as last-minute tickets here in Europe can be cheaper than pre-planned tickets! We booked St Christophers Canal Inn Hostel, which I will highly recommend if you ever find yourself in Paris looking for clean rooms, cheap drinks, and a diverse group of guests. Plus an added bonus of a free breakfast if you can wake up before 10 am.

 Bassin de la Villette next to the Hostel

Bassin de la Villette next to the Hostel

 Another View of the Nearby Canal

Another View of the Nearby Canal

Friday night was well spent having some fun at a club known as Concrete, which is on a docked old boat close to a concrete bridge that plays dance music.

Saturday, we spent the entire day touring Paris in perfect sunny weather with my buddy Parker, who is studying in Paris for the summer. We covered over 10 miles and it really didn't seem like that much as it was one of the best site seeing places I have been. We started our day with The Louvre Palace and Pyramid. 

 The Louvre Palace

The Louvre Palace

 The Louvre

The Louvre

 I really like reflections and this came out perfect

I really like reflections and this came out perfect

From the Louvre we spent a few hours in The Tuileries and Carrousel Gardens.

 Statues? 

Statues? 

 This fence was astonishing and had such a crisp color and look to it. 

This fence was astonishing and had such a crisp color and look to it. 

We went to meet with some other friends over in the St. Germain neighborhood. This shot is from the fifth floor of a historical appartment. 

 It pretty interesting how well everyone drives in Paris even though there aren't any lanes. 

It pretty interesting how well everyone drives in Paris even though there aren't any lanes. 

 Nutella waffle from a street vendor, 10/10 recoemend. 

Nutella waffle from a street vendor, 10/10 recoemend. 

The Eiffel Tower, through my lens

I spent four hours sorting photos and editing tonight to make sure I got this up as I have a super busy week and know it would be hard to get all this detail down. I wanted to make sure I had the Eiffel Tower shots I wanted and I ended up taking over 100 photos which took a lot longer than expected to sort through.

 Sun Flowers and the Eiffel Tower... What a duo

Sun Flowers and the Eiffel Tower... What a duo

 No picture will do the justice of how big the tower is vs. in person. 

No picture will do the justice of how big the tower is vs. in person. 

 I ended up getting this couples email and sending them this shot as I couldn't stand that they were using a selfie stick. 

I ended up getting this couples email and sending them this shot as I couldn't stand that they were using a selfie stick. 

For this next picture, the angle really caught my eye and I had an idea in mind. I ended up standing on a bench to get this shot with the sun and leaves and couldn't be happier with how it came out. 

Thanks everyone for getting this far if you kept reading. Paris was a blast and it has been exciting to share it with you.

I am either going to take a train somewhere in Czech or stay in town next weekend and do some exploring. Special thanks to the 280 different people that have visited my site over the last week, that's super rad to see! Also, I have set up a subscribe option so you can get notified of new posts by email.

Till the next, peace! 

 

 

More City Exploring in Prague

Today we spent most of the day in an orientation for the college we will be attending. From there we decided to explore more of Prague for a few hours on our way back to the metro. Prague has a super great public transportation system which makes going anywhere in the city, and I mean anywhere, super easy. We are pretty fortunate that our apartment placement is out of the main downtown of Prague but still only a 10-minute metro ride anywhere into the city.  

 This was just around the corner from where our school orientation was. There are so many river inlets all over the city that all have a completly different look to them. 

This was just around the corner from where our school orientation was. There are so many river inlets all over the city that all have a completly different look to them. 

 We stopped in for a beer at this small river side restuarant... this was the view from it. 

We stopped in for a beer at this small river side restuarant... this was the view from it. 

 Loved this view from the staircase up to the Charles Bridge. 

Loved this view from the staircase up to the Charles Bridge. 

 Charles Bridge @ 15:00

Charles Bridge @ 15:00

 So many single lane roads all around Prague because they have buildings built above them so they can utilize every bit of land. 

So many single lane roads all around Prague because they have buildings built above them so they can utilize every bit of land. 

 This picture is for my sister. She really likes macarons and figured she would enjoy this. 

This picture is for my sister. She really likes macarons and figured she would enjoy this. 

 This picture is for my mom. She likes flowers and these were all so fresh sittting in the doorway to a Czech restaurant. 

This picture is for my mom. She likes flowers and these were all so fresh sittting in the doorway to a Czech restaurant. 

 Prague has a lot of graffiti to say the least. 

Prague has a lot of graffiti to say the least. 

 I found this to gallery store front to be ironic. Not often that you see an art gallery with the outside walls all tagged up. 

I found this to gallery store front to be ironic. Not often that you see an art gallery with the outside walls all tagged up. 

And I'm going to end this post with this picture above.  A plant growing out of a statue's stone base.  This really made me think about life. I hope it triggers some thought in yours. Anything is possbile. 

Welcome To My Website... First 24 Hours In Prague!

Well, I finally pulled the plug and decided to put together a website to share my travels and adventures this summer while I am working in Europe. It is going to be half a photo stream/half a blog so my family, friends and whoever can see what's happening. I hope you enjoy and check it often as I will keep it as updated as possible! 

 

 Flying from London to Prague to end the long 24 hours of flying we were blessed with this pretty tight sunset glow while everything below us was clouds! 

Flying from London to Prague to end the long 24 hours of flying we were blessed with this pretty tight sunset glow while everything below us was clouds! 

 Joe pointed out how the reflection of the clouds and lighting looked awesome with this statue and he was right becuase this picture came out better than we expected. 

Joe pointed out how the reflection of the clouds and lighting looked awesome with this statue and he was right becuase this picture came out better than we expected. 

 The architecture here is absolutely spectacular. 

The architecture here is absolutely spectacular. 

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