1.) An all time high number of complaints, almost 11,500, were received by the Department of Transportation about airlines last year, a 20% increase from 2011. Cancellations and delays were the biggest complaints. Baggage complaints were down, but most likely since additional fees mean fewer passengers are checking bags. According to the 23rd annual Airline Quality Ratings, based on number of complaints, on-time arrivals and baggage handling, Virgin America is the top airline in the U.S, with United rated the worst. Among the airlines that serve Charleston International Airport, Jet Blue was ranked 2nd on the list, Delta 4th, Southwest 8th and US Airways was 9th. United, which also serves Charleston was 14th. Here's the complete rankings:
2012 Airline Rankings
• Virgin America
• Air Tran
• US Airways
• American Eagle
2.) Are you a digital omnivore? One in four Americans are. A digital omnivore is a person who owns a laptop, a smartphone and a tablet. According to a new survey from Deloitte’s State of the Media Democracy, we are undergoing a dramatic transition in how, when and where we engage with content, devices and each other, with digital omnivores leading the way. Among the survey’s findings -- 93% of Americans believe internet access is the most valued household subscription, and more than 80% of us multitask while watching TV.
3.) An upstate New York man has been awarded $1.6 million dollars because of his fear of frogs. A developer flooded his 40 acre property, attracting vast numbers of the amphibians. He sued the developer and the town of Clarence, New York and, after a seven year legal battle, was awarded the money in damages. The grown man says his fear of frogs began when he was a child in Italy and he was chased by a man brandishing bullfrogs, and is so bad he sometimes has to call his grown daughter to come to his home and shoo away frogs. As part of the settlement, the town has agreed to dig a drainage channel to help solve his frog problem.