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When you travel, do you ever wonder how you can be that person who is always ahead of the pack, even when things go awry? Hosts Vinod Viswalingam (@VViswalingam) and Geoff Dahl (@geoffdahl) are proud to present The Seat 1A Podcast.

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Experience 006 Show Notes. Grab your passport - what to do when the passport is lost or misplaced. The Seat 1A Podcast.

Dec 10, 2018

Recorded 01 December 2018

Written by: Geoff Dahl & Vinod Viswalingam

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Vinny misplaces his passport the first time - and it ended up where? How did it get reconnected to him?
Have you ever misplaced your passport AT the airport? Vinny's did at FRA - and what happened after that is absolutely bananas.
What should you copy and keep with you and checklists if you lose your passport.
Your passport expired but what happens with active visas?
Say cheese - passport photos.
It's not just lost passports that need to get replaced.
How many American passports are lost/stolen per year?
How strong is your country's passport?
Flying fish with ANA and meal selections from the EU. Bibimbap as an food option to ICN while in economy.
New $4 billion renovations open at LGA. New $1.8 billion terminal in MCT.
The wild ride with WOW, Iceland Air, and Indigo - possible intercontinental ULCC possiblities?
Shoutout and a request for our listeners - how is the ANA flying fish?

If you have a passport story, question or experience that you would like to share, please email us at stories(at) or find us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Patreon. Show notes are available online at


NEWS ITEMS | ANA rolling out new authentic fish dishes on flights from Europe (30 November 2018)
"... Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has been granted certification to begin offering a range of new cooked fish dishes on board its European flights, with a new menu already set to roll out across select services from Saturday, December 1..."

NY1 Spectrum News | New $4 Billion Concourse Opens at LaGuardia Airport
(01 December 2018)
"...11 new gates are opened inside Terminal B, it’s part of an $8 billion plan to modernize the airport..." | Oman Airports celebrates Grand Opening of new Muscat International Airport (22 November 2018)
"...The new $1.8 billion passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport commercially opened on 20 March, 2018, and has been designed and constructed to the highest standards of quality and service. The airport features Omani-themed architecture, state-of-the-art technologies, and exceptional passenger experience..." | Frontier Airlines owners to take stake in Wow Air (30 November 2018)
"...Private equity firm Indigo Partners has agreed in principle to invest in Wow, with the carrier’s CEO and primary shareholder Skuli Mogensen remaining a principal investor..."


  • Vinny misplaces passport for the first time [00:01:01]
  • How did Vinny get the passport back? [00:07:15]
  • Vinny loses his passport again - in the airport [00:14:27]
  • The Polizei at FRA [00:21:11]
  • What to do if you lose the passport? [00:28:13]
  • Also applicable to damaged passports [00:36:21]
  • How many passports are reported lost to US State Department every year? [00:40:10]
  • How strong is your passport? [00:40:56]
  • Flying Fish with ANA [00:42:23]
  • Bibimbap as a food option to ICN [00:43:32]
  • New Terminal opens at LGA [00:47:19]
  • New Terminal at MCT [00:49:57]
  • Iceland Air (FI) & WOW (WW) Air Saga [00:51:31]
  • Wrap-up [00:54:16]