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Hello and welcome to Seat 1A!

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.

Seat 1A aims to provide savvy travellers with advanced industry based knowledge to enhance the air travel experience and take off from the crowd. By arming you with an understanding of the systems, processes, rules and structures that define modern air travel, Seat 1A strives to give you the upper hand by examining real experiences from abroad.

Whether traveling in ultra-economy or first-class, with or without frequent flyer status, knowing how the operation works will keep you moving in front of the masses, especially when things don’t go as planned. Seat 1A provides tips and tricks on how to make your travel experience as smooth and efficient as possible. Our goal is that you'll be in Seat 1A all the time!

We have over 5 million miles of flying and over 10 years working for numerous airlines, enjoying all classes and cabins, and exploring airports on every continent. We're enthusiastic #avgeeks, with a keen interest in modern aviation trends and aim to share our knowledge in The Seat 1A Podcast. To learn more about who we are, check out Experience 010!

The Seat 1A Podcast also relies on feedback from listeners, offering the chance to take real experiences and analyze them, breaking them down to understand what happened, where things went well or wrong and what can be learned from it. If you have a story, question or experience that you would like to share, please email us at stories(at) or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Experience 010 Show Notes. Who are we? Some background history about your hosts. The Seat 1A Podcast.

Jan 24, 2019

Recorded 06 January 2019

Written by: Geoff Dahl & Vinod Viswalingam

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In celebration of our 10th episode experience, we want to share where we're coming from in terms of travel and aviation. We're sharing stories right from childhood about crazy things we've done, positions we've worked and fill in the blanks for our listeners.

Vinny shares how he was already in an aircraft travelling globally at a very young age and his boyhood wonder of jet travel staring at an Air Canada (AC) L-1011 at the terminal window.

Geoff shares his experiences crossing Canada with Canadian Pacific (CP) and AC as a child and watching final approaches of numerous planes in his backyard.

Geoff and Vinny met up in university in Edmonton, Canada. A big shout out to the global student association AIESEC – which provided both our hosts a chance to expand their global experience.

Geoff gained valuable insight into the world standards for shipping infectious substances by air.

Vinny had a unique project with passenger movement at YEG security before and after 9/11.

Geoff shares his experience on the ramp as a ground handler – and even a presidential interruption of his work at YYC.

Vinny shares his incredible story of doing manual check-ins at YEG – make sure you don't lose that seat sticker! There was a time that a charter flight engine literally froze up at -50C!

Vinny then moved to YYC – with British Airways (BA).

Vinny gained further experience on the other side of the door as a flight attendant.

How a flight delay in DEN led to the development of Seat 1A.

News Items – the passing of Herb Kelleher from Southwest (WN).

We'd love to learn about who you are as a listener. If you have a 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 | Southwest Airlines' legendary co-founder Herb Kelleher dies at 87 (03 January 2019)
"...Kelleher, the legendarily colorful co-founder and longtime executive who embodied the spirit of the Dallas-based airline, died Thursday [03 January 2019]. He was 87..."




  • Show introduction [00:00:48]
  • Vinny's childhood introduction to flying [00:02:03]
  • Geoff's childhood flying memories [00:04:40]
  • Geoff & Vinny meet at university - the AIESEC connection [00:09:30]
  • Vinny and his aviation-related university project [00:14:19]
  • Geoff's ground handling experience - you'll never guess who interrupted his work [00:17:05]
  • Vinny got experience at check-in - even manual check-in! [00:24:46]
  • Vinny moves to the life inside the plane [00:39:26]
  • A delay at DEN - or how did Seat 1A come about? [00:40:46]
  • News Item - Passing of Herb Kelleher [00:47:59]
  • Wrap-up [00:48:48]