Air Travel News 7.09.10

Air, Air Travel News, Budget Travel, Food News, Health & Safety, Ireland, Italy — By on July 9, 2010 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Yeomans

LG Air Travel News Editor

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird….it’s a plane! No….it’s your weekly air travel news! Here’s what’s happening in the world of aviation, from the ground up.

Lost or Stolen??

Airports are easy pickings for thieves.  Lots of people in a big hurry, keeping a less than vigilant eye on their belongings.  And for travelers at New York’s JFK airport, it’s even more important to pay attention.  Claims are being made that police called to investigate thefts at JFK are being ordered to reclassify theft claims to ‘lost property’ claims.  This action skews the statistics for theft and may also make it harder for the traveler to file insurance claims.  Lesson here is:  if you are the victim of theft at JFK , or anywhere for that matter, make sure the final paperwork reflects what really happened.

Source:  New York Post

Buon Giorno!

Alitalia, the Italian based airline, has joined the transatlantic Delta/KLM/AirFrance club.  In theory, this initiative will allow for more easily integrated travel to and from Europe.  Let’s hope that it means more availability for frequent flyer seats on popular flights!

Source:  Travel Weekly

SRO

Ryanair, the budget airline we love to hate, is taking it to a new level.  The vertical level to be more precise.  The airline’s CEO has announced that they are considering installing ‘vertical seating’ on their fleet of planes.  So many questions…  How does one wear a seatbelt low and tight over their lap without a lap?  Will the flight feel like a long carnival Round-Up ride?  Leave it to these guys to disrespect their passengers in a completely new way…

Source:  Fox News

Not For The Squeamish

A warning:  if you’re the type to get creeped out by creepy, crawly creatures, stop reading now.  A recent USAIR flight from Atlanta to Charlotte turned back to the gate for a ‘minor emergency’.  Passengers told stories of flies buzzing around and actual maggots falling onto them from above.  The source appeared to be a package of spoiled meat that someone had placed in the overhead compartment.  I know these days with airlines either not serving food at all or serving meals from unsanitary caterers (see last week’s Weekly News Roundup), a lot of people are bringing their own food on board.  Please people, don’t choose something that far past it’s expiration date!

Source:  BBC

Photo credit:  auburnxc and striatic on flickr

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