Air Travel News 8.17.10

Air, Air Travel News, Family & Kid Travel, Passports & Visas — By on August 17, 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.

*** All You Can Fly ***

Jet Blue has just announced a return of their popular all-you-can-jet pass…buy before August 23, or when supplies sell out for travel between September 7 and October 6.

Source:  Jet Blue

Most Spectacular Exit Ever

By now, everyone has heard about Stephen Slater, the flight attendant who slid off into the wild Blue yonder last week.  Accounts vary, but what doesn’t seem to be in question is the fact that being a flight attendant today is a really tough job.  It’s no longer the glamorous career it once was.  I completely admire them for (usually) keeping their cool in the face of often belligerent passengers.  Stephen has become a hero to anyone who has ever fantasized about ‘walking’ off the job in grand fashion.

Source:  Huliq

Extra:  If you think you have what it takes to replace Stephen Slater, check this out: The Ideal Flight Attendant

No ID, No Problem!

It’s easier than you might think to get through airport security.  3 children from Florida, all under 16, took a spontaneous trip to Tennessee to visit the Dollywood theme park.  The tickets were a cash purchase at the airport and none of the kids had photo identification.  Still, they made it to Nashville with no problems…the problem was that Dollywood is 200 miles from Nashville…and this brings to light a little known fact that photo identification isn’t strictly required for those 18 and over (and never required for those under 18) to board an aircraft in the US.

Source:  Guardian UK

From the TSA website:  “Passengers who do not or cannot present an acceptable ID will have to provide information to the Transportation Security Officer performing Travel Document Checking duties in order to verify their identity. Passengers who are cleared through this process may be subject to additional screening. Passengers whose identity cannot be verified by TSA may not be allowed to enter the screening checkpoint or onto an airplane.”

Keeping Up With Technology

Delta Airlines is now offering ticket purchase on their Facebook page.   Airlines like Virgin, JetBlue and Southwest have long been at the forefront of the social media revolution while some of the older, more established ones have been resisting the trend.  The Delta/Facebook is an application which requires you to authorize the sharing of your personal information.  While I’m not sure if it will be of any advantage to customers, it does show that the bigger airlines are finally realizing that they will be left behind unless they join the social media world.

Photo credit:  Joe Shlabotnik/flickr


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