Air Travel News 11.16.10

Air, Air Travel News, Extras, Family & Kid Travel, Travel Philosophy — By on November 16, 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.

DIY Bag Tags

If several of the airlines have their way, passengers may soon be attaching destination tags to their own luggage.  Both American and Air Canada are negotiating with TSA to test the new procedure at the Boston airport, while Delta is doing the same at another.  This type of baggage checking is not new in Europe or other parts of the world.  Ultimately the airlines hope that the procedure will streamline the boarding process as well as cut their operating costs.  Personally, I like the idea of putting my own bag tag on my luggage…I know there won’t be any mistakes!  Source:  USAToday

A380’s Having A String of Bad Luck

First Qantas Airlines, then Singapore Airlines, now Lufthansa Airlines.  What do they all have in common?  They have the dubious distinction of having to replace some or all of their A380 engines.  The engines in question are Rolls-Royce made and seem to be the cause of engine malfunction and engine oil leaks.  Source:  Reuters

Kid-Free Airline Flights?

Remember smoking sections on flights?  Well, ‘family-only’ sections might not be too far away.  There is a push by a segment of airline passengers who want to make this a reality.  A recent survey revealed that 59% of passengers would support this segmentation.  To go even further the same survey showed 20% in favor of child-free flights.  While that is unlikely, it’s not just the childless who advocate the family-only segregation.  Parents would relish the freedom to let their kids be kids and not have to worry so much about the other passengers.  Source:  NYTimes

How about a special section for those passengers who feel the need to hog the armrest?

JetBlue Holding Hands With Emirates

A new agreement between JetBlue and Emirates airlines will make it possible to fly seamlessly to scores of destinations around the globe.  One ticket purchase, one check-in, and no baggage worries (other than the usual) will streamline the process for travel on these airlines combined.  Keep in mind that frequent flyer points will only be credited to the airlines’ separate programs…no, the flight from JFK to Dubai will NOT net you oodles of JetBlue miles!  Source:  AOL

Quickies

New Routes

The plethora of new route announcements this week come from Emirates, Virgin America, Delta, JapanAir and Spirit.  Source:  Jaunted

Mobile Boarding Bonus

Score an extra 1,000 frequent flyer miles on United when checking in for a domestic flight using your mobile handheld device.  Source:  Chicago Tribune

Photo credit:  alex-s,brad_holt/flickr

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