Air Travel News 11.30.10

Air, Air Travel News, Canada, Family & Kid Travel, Leaving & Coming Home, Packing & Wardrobe — By on November 30, 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.

Not So Glamorous

A pilot’s life sure isn’t what it used to be.  Pay cuts, airport meals and cramped sleeping conditions have made a once exotic career a much more drab and dreary one.  A by product of this decline is the fact that the amount of pilots-in-training has been on the decline for the last 20 years resulting in almost 50% less pilots in the pipeline today.  If the situation doesn’t change soon we could be in for a pilot shortage in the not-so-distant future.  Source:  Airline Gossip

O Canada

With all of the controversy surrounding the new enhanced pat-down process here in the US, our neighbors to the north have kept their heads.  The transport authority in Canada has no plans to adopt our ~supposedly~ new and improved scan/pat methods for their domestic flights.  Also, the scanners used in Canada don’t use the same radiation technology as the TSA scanners in the States.  All in all, air travelers in Canada seem to be treated with more respect.  Source:  Airwise

Baby On Board

As if it wasn’t common sense, the FAA’s latest recommendation is for all passengers, including children under the age of 2, to be in an airline seat and properly buckled in during flight.  Still, with airline seats being at a premium and empty seats almost impossible to come by, many infants are held on their parents’ laps during a flight.  If it’s just a financial decision, think long and hard about the consequences in case of an emergency.  Source:  NYTimes

Holiday Travel Reminder

‘Tis the season for much air travel.  Many of us will be flying back and forth to vacation destinations or heading home for hte holidays.  Here’s a down and dirty refresher from the government’s TSA website.  The biggies:

1)  certain foodie gifts such as salsas and dips are considered liquids and need to be treated as such when going through security

2)  don’t waste your time wrapping your gifts before heading to the airport as they may need to be unwrapped for a security check

Source:  TSA

Quickies

Gifts For Travelers

From the useful (pocket solar charger) to the decadent (Hermes scarf) to the absurd (carry-on coat?), there is something here to make air travel easier for every traveler in your life.  Source:  NYTimes

Photos With Santa

If you still need your photo taken for the holiday cards head over to the nearest participating Southwest Airlines airport.  Source:  Jaunted

Photo credit:  futureatlas.com, meddygarnet/flickr

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