Air Travel News 12.07.10

Air, Air Travel News, Food News, Spain, Volunteering & Giving Back, Wifi & Internet Cafes — By on December 7, 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.

Spanish Fly

Air travel in Spain has been a little messy the last week or so.  The country’s air traffic controllers collectively walked off the job and the Spanish airspace was closed down.   More than 600,000 passengers were confronted with disrupted flights, long lines and delays.  The situation is temporarily under control thanks to a ‘state of alarm’ issued by the Spanish government.  It’s not a permanent fix, but could be extended to cover the Christmas holiday period.   Source:  Yahoo

As an air traffic controller here in the US, I’m amazed by the salary the Spanish controllers command.  Believe me, it’s not an easy job, but for that kind of pay it seems like they could just suck it up a little…

Operation Snowball

In the true spirit of the season, American Airlines has teamed up with several other sponsors to support the Snowball Express.  The program is in it’s fifth year and provides a special weekend of events for children and families of fallen military heroes who have died while on active duty since September 11, 2001.  Last year the airline donated 8 charter flights to bring the 1500 participants to Dallas for a weekend celebrating the holiday season.  This year’s event will be held this coming weekend and is expected to bring even more deserving families some cheer.   Source:  Snowball Express

Connected Across The Pond

It was bound to happen…inflight internet access during a long-haul flight!  Lufthansa is the first of the airlines to roll this out and they’re offering it gratis on all equipped flights until the end of January.  So, if you’re lucky enough to fly with them from Atlanta, Detroit or New York early this winter, don’t be shy about booting up   Source:  Gadling

TSA Looks To The Future

The brouhaha over airport body scanners and pat-downs continues, but there are some other options on the horizon.  New technology includes imaging that affords the traveler more privacy and less exposure to radiation as well as a ‘trusted traveler’ program.  Until these are explored further, look for more than 1.000 scanners in airports by the end of 2011   Source:  MSNBC

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New Routes

This week’s new airline routes include those from Transaero, Air France, Qatar, British Airways and Virgin America.  Source:  Jaunted

Jay-Z Branching Out

Look for the travel-size version of the rapper’s popular 40/40 Sports Bar coming to an airport near you.   Source:  ArtistDirect

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