Air Travel News 03.08.11

Air, Air Travel News, Australia, Travel Products & Services — By on March 8, 2011 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.

Share The Cost?

Not only do more carry-on bags make for a longer security line at the airport, but they’re lightening our wallets as well.  By about a quarter billion dollars a year in the form of TSA costs.  And it’s we taxpayers who are footing the bill.  Some members of Congress are questioning whether the airlines should be paying the extra cost seeing as it’s they who are profiting from the checked baggage fees.  My great idea:  fees for carry-on bags and let checked bags ride free.  Less congestion at the security lines and on board the aircraft.  Airlines;  are you listening? Source:  FOX News

My iPad Or Yours?

The Apple iPad is cementing it’s place in the traveler’s bag of tricks.  On one airline so far you don’t even have to pull your own out…it’s provided for you.  Jetstar, a low-cost Australian airline makes the device available onboard at the low cost of just $10 per flight.  Sure, some passengers may still choose to use their own, but if you don’t have one or don’t want to risk it, you can still entertain yourself during a long flight.  A sure sign that the iPad is here to stay:  some US airlines are even supplying them for the use of the flight crew…for official business only of course.   Source:  SanDiego.com

Say Goodbye To The Pretzels

Continental joins the list of airlines that no longer serve snacks in economy class.  Rather than stand out from the crowd in a good way they are choosing to join the majority of air carriers in eliminating refreshments.  They say this will save them $2.5 million per year, as if we care.  As far as the major airlines in the US go, Delta Airlines is the only one still serving up the goodies in the low-rent seats.  Strangely, most of the ‘low-cost’ airlines have no problem furnishing their passengers with a lousy packet of peanuts.  Bottom line:  bring your own snacks on board.   Source:  USAToday

Channeling Mad Men

If you love the television show Mad Men, you’ll have to try Pan Am on for size.  Set in the same era, but a bit lighter in nature, the iconic airline is the focus of a new pilot (pun unavoidable) for the ABC network.  The show is based on the experiences of a former Pan Am flight attendant, now producer.  Surely to be rife with sexual innuendo and political incorrectness it will recall the Golden Age of air travel when flying was luxurious and mostly for the well-heeled.   Source:  AOL

Quickies

New Routes

This week we bring you new routes from Frontier, Caribbean Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta and one of our favorites:  Porter Airlines.   Source:  Jaunted

Listen Up!

You may want to start listening to the airport loudspeaker…it could be Cyndi Lauper!   Source:  DailyMail

Photo credit:  MarieMosley, Ben Atkin/flickr

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