Air Travel News 4.26.11

Air, Air Travel News — By on April 26, 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.

JetBlue Perks

A better seat on JetBlue will also get you a shorter security line.  The start date is unclear, but soon, when you purchase the airline’s “Even More Legroom” seat you will be able to access the elite security lane where it is available.  Some airlines already offer this benefit to their higher paying passengers.  Since JetBlue does not offer first or business class seating, this is their deal.   Source:  USAToday

Making Right Passenger’s Rights

The long-awaited Airline Passengers Bill Of Rights from last year is getting an upgrade.  The most obvious modification – airlines must refund baggage fees when they lose your luggage – is joined by others that should help somewhat with the aggravation that seems to accompany air travel these days.  Source:  Gadling

Another Side Of The Story

All this talk lately about air traffic controllers and their sleep habits has me desperate for a balanced view.  If we’re to believe most of the media reports controllers do nothing all day and night but snooze and when they are awake they’re engrossed more in their movie screens than their radar scopes.  Right from the source itself here’s a view into what a controller’s life is really like.   Source:  MSNBC

Think Your Frequent Flyer Ticket Is All Set?

Frequent flyer awards are supposed to be a benefit;  a reward for doing business with an airline.  They’re not supposed to be an additional source of stress when traveling.  That’s not always the case.  When you’re lucky enough to have accrued enough miles for an award ticket, there are some guidelines you can follow to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible from ticketing to travel.   Source:  Reuters

New Routes

A plethora of new routes this week from Austrian Airlines, Delta, Finnair, Frontier and Virgin America.   Source:  Jaunted

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