Air Travel News 5.24.11

Air, Air Travel News, Food News — By on May 24, 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.

Another Year, Another Volcano

A year after the volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupted in Iceland, it’s happening again.  Grimsvoetn started erupting late Saturday and by Sunday all of Iceland airspace was shut down due to the ash cloud.  This year’s eruption is not expected to have as widespread an effect as last year’s, but the ash cloud could be impacting airspace in Scotland as early as today and France and Spain by Thursday.  Source:  GlobalPost

Tag, You’re It

With all the attention lately on fatigued air traffic controllers, the other half of the equation seems to have been lost in the shuffle.  Who’s flying all those planes that the controllers are ignoring all night?  Pilots have just as wacky work schedules as controllers, and their problem is compounded by ending up in a different time zone at the end of the flight.  The bottom line is that you can’t force the body to stay awake when it wants to be asleep.  Source:  USAToday

MSP Gets An Upgrade

If you fly to, from or through Minneapolis often, you’re going to be excited by this news.  Starting by January, 2012, the facilities at the airport are undergoing some big changes.  Delta Airlines (formerly Northwest) is adding 12 restaurants and fresh markets inspired by local culture.  Their Concourse G terminal will also feature Apple iPads throughout.  The airline is dropping about $2 billion to enhance the customer experience.  Bravo, Delta!  Source:  Yahoo

Pack Your Bags

Sunday nights this fall are looking more interesting.  ABC has picked up the pilot for a new series about the iconic airline Pan Am.  Christina Ricci has signed on and the show is said to be the next Mad Men.  Source:  Jaunted

Poking Fun At TSA

If you can keep a good sense of humor when it comes to airport security it will make your air travel experience much less aggravating.  Some people – reason.tv, for example – take this theory to a whole new level.  Listen, or cringe, at your own risk.  Source:  Gadling

Photo credit:  NASA Goddard Photo and Video, Paul Lowry/flickr

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