Air Travel News 8.30.11

Air, Air Travel News, Health & Safety — By on August 30, 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. 

What’s Our Vector, Victor

If you’re already familiar with United Airlines’ Channel 9, you might be happy to hear that after the United-Continental merger the channel will remain intact and will migrate over to the Continental fleet as well. If you’re not in the know, check it out next time you fly the friendly skies…it’s the actual pilot/controller communication frequency for your listening pleasure. Tip: The best listening happens during the takeoff and landing portions of flight.  Source:  Jaunted

Bye, Bye Birdie

We all remember the Miracle on the Hudson flight from 2009. A bird strike was the cause of the engine failure and these happen quite often, but obviously not to that extreme. To counteract these types of incidents, researchers in New Zealand have developed a ‘bird deterrent grass’. The grass is treated with some sort of fungus that the birds find unpalatable so they’re unlikely to keep hanging out in areas where it’s planted. Don’t worry PETA, no lasting damage to the birds.  Source:  Airport International News

Goodnight, Irene

If you were trying to fly anywhere near the Northeast U.S. this weekend you know that it was a study in patience. The preventative measures taken in advance of Hurricane Irene virtually put a stop to any flights for quite a long period of time and the recovery time is dragging on until well into the end of the week. Tip: In cases like this, sometimes a one-way car rental is your most efficient option.  Source:  Chicago Tribune

The Future Of Airport Security

There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes to what we’ll see for airport security in the coming decades. One is a kinder, gentler TSA and the other is an even more frantic and invasive system than exists today. Much will depend on the state of the world in general, and how fast technology can come up with new options. I just know that the ‘drop your drawers’ scenario is disturbing on many levels.  Source:  MSNBC

New Routes

This week the newest routes are courtesy of:  Alaska Air, Allegiant, All Nippon, American and Southwest.  Source:  Jaunted

Photo credit:  Sean MacEntee/flickr

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