Air Travel News 11.8.11

Air, Air Travel News, Shopping & Style — By on November 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. 

TSA Strikes Again

We love to hate them, but this time we have a really good reason. Those infamous body-scanners, source of so much controversy, are actually a potentially dangerous source of radiation. Concerns about this had been ignored for years and the TSA pushed them on the flying public despite major evidence of the drawbacks. The question is: Will this finally take them out of the airports?  Source:  Jaunted

E-Boarding: Convenient Or Cumbersome?

So by now most of the major airlines offer the option to have your boarding pass via print or smartphone. Smartphone would be a great way to go (save paper, one less item to misplace or lose) but there are some serious drawbacks to that choice. Your phone’s battery could run dry. It could take a while to find the associated email when you’re under the gun in the boarding line. The gate agent could be baffled by the phone if they’re not familiar with it. With time hopefully these problems will be ironed out.  Source:  NYTimes

Dress For The Occasion

While air travel is anything but glamorous these days, sloppy sweats aren’t always the way to go. Yes, they’re comfy, but  – and it does happen – you most certainly WON’T be upgraded to first-class if you’re dressed so far down. Luckily there are some options out there that are just as cozy, but far more presentable.  Tip: Stretch is key.  Source:  Gadling

Tarmac Woes

The latest, early-season snowstorm told familiar tales. Tales of aircraft stranded on the tarmac at an airport for hours on end with little food or water for the passengers stuck inside. Apparently, the airlines are not the only ones to be blamed. Some of the problem lies with the airport transportation itself, in the form of busses. Or, rather, the lack thereof. Without the capability to ferry passengers between terminals, sometimes the only solution is to leave them plane-bound. Source:  USA Today

New Routes

The planned new routes from Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, Etihad, Frontier Airlines and United are highlighted here.  Source:  Jaunted

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