Air Travel News 1.17.12

Air, Air Travel News, Food News — By on January 17, 2012 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Yeomans

LG Air Travel 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. 

When Non-Stop Isn’t Really Non-Stop

So you think you’re all set to fly non-stop from somewhere in Europe to New York. Beware; your non-stop flight may have to make an unscheduled fuel pitstop. Strong winds sometimes make this a necessity. It’s not a dangerous situation, and the airlines even plan for the possibility. It will however add an hour or more onto your flight and may cause a missed connecting flight. Tip: Just for the record: non-stop means just that; a flight that doesn’t stop. Direct flights may have a stop, but you won’t have to change planes.  Source:  USAToday

Who Will Acquire American?

After American Airlines recent bankruptcy filing, the airline world is all abuzz about who may acquire the airline if a merger is in their future. There are only a couple of contenders:  Delta and US Airways. Delta appears to be the frontrunner and if that were to happen it would boost Delta into the world’s largest airline spot. Source:  Atlanta Journal Constitution

Spare Some Change?

Ever wonder what happens to all those items left in the security bins at TSA? Well, in the case of spare change, it certainly adds up. The stats are in for 2010 and the grand total is a whopping $410,000! While you’d like to think this excess money would be donated to a worthy cause, TSA has other ideas on what to do with it. They keep it.  Source:  Fox News

Dining On The Fly

Airport food (unfortunately, not airline food) has come a long way. In many airports around the country and the world it’s possible to eat as well as you could in it’s host city. The trick is ferreting them out. Luckily, someone has done that for us for 15 of the major airports. Also included are some spots outside the airport property, but still close enough if you have a long enough layover.  Source:  Portfolio

New Routes 

This week’s new routes come from all around the globe courtesy of Ryanair, Frontier, Air Asia X, Peach and a personal fave, Porter.  Source:  Jaunted

Photo credit:  LifeSuperCharger, Pylon757/flickr

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