Air Travel News 1.31.12

Air, Air Travel News — By on January 31, 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.  

Airports Not To Be Stuck In

While some airport management teams are trying to better their airports, there are still many more that don’t seem to care at all about it. Lack of dining choices, confusing or non-existent signage and basic cleanliness problems are just a few of the issues you’ll find at these locations. While some claim to have changes on the horizon, the sad fact is that if you can avoid these – and it’s not easy as they’re all major airports – DO!   Source:  Yahoo

Spirit Can’t Get Into The Spirit

Last week a new Department of Transportation rule was put into effect that, among other things, makes it harder for airlines to hide taxes and fees from consumers. Until then, an airline could advertise a super-cheap fare only to have the purchaser be surprised with the actual final purchase price. Spirit sees it another way…they sent an email out to their passenger list stating that the government is requiring them to ‘hide’ the taxes and fees in their fares. Just a difference of opinion or something else?  Source:  USAToday

On The Airline Horizon

While your airport experience may leave you cold, many of the airlines have some upgrades scheduled for the coming year. And not just for the front of the plane…the cheap seats should be more comfortable soon. Everything from onboard espresso machines to USB ports at every seat to increased Wi-Fi availability is expected to be coming your way sooner rather than later.  Source:  Jaunted

What Passengers Complain About

Anyone who flies knows that there is much to complain about in the world of air travel. Uncaring customer service and no leg room aside, does it really matter if your flight attendant is supermodel material? Apparently to some people it does. I’m not sure where these people get their lofty expectations from, but they obviously haven’t flown lately.  Source:  Breaking Travel News

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    1 Comment

  • Kara says:

    I am a flight attendant, and I find it funny when passengers make comments like, “Wow, the crew is so young.” “Y’all are actually nice.” I think the young and nice part goes together, because it’s a burnout job. I haven’t had to deal with 1 million too many frustrated tired travelers yet. Vacations are great fun and all, but they can be grumpy times for some, and flight attendants are on the front lines. Give us a little break:)

    After spending much too many hours at airports, an airport to avoid is LAX, specifically the terminal that falls between 5 and 7. It’s being renovated and the renovation is more of a choas. Always check the surrounding airports of Orange County and Burbank. The International Terminal isn’t really a headache.

    Airports with class: Barcelona, Spain and Portland, Oregon.