Air Travel News 2.7.12

Air, Air Travel News, Spa & Beauty — By on February 7, 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. 

Answers From The Cockpit

When we’re about to take off on a flight the cockpit door closes and locks and what happens inside there after that is a mystery to most of us. Whether or not you’ve ever pondered what goes on there and what your pilots think about or do during a flight, it might not be what you’re thinking. From turbulence to crew tension, here are the answers to some of those nagging questions.  Source:  Womans Day

You Can Get Something For Free

Believe it or not, there are freebies to be had at airports around the world. Some are almost expected by now – I’m beyond amazed when an airport doesn’t offer free WiFi – but others will likely surprise you; free iPads at JFK! There’s even something for the literary set at the Schiphol Airport Library in Amsterdam. Keep your eyes peeled next time you’re at an airport and let us know about any other airport freebies you come across.  Source:  Frommers

New Fee From Spirit

Once again the airline that seems to despise it’s passengers, Spirit, has defied all common sense and added yet another fee to it’s arsenal. It’s a $2.00 each way fee to cover the supposed costs associated with the new DOT rules aimed at protecting passengers rights. The logic seems a bit scarce here and we just chalk it up to what seems like extreme disdain for the people who keep that airline in business.  Source:  Yahoo

Om

We all know yoga is a great stress reliever. And we probably also know that traveling, especially air travel, is one of the most stress-inducing things we do. A solution? The Yoga Room at the San Francisco International Airport. Located just inside security in Terminal 2, this calm haven is outfitted with chairs and mats. The quiet zone sounds like a perfect way to wait out a layover.  Source:  USAToday

Lightening Up

Southwest Airlines is getting a facelift. They are just about to begin a renovation of some of their aircraft cabins. The good includes seats covered in a lighter, non-leather fabric and more under seat room for luggage storage and pet carriers. The bad includes a reduction in seat recline (down to 2 inches instead of the oh-so-generous 3) and an extra 6 seats per aircraft. More seats equals more revenue and that seems to be the bottom line even though they’re trying to cloak it as an eco-friendly move.   Source: MSNBC

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