Air Travel News 4.24.12

Air, Air Travel News, Staying Connected — By on April 24, 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. 

Wi-Fi In The Sky

Just a few short years ago the thought of being able to connect to the internet while in-flight was unheard of. Now, more often than not, your aircraft is equipped with some sort of wi-fi network. There might be some problems, sure, the buffering isn’t fast enough or the connection itself is less than reliable. There are some programs on the horizon that might make these concerns a thing of the past.  Source:  Gadling

Goofy Guidelines

Air travel is undoubtedly a source of irritation to most. Between the government’s edicts and the airlines own rules, one wonders who thinks these things up. Common sense seems to go by the wayside in favor of nonsense and red tape. From push-up bras to iPods, here are a few of the edicts that really get under the skin.  Source:  Yahoo

Streamlining Security

We’ve all been there. Even if you make it to the airport with plenty of time to spare, the security line can take a chunk out of your early arrival and cause undue stress. There are some ways to avoid the waiting and breeze through the line. The catch? Not all options are available at every airport, and most of them will cost you.  Source:  NYTimes

Not-So-Sweet Dreams

The event happened over a year ago, but the Canadian Transportation Safety Board’s report is just out. Apparently the first officer on a flight from Toronto to Zurich had just woken up from an authorized nap and was somewhat disoriented. He mistook the planet Venus for an aircraft, then miscalculated the position of the aircraft he should have been looking for. Swerving to avoid the perceived aircraft he guided his aircraft into an unplanned descent. The captain of the flight intervened and rectified the situation. This brings to light the woeful situation of cockpit fatigue.  Source:  MSNBC

New Routes

This week the plethora of new routes in the system come from these airlines:  Air Nigeria, American Airlines, Bahamasair, Kenya Airways and Lufthansa.  Source:  Jaunted

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