Air Travel News 6.26.12

Air, Air Travel News — By on June 26, 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. 

Be Nice

‘You catch more flies with honey than vinegar’. You’ve heard it before and it doesn’t just apply to flies. The same adage can work in today’s travel world. Experts all agree that in order to avoid or alleviate the stress that goes along with being stuffed into a small space with a bunch of people you don’t know – some cranky – kindness is your best defense.  Source:  Chicago Tribune

Those Sleepy Controllers

The FAA’s fix for the problem of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job isn’t working so well. After last year’s rash of incidents involving shut-eye during their shifts, controllers were mandated to have a scant 9 hours between their working shifts. So after working until 10 pm – not unusual – the earliest they could come back the next day is 7 am. Now, apparently, the big problem is that some controllers are showing up a couple of minutes early. Source:  DenverPost

Chicago Security Updated

Travelers on American Airlines flying through Chicago’s O’Hare airport have been experiencing TSA’s new Pre-Check program since March and now United Airlines is poised to join. Members of the airline’s frequent flyer program will be eligible to apply for pre-screening to expedite the security process at the airport.  TSA adds that USAirways and Delta are soon to follow.  Source:  NBC Chicago

Fake ID Scanner Not So Hot

After TSA spent (supposedly) $130 million on brand new machines to catch false identification, the feedback is that they just don’t. The actual cost of this non-working technology is debatable also. Sounds like whoever manufactured this equipment and sold it to TSA made both a bunch of lies and a bunch of money.  Source:  Jaunted

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