The LG Weekly News Roundup: 5.7.10

Weekly Travel News — By on May 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm

By Molly Fergus
LG Deputy Editor, Travel News

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here….

Chatting with The Mouse
Spotting Mickey is actually tough work at Disneyland. There are usually long lines or expensive breakfasts, and the payoff is typically just a quick snapshot with the most popular character in the park. Now, though, the wait might really be worth it: Disney is testing a new walking, talking Micky Mouse. Instead of just generic catch phrases, it looks like this mascot will interact privately with every curious kid. No word if the parks will implement this on a large scale, but it seems way better than an autograph, no?
Source: Gadling

Spirit Air Rescinds Reclining Rights
Spirit Airlines must love the spotlight. The budget carrier took a ton of heat three weeks ago for implementing carry-on baggage fees, and before that maelstrom has even passed it’s rolling out a new, passenger-unfriendly amenity: Seats that won’t recline. Its newest jets will all be outfitted with what Spirit is calling “pre-reclined” chairs, meaning that you will have to stay in the upright position for hours. On the upside, the person in front of you can’t squash the chair into your knees. (But maybe the PR department should have waited to announce this one. )
Source: Chicago Sun Times

Mile-high WiFi Now On Frontier
Hooray! Frontier is joining the fleet of domestic carriers who now offer in-flight WiFi. Frontier signed up for GoGo service on Friday, and they’re working to install it across all of their planes. Whether you use in-flight Internet to catch up on work or veg out on Hulu, this is good news. Now, can we get some outlets installed, please?
Source: Jaunted

Tarmac Ruling Airtight
Big news in the skies, lately. Besides the hubbub over Spirit Airlines and those volcano issues, the Department of Transportation decided that no exemptions would be made to its brand new tarmac rule, which prohibits planes from sitting on the runway for more than three hours. JetBlue, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines and US Airways each requested a temporary exception because of construction at JFK airport in New York, but Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood but the kibosh on that. Plus one more point for passengers’ rights!
Source: USA Today

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