Air Travel News 6.18.10

Air, Air Travel News, Asia, England, Wildlife & Animals — By on June 18, 2010 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Yeomans

Air Travel News 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.

All the Comforts of Home

Another reason to fly Virgin Airlines!  Starting early next year, all of their new Airbus 330’s will be equipped with a new in-flight entertainment system.  Supplied by Panasonic, the system is the eX2 and it seems like there’s not much it doesn’t do.  Passengers will be able to send texts and emails as well as make cell phone calls.  Also available through the system are a plethora of music, games, movies and television shows.  If that isn’t enough passengers throughout the plane will be able to plug in a USB to view their own content.  Virgin is the first UK long-haul airline to install such a system.

Source:  Travel Weekly

At Least It’s Not Snakes on the Plane

Who knew?  Apparently, turtle smuggling brings big bucks in places like Malaysia.  Some on-the-ball customs agents at the Kuala Lumpur airport noticed something amiss when a couple of pieces of luggage started moving (slowly) on their own.  Found inside were over 300 live tortoises.  What won’t people try to bring on a plane these days?  These lucky-to-be-found mammals will be returned to their native Madagascar.

Source:  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Didn’t We Used to Get This Stuff For Free??

In yet another play by a major airline to trick us into believing they’re doing us a favor, American Airlines is instituting a new ‘fee for service’ campaign.  Called ‘Your Choice’, they will now be charging passengers for what used to be complimentary (sound familiar?).  Early boarding for a price, the ability to fly stand-by on an earlier flight the same day, and a discount on change fees are included in this new plan.  Seeing as all of these ‘premium’ services used to be gratis, or at least not as expensive as they currently are, it seems a bit like the old bait and switch con game…

Source:  Seattle Times

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