Air Travel News 8.10.10

Air, Air Travel News, Food News — By on August 10, 2010 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Yeomans

LG 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.


Apparently the plan is working.  All but one of the major airlines posted huge profits over the last quarter and it doesn’t look like that trend will be changing anytime soon.  With the cost of airfare continually on the rise, fees for everything from baggage to seat assignments and the cost of fuel decreasing, there was nowhere to go but up.  Do you think this means that they will ease up on some of those ridiculous extra charges?  Too soon to tell, but when those fees generate more than $ 1 billion a year, my money’s on ‘no’!

Source:  Wall Street Journal

Self Serve Line at the Boarding Gate

There is a new boarding strategy being tested by Continental Airlines at the Houston Airport.  Passengers swipe their boarding passes at a kiosk at the gate and, assuming the passenger is at the correct gate, the door to the jetway opens to allow access to the aircraft.  Presumably, security won’t be compromised since the identification check happens well before the boarding gate.  I guess this will save the airline even more money since they won’t have to pay an extra agent to check the boarding passes.

Source:  ABC News

Gourmet Airport Food!

Next time you find yourself delayed flying from New York’s La Guardia Airport (and you will), there will be a more tasteful way to pass the time.  In Terminal D past security there are a plethora of new restaurants opening as soon as late August.  French, Italian, steak and wine will all be represented and will be a welcome change from the current likes of Burger King and Chili’s Too.

Quick Tip:  The gourmet food hall will make it easy to create your perfect in-flight meal.

Source:  New York Times

Digital Strip Search

Most likely, none of us relish the idea of an unknown person in the back room at airport security gawking at our virtual naked body via the new full-body scanners.  When we consider the alternative of dangerous items being smuggled onboard our flight it’s easier to take.  Also, it had been explained that the scanners do not  have the capability to store images.  Well, the U. S . Marshals Service (where the same scanners are in use at many courthouses) said that too, but admitted this week ‘oops!’ thousands of these images had been secretly saved.  Are we to trust TSA now when they say that the storage capabilities will be turned off when installed at airports?

Quick Tip:  If the whole process creeps you out, you have the right to opt for physical pat-down and metal detector screening instead.

Source:  CNET News

Photo credit:  borman818/The Cleveland Kid on flickr

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