Air Travel News 8.3.10

Air, Air Travel News, California, Mexico, Packing & Wardrobe, Walking — By on August 3, 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.

It’s Here!

Starting on August 1, Spirit Airlines implemented their unpopular policy of charging for carry-on bags.  The cost per carry-on too big to fit under the seat is $30 if you pay in advance and $45 (!) if you wait until you get to the gate.  The airline claims the move is only to streamline the boarding process, not to make a profit.  And they may not if passengers opt to fly another airline that doesn’t charge for carry-on…

Source:  MSNBC

Streamlining The Packing Process

Enough said about the misers at Spirit Airlines.  It’s actually not a bad idea to downsize your luggage when you fly.  Less to lug around as you run from one gate to another to make your connecting flight.  Some items are just too downright wacky to bring with you on a trip, but others may have a more packable version that make your luggage more flyer-friendly.  And really, unless you’re going to some remote location, you can probably buy whatever you need at your destination.

My latest obsession regarding packable items involves solid shampoo bars.  They’re light, portable, TSA secure and won’t leak all over your suitcase.  Lush, Dr. Bronner’s, and Target all make good ones to try.

Source:  Fox News

San Diego getting even closer to Mexico

Plans are underway to link the city of San Diego to the Tijuana Airport directly by a pedestrian bridge.  The proposed bridge would be 525 feet long and house TSA security and customs.  The San Diego airport is expected to reach capacity within the next 15 years and has no room to grow.  Tijuana’s Rodriguez International Airport, right across the border, has plenty of space for expansion.  So I guess this means you’ll need your passport just to get to the airport!

Source:  USA Today

Just for Fun

I was once on a flight where a fellow passenger carried a live white tiger cub onboard in their carry-on luggage.  It was totally adorable and just like a stuffed toy only breathing.  What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever seen anyone bring in their carry-on?

Photo credits:  theogeo/Omar Omar on flickr

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