Air Travel News 8.31.10

Air, Air Travel News, Extras, Packing & Wardrobe — By on August 31, 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.

Not Just For Flying Anymore      

Amsterdam’s new and improved  Schiphol Airport has opened and looks to be a another reason to visit the city.  Here passengers can read books (in 29 languages no less), listen to music and watch movies.  Concoct your own cocktail and have it made at the Bols bar and sample Dutch chocolate.  Relax in the ‘living rooms’ complete with comfy chairs and fireplaces or try your luck at the Holland Casino.  Next time I’m stranded at an airport I hope it’s this one!

Source:  airlinetrends

Quickie:  If you do happen to be delayed or stranded overnight at an airport, you do have rights as a passenger.  They are outlined in every airline’s ‘Contract of Carriage’.  One of the rules an airline doesn’t want you to know:  If the delay is beyond their control, say due to weather, they are not liable.  However, if the delay or cancelled flight is due to an airline problem, say mechanical or if the flight crew doesn’t show up, it IS their responsibility.

What Won’t They Try To Carry-On?

I know they’re adorable, and whenever I see one I want one too, but this goes too far.  A woman at the Bangkok airport was apprehended trying to smuggle a live baby tiger on board in her carry-on luggage.  The cub was tranquilized and stashed in the bag along with actual stuffed toys for camouflage.  The tiger was discovered by some eagle-eyed security people scanning the x-ray who noticed that one of the stuffed animals was alive.  Makes you wonder what actually makes it on board, doesn’t it??

Source:  BBC

A Twofer…or is it a Threefer?

The proposed United/Continental merger has been approved by the US Justice Dept., but not without a price.  Part of the deal is that the new merged airline give up some of their daily landing slots at the Newark Airport, 18 to be exact, to Southwest Airlines starting in March 2011.  It’s easy to understand why United/Continental would agree to this…with a combined 442 landing slots per day they can afford to lose the measly 18.  It’s even easy to understand why Southwest wants to dip their toe into the international flight game at Newark.  What’s harder to make sense of is why Southwest;  an airline known for their quick turnaround times, wants to get anywhere near the air traffic mess and delays that occur at Newark every day of the week…

Source:  USAToday

I Didn’t Think I Was An Airplane Geek…  

Most of us won’t have the opportunity to fly in an airplane like this, but if you ever have an air show nearby where the Navy’s Blue Angels or the Air Force’s Thunderbirds are performing they’re definitely worth a look.  These pilots perform amazing feats of precision as part of a day’s work.

Blue Angels Portsmouth N.H. 2010

Quickie:  Air shows can be very crowded…everyone wants to see these flyboys!  There is always a practice show at the airport a day or two before the show starts…they perform the same show, but for free and without the crowds.  Call the airport to find out when they will be practicing.

Photo credit:  Uggboy/DVIDSHUB on flickr

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