Air Travel News 02.22.11

Air, Air Travel News, City Travel, Getting There Deals, Health & Safety, Leaving & Coming Home, Nevada — By on February 22, 2011 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.

Frequent Flyer Forever

In a surprise move, Delta announced that the miles accrued in their frequent flyer program will no longer expire.  As the only major US carrier to do so, Delta’s frequent flyer program, SkyMiles, is also one of the industry’s oldest.  No more worrying about using your miles before they disappear or ordering another magazine you don’t need just to use them up.  Great news for Delta loyalists!   Source:   AOL

Sin City Special

Not just new routes to Las Vegas, an entire airline dedicated to the city!  LV Air is a brandy-new airline slated to start operations sometime this year.  It has big plans to offer 4 daily non-stops linking New York’s JFK Airport with McCarran Airport. Some pretty fun perks are planned as well:  in-flight seat-to-seat texting, wireless iPads, and mood lighting just to name a few.  Passengers will also be able to coordinate their flight with other travel plans such as hotel and dinner reservations, show tickets and even bottle service at the clubs.  No date yet for start-up…   Source:   KTNV

Maybe They Don’t Get Paid Very Much

But still.  No need to steal from the poor, unsuspecting airline passengers!  A ticket agent from American Airlines has been charged with grand theft, possession of stolen property and identity theft after allegedly copying information from hundreds of credit cards.  Micheline Johnson had worked for American for 10 years and it’s not clear exactly how long she’d been getting away with this scam.  Long enough to rack up over $480,000  in fraudulent purchases.   Source:   Gadling

Not Just For Ticket Agents

A meager take compared to Ms. Johnson above, but 2 TSA agents have been arrested after admitting to stealing some $160,000 from checked bags at New York’s JFK airport.  The 2 agents had been with TSA for several years and had been regularly looting passenger’s luggage.  The incident that got them arrested involved a theft of $39,000.  Does anybody else wonder who would put $39,000 in a checked bag?? Source:   NYPost

Quickies:

Jet Away Courtesy Of JetBlue

Here’s your chance to escape the winter and head to Turks and Caicos!  Enter before March 3, 2011 to win this fantastic getaway.   Source:   jetBlue

Photo credit:  borman818, http2007/flickr

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