Air Travel News 5.17.11

Air, Air Travel News, Health & Safety, Travel Products & Services — By on May 17, 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.

Virtual Zoo In Carry-On

We hear of this from time to time:  an airline passenger is caught smuggling an endangered species of animal in his or her luggage.  This instance is a little different in that the animals were of several varieties.  A first-class passenger was apprehended at Bangkok’s international airport with an assortment of baby animals sedated and packed in cages in his luggage.  Leopards, panthers and monkeys, oh my!  A look at the pictures makes me want to have one of the cuties for my own too, though…  Source:  Yahoo

A Few Bucks More For Extras

Would it be worth it to you to spend, say, $80 extra for a flight if in exchange you got free drinks and more legroom?  Delta is betting you’ll say ‘yes’.  The airline’s new Economy Comfort class of service isn’t quite business or first class, but it’s a step in that direction.  The seats themselves are the same as in the rest of economy class, but they have more legroom and recline.  Delta Medallion members will have discount pricing offered to them to purchase these seats, but even for the rest of us it could be money well spent on a long-haul flight.  Look for availability after June 1, 2011.   Source:  Jaunted

Air Tran Tippler

On Sunday an Air Tran flight from Minneapolis was delayed due to the pilot being “allegedly impaired.”  A TSA manager smelled alcohol on the gentleman and when airport police performed an alcohol test it showed a blood alcohol level of .05 percent.  But here’s the kicker:  the Federal Aviation Association has a .04 percent limit for commercial airline pilots.  What about a limit of .00 percent?  Source:  CNN

The Bottom Line Is What Counts

Not so much a problem with U.S. airlines, but many foreign ones are using a sort of bait and switch approach to publishing airfares.  You might see a (relatively) good price for airfare to Europe, but when you proceed along to the final price you’re hit with an inflated fuel surcharge.  There are lots of theories as to why – mostly foreign – airlines are resorting to this practice, but the moral of the story is:  always check the final price before hitting the ‘buy’ button.   Source:  Chicago Tribune

For The Posh

The already-lucky few who travel first class between Abu Dhabi and London on Etihad will soon score even more amenities.  The new on-board comfort kit is going to include high-end skin care in a Swarovski cosmetics bag for women, and for men, a shaving kit in a black leather cufflink box.  Source:  Gadling

Photo credit:  MacJewell, t.shinobu/flickr

Tags: , , , ,

Comments are closed.