Air Travel News 6.14.11

Air, Air Travel News, Australia, Australia/New Zealand/Pacific — By on June 14, 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.

Get A Charge Out Of This

From the same people who bring us the airport luggage cart rental comes this new money-maker. The ChargeCarte is aimed at those of us who are in frantic need of a phone charger. For a small fee ($3 for 30 minutes) you’ll get to charge up your phone while virtually tethered to the device. They promise to charge your phone from 0 to 50% in that 30 minutes. Time will tell… Source:  Jaunted

Put Down The Cell Phone

Since the burst of cell phone popularity it’s been a topic of debate: do electronic devices affect a plane’s navigational system?  Well, apparently something does…whether it’s your iPhone or not remains to be seen. Play it safe though, and leave all your toys turned off until you’re told it’s safe to do so by the flight crew. Come on, it won’t kill you, but turning it on might! Source:  Gadling

Embers Down Under

There has been major fallout this past week from the Chilean volcano Puyehue-Cordon Caulle. The northern latitudes have had their share of air traffic disruption due to Icelandic volcanos over the past couple of years and the same sort of havoc is occurring to the south. The volcano erupted on June 4 and the associated ash cloud started heading west. Some 30,000 passengers have been stranded at various New Zealand and Australian airports. Source:  The West Australian

WTF?

We all know that air travel can be a source of stress and frustration. This gentleman’s mommy apparently didn’t teach him to mind his manners in public. A recent flight from Detroit to Newark brought out the worst in this Brooklyn boy. A 45 minute delay – which, by the way, is minor when flying to or from Newark – had him cursing out the entire process. While I’m not sure it was grounds for removal and a police escort, it’s nice to hear that some airlines are trying to improve the experience for all of us. Source:  news.com.au

Where Was The Stripper Pole?

At least the last guy kept his clothes on. A German passenger on a flight from Madrid to Frankfurt stripped down to his birthday suit while en route. He refused to listen to instructions to remain seated and, when the crew tried to prevent him from disrobing, locked himself in the bathroom to finish the job. The pilots turned the plane around, headed back to Madrid and the passenger was removed from the aircraft. No explanation as to why the passenger felt the need to let it all hang out.  Source:  Yahoo

A More Dignified TSA?

While opinions differ as to what is the most annoying part of air travel (the passenger in the above story would vote for delays, no doubt), the security screening process would most likely make the top three. It seems like the situation is always getting worse rather than better. The new program endorsed by IATA aims to reduce that frustration. Passengers will be assigned a specific security lane based on a government risk assessment before they even reach the airport. Don’t expect any major changes for at least three years though. Source:  LATimes

New Routes

This week saw new routes from JetBlue, Delta, Japan Airlines, Korean Air and British Airways. Flights are longer than ever now with the introduction of larger jets… Source:  Jaunted

Photo credit:  Dru Bloomfield, edwin.11/flickr

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