Air Travel News 6.28.11

Air, Air Travel News — By on June 28, 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.

What Happened To “It’s Better To Overdress”?

Just a week after a gentleman was ordered to pull his pants up on a USAirways flight, the same airline allowed a man to board wearing nothing but women’s underwear. I repeat: nothing but women’s underwear. In last week’s incident, the passenger was denied boarding for not complying with crew instructions. In this case, there were no crew instructions to comply with despite numerous complaints from fellow passengers. The skimpily-clad passenger went merrily on his way. Source:  Yahoo

Can You Be Trusted?

Thanks to the U.S. Travel Association we may soon have a program in place for “trusted travelers.” As early as this fall business travelers and frequent flyers who wish to provide the TSA with background information could be eligible for expedited airport screening. Nice to hear that the TSA is at least trying to do something positive for us travelers. Source:  TravelPulse

TSA Back To Being Insensitive

Oh wait, I spoke too soon. TSA is back to it’s old tricks. This appalling story illustrates much of what’s wrong with the agency. A very sick 95-year-old woman in a wheelchair was made to travel without her adult briefs when the TSA agents who performed her pat-down determined that the item was a security risk. The policies and procedures may have been followed to the letter, but what’s wrong with maintaining a little common sense for the sake of this poor woman’s dignity? Source:  FOXNews

Duck, Duck, Goose

It might seem like a bad joke, but officials are seriously considering a bizarre solution to airport bird strikes. The plan is to catch the pesky birds – mostly Canada Geese – and send them to Pennsylvania, where they will be food for the hungry. For sure it’s a better option than letting them fly into more aircraft engines, but it’s hard to imagine how this was the best solution to come up at the brainstorming session.  Source:  Jaunted

That’s The Spirit!

Spirit Airlines likes to call themselves the ‘unbundling’ airline. By all accounts that’s just another word for ‘fees’. The latest addition to their menu is the $5 boarding pass printing fee. That’s what it will cost you to have an agent at the airport print your boarding pass. Too bad for you if you’re out of paper or ink, or if you don’t have a computer at all. According to the airline, they are just trying to give passengers what they want…more fees? Source:  CNN

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