Air Travel News 7.05.11

Air, Air Travel News — By on July 5, 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.

That’s Entertainment

Finally, finally, the major U.S. airlines are on board with in-flight entertainment. The offerings vary widely among and even within airlines, but for the most part, any airline you choose is going to offer some sort of distraction. If you’re not prepared to fly with your own diversions, this handy list might help when choosing your next flight.  Source:  Jaunted

Radiation From Body Scanners

It makes total sense…if we as travelers are worried about the amount of radiation emitting from the TSA body scanners, what about the security employees? And according to Department of Homeland Security documents, they have good reason to be. Employees at both Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport and Boston Logan’s airport have increasingly been stricken with cancer, strokes and heart disease which they are attributing to the machines. Also of concern is that the TSA failed to provide personal monitors to their workforce. Source:  Travel Weekly

Bye Bye Baby

It’s too soon to tell if it will catch on, but Malaysia Airlines has banned babies in the first-class cabin on their 747 aircraft and will uphold the policy on their soon-to-come A380s. According to the airline, there were many passenger complaints about the noise associated with crying infants. Passengers wishing to fly with infants will need to book either business class or economy tickets. As if there weren’t enough crying babies in economy.  Source:

Why Did The Turtle Cross The Runway?

Last week it was the ducks, this week the turtles. One hundred and fifty diamondback terrapin turtles are to blame for recent delays at New York’s JFK airport. Apparently it’s that time of year when the critters march across the runway heading for the wildlife refuge on the other side to lay their eggs. Unlike with the ducks, airport officials actually helped them get to where they were going…no chance of turtle soup.  Source:  Yahoo

Photo credit: scazon, USFWS Headquarters/flickr

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