Air Travel News 7.19.11

Air, Air Travel News — By on July 19, 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.

Faster Security For Some

Starting this fall the TSA is going to begin a test program for their new passenger screening program. The first guinea pigs will be members of both Delta and American Airlines’ frequent flier programs as well as members of some already existing trusted-traveler programs. While the number of affected passengers will be relatively small, every person not in front of me in an airport security line helps me get through more quickly.  Source:  SeattlePI

Do You Get What You Pay For?

Even though you’ve bought your ticket for airline travel, all may not be what it seems. The fare you purchased may not entitle you to what you thought it did, even frequent flier miles or upgrade eligibility. The fine print on most purchases is fairly daunting, so if you have any special requirements the only way to protect yourself is to ask questions before purchasing. Also, make sure to check your flight schedule in the days before you travel…airlines have been known to change them without notice.  Source:  Chicago Tribune

I Guess You Don’t Get What You Pay For

Most airlines charge some sort of fee for checking your baggage. But, most airlines will not refund that fee should they not deliver your bag along with you to your destination. A new rule coming into effect this summer will change that, but with some very hefty strings attached. They will reimburse your fee only if they LOSE your bag completely…meaning you never see it again. Tough luck for those of us who scramble to make do with our carry-on items when our luggage is delivered too late to be of any use.  Source:  USAToday

Must Have Been Some Serious Withdrawl

Southwest Airlines, friendly as they are, doesn’t seem to be exempt from carrying badly behaving passengers. The disruptive passenger apparently became upset after a flight attendant asked him to not have his e-cigarette out during flight (yes, that is the rule). After stowing it away for a while he pulled it out again prompting the flight attendant to repeat the request. The passenger started throwing the snack-size packs of peanuts and pretzels at the attendant as well as aiming for the cockpit door. I’m guessing it was probably a while before the FBI agents who hauled him off after the flight landed let him have a smoke.  Source:   Tobacco News

New Routes

This week’s new route announcements come via Frontier, United, Hawaiian, Virgin America and Avianca.  Source:  Jaunted



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