Air Travel News 7.26.11

Air, Air Travel News, Food News — By on July 26, 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. 

Pass The Buck

Once again the U.S. government is in dire straits and this time the Federal Aviation Administration has stopped in its tracks, at least on paper. The most tangible result of this action is that the taxes collected by the FAA from every airline for every passenger are not being collected. One would think that the airlines, since they’re not forwarding these funds to the government, would lower ticket prices. Mostly, though, that’s not the case.  Source: StarNews

Who Wears Short Shorts?

The incident happened a year ago, but earlier this month a woman filed a lawsuit against JetBlue airlines. The woman, flying from New York to Palm Beach, was allegedly removed from a JetBlue flight for wearing shorts that were too short. JetBlue doesn’t have any type of dress code or anything, and we’ve all been on flights where we question another passenger’s fashion choices. Apparently, even after proving that she was indeed wearing shorts under her long top, the woman was ordered off the flight as per the captain’s orders.  Source: Time 

Gourmet While You Wait

It’s a trend I hope continues. Many major airports around the world are dishing up epicurean wonders. While the McDonalds of the airport world will never be put out of business, lately there is a market for tasty and inventive food and drink at the terminal. From NYC to London to China to Melbourne, outstanding restaurants are popping up between gates 24 and 26. Killing time never tasted so good.  Source: MSNBC

SYR Right On Trend

Speaking of gourmet restaurants – not really – the Syracuse Hancock International Airport is getting a major overhaul. Within a few months the Gateway Grill and Wine Bar will debut, serving up local specialties including menu items from one of my obsessions, the Dinosaur BBQ. Might be worth a detour if you have a choice with your flight arrangements.  Source: Jaunted

All’s Fair

So they can grab us, but we can’t grab them. Last week a woman going through a TSA checkpoint at the Phoenix airport had apparently had enough and allegedly grabbed the breast of a female TSA agent. Annoyed that she had to choose between the radiation risk of a body scan or the embarrassment of a pat-down, she turned the tables. I’m just surprised it doesn’t happen more often.  Source: StarAdvertiser

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