Air Travel News 8.2.11

Air, Air Travel News, England, Finances & Savings, Getting There Deals — By on August 2, 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. 

Going Too Far

We’ve all heard the stories about airline passengers misbehaving. Not wearing appropriate clothing, swearing or worse at the flight attendants, etc. But this latest episode goes beyond all that. A pair of drunk and disorderly brothers took to beating up the pilot of an American Airlines aircraft after being escorted off the flight. A murder threat was also uttered before the twosome were subdued and arrested.  Source:  AOL

Another Layer Of Security

Getting through security at London’s Heathrow Airport is already a study in patience. And starting as soon as September it may get worse. There are plans for facial recognition scanners in addition to all the other security systems. Understandably, the more information that the system has, the more sure the airlines can be that the right people are boarding their flights. But with lines already around the block there, it probably won’t make the process go any faster.  Source:  Jaunted

Behind The Scenes

The current economic crisis in the U.S. could have far-reaching impact. The Federal Aviation Administration has been operating without funding since July 23. It seems transparent as the planes are still flying and someone out there is controlling them, but the reality is that many FAA employees are not working. Major projects, upgrades and enhancements have come to a complete stop and will be exponentially behind schedule the longer this debacle goes on.   Source:  The Washington Post

Unlimited, But Limited

The fate of the JetBlue All-You-Can-Jet pass is unknown for 2011, but the airline is offering another option. This time it’s only for travelers based out of Boston or Long Beach. It’s a three-month pass and the cost varies based on which cities you’ll travel to. Travel is between August 22 and November 22, and the pass is available until August 31 or when they sell out, whichever comes first. If you’re interested, act quickly…the previous passes sold out within days. Source:  NYTimes

Price Lock

Not too many airlines do it, but there are some out there who will refund the difference if your airline fare decreases after you’ve purchased it. Alaska Airlines, Southwest (and now AirTran too), and JetBlue are some of the few who adhere to this customer-friendly policy. With the others you’re pretty much on your own. Best advice here is to not even check the price after you buy – innocence is bliss.  Source:  USAToday

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