Air Travel News 11.22.11

Air, Air Travel News — By on November 22, 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. 

Qantas Tries To Make It Right

If you were among the stranded when Qantas recently shut down it’s operations, they’re trying to make it up to you. They’re pulling out all the stops with such gestures as 100,000 free domestic tickets for Australian residents left in the lurch. In addition they seem to be getting into the holiday spirit early this year by granting extended Gold status to some fliers. Kudos to the airline from Down Under.  Source:  Jaunted

TSA Earns An ‘F’ On It’s Report Card

They’ve been around for 10 years now, and according to some Congressmen, are a total and utter waste of taxpayer’s money.  The worst criticism comes from the assertion that American’s are no safer now than we were before the advent of TSA. TSA of course disputes these claims, citing instead a U S Travel Association poll that showed the majority of fliers are satisfied with airport security. Source:  CNN

Locked In The Loo

When one of the pilots on a passenger flight has to use the facilities and gets stuck there, it’s a cause for concern. That’s what happened on a Delta flight from Asheville, NC to LaGuardia airport in New York. The pilot was unable to exit the cabin restroom and decided to have a passenger – with a foreign accent – relay the difficulty to the co-pilot in the cockpit. Probably not the best idea as the remaining pilot was a bit suspicious about the whole thing and told air traffic control about the situation. ATC responded by setting up an emergency landing for the aircraft. Luckily, the pilot extricated himself before fighter planes flew into action.  Source:  CITIZEN-TIMES

Limited Free Drinks

A loyal flier on Southwest is less than happy with one of their recent changes. The passenger is at the root of a possible class action lawsuit against the airline. Seems that the free drink coupons that the disgruntled passenger had been stockpiling for a while were suddenly made worthless when Southwest decided to impose a same-day expiration on them. The airline’s explanation is less than favorable to the loyal passengers of the airline…they seem to be joining the many of other airlines to whom money is more important than their customer.  Source:  Yahoo

No More Body Scanner Opt-Out 

Beware if you plan on flying in the UK…the opt-out for those pesky body scanners will not be tolerated anymore. The Transport Secretary has full confidence in the scanner security technology and is not at all worried about the potential radiation exposure. To allay the fears of having all your stuff out there for the reviewers to see she claims that the future scanner technology will be completely automated and no real person will ever see the images.  Source:  The Independent

New Routes

This week’s new routes belong to Air Tran, Delta, Hawaiian, Qatar and United.  Source:  Jaunted

Photo credit:  Robert S.Donovan, simon_sees/flickr

 

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