Air Travel News 2.14.12

Air, Air Travel News, Travel Products & Services — By on February 14, 2012 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Yeomans

LG Air Travel Editor

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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. 

Is First Class Worth It?

Not that many of us are actually paying for a full fare first-class ticket these days, but there are opportunities out there for upgrades, either free or purchased. Back in the day, a first-class airline seat came with undisputed perks and cachet. Now, not so much. In fact, on many domestic flights, first-class is barely distinguishable from cattle-car class.  Source:  NYTimes

TSA At ORD With AAL

Acronyms aside, if you’re a regular flyer on American Airlines at Chicago’s O’Hare airport you could have an easier time of it come March. That’s when the new TSA program – Pre-Check – goes into effect. If you’re a American Airlines frequent flyer or are a member of the federal government’s Trusted Traveler program you may automatically be qualified to keep your shoes on through security.  Source:  Chicago Tribune

Oscar Flight

If you happened to be flying from Chicago’s O’Hare airport to LA last Friday you may have had a brush with fame. All of the little gold Oscar men were traveling on the United flight on their way to the Academy Awards. The man in charge of the statues, Tom Sherak, kept one of them in his possession for the duration of the flight and was quite generous about photo ops.  Source:  Gadling

In-Flight Meditation

A new approach to beating travel stress is about to be accessible on Virgin Airways. Headspace – a renowned guide to daily meditations – is partnering with the airline to add a meditation channel to it’s seatback entertainment lineup. The app is available for Android and iPhone devices and includes a free 10 day intro to the service. A noteworthy feature of the full app is the ability to download future meditations for use when traveling. At the very least the in-flight channel might calm a few angry passengers or that child kicking your seatback.  Source:  Headspace

New Routes

This week’s new routes, and there are a ton of them, come to us from: Spirit, Frontier, Alaska Airlines, British Airways and Air New Zealand.  Source:  Jaunted

Photo credit:  Sarah_Ackerman, Elsie esq./flickr

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