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What we’re watching: Care of Medieval sculpture, Canada, Vermont snow

Care of risqué Medieval sculpture, Canada and her Olympics, Stratton, Vermont, revels in deep snow
By |February 28th, 2010|Today|0 Comments|

Uncommon festival videos: Wife Carrying in Finland, Gilroy’s Garlic Festival, Gloucester’s Cheese Rolling Festival

Wife Carrying Festival takes place in Finland, Gilroy's Garlic Festival is held in California, and Gloucester's Cheese Rolling Festival from the British countryside
By |February 27th, 2010|Today|1 Comment|

What we’re reading: Tsunami after quake in Chile? flight attendant fight, watching passengers

Possible Tsunami after quake in Chile, flight attendant fight leads to canceled flight, new camera alarms to improve watching passengers
By |February 27th, 2010|Today|0 Comments|

Refund-less after six months: “I feel as though we have been taken advantage of”

Here’s what happened to the Richards: Shortly after booking their tickets from Denver to Oaxaca, Mexico, last spring, they got a call from Travelocity, telling them that their outbound flight to Mexico City had been canceled by Mexicana. The couple booked an alternate flight through their online agent. Or so they thought.
By |February 26th, 2010|Today|2 Comments|

Consumer Travel Alliance on use of Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) at airports

The Consumer Travel Alliance feels that this effort is a step in the right direction for airport and airline security. Unlike the whole-body scanners that have not been fully tested, that admittedly cannot detect many explosives in powder form or when hidden in body cavities, and that subject Americans to the indignity of a virtual strip search, ETD provides an acceptable layer of security. It is focused on explosives, it has been tested extensively over years of use, and the method is non-invasive, protecting personal dignity.
By |February 26th, 2010|Today|2 Comments|

One less runway at JFK. What could possibly go wrong, wrong, wrong?

JFK, already plagued by delays and tough connections between terminals is closing a runway March 1st for three months, if all goes well. Some news reports say it will be four months.
By |February 26th, 2010|Today|0 Comments|

It’s good to be big on American Airlines — if you’re Giant George

After a series of stories about the travails of oversized passengers and baggage fees, now I have a story about an oversized dog sent to me by one of our contributors, Karen Cummings. (Where does she come up with these things?) She notes that Giant George, the world's tallest dog, was treated like a king. Of course he purchased more than one seat (even though it is not American's policy to force oversized passengers to purchase an additional seat).
By |February 26th, 2010|Today|3 Comments|

What we’re reading: Hotel points need stayers, airline mergers, FAA action on rules

Hotel reward programs battle for members, ALPA chief says mergers are inevitable, lawmakers press FAA to act on proposals
By |February 26th, 2010|Today|1 Comment|

DOT puts consumers first in DCA/LGA slot swap deal

Back last August Delta Air Lines and US Airways proposed trading their slots at New York LaGuardia and Washington Reagan like baseball cards. Delta wanted more NY slots and US Airways wanted more DC gates. Both were already powerhouses at the airports where they wanted more slots.
By |February 25th, 2010|Today|1 Comment|

2009’s Top-10 on-time U.S. airlines

Forbes has released their edited version of the U.S.A.'s top on-time airlines. These airlines are based on the same data released by DOT every month, but Forbes has limited the airlines they include to those that depart from at least 20 of the nation's top 31 airports.
By |February 25th, 2010|Today|1 Comment|