What we’re reading: DTW asks travelers to help get Detroit-Dubai service, IAH terminal D getting revamped for A380, United Continental may put in large 737 order

Metro Airport asks travelers’ help to gain Detroit-Dubai air service Detroit Metro Airport is using social media in hopes of getting Detroit-Dubai service from either Emirates or Delta Air Lines. Hoping air traveler pleas will grab airlines’ attention, Metro officials have set up an online petition for service, arguing that the largest Arab-American population outside […]

What we’re reading: AMR wants to abandon union contracts, USA wants foreigners to visit soon, Virgin Atlantic’s revamped Upper Class

AMR fires opening shot in court battle American Airlines’ parent company, AMR, wants to abandon union contracts, telling a judge that, “it cannot survive without major concessions from its workforce.” AMR wants to convince Judge Sean Lane not only that it desperately needs labour concessions, but that its unions have unreasonably rejected prior attempts to […]

Former TSA administrator Hawley to current administrator Pistole – “Airport security is broken”

Former TSA Administration (Bush Administration) Kip Hawley has written a book plus an editorial in the Wall Street Journal, which states, in part, that Airport Security is broken. Hawley outlines what he would do to “fix” TSA. Ned Levi discusses Hawley’s ideas about TSA and airport security, what Hawley considers broken, and okay, and how Hawley proposes to fix airport security problems.

Sunday reading: Noonan on US character, Atlantic on IRS permission to travel

Something is broken in America. Is it our national character or our sense of right and wrong. In travel, America is moving down the wrong path. Airline bankruptcies pillory their workers and reward ineffective managers. TSA patdowns infuriate and demean the public TSA is supposedly protecting. New laws proposed by sincere politicians who for some reason don’t see Big Brother lurking in their bills to restrict travel for tax issues.