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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 the Middle East lives in metro Detroit. Dubai also is a direct gateway to 17 destinations in India – a spot many Michiganders and auto-related business travelers need to fly.

Travelers can go to www.detroit2dubai.com to sign the petition.

By |April 25th, 2012|Today|Comments Off|

Is it too easy to lose the TSA’s “trust”?

TSA is moving forward with the PreCheck program and travelers are expected to flock to the trusted traveler systems. What happens when the TSA doesn't trust you? I could spell trouble.

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 negotiate those concessions. AMR filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November, citing uncompetitive labour costs.

In opening statements, AMR lawyer Jack Gallagher said the company needs 20 percent across-the-board reductions in employee costs, half of which must come from medical benefits.

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.
By |April 23rd, 2012|Columns|2 Comments|

What we’re reading: Frontier moves Houston ops to IAH, near jet crash because pilot texting, Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland

What we're reading: Frontier moves Houston flight operations to Bush Intercontinental Airport, Jetstar has near crash because pilot was texting, Hamburg's Miniature Wonderland

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.
By |April 22nd, 2012|Today|6 Comments|

Weekend what we’re reading: New government travel data bank, tourism losses, name change for Austrian town?

This weekend we take a look at the important changes in privacy of travel records under a new USA/EU agreement. We examine the costs of higher travel taxes and stricter visa regulations. And, finally, the town of Fucking, Austria, votes on whether to change its name.
By |April 21st, 2012|Today|0 Comments|

What’s in a service fee? A realistic guide for using travel agents

While it's been a gradual process, most travelers now know that travel agents need to charge fees to stay in business. But, what should a traveler reasonably expect from a travel agent? Here's a primer.
By |April 20th, 2012|Today|7 Comments|

What we’re reading: Delta flight bird strike, United CFO going to Apple, carriers leaving Heathrow due to capacity

Delta flight returns to JFK after bird strike, United/Continental Holdings CFO going to Apple, carriers leaving London Heathrow due to capacity constraints

Double-booked because at this age I tend to forget things

Daryl Preston and his wife are flying from San Francisco to Rome this summer, and they have tickets on Lufthansa. Four tickets, to be exact.

By |April 19th, 2012|Today|Comments Off|