Looking for a better airline seat? There’s a site for that

A new site makes a lofty promise of showing you the best possible flight based on price, seat comfort and schedule. If it succeeds, it could change the way people fly.

What we’re reading: Walk the world for charity, UA begins SFO to CDG, NTSB questions battery certification

Walk the world in three days, United begins SFO-CDG service, NTSB questions battery certification

TSA needs to drop, not postpone, their changes to the prohibited items list

TSA has postponed its changes to its prohibited items list which would have permitted pocket knives, golf clubs, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks and other items to be taken into airplane cabins by passengers. Ned Levi discusses the rule changes and suggests TSA needs to follow a commonsense approach and drop the changes all together.
By |April 29th, 2013|Columns|14 Comments|

What we’re reading: Japan, US FAA: 787 ok to fly, guessing the impact of flight delays, Lufthansa may face more strikes

Japan, US FAA give Boeing 787 OK to fly, guessing the impact of flight delays, Lufthansa may face more strikes

Sunday musings: Impact of space travel, wrong security savings, world’s busiest air routes surprise

We take a look at our planet from a new perspective, one that more tourists will be visiting in the coming years. Pilots react against the newest cutbacks in security. And, we note the surprising list of the world’s busiest airports. (Where’s the USA and Europe?)

By |April 28th, 2013|Today|3 Comments|

A whale of a good time in Juneau, Alaska

Cameras and binoculars consistently point at where the whale just was in hopes of catching him there when he reappears, like paparazzi shooting a celebrity.
By |April 27th, 2013|Today|2 Comments|

The FAA, airlines, consumers and political hardball

While the FAA sequestration fiasco had been brewing, airline and pilot lobbyists together with consumer groups were furiously working behind the scenes in unprecedented unity to head off what each group saw as a possible pending disaster involving delays and misuse of earmarked aviation system funds.
By |April 26th, 2013|Today|0 Comments|

Speak out now on the TSA’s full-body scanners

It’s been almost five years since the Transportation Security Administration quietly began installing its so-called Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) — better known as full-body scanners — at airports nationwide. And now the government wants to know what you think of the machines.

What we’re reading: FAA statement on delays, no refund after fiance dies, United sends 787 for fix

FAA releases statement on delays, no refund after fiance dies from Allegiant, United sends 787 for fix

Tarmac-delay rules should not be negotiable

In an audacious request to the Department of Transportation (DOT), Airlines for America (A4A) and the Regional Airline Association (RAA) have requested a temporary exemption from "tarmac-delay regulations for a period of 90 days or until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sequestration furloughs end, whichever is longer..." The response from the Consumer Travel Alliance (CTA) is, "No exemptions" in the strongest terms.
By |April 25th, 2013|Today|2 Comments|