Airlines sue TSA, Delta retires 747s, comparing amenities across the pond


Airlines sue TSA over higher security fees

Two airline trade groups are suing the Transportation Security Administration over how it collects higher security fees.

The airlines say the TSA has been collecting more for flights than it should and assessing the fee on domestic portions of airline trips that begin abroad, two things lawmakers in Congress did not intend when they approved the higher fees last December.

Delta to begin to retire Boeing 747s

Delta Air Lines announced that it will retire 25 percent of its 747s in 2014.

Citing a [sic] “a re-evaluation of options to improve our international performance,” Delta said it has made the “decision to retire three 747-400 aircraft by the end of September, and an additional 747 before the end of the year.”

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Crossing the pond: Assessing British Airways’ competition in first and business between London and New York

New York-London is one of the busiest markets for business travel. In order to gain the market share of business travelers, airlines are continually trying to outdo each other when it comes to amenities. Jonathan Spira of Frequent Business Travel compares the amenities between British Airways and its competitors.

Within the scope of this article, I am focusing largely on seat and bed comfort and pre-flight dining, primarily because I always plan to be asleep for most of the flight to London. On return flights, I try to be as productive as possible since those flights are typically during the workday.

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