Improving air traffic control, new safety rules in China, airline fees to increase

Feds tout ‘major progress’ on improving air traffic control FAA chief Michael Huerta told Congress that they are making progress on improving air traffic control. “Some have argued for change saying the FAA has not delivered on air traffic modernization. I would argue that the FAA has already made major progress in modernizing our airspace […]

Room service charge on NCL, new DOT ATC system, Dreamliner glitch

Norwegian extends room service charge fleetwide If you’ll be sailing aboard any of the Norwegian Cruise Line ships, you’ll be charged a $7.95 fee if you order room service. The line had been testing reception to the charge on Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway since April. Individual food items on the room service do not carry […]

Hacking the ATC system, US hotel prices climb, refreshed United clubs

There are ‘significant security weaknesses’ in the FAA’s air traffic control system The nation’s system that guides airplanes are in danger of being hacked, according to a government watchdog report. The Federal Aviation Administration has taken steps to protect the air traffic control system from cyber-based threats, but “significant security control weaknesses remain, threatening the […]

Shame on the FAA for cutting budget corners on safety

Sequester cuts are hitting the FAA air traffic control system. While Congress has asked for a list of non-operational areas that could be cut, the FAA demurred and announced cuts that seem to have been designed to generate maximum public pain.