What we’re reading: Aurora Borealis in Finland, high bacteria count in hotels, AA & pilots agree on deal language



Have you seen the Lights?

One of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, is Finland. While the Finns see this phenomenon regularly, you may want to head on over to get a good look.

From now until the winter of 2013-14, the Northern and Southern Lights are reaching the peak of an 11-year cycle, so this is a great time for aurora hunting. I was reminded of this on a recent evening Finnair flight back from London when the pilot apologized for disturbing our rest somewhere over central Sweden and suggested that we take a peek out of the window.

Hotel room tests uncover high levels of contamination

Travelers in the US already know about the bacteria count in hotels, but a recent test in hotel rooms in Canada reveal that they have the same issue.

More than 800 “high-touch” spots were tested in 54 rooms at six hotel chains, including budget hotels EconoLodge and Super 8, mid-range hotels Best Western and Holiday Inn, and the luxurious Fairmont and Sheraton.

AMR, union agree on language for new pilot deal

AMR Corporation and its pilot union have agreed on the language for the new pilot deal.

The APA’s board on Friday presented a “counter-proposal” to offers from AMR management, which the company accepted, according to the statement. The contract must be ratified by the union’s 7,500 pilots, who rejected a previous proposal in August.