What we’re reading: Bob Crandall on airport security, Qantas to cut flights, travel smartphone apps


In his own words: Bob Crandall on airport security
Recently, NBC DFW sat down with Bob Crandall, former American CEO, and asked him on his views regarding airport security.

Crandall recently agreed to sit down recently with NBC DFW for a series of unedited conversations covering some of the biggest issues in the airline business today.

In this segment, Crandall talks about the current state of airport security and whether it’s really keeping us safe.

Click to watch the Crandall interview.

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Qantas to cut flights, staff due to rising fuel costs

Due to the recent disasters and rising fuel costs, Qantas is cutting flights and staff.

The airline, which just recently increased airfares, said flights to popular destinations such as Japan, Melbourne and New Zealand would be reduced and that aircraft would be downsized

It refused to say how many jobs would be lost but said it was facing its most serious challenge since the Global Financial Crisis.

Travel sector scratches surface in smartphone applications

Smartphones are becoming more popular and apps are becoming more popular. For the travel industry, however, it is still trying to figure out how to harness the popularity.

By some measures, travel companies have been slow to join the app parade.

Very few cruise lines, for example, have apps or even mobile-enabled websites that enable people to book cruises, and only the largest hotel brands have employed such technology.

Moreover, among travel agencies, mobile-enabled websites and apps are almost nonexistent, mostly due to their cost of development and also because in this stage, agents question their value to clients.

  • Lyn G

    With regard to smartphone apps, apparently the writer of this article has never used a smartphone to check in for an airline flight and get a paperless boarding pass. He has also never heard of Tripit. Any travel agent who questions the value of a smartphone for travel is living in the 20th century.