What we’re reading: Security flaws in boarding passes, Air Canada/United joint venture, AA strengthens network


Experts warn about security flaws in airline boarding passes

Security researchers warned that security flaws in boarding passes can allow terrorists to know in advance whether they will be subject to certain security measures.

Flight enthusiasts, however, recently discovered that the bar codes printed on all boarding passes — which travelers can obtain up to 24 hours before arriving at the airport — contain information on which security screening a passenger is set to receive.

Air Canada, United joint venture cleared with restrictions

Canada’s Competition Bureau has cleared a joint venture between Air Canada and United except for 14 trans-border routes.

Under the deal, the airlines have agreed not to coordinate prices or the number of seats available at each price, to pool revenue or costs or share commercially sensitive information on the 14 high-demand routes.

American Airlines strengthens its network with service to cities in Asia, Europe and Latin America

American Airlines announced that it will start service to markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Note: Code-sharing plays a significant role.

Next year, American will begin the following international services: Dallas/Fort Worth-Seoul, South Korea; Dallas/Fort Worth-Lima, Peru; Chicago O’Hare-Dusseldorf, Germany; and New York JFK-Dublin, Ireland.

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