Air Travel News 10.12.10
by Nancy Yeomans
LG Air Travel News Editor
Look up in the sky! It’s a bird….it’s a plane! No….it’s your weekly air travel news! Here’s what’s happening in the world of aviation, from the ground up.
Some Good News About Baggage Fees
The hotel consortium known as the InterContinental Hotels Group has some good news. They really want your business for the rest of this year and are willing to pay for it! From now until December 30, 2010, when you book a weekend stay at any of their participating hotels and fly to get there, they will reimburse your airline baggage fees (up to $50). You must pay with a VISA card and there are some other rules to follow, but it’s a pretty simple procedure and well worth the 3 minutes it will take to comply. Hotels in the group include: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.
Source: InterContinental Hotels Group
It seems that today is ‘Safety Day’ for Air Travel News
The System Works as Designed
On Thursday of last week a Bermuda-bound USAirways jet from Philadelphia was delayed over 4 hours for a suspected security breach. A couple of vigilant baggage handlers noticed an unauthorized employee near the jet and confronted him…whereupon the stranger sped away in a baggage loading vehicle. The plane had to be emptied and all of the baggage searched, and all ended well. In my opinion, a slight delay is a small price to pay to know that the employees out there are watching out for our safety!
The Air Traffic System
Not to get into too much detail, but the air traffic system in the US today is supremely safe. That said, according to the Washington Post, errors are on the rise. Statistics being what they are, the elevated numbers can be attributed to a new voluntary reporting system that is designed to educate and solve problems rather than incite doom and gloom. Bottom line: air traffic controllers in the US handle more air traffic than anywhere else in the world and we have the safest air traffic system in the world.
Quickie: In a statement from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA.org): ”On any given day, more than 87,000 flights are in the skies in the United States.” That’s a lot of airplanes: check out this YouTube simulation
A suspicious outburst from an airline passenger prompted the crew on a Qantas flight last week to take action. The passenger on the flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong was apparently shouting out phrases referring to opening the cabin door and killing people. Not cool on an airline flight. The crew acted quickly with the male crew members subduing the rowdy passenger and a female crew member handcuffing him. All in a day’s work!
Photo credit: Noel Zia Lee, Simon_sees/flickr