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TSA joins the blogosphere

The Transportation Security Administration is joining the blogsophere. The Evolution of Security launched today. There’s a welcome from Kip Hawley and an introduction by a handful of bloggers who hold various roles at TSA. “Our ambition is to provide here…


Business travel group grades U.S. a C+ on key travel issues

The National Business Travel Association today issued Congress and the Bush Administration a C+ grade for its progress on key business travel issues. The government got improving marks for steps taken to better handle and attract international visitors — an…


American launches mobile phone check-in service

Passengers flying on American Airlines can now check-in for their flights with a mobile phone or PDA using a mobile-friendly version of aa.com For now, customers can also use the mobile-friendly site to see their itinerary, check schedules, check the…


Business traveler group opposes government enforced consumer bill of rights

Officials at the National Business Travel Association are supportive of more transparency in the aviation system but would prefer that the government not get into the business of micromanaging customer service when it comes to the airlines. “Our basic position…


American installs broadband on first 767-200

American Airlines announced today that it has completed its first installation of Aircell LLC’s wi-fi broadband access on one of its 767-200 airplanes. So it’s one down, 14 to go, right? American has committed to outfitting its 767-200 fleet- -which…


American launches D/FW-San Salvador service

American Airlines plans to launch direct service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and San Salvador, El Salvador this spring. For North Texas travelers, it means avoiding a stop at American’s hub at Miami International Airport, where transfering between terminals can…


More route cuts ahead?

Southwest’s announcement yesterday that it would trim 57 flights from its schedule and add back 40 to more productive markets may signal similar announcements are ahead by other airlines, according to this story by TravelMole.com The story suggests that high…


Southwest to expand in Denver???

Southwest kicked out a media alert to its Denver area media today about a press conference with the airline’s CEO Gary Kelly tomorrow at noon CST. The headline says “Southwest Airlines has more big plans for Denver” Hmmmm. Might that…


Big fat lithium mess

Travelers take heart: It turns out you CAN bring spare litihium batteries for your consumer electronics on the plane. Federal regulators sent an advisory just before Jan. 1 reminding folks not to bring lithium batteries, as a safety tactic to…


Big Sky parks its airplanes

We have a case of an airline giving up before it was too late. Big Sky Airlines, the regional airline unit of MAIR Holdings Inc., isn’t bankrupt. But it has closed down its eastern U.S. operations and is trying to…


Two other states may consider NY-style passenger rights law

Less than a week after New York State’s passenger rights legislation took effect, travel industry pub Travel Weekly is reporting that two other states are considering a similar law. According to Travel Weekly, lawmakers in Rhode Island and Arizona are…


Keeping those New Year’s resolutions on the road

Trying to maintain your exercise schedule on the road? Athletic-Minded Traveler LLC of San Diego has published its list of 2007’s best U.S. hotel gyms. The rankings were based on research of more than 3,500 hotels and anonymous tours conducted…


Oil reaches $100 a barrel

Violence in Kenya and uncertainty in Pakistan helpd send oil prices to $100 for the first time today. That’s bad news for airlines, whose financial woes have been driven by rising fuel costs. Share prices for several major airlines dipped…


Stranded passengers sues American

UPDATE: Blog item has been modifed to include additional lawsuit by Kate Hanni. An Arkansas passenger who was stranded a year ago on a diverted American Airlines flight filed a lawsuit Dec. 27, 2007, against the Fort Worth-based airline and…


Another day of travel woes for United

Wintry weather plagued United yet again– this time in Denver. This was the fourth straight day that United canceled flights, according to the report by the Associated Press….


Self-bag tagging to come our way soon?

Air Canada is testing a system that allows pasengers to create and attach their own bag tags from the check-in kiosk, according to this story by the Globe & Mail. One analyst quoted in the article suggested self-tagging would become…


D-FW makes top 10 list for New Year’s destinations

When it comes to celebrating New Year’s, Dallas-Fort Worth appears to be gaining some traction among leisure travelers according to a press release issued by Hotwire.com today. D-FW showed up on the discount travel Web site’s annual top 10 list…


Not much fun flying around United’s Chicago hub these last few days

United is coping with delays and cancellations for a third day Wednesday following bad weather over the weekend, creating some travel headaches for the airline’s O’hare passengers, according to this report by the Associated Press. I checked with the folks…


No. 10 on our Top 10 list: U.S. negotiators sign deals to increase international flights

U.S. airlines looked east and west in 2007 and saw greater opportunities. U.S. negotiators worked out a deal with the European Union to allow airlines from the United States and the European Union countries to fly between any two cities…

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