American AAdvantage gets flexible

American Airlines AAdvantage program has announced new flex awards which allow you to redeem one-way and open-jaw awards as well as awards that use a different class of service in each direction. This is a significant change should make redeeming awards a bit easier. It isn’t clear of American did this to increase paid traffic […]

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Immigration testing for sick passengers

Immigration authorities at some airports are now screening arriving passengers for illness. In the US, this is mostly being done by immigration officials using a human “visual check” method to assess signs of illness. While in Canada Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said farm workers from Mexico will be checked for fever by two doctors and […]

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Alaska Airlines citing health concerns pulls pillows & blankets

Citing concerns about swine flu Alaska Airlines said it has removed pillows and blankets from all its planes. In addition staff are cleaning aircrafts overnight using disinfectant and sanitizer that contain what it called a “virus-killing” cleaner. “Aircraft arriving from Mexico are also receiving an additional, thorough interior surface cleaning before boarding for the next […]

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Sorry, buy a second seat

Recently there has been a lot of press about United’s decision to make larger passengers buy a second seat if the seat is full. Most of the blogosphere is saying that it seems fair and is about time, but some are saying it is offensive and discriminatory. You can see a range of comments here. […]

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More than a hassle…

Last month Massport, the operator of Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS), reported an outbreak of scabies amongst some of the TSA workers there. TSA has confirmed that 2 of its transportation safety officers (TSOs) were diagnosed and treated with the parasite, but went on to say that transfer to any passengers was highly unlikely. That seems […]

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Sydney Airport Brawl

Yesterday afternoon there was a huge brawl in the Sydney airport which resulted in the death of one man. Reports say that rival motorcycle gangs which have been warring throughout Sydney were the cause. It seems that a group of arriving bikers were ambushed by another gang waiting for them. About 15 men were involved […]

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US Air repeals drink fees

On Monday US Airways (US) announced that they will be eliminating fees for soda, juices, tea, water, and coffee in flight. Some of you may remember that they introduced a program last year to charge for those items. Not surprisingly it wasn’t well received and since none of the other majors followed along, US was […]

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Let the Fare Wars Begin

Today Southwest Airlines (WN) announced that it will start serving Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) this fall. Destinations won’t be announced for a few months yet, but this is definitely going to make Boston a much more competitive market. Even though WN already serves nearby Manchester (MHT) and Providence’s TF Green (PVD), it has long […]

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Singapore Airlines (SQ)

I took a quick hop from Bangkok to Singapore on SQ in economy earlier this month and was reminded why SQ consistently ranks the best airline in the world. Seats have a reasonable pitch between rows, every seat has a foot rest and every chair is equipped with an adjustable lumbar support that works on […]

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