The Printed Timetable

When was the last time you saw a printed timetable? Fewer and fewer of these timetables are being printed by the airlines that still print them, relying on electronic means to do so. Their websites will often still offer printable versions in PDF format and other downloadable options. But as David Grossman of USA Today…

Lessons in Smart Security

The Boston Globe comments on the lessons of security for El Al, the National Airline of Israel. El Al security focuses on intercepting bad people, as opposed to bad things(bottles of water, shoes, etc). They monitor behavior, and profilers interview travellers at length. Only when the profiler is satsified with you are you allowed to…

They are Watching You

We here at Flight Wisdom tend to address the security situation with a degree of skepticism. It is not that we are unconcerned about the threat of aviation terrorism, or that we do not believe it should be taken seriously…but some of these incidents cause us to question the approach. For example, today’s incident in…

Airlines to Resume Charging for Luggage

To allow passengers to adjust to new security restrictions, many carriers relaxed their luggage restrictions. Today, it was reported that Northwest Airlines resumed its charge of $80 for passengers who wish to check a third bag. American and United have resumed charging as well. For restrictions on your carriers, please consult their website. The average…

Delta’s Commuter and Regional Service

Reuters reports that Delta has sought bids to operate up to 143 regional jets for its Delta Connection service. Delta’s press release on the subject can be found here Commuter or regional airlines are smaller airlines that operate under contract to larger ones, using the larger carrier distribution network to sell its seats, while the…

Disconnexxioned

In a recent post, Staying in Touch In Flight, we commented on the loss of Boeing Connexion. As Airwise news reports here, part of the problem was that the Boeing equipment, which was satellite based, was large, heavy, and expensive. Aircell, which purchased part of Verizon Airfone’s bandwidth, plans to start service by the end…

The Delta Wears Prada

We were amused to note one of Delta’s latest press releases. Delta is sponsoring the new season of Bravo’s “Project Runway” and will appear in two episodes. On select flights between August 23rd and September 6th, Delta flight attendants will award passengers who are “flying in style.” This will complement the new uniforms they unveiled…

Another Saturday Night Stayover

USA Today reported yesterday here that a larger proportion of fliers are sleeping at home on Saturday Nights than three years ago. The Saturday Night Stayover is a dated remnant from the past that many airlines still use. Now, first, the requirement of a Saturday night stayover only applies to roundtrip fares. What is means…

Security Baggage

The Detroit News reports here that screeners are handling 30 percent more checked luggage at Detroit Metropolitan Airport since the increased security began. To some degree, as we’ve previously mentioned, the media has confused people or failed to educate them about the new security measures. Watching the news, we saw story after story about people…

Farecast Launches Major Expansion

Farecast.com announced an expansion of its beta software on which its site is based. Consumers can now get predictions from over 55 cities nationwide. Farecast seems an intriguing idea worth monitoring, but as it is still in beta, we will reserve judgement on its ultimate usefulness until after it has exited the beta process. A…

EU-US Open Skies

Open Skies is a treaty between two countries that allows any carrier to fly between any city in one country to any city in the other, subject to local regulatory approval. In this case, a hotly debated issue is a Open Skies between the United States and the European Union. It is also known as…

Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Go to the Bathroom

After we reported on a Jetblue flight to Austin which was under intense scrutiny for bathroom graffiti, and an Excel Airways Flight that was under scrutiny for words on a barf bag, in our recent post, Safety First, Saturday night, a man on a flight from Atlanta to San Antonio was detained and the FBI…

United – Domestic Only from New York

In a previous post, we commented on United Airlines and its downsizing of its JFK hub. We commented on a prediction that United would cancel its New York to Tokyo service. In further review of this, we have discovered that they are indeed doing this. In this press release announcing United’s Tokyo and Dulles flight,…

Followup to Coping With Job Loss by Northwest Airlines

For those of you interested in our recent story about outsourcing at Northwest Airlines, here is a copy of the booklet that Northwest Airlines supplied to its soon to be outsourced ground workers. Here you will find some interesting commentary on the subject. In further followup news, the Memphis Business Journal reports here that as…

Living on the Air in Cincinnati

The Courier-Journal reported yesterday in this article that two years after Delta launched Simplifares, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is the most expensive airport from which to fly. From 600 flights a day last fall to 430 this summer, the amount of available seats are fewer, and the amount of lower fare seats are fewer. With…

The Spoils of the War on Terror

MSNBC reports here on what happens to items confiscated by the TSA. As reported, Pennsylvania is even listing the items on Ebay, although generally they are sold at public auction in bulk. To view these items on Ebay, the Pennsylvania State Surplus list can be viewed here. The sheer volume of the items shown in…

The Roaming Gnome

Travelocity is one of the most popular of the online travel sites, having been around since the beginning of these types of sites. Travelocity is known for its commercials featuring the Roaming Gnome, enforcer of the Travelocity Guarantee. The provisions of this guarantee are found here. As Gridskipper reports here… the guarantee isn’t so much…

You Paid for It…

The JonBenet Ramsey case has been in the news a great deal lately, and the suspect is on a Thai Airways plane en route to the United States. According to the Houston Chronicle. The article reports that, “Before takeoff, Karr took a glass of champagne from a flight attendant and clinked glasses with Spray[An investigator…

Frequent Flyer History Lesson

Insideflyer.com has a fascinating article on the early days of frequent flyer programs here. The days of frequent flyers getting special discounted fares seem gone. The majority of frequent flyer programs are based on awarding mileage or points based on the distance traveled and/or the class of service. A certain number of points/miles allow you…

Laptop Travel Gear

Today we introduce the first of our travel gear recommendations. Look for an extended review and other reviews on our website in the near future. The Lapinator is a portable insulated laptop desk that prevents the heat of the laptop from hurting your legs. A hot laptop can run for hours on this and not…

Safety First

With all the recent security scares, it is important to keep in mind what security is actually doing to keep us safe. Airportbusiness.com reports here on the details of United flight 923, from London to Washington-Dulles Airport, which was diverted to Boston’s Logan Airport yesterday. Two F-15s were scrambled to escort this plane in. The…

Hub goes Superhub

United Airlines announced this morning they are boosting their presence at Washington’s Dulles Airport(IAD) by thirteen percent. By November 2006, this means 321 Daily Departures by United from Dulles Airport. This follows the announcement, as reported by The Chicago Tribune that a U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge approved a deal for Delta Airlines to buy United’s…

One Way to Save Money on Air Travel

Yesterday, it was reported that a twelve year old boy got onboard a Monarch Airlines flight from London Gatwick to Lisbon. This boy somehow succeeded in getting past security and getting on an aircraft without passport, ticket, or boarding pass and was only discovered by the flight attendant after he’d been seated and received a…

Staying in Touch In-Flight

Boeing announced today it would be shutting down Boeing Connexion, its In-Flight Internet service available on some long-range service. Unfortunately, Boeing could not find a buyer for the division, which only has ten customers: Lufthansa, Singapore, SAS, El Al, All Nippon, Japan Airlines, Asiana, China Air, Etihad Airways and Korean Air with a total of…

Guide to Coping With Job Loss by Northwest Airlines

Ground crews for Northwest Airlines were recently given a booklet by their employer, “Restructuring Q&A and Employee Support.” It contains information on their likely outsourcing as well as 101 Money-Saving tips. Tip #46: “Don’t be shy about pulling something you like out of the garbage.” Others include asking doctors for free drug samples, getting hand-me-downs…