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December is here, and if you’re traveling to Europe right now, you’re probably crying a lot. The winter weather over there has paralyzed airports and that means a lot of people are missing their holiday celebrations. It’s not all bad, there’s some good out there as well.

Good News:
Delta Shows Amenities When You Book

Since the Northwest merger, Delta has had a hodge-podge of different types of amenities on different airplanes. Some have live TV while others have overhead screens. Some have wifi, others don’t. Now, Delta.com will show you exactly what you’ll get onboard for each flight at the time you book it. Coming soon: Ways to search for flights by amenity. Cool.
Delta.com Now Shows Amenities by Flight

Bad News:
Mother Nature Hates Airports, but You Can Fight Back

It has been a downright weird December when it comes to weather. The west coast is flooding (including my house) while big snowstorms have blanketed the Midwest and now Europe. When that happens, it often means there’s little that can be done for days on end as airlines scramble to make up for all that lost capacity. The good news in all this is that there are things you can do to get yourself home. Here are some tips.
Midwest Weather Mess: Navigating a Winter Storm

Good News:
More Flights to Mexico

The US and Mexico were having a fight over safety infrastructure, so the US decided not to allow Mexican airlines to add more flights. That sucked, especially since it happened right around when Mexicana went out of business. Now the ban has been eliminated and new flights are flowing freely.
Mexican Airlines Can Now Add Flights to the US, Aeromexico Starts the Trend

Bad News:
Cheap Flights to Hawai’i On Hold

Many people were salivating over the thought of cheap flights to Hawai’i when Allegiant announced it would start flying there from the west coast next year. That’s been put on hold and it probably won’t happen until 2012 now at the earliest. What’s the problem? It’s a regulatory issue in terms of getting the new airplanes up and running they way they need to be for the service.
Allegiant Delays Hawai’i Until 2012, Goes Head-to-Head with JetBlue

Good News:
Little Planes Get Internet

Many airlines have been putting internet on their airplanes, but few have put them on the smaller planes in the fleet. Delta is now going to have internet on all planes with more than 50 seats on domestic flights. Pretty good, huh?
Delta Adds Wifi to Regional Jets, Gets Closer to Matching the Mainline Experience

That’s enough for this year. Happy holidays and happy flying.

 

It’s November and that means that the holiday travel season is falling upon us. Good news? Sure. But there’s bad news as well, particularly if you don’t like being groped by a man (or woman) in uniform. (Hmm, I suppose that could be good news for some.) Here’s what happening in the world of travel.

Good News:
Virgin America Makes Money

You mood-lighting loving, power outlet-craving technophiles will be thrilled to know that Virgin America has finally posted its first profit, three years into its existence. Don’t get too excited just yet – everyone is making money this year, but it’s always good to see some black ink on the income statement.
Virgin America Finally Posts Its First Profit, But It’s No Surprise

Bad News:
The TSA Wants to Irradiate You or Grope You, Take Your Pick

Outrage has been mounting lately as the TSA has now changed its processes. If you’re asked to go through a backscatter x-ray machine (known as “Advance Imaging Technology”) you can either do it or take a pat down instead. If you do it, an x-ray image is sent to a backroom for review that shows you body and anything that might be concealed there. It does involve a minor amount of radiation, so it doesn’t appear to be a safety issue. Your privates are blurred, but it’s too close for comfort for some. On the other hand, the pat-down is now done with the front of the hand and gets awfully close to areas that you don’t want touched by strangers.
Should You Be Afraid of the Body Scanner Raising the Risk of Cancer? Nah, and Neither Should Pilots

Good News:
Spirit Looking to Fly Pasty White Canadians to Get Sun

If you live up in Canada, Spirit wants to take you somewhere warm. Flights are beginning just across the border in Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh, New York (near Montreal) down to Myrtle Beach and Ft Lauderale.
Spirit Turns Its Focus to the US and Canada After Caribbean Build-Up

Bad News:
Qantas A380s are Still Grounded

You heard about the Qantas A380 that blew an engine, right? Well the fleet is still grounded and the airline has scrambled to put together a reduced schedule in place. If you’re booked on Qantas, double check to make sure your flight is flying.
Qantas A380 Grounding Causes Disruption, What Should You Do?

Good News:
Southwest Stand By Its No Change Fee Policy

Southwest is getting ready to ramp up its campaign to let people know that change fees are not welcome at the airline. Others may charge up to $150 a ticket to change, but Southwest still doesn’t and won’t be doing it anytime soon.
Southwest: Why It’s Promoting No Change Fees and Its Web Site

That’s it for now. Happy flying.

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