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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.

 

Good morning brides and Anti-Brides alike. It’s been awhile since my last update here, but that’s because we’ve been working on a new format. From now on, I’m going to point to some of the bigger stories of the last couple weeks and point you to what I’ve been saying about them. Think of it as a good news/bad news kind of piece that points out what you need to know about air travel. Let’s get started.

Good News: United Grows in Mexico
Now that United and Continental are merging, there is a renewed focus on Mexico from the United crew. Much of this is expanded service from United hubs to Mexico City as well as a flight from LAX to business-focused Leon. But for those of you in San Antonio, Austin, and Raleigh/Durham, you’ll now have weekly nonstop flights to Cancun. These flights will operate every Saturday throughout the winter season.
The New United Boosts Mexico and China, Adds Frequent Flier Reciprocity

Bad News: SFO is Last in On Time Arrivals
If you live in the Bay Area or are simply heading there for your wedding, you’ll be sad to know that SFO was last for on time arrivals in August. Why? It’s all about the fog. You might want to think about Oakland or San Jose if you’re on a tight schedule.
San Francisco’s Fog and Runway Problems Give the Airport a Dubious Honor

Good News: Cathay Pacific to Get New Economy Seats
If you’ve flown Cathay Pacific in the last couple years, you might know the pain of their economy seats. But now, Cathay is finally putting some new ones onboard since the chorus of angry cries has grown so loud.
Cathay Pacific Expected to Replace Pain-Inducing Coach Seats

Bad News: Cancellations More Likely if Long Delays are Present
The government-imposed 3 hour ground delay rule has reduced the number of people sitting on airplanes for long periods of time on the ground, but it’s also had an unpleasant side effect. If you do happen to be stuck on the ground for more than 2 hours, you’re now twice as likely to see your flight canceled.
Flights with Two Hour Ground Delays Were Twice as Likely to Cancel This Summer

That’s it for now. Happy flying.

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