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Airlines are running out of options for fees. It’s hard to believe that it wasn’t that long ago the main thing economy class travelers in the U.S complained about was airline meals. But, with rare exceptions now, onboard food, even snacks, in economy class are only available for an additional cost.

International airlines for the most part still serve food, but many of them charge for what they consider “preferred” seat assignments for long-haul flights. And “preferred” can be half the seats on the plane.
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JetBlue pilots vote to join union

JetBlue pilots voted to join the Air Line Pilots Association after twice voting against the proposal in the past.

The change in sentiment came about “so that we have the ability to improve our professional careers,” said Gustavo Rivera and Rocky Durham, co-chairmen of the JetBlue organizing committee, in a statement on the union’s website. “We also want to work with management to ensure we continue to contribute positively to JetBlue’s success. We believe in JetBlue,” the two pilots added.

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It has been one of the most unquestioned pieces of travel advice since the first WiFi hotspot flickered to life in an unnamed hotel more than a decade ago: If you want to stay connected while you’re on vacation, you can save a bundle by skipping a pricey cellular roaming plan and using a wireless Internet connection instead.
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Emirates, Alaska Airlines promotion offers double miles, discounted fares

Emirates Airlines is offering Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan members double miles on any Emirates-operated flight completed by November 30.

In addition, Emirates is offering special discounted fares on select flights between the United States and Dubai, also before November 30.

In order to earn double miles on Emirates flights, passengers must be enrolled in Alaska Airlines’s Mileage Plan program, and register for the promotion online prior to their first qualifying flight and no later than June 15.

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Pre-Check is the security program offered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which allows some air travelers to use “expedited security lanes” at some airport security checkpoints for both domestic and international travel.

Those passing through Pre-Check security lines avoid full body scanners and/or enhanced pat-downs and instead pass through metal detectors or are scanned with wands. Unlike in standard airport security lines, travelers in Pre-Check lines don’t have to remove their belt, shoes, or lightweight jackets. They can keep their liquids in baggies and laptops in their carry-on luggage while going through x-ray inspection.

TSA Pre-Check lines were instituted to permit pre-scanned or vetted air travelers to more quickly transit through security checkpoints at the airport.
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What we’re reading: TSA SPOT program is useless, Boeing 737 turns 8000, Avatar Airlines hopes to start up soon

TSA SPOT program is useless, Boeing 737 turns 8000, Avatar Airlines hopes to start up soon

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Sunday musings: Dublin from the air, Allegiant’s business model, esthetics vs. environmentalism

Happy Easter. Today we have a chance to reflect on Dublin from the air. We learn about Allegiant, a small player in the overall aviation network, but one of the most profitable airlines. And, an article discusses the tension between beauty, such as the fleeting cherry blossoms of spring, and longer-term environmentalism.

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What we’re watching: Southwest FA comic, Glow-in-the-dark roads, food on planes

This weekend we enjoy an inflight safety briefing from a creative Southwest flight attendant, we see a new way of lighting roads being tested in the Netherlands and Baltic Air shows us how a fascinating view of how they prepare customized meals for their flights — both business and coach.

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TSA gooses the pre-check program with random passengers — bravo!

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) knows that the careful screening of passengers at airport checkpoint is bit of overkill. They know that if a terrorist makes it to the airport and as far as the TSA checkpoint with a bomb, more than a score of security systems have been bypassed. When they randomly shift passengers into the Pre-Check program, they are admitting the obvious.

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What we’re reading: Spirit responds to most-complained-about label, things you didn’t know about Vegas, FAA requires ADS-B by 2020

Spirit responds to most-complained label, things you didn’t know about Vegas, FAA requires ADS-B by 2020

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