We take a look at our planet from a new perspective, one that more tourists will be visiting in the coming years. Pilots react against the newest cutbacks in security. And, we note the surprising list of the world’s busiest airports. (Where’s the USA and Europe?)
While the FAA sequestration fiasco had been brewing, airline and pilot lobbyists together with consumer groups were furiously working behind the scenes in unprecedented unity to head off what each group saw as a possible pending disaster involving delays and misuse of earmarked aviation system funds.
In an audacious request to the Department of Transportation (DOT), Airlines for America (A4A) and the Regional Airline Association (RAA) have requested a temporary exemption from “tarmac-delay regulations for a period of 90 days or until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sequestration furloughs end, whichever is longer…” The response from the Consumer Travel Alliance (CTA) is, “No exemptions” in the strongest terms.
FAA plans to furlough thousands of air traffic controllers and will purposely delay thousands of flights every day. If the FAA projections are accurate, this unnecessary action will disrupt air travel for millions of Americans, cost jobs and threatens to ground the U.S. economy. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Today, we take a look at air-travel exasperation of even very-frequent-travelers; list the Top 10 pet-friendly cities according to Travel Zoo; and, examine what moms want when traveling with young families.
Sequester cuts are hitting the FAA air traffic control system. While Congress has asked for a list of non-operational areas that could be cut, the FAA demurred and announced cuts that seem to have been designed to generate maximum public pain.
This headline seems nonsensical. However, in the mind of the airline executives and the policy folk at the Department of Transportation (DOT) it makes perfect sense.
Last year The Global Business Travel Association did a study about taxation and came up with this list of US cities that tax tourists the least. If you want more bang for your buck, these towns might be at the top of your list.
Here are three issues raised during the last few weeks that may affect travel in many of its forms. Should passengers pay by the pound? Should Delta be allowed to collude with other SkyTeam members to set prices for transatlantic flights? Can you be fined for distracted driving? Where? We tell you.
I am a US Airways Dividend Miles member and I love it. But the good days will be coming to an end. The merger with American Airlines (AA) is going to ruin my frequent flier life. I will lose mileage-earning non-stops to Europe from my home town, Washington, DC, and upgrades will be flushed down the AAdvantage toilet.