What we’re reading: Delta kicks 50 passengers off flight, possible security fee hike, Carnival testing new dining room experience

by Stephanus Surjaputra on December 4, 2013

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Delta kicked 50 passengers off flight the Sunday after Thanksgiving so it could charter a plane for the Florida Gators basketball team

Fifty people had to miss various activities this past Sunday when they were kicked off their Delta plane so the Florida Gators basketball team could travel.

Delta says it needed the plane to ferry the No. 15-ranked Gators to Storrs, Connecticut, for the team’s match-up against the UConn Huskies.

Furious passengers in Gainesville, Florida, were told their flight to Atlanta Sunday afternoon had been canceled — even though they could see their plane sitting on the tarmac.

Airlines sound alarm on possible security fee hike

Congress won’t raise taxes for the 2014 budget, but it might raise some “user fees” it charges to businesses and individuals, which could mean an increase in the passenger security fee.

Airline advocates argue that an increase in the security fee to reduce deficits would do nothing to strengthen airport security or speed up long security lines.

Right now the passenger security fee per ticket is $2.50 for each leg of a trip. But the total fee to get to a destination is capped at $5.

Carnival Cruise Lines testing new dining room experience

Carnival Cruise Lines is testing two new dining concepts aboard the Carnival Glory on December 8. It could be expanding it fleet-wide if it’s successful.

The new dining products, called American Table and American Feast, were developed with input from Union Square Hospitality Group of New York.

American Table will be offered on “cruise casual” nights. It includes a new style of service, new menu and table decor, and is designed to evoke a modern restaurant experience with an emphasis on exceptional American cuisine, Carnival said.

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