Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel Industry News: August 24, 2012

  • American Airlines pilots are still talking with US Airways reps regarding a labor deal should the two airlines merge. The pilots’ union say they’ll hold a strike vote if American continues a path to throw out their contracts.
  • Several airlines have issued travel waivers as Tropical Storm Isaac nears the U.S. The RNC convention might have a heck of a ride if it doesn’t relocate from Tampa.
  • Despite millions of dollars in testing, the trusty TSA will still require shoes to be taken off through security. Apparently, new machines were ineffective in detecting “all the technology” used to blow up a plane. So why everywhere else in the world can I keep my shoes on?
  • The U.S. State Department has lifted a travel alert for Egypt in place since March 29, 2012. Originally issued due to the possibility of political unrest in the run-up to Egypt’s presidential elections in May and June, things appear all clear. Pyramids, here I come.
  • And believe it or not, I do indeed have an “air traveling idiot of the week” candidate today. I’m going to have to announce an awards ceremony or something because they just seem to keep coming daily. Anyway, this one is courtesy Southwest Airlines where a passenger got in a fight with a fellow seatmate and was subsequently arrested. This week seems extreme, doesn’t it? What’s up with people?

Have a great weekend.

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August 23, 2012

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  1. Yeah…the say ”only in America” comes to mind…when thinking about the whole shoes off crap! Personally…more often than not the TSA’s have such a poor personality. Maybe its because of all the smelly shoes that go by each day lol.

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