- Southwest Airlines and AirTran are (finally) linking systems, which will allow for passengers to book a single itinerary with segments on both carriers. To avoid baggage fees when flying exclusively on AirTran, book on Southwest.com.
- The latest domestic airfare initiated by Delta has failed due to lack of participation. It was the third attempt this year by an airline to raise airfares. Rick Seaney of FareCompare.com said, “Given the weak economic numbers, it is likely that airlines are concerned that overcooking airline ticket prices right now could stunt demand.”
- Passengers on the Carnival Triumph were finally able to disembark last night in Mobile, Alabama. Most were either bussed or flown to New Orleans and Galveston, where the cruise originally departed last Thursday. Each passenger will reportedly get $500 in cash, among other compensation.
- Ever leave loose change in the bins after going through airport security? The TSA reported travelers left more than $500,000 in change at checkpoints last year, up about $45,000 from the previous year. And the TSA gets to “keep the change.”
- And finally, in rather odd news, a study was conducted showing that it’s actually beneficial to… uh… pass gas onboard a flight. I know, not “notable” at all, but it caught me off guard that a study actually took place. Here’s my favorite line from the article: ” ‘If the pilot restrains a fart, all the drawbacks previously mentioned, including diminished concentration, may affect his abilities to control the airplane,’ the researchers say.” Is there a Federal Aviation Regulation for that?