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BREAKING: Plane Crashes at Wichita Airport After Takeoff, Causes Closures & Delays

A twin-engine Beechcraft King Air crashed into the Flight Safety building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) around 10 a.m. local time Thursday morning, prompting road closures around ICT and flight delays as emergency crews responded. Officials confirmed that flights were delayed and ICT had closed briefly following the crash. According to reports from KSN, travelers…

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Hotel Offers Sticky-Fingered Guests a Chance to Clear Their Conscience

One hundred-year-old hotel is offering “no questions asked” amnesty to sticky-fingered guests harboring a guilty conscience over pilfered items. A lot of things walk out of a hotel over the course of 100 years, including quite a few that were meant to stay. We’re talking towels, bathrobes, silverware, ashtrays and who knows what else? Edmonton’s Fairmont…

Mile High Manners: Sensible Solutions to “Cute” Children, Seat Hogs & Sky Vampires

Traveling can be a tricky business, one that’s often complicated by unexpected, misery-inducing difficulties. You’ve got tightened airport security to deal with, not to mention delayed flights, discourteous strangers and maybe even a screaming child to top it all off. Sometimes it feels like the whole ordeal isn’t worth the hassle, but fear not! Mile…

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There Is No Correlation Between Comfort & Price When It Comes to Economy

Research indicates that there is no link between comfort and price for economy passengers. Sometimes, less is more — especially, it seems, for those who fly economy. An article in the November edition of the Harvard Business Review has revealed that, at least in economy class, “there’s no correlation between price and comfort, including legroom.” In a…

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WestJet Introduces New Tiers, Offers to Match Status of Rival Canadian Carriers

WestJet is introducing reward tiers based around qualifying flight spending, offering free checked luggage and advance seat selection to elite members. WestJet Airlines is targeting Canadian frequent flyers with the announcement of its WestJet Rewards elite program. The new multi-tier system offers rewards based on qualifying flight spending during a calendar year, in line with other…

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Crowne Plaza Designs New Guest Rooms with Business Travelers in Mind

Crowne Plaza reveals modern guest rooms designed to meet the rest, connectivity and space needs of the “24/7, always on” business traveler. On Monday, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts introduced its newly designed guest rooms, boasting an angled bed placement that flies in the face of guest room designs that the IHG press release accused of…

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App Connects Seatmates Who Might “Like” Each Other

A new feature in a travel app allows flyers to complete a “social check-in” and share their Facebook information with seatmates. Many flyers have a natural anxiety about who they’ll be seated beside during their next trip. One mobile app is looking to set travelers at ease and break down barriers through a new “social…

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Windowless Aircraft Could Enhance In-Flight Experience & Reduce Operational Costs

New technology could turn windowless aircraft into an immersive experience, displaying views through high definition screens. The days of struggling to get a window seat could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to modern technology. Mashable reports the U.K.-based Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is developing a jet design that could turn air travel into…

IATA CEO: Security Programs Can’t Sustain Global PAX Growth

With global passenger traffic expected to double over the next two decades, IATA’s CEO warns of inadequate security resources. “Today’s passenger screening efforts world-wide are neither efficient nor user-friendly, so we have no choice but to change,” The Wall Street Journal reported Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as saying before…

Southwest Schedule Changes Have “Stopped the Bleeding”

Schedule adjustments have paid off for Southwest Airlines, and the carrier is making strides toward improving its on-time performance. Improving on-time departures first thing in the morning, adding longer connection times and extra time to aircraft turns are three of the changes that are helping Southwest Airlines recover from a summer of operational snags. The…