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Chicago Control Tower Incident Could Cost Airlines “Hundreds of Millions”

Industry analysts are speculating on the financial impact to major carriers affected by the fire in Chicago that crippled an FAA control center and grounded thousands of flights. As the FAA continues to restore its Chicago control center, which was devastated by a fire and has forced the grounding of thousands of flights since September…

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Frontier’s Introductory Fares to New Destinations Crash Reservations System

On Tuesday, Frontier announced new service to Philadelphia, Miami and Chicago, but $15 introductory fares overshadowed the news and caused the airline’s reservation system to crash for several hours. To create a buzz about a return to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), new service to Miami International Airport (MIA) and expanded flights to O’Hare International Airport…

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Modern Family Editor Live-Tweets Encounter with “The Worst Person in the World”

An editor for the ABC sitcom “Modern Family” tweeted her in-flight experience while sitting behind a drunken passenger having a meltdown. “The worst person in the world.” That’s what Ryan Case called her fellow passenger during a recent flight to Las Vegas. Late on Sunday evening, Case, an editor for ABC’s “Modern Family”, had the misfortune…

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Ultra-Orthodox Men Disrupt El Al Flight, Petition Calls on Airline to Defend Women

An incident aboard an El Al flight where ultra-Orthodox men refused to sit next to women has draw public criticism of the airline’s handling of such situations. An El Al Israel Airlines flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) was disrupted last Wednesday when, according to reports by the English-language version of the Israeli newspaper Yedioth…

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Travelers Worry About Loyalty Program Data Breaches

A new study looks at frequent travelers’ expectations for data protection and offers recommendations for reducing the threat of a data breach. In a new study released by Deloitte Consulting, there is a clear difference between what frequent travelers expect in terms of loyalty data protections and the reality of what — and how — this…

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New Etihad Livery Will Be Applied to Entire Fleet by 2017

Etihad’s recently unveiled livery will be applied to the carrier’s entire fleet by the end of 2017. A new look is coming to the Etihad Airways fleet. FlightGlobal.com reports that the UAE flag carrier will soon begin repainting its aircraft in the new “Facets of Abu Dhabi” livery scheme, which was unveiled in Germany on…

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TSA Looks to Private Sector for PreCheck Enrollment Assistance

The TSA is looking to the private sector to increase PreCheck application processing capability. Flyers planning on enrolling in the TSA’s PreCheck program may be serviced by the private sector as early as next year. In a statement, the TSA announced it will start accepting bids in October for companies who want to accept and…

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FAA Encouraging the Use of Child Safety Seats, Cabin Crews not Getting the Message

While the FAA encourages travelers to place children in child safety seats, airlines continue to prohibit the use of the devices. The FAA wants travelers to know that “the safest place for your child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restraint system (CRS) or device, not on your lap,” as stated in…

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243 Pounds of Ivory Seized at Ho Chi Minh City’s Airport

More than 240 pounds of ivory was discovered by customs officials at Ho Chi Minh City’s airport over the weekend. Vietnamese customs officials found 243 pounds of elephant tusks hidden among luggage at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). The illicit ivory, which has an estimated black market value of $113,200…

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Chicago Air Travel Delays, Cancellations Continue

Efforts are underway to repair the flight control center in Chicago as thousands of passengers continue to see delays and cancellations at the nation’s second busiest airport. Flight delays continued in Chicago on Monday as FAA officials worked to restore facilities at the aviation control center in Aurora, Illinois. Known officially as the Chicago En…