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This woman is being “patted down” by a pregnant agent of the Transportation Security Administration at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago — and you could be paying more for the privilege in the form of the restructuring of the September 11 security fee. Photograph by FlyerTalk member marklyon. Click on the photograph for additional photographs by marklyon in a discussion about the working conditions for the pregnant agent of the Transportation Security Administration agent shown in the photograph.

Airline Ticket Security Fees Set to Increase by More Than Double

June 20, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Get ready to pay more in security fees on your airline ticket if you are traveling to, from or within the United States effective as of July 21, 2014. “This increase is part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013”, confirmed FlyerTalk member TSAPressSec — also known as Ross Feinstein, who is the press secretary for the Transportation Security Administration and an official company representative on FlyerTalk. “The law restructures the fee limitation from up to $2.50 per leg of a connecting flight (capped at $5 per one-way trip), to a flat $5.60 per one-way trip.” At first glance, you might be thinking that...

This Airbus A380 aircraft at Narita International Airport — which serves the greater Tokyo metropolitan area — operated as Thai Airways flight 677 to Bangkok greater than one year ago. Photograph by FlyerTalk member sfoactuary. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by sfoactuary.

Devaluation: New Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Award Chart Announced

June 18, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Effective as of September 1, 2014, the amount of Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus frequent flier loyalty program miles needed for award travel will increase on a significant number of award redemptions — and FlyerTalk members are not happy. Although the award charts seem to have been simplified — for example, premium economy award redemptions have been eliminated on flights operated by Thai Airways; Zone 7 has been eliminated; and simply double the Royal Orchid Plus frequent flier loyalty program miles needed for return trips — the amount of Royal Orchid Plus frequent flier loyalty program miles needed for redemption on certain awards has increased substantially. Using a Zone 6 award as one example...

This Airbus A320-232 aircraft operated by jetBlue Airways awaits its passengers at the gate located at the airport which serves Burbank for a flight to New York on the evening of September 23, 2013. Photograph by FlyerTalk member foppishbum. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by foppishbum.

Assorted jetBlue Woes Posted on FlyerTalk

June 15, 2014 by Brian Cohen

The first half of June 2014 for jetBlue Airways reminds me of that week of mishaps suffered by El Al Israel Airlines Limited last month. One look at the JetBlue | TrueBlue forum today revealed several discussions by FlyerTalk members actively talking about some unfortunate and strange incidents which occurred recently on flights operated by jetBlue Airways — and I am not even including at least a couple of unfortunate incidents from last month. Here is a list of those discussions in no specific order...

Passengers start boarding onto an Airbus A380 aircraft operated as a route verification flight by Air France from Montréal to Paris back in 2007. What are the first things you do when boarding an airplane? Photograph by FlyerTalk member chrissxb. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by chrissxb.

What Are The First Things You Do When Boarding an Airplane?

June 20, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“While at the gate, I usually pull out all the items I intend to use during my flight, so I can quickly pop my bag in the overhead bin and take my seat, with my book next to me on my seat and anything else in the seat pocket” are some of the first things FlyerTalk member rose42 does when boarding an airplane. “I used to count the rows to the exit and glance at the safety card, but then I started watching some shows on the History Channel. Now I’ve pretty much determined that if something were to happen anytime except during the taxi, I’m toast, so I might as well sit back and be comfortable.” To continue the theme started two weeks ago when I posted an article asking you about what are the first things you do when entering a hotel room, I thought I would ask you about what are the first things you do when boarding an airplane. Well, let’s see...I might...

This is the signage at the new entrance to the Delta Flight Museum, where a Boeing 757-232 aircraft awaits your arrival. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Delta Flight Museum Grand Opening on 85th Anniversary of Delta Air Lines

June 17, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Starting a few years earlier in Macon, Georgia as an aerial crop dusting operation known as Huff Daland Dusters, Delta Air Service commenced operations on June 17, 1929 in Monroe, Louisiana...and 85 years later, the anniversary of what is now known as Delta Air Lines was celebrated with the grand opening of the Delta Flight Museum — which, technically, is the grand re-opening of the Delta Heritage Museum. The Delta Flight Museum underwent extensive renovations. I actually co-hosted one of the last events at the former Delta Heritage Museum before...

This is the view of the control tower at the international airport which serves the Atlanta metropolitan area as seen from the Sky Deck of the Delta Sky Club on Concourse F. Photograph by FlyerTalk member pointsaway. Click on the photograph for other photographs by pointsaway and other FlyerTalk members in a discussion pertaining to a guide to all of the Delta Sky Clubs at that airport..

A Potentially Dangerous Joke By an Air Traffic Controller?

June 13, 2014 by Brian Cohen

If this story is accurate, then it is one of the most moronic actions I have heard related to commercial aviation. The Federal Aviation Administration of the United States is investigating what is being called “a potentially dangerous prank” which an air traffic controller allegedly played on the pilots of a Boeing 777-200 aircraft filled with passengers...

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Delta Flight Museum: Additional Details of the Official Ceremony and More Photographs

June 19, 2014 by Brian Cohen

As I promised you, here are additional details and more photographs pertaining to the grand opening of the Delta Flight Museum in celebration of the 85th anniversary of Delta Air Lines at its world headquarters in Atlanta on Tuesday, June 17, 2014...

US Airways airplanes rest at gates at Philadelphia International Airport. Photograph by FlyerTalk member btang. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by btang.

Why Are FlyerTalk Members Not Excited About The Latest Mile Sharing Promotion by US Airways?

June 16, 2014 by Brian Cohen

US Airways is offering a bonus on the amount of Dividend Miles you share with its latest why are FlyerTalk members not excited about this offer as with past promotions such as this one from this past December? Perhaps it is because...

That little button you see within the red circle is the dreaded flight attendant call button. When exactly is the appropriate time to use it — if at all? Photograph by FlyerTalk member nizolidas. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by nizolidas.

Flight Attendant Call Button: When Should You Use It?

June 13, 2014 by Brian Cohen

René deLambert — author of the Delta Points weblog at — recently wrote an article about when the flight attendant call button should be used. I was the first to respond to the article with my thoughts...

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