Archive | March, 2013

The Best US Airlines for In-Flight Entertainment & Wi-Fi

These days, trying to figure out exactly which airlines offer exactly what in-flight entertainment options is akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. Few airlines offer consistent entertainment options and options can even vary by plane model. As a general rule, the legacy carriers offer the widest variety of services. However, the older […]

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Southwest Airlines: We’re Not Really About Cheap Flights Anymore

The U.S.’s biggest “low fare” airline appears to be experiencing an identity crisis. In Southwest’s new ad campaign, there’s no silly humor and no mention of “bags fly free” or cheap flight prices. The message is that this is a different airline — one that longtime customers may feel is hard to recognize or even […]

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The FAA moves toward ending asinine electronics bans — although we might regret it

The FAA moves toward ending asinine electronics bans — although we might regret it Popular misconceptions are one thing. Some ideas we cling to whether we believe in them or not, to make society run more smoothly: Santa, the existence of true love, the conviction that pushing the Close Door button will shut the elevator […]

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TSA Removes Body Scanners

TSA Removes Body Scanners HELENA, Montana — The Transportation Security Administration has removed the full-body scanner from Helena Regional Airport and replaced it with a walk-through metal detector. The state-of-the-art scanner was removed Thursday evening and was to be shipped to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to replace a low-dose X-ray machine. The company that […]

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FASTEST IN-FLIGHT WI-FI UNLEASH THE INTERNET

FASTEST IN-FLIGHT WI-FI UNLEASH THE INTERNET March 20th, 2013 | by JetBlueCorpComm JetBlue is on track to revolutionize inflight connectivity. The new JetBlue’s In-Flight WI-FI product will be powered by ViaSat’s Exede and has been named as “Fly-Fi”. The date of “Fly-Fi” service roll-out is not announced yet. Check-out In-Flight WI-FI speed demo – comparing Exede, Gogo, Row 44 and Panasonic’ s offering.

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Senators Seek to Overturn TSA Change on Knives on Planes

Senators Seek to Overturn TSA Change on Knives on Planes Two U.S. senators said they will offer a bipartisan amendment aimed at overturning theTransportation Security Administration’s “foolhardy” plan to let passengers bring small knives on commercial flights. Permitting knives in airplane cabins puts passengers and flight crews at an unacceptable risk, Senators Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, […]

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Airport Tower closures

Airport Tower closures FAA will close 149 airport towers on heels of sequester Sam Yu/Associated Press photo/The Frederick News-Post – An airplane goes by the control tower at the Frederick Municipal Airport as it lands on March 30, 2012. Automatic budget cuts have the tower and four others at small to mid-size airports in Maryland at […]

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Disruptions: F.A.A. May Loosen Curbs on Fliers’ Use of Electronics

Disruptions: F.A.A. May Loosen Curbs on Fliers’ Use of Electronics If you’re sitting on a plane at the gate and reading this column on an electronic gadget, you’re about to hear eight dreaded words: “Please power down your electronic devices for takeoff.” But this time next year, you might hear something very different: “Please put […]

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Finnair Tests Windows 8 Tablets for Inflight Entertainment

Finnair Tests Windows 8 Tablets for Inflight Entertainment Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/news/2013/03/19/finnair-tests-windows-8-tablets-for-inflight-entertainment/#ixzz2O5z0g5uF Finnish airliner Finnair Oyj (FIA1S.HE) Tuesday said it will on March 20 begin a two-month trial of wireless internet and tablets for in-flight entertainment. -Passengers willing to participate in the test are offered a Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 8-powered HP ElitePad tablet, which includes movies, […]

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Emirates reveals mammoth deal with Panasonic

Emirates reveals mammoth deal with Panasonic Emirates has confirmed plans to offer Panasonic Avionics’ Global Communications Suite (GCS) – including live television – on its widebodies, in a unique turn of events that will see inflight connectivity rivals OnAir and Panasonic work together. A single Boeing 777 was installed with GCS “before Christmas” and Emirates […]

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