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Planning to Fly British Air? Hopefully Your Plane Has A Crew!

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In a stunning turn of events, crews from British Airways voted to strike during the busiest travel season of the year. Announced today, Monday December 14, the announcement will affect all British Airways flights from December 22 until January 2. Amazingly, over 90% of Unite’s 13,500 union members approved the strike.

The issues at hand are changes to contracts, potential job cuts, and a proposed freeze on pay hikes. The company is quick to mention that 2009 has been one of the most difficult in recent memory for the aviation industry, and will probably remain difficult in the near future. In addition, British Airways employees are quite well paid when compared to one of their main competitors Virgin Air. By comparison, British Air employees earn on average of 25-33% more.

Smallest airline seat

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If you thought that your seat wasn’t that comfortable, than you have to try these seats. They were designed by Aviointeriors and they allow the passengers to sit at an angle.

As you can obviously see from the pictures, the seats create the idea of a saddle.

An Aviointeriors agent told: “The seat is like a saddle. Cowboys ride eight hours on their horses during the day and still feel comfortable in it,” Skyrider is trying these seats, thus by increasing the number of the seats and lowering the ticket price.

It looks that also other airline lines are very interested into incorporating these seats too. Skyrider will allow just 23 inch of legroom, seven inches less than the average seat.

According to the Italian seat design company Aviointeriors, these seats are recommended for short flights only, like 1 up to 3 hours, and are designed like saddles that you probably have seen on cowboys’ movies.

4 Things to Do When You’re Stuck in an Airport

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Being stuck in an airport thanks to a layover is no fun. Or so you think. Before you sigh heavily and settle down to drown in your own sorrows, do lighten up and take comfort in the fact that there are plenty of things to do in an airport. Here are only 3 of them, so be sure to make full use of the amenities the next time you’re in an airport!

1. Learn and be entertained
Did you know that some airports house interesting museums that you can visit for free? The San Francisco Airport is one great example. One can learn and be enlightened at its library and museum where its walls are filled with photos and information pertaining to the interesting industry of aviation. The main airport in Atlanta even offers an attractive display of rock sculptures from Zimbabwe. You can also view famous planes at the museum housed at the Chino Airport, California.

How to Find the Best Airfare Deals

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You have your vacation planned out. You know where you’re going, when you’re going, what hotel you’re staying at, and when you have to forsake the relaxation of your vacation and return home. The only problem? Finding cheap airfare deals without spending a fortune.

Luckily, there are several ways you can do this.

1. Use the Internet

Airlines and travel companies often offer discounts on the internet. It’s also the easiest way to search for the cheapest airfare, because you can use search engine and airfare comparison websites to see which airline offers the best deals. With a little research, you can even see the differences in pricing over time and on different dates and easily compare fares. Also, more sites online are starting to offer package deals, which could help you save time, hassle, and money.

2. Change Flight Times

New Screening Rules for Passengers Flying Into the US

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In the wake of the failed bombing attempt of a US plane on Christmas day, authorities raised security restrictions to levels not seen since the “shoe bomber” attacks of 2006 – full body patdowns were in effect, passengers had every piece of luggage checked, and movement was even limited during the last hour of flight, just to name a few of the many restrictions. After much backlash, the Transportation Security Administration has released new guidelines that specifies when such stringent security measures are required.

In effect, the United States has imposed separate security measures for different people, depending on what country the person is flying from. This is great news if you’re an American or one of it’s allies – you won’t be faced with such asinine security requirements each time you pass through the metal detectors. However, if you’re flying from Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen, be prepared to face increased scrutiny for the indefinite future.

Triple CAPA Awards for Malaysian airlines in 2009

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AirAsia CAPA Award

The prestigious winners of the world class Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Airline of the Year Award for 2009 were named recently and it was a pleasant surprise for Tony Fernandes, CEO for AirAsia and AirAsia X when both the airlines were deemed joint winners. Fernandes, who hails from Malaysia, was also presented with the CAPA Legend Award (Aviation Hall of Fame).

AirAsia started off as a humble 2-plane budget airline company providing short haul flights within Malaysia. When they first started out, they quickly delighted 200,000 passengers with their highly affordable fares and top notch service. Within 7 short years, they quickly expanded to include the long haul flights provider AirAsia X and they can now boast to have served a grand total of 75 million passengers! The ever familiar red AirAsia logo, spiffy uniforms and friendly staff became a pride of the nation and gained global recognition in a short span of time. The year before saw AirAsia winning the CAPA New Airline of the Year award but with the triple wins this year, AirAsia aims to expand its reach worldwide even more aggressively.

New Security Restrictions Causing Massive Delays at Airports

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Tens of thousands of airline passengers the world over are experiencing massive delays due to new security restrictions imposed by the United States Transportation Safety Administration (TSA).

In light of the recent attacks occurring on the Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to New York, in which an alleged terrorist attempt to blow up the aircraft with a so-called “underwear bomb”, the administration has imposed random security restrictions on all flights entering and leaving the United States. The security regulations are deliberately vague as to confuse would be terrorists, and passengers should not expect the same security restrictions twice. Information about security measures have been lacking in specifics, with details coming in from the passengers themselves.

3 Ways to Beat Air Travel Stress

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Traveling by air is one of the most convenient ways to travel but it does not come without stress. Read on to discover how you can conquer air travel stress and emerge a victor at the end of the flight, plus or minus a little jet lag of course!

1. Air travel insurance beats the blues
Air travel insurance is most often overlooked by most travelers when they book their air tickets. They do not realize that travel insurance is one of the most valuable things to have when traveling abroad. Imagine what would happen if an accident or illness occurs on the trip. One traveler got sick with meningitis and had to be air lifted off by a helicopter to a nearby hospital. The total cost if her travel insurance did not cover the medical fees? A whopping $150,000! Be sure to get a reliable quote or ask your travel agency if they have an insurance panel you can contact.