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.
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.
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.
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 $150,000! Be sure to get a reliable quote or ask your travel agency if they have an insurance panel you can contact.
Traveling with kids, especially younger ones, is not an easy task so it is no wonder that most parents dread the thought of going on vacation with the children in tow. Some opt to put the kids under the care of a reliable babysitter while others decide to bring them along, hoping against hope that nothing goes wrong! If you are one of those parents who won’t deny your kids the pleasure of spending a holiday together, well done! Know that avoiding difficulties such as a cranky child or an anxious sibling while traveling can be avoided easily if you set your mind to it. Here are some tips to help you along the way…
Security norms are fundamental in travel industry. We wouldn’t be able to single out a convenient area where they most have to be strict, but the latest case comes from a plane flying, which probably served also like a bus, from Turkey to Russia, where the passengers were asked to fly all the way through, on stand.
The six passengers said they were forced to stand on for five hour flight, and in cases of air turbulences they were asked to sit in the aisle, without the minimum security requirements, such as seat belts, oxygen masks or life vests.
And if they had any children, they had to seat on their parent’s lap- but the children were big enough to sit there. The incident has occurred on 24 of September and now the 6 passengers have sued the Anex Tour by demanding 4900$ each.
But Anex Tour offered only 212$ for each of them.
If you’re one of the 180 million or more people worldwide who have a disability, the thought of air travel might be scary. It can be hard to get accommodations for your disability in day-to-day life, let alone in the airports that work like machines to get as many people to their destination as quickly as possible.
Take hope, however — you can fly too!
First, consider what type of disability you have, and what accommodations you need. Be reasonable, but don’t struggle unnecessarily. For those with a hearing impairment or who are deaf, a flight attendant can personally notify you of important announcements over the loudspeakers that you might not hear, but they can only do so if you let them know you need this service. If you have a mobility impairment, you can get a wheelchair or scooter past security and onto the airplane with less hassle if you tell them about your disability in advance. People with other types of disabilities can receive similar accommodations, too.
Do you have a score to pick with that airline you traveled with during your last business trip? Well, that’s not exactly new. Almost everyone who travels by plane is less than impressed, especially when they’re traveling during the peak season. Just in case you want the heads up, below are the top 19 most complained airlines in the USA.
19th Place: Southwest Airlines
Out of every 100,000 passengers of this airline, a total of .21 complains. Just last year, over 100 million passengers who flew them to the Southwest, and compared to the other airlines in this list, there is only one complainant for every 500,000 passengers.
Perhaps it’s the staff’s sunny temperament? The airline ranked No. 1 in the DOT’s list of excellent airlines for three consecutive years. If there are complaints about the airline, their management has done right to keep it to a minimum.