bumped_08-23-08-thumb-400x266It might be getting harder to have a guaranteed seat on your airline. I have personally been lucky and never have been bumped from my flight, but I would imagine it being a horrible experience.

Due to airlines cutting back flights and having fuller flights, the chance of being bumped is getting greater. The NYTimes reports that 343,000 passengers have been bumped so far this year. That is a lot of comp flights, meals and hotels that airlines have to pay for, wouldn’t seem to make economical sense.

Source: UPI.com Image: caribb

crash_08-20-08-thumb-400x184Instead of going the negative route, I am happy that currently there are 19 survivors from the crash today of  Spanair Flight JK5022. It is sad that so far 153 are reported dead, but anytime we have a crash like this, it is nice to see there are some survivors.

It appears the airliner sped off the end of the runway and broke apart. More details of the crash are not currently known. It has been reported that the flight was delayed an hour for technical problems.

Of course our thoughts go to those who have lost someone in this crash and this is always the negative part of having an interest in the airline business.

Source: MSNBC Image: MSNBC

ualfood_08-19-08-thumb-300x225Almost feel like should call this “The Airline Cutback Blog” but that is what keeps popping up in the airline news. This time United Airlines is stopping some free meal services on international flights. Meal cutbacks has not been anything new, but for a domestic airline to start cutting back on international flights is something new and not improved.

Also expect prices for buying food on United to increase by the end of the year.

Source: Bloomberg Image: Salt&Vinegar

americaneagle_08-19-08-thumb-400x267You might think because TSA grounded nine planes they must have some threat to our national security. Or maybe they found them to be unsafe to fly. Nope. It is because the TSA agents doing a security check used some control sensors to help themselves onto the planes — breaking them.

“Our inspector was following routine procedure for securing the aircraft that were on the tarmac,” Elio Montenegro, a TSA official, told ABCNews.com.

What I don’t get is if these are supposed to be security experts inspecting an aircraft, shouldn’t they know what the parts on an aircraft do? If they can’t even know what parts are critical (and not handholds) how can we trust that anything they are looking at is worthwhile? And not to mention this happened not to one or two planes, but nine.

Source: ABC News via Airliners.net Image: Radio Rover