Skift Take

These are the aviation trends we were talking about this week.

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation.

For all of our weekend roundups, go here.

>>Starting next month, TSA will limit the number of travelers who receive access to Precheck security lanes without joining the program. But the TSA is being cagey about exactly what this means: TSA Will ‘Significantly Reduce’ Access to Precheck Lanes for Non-Members

>>Are cheap fares enough to tempt Africa’s vast “unflown” market to swap a bus for an Airbus? It’s certainly not easy making the numbers work in African aviation: Low-Cost Carriers in Africa Turning Non-Flyers Into Passengers

>>The Obama Administration’s decision to block Qantas’ application for antitrust immunity with American came as a surprise to most observers. The Trump administration’s Department of Transportation would normally be likely to rule otherwise. But this new administration is unpredictable: Qantas and American Hope Trump’s DOT Will Approve Their Joint Venture on Second Try

>>Southwest Airlines is officially steering clear of basic economy fares, which passengers will love. Investors, on the other hand, may start to get antsy: Southwest Airlines Takes The High Road On Basic Economy Fares — Skift Business Traveler

>>Let’s give some credit to United CEO Oscar Munoz for his honesty about problems with airline IT systems: United CEO: There’s No Quick Fix for Airline IT Systems

>>With so many new aircraft coming onboard, Norwegian was always going to have to cast its eyes further afield for new destinations: Why Norwegian Air’s Argentinian Move Makes Sense

>>It’s nice to see United Airlines on the offensive again. Look for more flights on bigger jets in key business markets from United, which has fallen behind American and Delta in some important urban markets: United CEO: Flying With ‘Subpar Product and Subpar Schedules Doesn’t Work’

>>With the TSA caught up in a federal hiring freeze, we could see a return to last summer’s security line debacle for flyers. Not to mention the potential impact of airports overwhelmed by hundreds or thousands of protestors: TSA Is Still Understaffed and Can’t Hire New Officers After Trump Orders

>>Many of the world’s airlines know they’re not as good as retailers like Amazon in targeting offers for individual passengers: Airlines Become More Sophisticated With Personalized Offers for Passengers


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Photo credit: A United Airlines customer uses an airport kiosk. The airline's CEO said United is doing what it can to improve its IT infrastructure. Associated Press

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