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This week in aviation, we profile a meteorologist who wants to eliminate turbulence injuries, United Airlines changes its pricing strategy for frequent flyers, and overhead-bin sensors could help manage carry-on storage.

Airline News Weekly Roundup

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.

Meet American Airlines’ Turbulence Guru: Steve Abelman, the only meteorologist employed by American Airlines, is passionate about his craft.

United Is Switching Frequent Flyer Program to Demand Pricing: United will move to a dynamic-pricing model and remove its award chart on November 15. For flexible and thrifty travelers, this may help some score a bargain-basement award seat. Others who are used to predictable award tiers may find this news distressing.

Overhead Bins Stir Lots of Flyer Anxiety: Digital Tech Is Here to Help: Even many seasoned travelers have overhead-bin anxiety. Can Boeing and Airbus find a way to make it easier to match travelers with bin space?

Europe Faces Another Summer of Airline Delays and Cancellations: The European Union has been trying to come to grips with the continent’s fragmented airspace for more than a decade, and it doesn’t sound like a solution is any closer.

Alaska Airlines Leverages Virgin America Acquisition to Compete Aggressively on Loyalty: Alaska’s continued efforts to appeal to transcontinental airline passengers is creating lucrative bonuses for frequent flyers. Wants to Disrupt How Airlines Price Long-Haul Airfare: Travel hackers have long known about the risks and rewards of throwaway ticketing. But one enterprising entrepreneur is trying to bring the method to the masses. Airlines are not happy.


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Photo credit: A storm front builds out of the window of an airplane. Murray Foubister / Flickr

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