Airlines

Emirates Will Let Travelers Keep Electronic Devices Until Boarding

Emirates Will Let Travelers Keep Electronic Devices Until Boarding

Deena Kamel Yousef and Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

This is a smart move to counteract the disruptive effects of the electronics ban. Expect other Gulf carriers to follow suit.

4 days ago

Decoding the True Meaning of the Middle East Laptop Ban

Decoding the True Meaning of the Middle East Laptop Ban

Colin Nagy, Skift

Many industry insiders are surprised the U.S. electronics ban includes flights from Dubai, Doha, and Abu Dhabi. Is there a valid security concern for adding those airports? Or could something more sinister be taking place?

4 days ago

SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon

SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon

Caroline Winter, Bloomberg

No pain, no gain. SpaceX's first paying passengers with a moon fly-by on their itinerary will have to put up with some minor physical side effects and also considerable stress in being pioneers in space tourism. If these sorts of jaunts ever go mainstream, travel agents will have to advise their clients about the best ways to cope with the rigors of these joy rides.

4 days ago

Travel Industry Reacts With Caution and Frustration to New Airline Electronics Ban

Travel Industry Reacts With Caution and Frustration to New Airline Electronics Ban

Brian Sumers and Hannah Sampson, Skift

A ban on large electronic devices may be necessary to keep travelers safe, but many in the travel community are not happy with how U.S. and UK authorities announced the new policy. Could we see some tweaks to the rules in the near future?

5 days ago

Emirates Uses New Electronics Ban to Tout Its In-Flight Entertainment

Emirates Uses New Electronics Ban to Tout Its In-Flight Entertainment

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Leave it to Emirates to poke fun at the increasingly confusing electronics ban while marketing its diverse in-fight entertainment offerings.

5 days ago

The UK Bans Large Electronic Devices on Some Flights From Middle East

The UK Bans Large Electronic Devices on Some Flights From Middle East

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's interesting that the UK left off three of the busiest airports in the Middle East — Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Why are they making a different calculation than U.S. authorities?

5 days ago

Private Jet Tours Are Catching On for Big Spenders

Private Jet Tours Are Catching On for Big Spenders

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

The audience of people who can spend $159,000 on a round-the-world jet tour is slim — and we have to wonder how much those travelers want to share the experience with dozens of strangers. But you don't need that many customers to fill an 84-bed plane.

5 days ago

U.S. Bans Large Electronic Devices on Inbound Flights From Middle East and Africa

U.S. Bans Large Electronic Devices on Inbound Flights From Middle East and Africa

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

This electronics ban will make life inconvenient for travelers on long-haul flights to the U.S. It's hard not to wonder, however, about the refusal of the U.S. government to detail any specific threat that has been made.

5 days ago

U.S. Airlines Push Back Against Proposed TSA Fee Hike

U.S. Airlines Push Back Against Proposed TSA Fee Hike

Brian Sumers, Skift

Airlines for America makes a good point. Before Congress raises the security fee on airline tickets, shouldn't it let TSA use all of the money airlines collect from the fee?

6 days ago

Middle East, African Airlines Restrict Electronic Devices on U.S.-Bound Flights

Middle East, African Airlines Restrict Electronic Devices on U.S.-Bound Flights

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

In the past, authorities have been able to both move fast and be competent, but the complete lack of information provided this time around to travelers so far by airlines and authorities only creates confusion for international travelers.

6 days ago

Why Armrest Innovation Is the New Passenger Experience Battleground

Why Armrest Innovation Is the New Passenger Experience Battleground

Stephanie Taylor, Skift

With the seat pitch in economy class getting smaller, designers are being forced to innovate using minimal surface area – perhaps that’s why the humble armrest is receiving so much attention.

7 days ago

Alitalia Details New Cost-Cutting Plan to Compete Against Budget Carriers

Alitalia Details New Cost-Cutting Plan to Compete Against Budget Carriers

Colleen Barry, Associated Press

It will be a long road back to profitability for Alitalia, which has suffered since low-cost carriers increased air travel competition in Europe.

7 days ago