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07-08-2007
Sardine Class
Squeezed in tight, the economy class seats that can be turned into triple-decker bunks

By Ray Massey
Transport Editor

With triple-decker bunk-beds stacked from floor to ceiling, it looks a cross between a school dormitory and the sleeping quarters on a troop ship.
But thrifty fliers take note. German airline Lufthansa is considering introducing just such an economy sleeper cabin on its long-haul flights.
It would, for the first time, offer economy-class passengers a bed rather than a seat for a more comfortable ride.

06-08-2007
Air-rage passengers face ban in plans for tighter border control
By Richard Ford - Home Correspondent
irlines want to share information on “air rage” incidents to draw up a blacklist of passengers who would not be allowed to fly again.
The industry is suggesting an expansion of the Government’s £1.2 billion ten-year electronic borders programme, which aims to improve border security, by sharing passenger information with law-enforcement agencies.
The emergence of a wider range of passengers who could be barred from flying — other than suspected terrorists and previous immigration offenders — is disclosed in a Home Office paper on the electronic borders scheme.

05-08-2007
Hell that is Heathrow
Nobody likes Heathrow. The former Great Western Aerodrome has been London’s main airport since the air ministry handed it over at the end of the war. It has since grown to be the busiest international airport in the world and the second busiest cargo port. What Heathrow does not boast about is that it is a monument to bad planning, ineptitude and greed. Far from being a jewel in Britain’s commercial crown, its failings threaten to drive valuable business overseas. Anyone whose misfortune it is to travel through Heathrow - more than 67m do each year (50% more than the airport’s capacity) - travels back in time.
04-08-2007
Heathrow Could Be the Death of You
STRUGGLING through Heathrow is more stressful than being mugged at knifepoint and could even prove fatal, research suggests.
Delays, unfriendly staff and inadequate facilities c a n c a u s e heart rates to soar to four times healthy levels, a study found.
In a test, four passengers taking a return flight to Amsterdam were fitted with heart monitors.
As soon as they entered Heathrow, their heart rates went from 55 beats a minute to 70 beats a minute.
In the four hours it took to get on board, their heart rates continued to rise, with some recording more than 200 beats per minute.
This condition, known as tachycardia, can prove fatal.
The experiment was carried out by neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis for the airline Silverjet.

02-08-2007
BA faces passenger backlash for price fixing
By David Millward
Transport Correspondent
British Airways is facing the threat of a wave of passenger compensation claims after being fined nearly £270million for price fixing by regulators on both sides of the Atlantic.


The Office of Fair Trading fine of £121.5million was the biggest in the organisation\'s history.

It was imposed for BA\'s "collusion" with Virgin Atlantic over fuel surcharges.

28-07-2007
Deborah Orr - Ah, the glamour of modern air travel
For a variety of mainly unwelcome reasons too complicated to go into, I have lately found myself taking flights as regularly as most people take clean underwear out of their drawers. Suddenly, my dim awareness that there was something a little weird about the whole flying business has crystallised into weary insight.
The main problem with flying today is that while for the user flight has become another annoying and mucky form of public transport, the airlines, airport authorities, customs and immigration and the Government are still in love with the outdated idea that it is all terribly exciting, glamorous and serious. There\'s a terrible mismatch between what they think they are bestowing on you and what you think you are buying out of sheer, mundane necessity.



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