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04-11-2006
American airlines promise to clean up act
By Richard Luscombe
British travellers fed up with boarding dirty and smelly aircraft to the United States have welcomed promises by American airlines to clean their fleets more often.
In a recent survey by JD Power and Associates, a research group, passengers complained of dropped bits of food not being cleaned up between flights, grimy and stained seats and unhygienic lavatories.

26-10-2006
Ryanair – the world’s least favourite airline
Low-cost carrier late and unfriendly says survey
Heathrow named worst airport, Singapore the best.
Dan Milmo – Transport Correspondent.

Ryanair has been voted the world’s least favourite airline as its ultra-frugal approach to flying wins millions of customers but very few fans.


23-10-2006
Travellers fly in the face of global warming
Air travel has reached record levels despite warnings of damage to the environment. Jeremy Skidmore reports.
Saving the planet comes a poor second behind the allure of cheap flights in the pecking order of travellers\' priorities, according to research.
Warnings about damage to the environment are having little impact as air travel reaches its highest level since the September 11 terrorist attacks five years ago.
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23-10-2006
Sneezin on a jet plane
Epidemiologists have published proof that flying facilitates the spread of disease, and say that banning air travel might be the best way to stop a flu pandemic. Harvard researchers noted that a slump in international air travel following the September 11 attacks in 2001 served to slow down and lessen the effects of that year’s US flu season.

Extracted from The Sunday Times – October 22, 2006

18-10-2006
Scanners for liquid bombs in works
X-ray devices show carry-ons in 3-D
By Thomas Frank
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration, in a potential strategy shift, may screen carry-on bags with new three-dimensional X-ray machines that are better at spotting liquid explosives, guns and other weapons.
The 3-D machines have “an extraordinary ability to find” liquids, TSA chief Kip Hawley told USA TODAY. “They\'re a step beyond where we are today.”

01-10-2006
Air Travel Surcharges: Where Will It End?
The Hot Topic
By Gemma Bowes

First, low-cost airlines started charging extra for inflight food and drink. Then came fees to carry wheelchairs and golf clubs on board and to check your luggage into the hold. Now, one low-cost carrier will take things a step further by charging passengers to check in at the airport.
Flybe has announced that within two years it expects to start charging a fee of £1.50 to use airport check-in desks. The move is designed to encourage travellers to check-in online or via self-service machines in the airport.



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