This week, in Phoenix, was the annual PhoCusWright Conference where folks from all corners of the travel industry gather to share ideas, forge partnerships, and announce some news. Well, we had some news of our own to announce. Here it is, as reported by Tnooz (the travel industry’s top trade news outlet):
Here’s some more news you can use:
- Airport security body scanners used by the TSA continue to gain negative publicity. John Tyner, a California software engineer, became an instant web celebrity this week when he declined both a body scan and the alternative – a groin check – and then used his iPhone’s video camera to capture the event. Tyner told TSA agents: “If you touch my junk, I’m going to have you arrested.” He evaded the junk-touching, but wasn’t allowed to fly.
- John Tyner apparently isn’t alone in his detest of airport security body scanners. Others are organizing a “National Opt-Out Day” slated for November 24th — the day before Thanksgiving and probably busiest day of air travel this year. It’s a protest against the full-body scanners at airports. For all you planning to participate, you should know your rights.
- AirTran today launched a “Giving Thanks to Our Customers” airfare sale good for tickets purchased today through Monday. Fares are priced based on “peak,” “off-peak” and “super off-peak” travel dates. The lowest fares are for travel on Nov. 19, 21, 22, 26 and Nov. 30, with some discounts offered for flights on Thanksgiving Day. Also, there are no advance purchase requirements for this sale.