flight-poster-USIf the film “Jaws” made you fearful about swimming – and you currently have your hesitations about flying – then you may want to do yourself a favor and avoid seeing the new feature film “Flight” – which opens this weekend.   The film’s opening scene depicts a catastrophic aircraft malfunction, forcing seasoned pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) to make a crash landing.  (Check out the movie trailer here if you’re interested in getting a preview.)  The Huffington Post reports: “The plane crash sequence is suitably intense and realistic, and its almost low-key presentation makes it all the scarier.”

The executives behind the film can pretty much write-off any potential revenue to be had from in-flight movie sales.  It’s a foregone conclusion that it will never be shown on an airplane.  The release of the film has even spurred CNN to spotlight 11 movies you don’t want to watch on a plane.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • JetBlue announced that it will match up to $50,000 in customer donations to the Red Cross in order to assist Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  The airline is also awarding its members with 6 TrueBlue points for every $1 members donate, now through November 30th.
  • If you need to make a rental car reservation within the next 10 days, definitely consider Hertz.  The rental car company is pledging $1-per-rental-car reservation on November 11 and November 12 (up to $50,000) to support the Disabled American Veterans group.
  • Effective for travel on or after January 15, 2013, Delta Air Lines will no longer check bags to a final destination when multiple tickets are presented at check in.  According to Delta, “if a second ticket is presented for travel on another airline beyond the destination of the first ticket, the passenger will be advised that Delta will only check the bag to the destination on the first ticket(s).  The passenger must collect the baggage at baggage claim for their first ticketed destination, and then re-check their baggage with the down-line carrier for the next flight.” Earlier this year Hawaiian Airlines and US Airways adopted similar policies.