Phones AllowedSince the FAA ruled that radio signals from personal electronic devices didn’t pose a threat to aircraft safety during takeoff and landing, the majority of airlines have quickly changed their policies.  Delta, JetBlue, American, United, Alaska, US Airways, Southwest Airlines, and Virgin America have all loosened their restrictions on the use of personal electronics during flight.  However, Southwest Airlines is the first U.S. airline (and likely the only one for some time) to provide the option of gate-to-gate Wi-Fi Internet service.  That’s because it uses a satellite technology that differs from the air-to-ground technology used by Gogo, which powers the inflight Wi-Fi for most other airlines.

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • The TSA said that JetBlue Airways would join its roster of airlines participating in its Pre-Check airport security program.  JetBlue is the ninth airline to be included, joining Southwest, which announced its participation last week, Alaska, American (which now also includes US Airways), Delta, Hawaiian, United and Virgin America.  Pre-Check’s expedited security screening process allows travelers to leave their shoes, light outerwear and belts on, leave liquids and gels in carry-on bags and keep laptops in their cases as they move through security scanners.
The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that JetBlue Airways would join its roster of airlines participating in its PreCheck airport security program. JetBlue is the ninth airline to be included, joining Southwest, which announced its participation last week, Alaska, American (which now also includes US Airways), Delta, Hawaiian, United and Virgin America.
PreCheck’s expedited security screening process allows travelers to leave their shoes, light outerwear and belts on, leave 3-1-1-compliant liquids and gels in carry-on bags and keep laptops in their cases as they move through security scanners.
  • According to Fast Company, the biggest improvements to the quality of airline food will have nothing to do with celebrity chefs or newly discovered tastes. It is technology that will improve the experience of in-flight dining. New planes like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner feature improved cabin pressurization systems that not only make passengers feel healthier, but improve cabin humidity up to 15%. This improvement in humidity makes it all the more likely that your sinuses will stay open in-flight. So, on newer planes like the 787, food will just taste better.
  • The Daily Beast recently named the 20 worst airports for Thanksgiving travel.  Here’s their “top” 5:    San Francisco (SFO), Chicago Midway (MDW), Newark (EWR), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Houston (HOU).   If you’re not flying through these airports next week – be thankful.