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August 29, 2013 |
A 23-year-old former Marine faces multiple felony charges after he allegedly tried to take a non-lethal grenade and artillery fuses onto a plane at John Wayne Airport, authorities said Thursday. Gregory Salyer -- a recently discharged Marine who is from Kentucky -- has been charged with one felony count of placing a destructive device in a checked baggage, two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, one felony count of receiving stolen property and one misdemeanor count of carrying a switch-blade knife on his person, the Orange County district attorney's office said.
August 4, 2013 |
Travelers be warned: Misconduct cases among airport screeners jumped 26% in a recent three-year period. But the chance of an airport screener pilfering a laptop computer from your bag is still slimmer than winning the lottery, according to the union representing Transportation Security Administration workers. The debate over the integrity of TSA screeners heated up last week with the release of an audit by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which found 9,622 cases of misconduct among TSA workers from fiscal 2010 through 2012, with a 26% increase in incidents over that time.
July 10, 2013 |
Spanish carrier Iberia launched a new service that allows travelers to download and print out baggage tags long before they go to the airport. Iberia calls the service MyBagTag and promises it will make the check-in process faster and easier, according to a statement Monday. (The video above shows how it works.) Travelers specify the number of bags when they check in online and then print out baggage tags with barcodes containing flight details. The printout is folded into quarters with the barcode facing up and placed inside reusable plastic sleeves that are then affixed to luggage.
July 10, 2013 |
Get ready to spend a little more on baggage fees when you fly Alaska Airlines. The Seattle carrier will increase the cost of checking your first two bags to $25 each from $20 each, for tickets bought on or after Oct. 30. The fee for your third bag rises to $75 from $20, with the fourth bag rising to $75 from $50. Quiz: What can't you take onboard a jetliner? The increases bring Alaska in line with the fees charged by some of its bigger airline competitors. Bag fees generate huge revenue for airlines, with the nation's 16 largest carriers collecting $3.5 billion in bag fees in 2012, up from $464 million for 22 airlines in 2007, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics . But Alaska will continue to offer its guarantee that if your bag does not arrive at the baggage claim area within 20 minutes of your flight parking at the gate, the airline will give you a $20 discount toward your next flight or 2,000 miles toward the airline's loyalty reward program.
May 29, 2013 |
Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is known for surprise twists in his movies such as "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable" and "The Village" - show-stopping reveals that make you fundamentally rethink what you've been watching all along. Sony Pictures, the studio releasing the sci-fi thriller "After Earth," which arrives in more than 3,000 theaters Friday, may surprise moviegoers with a couple of twists of its own. Chief among them: that Shyamalan co-wrote and directed "After Earth. " After all, Shyamalan receives not so much as a mention in the movie's trailers, television commercials or billboards, which feature Will Smith and his son Jaden.
May 16, 2013 |
Grouse all you want about airline baggage fees, but the numbers don't lie: You are slowly learning to accept them as a painful but necessary part of the flying experience. In fact, the overall satisfaction with air travel has increased to the highest level since 2006, according to the J.D. Power & Associates airline satisfaction study for 2013. On a 1,000-point scale, satisfaction with airlines reached 695 points, up 14 points from 2012, according to the survey of more than 11,800 airline passengers.