May 31, 1992
I enjoyed Jack Adler's article ("Prepaying for Airline Seats Can Help Save Time," May 17) and agree with his comments. However, I would add that a prepaid ticket means curbside check-in at many airports. It beats lugging baggage inside the terminal. LOU ELLEN TOMLINSON Los Angeles
June 19, 2006
Re "Are Long Security Lines at LAX Over?" June 15 The long lines at Los Angeles International Airport could be diminished substantially if security officials were able to pull off a big one: stop requiring passengers to drag their bags from check-in to so-called explosive detection machines. These monster machines malfunction often, and the screening process is very slow. As a frequent traveler, I have checked my bags at many other airports the old-fashioned way: Leave them with the check-in agent and that's that, no further line.
September 10, 1989
This is in response to Peter Greenberg's article on frequent flier rewards. Check the classified ads daily and you will find rewards for sale even though the rules state they cannot be sold, transferred or bartered. The government should investigate this. It should also tax rewards just like a domestic ticket, at 8%. And tickets should be examined at check-in just like a passport and the passenger denied boarding if he isn't the person listed on the ticket. Maybe it will take a little longer to check in, but the next time Greenberg wants to use his 90,000 for a European vacation, the seats will be available.
June 7, 2008 |
AMR Corp.'s American Airlines says it's putting more workers at airports to ease delays when it starts charging passengers for their first checked bag this month. The $15 fee, the first at a major U.S. airline, takes effect June 15. Other steps to ease congestion include erecting a checkpoint to screen travelers for oversize bags and dropping a $2 fee for curbside luggage check-in.
March 19, 2006
THANKS to Jane Engle for trying to bring some sanity to the cost of rooms ["Neither Motel 6 nor the Ritz, These Hotels Meet You Halfway," Travel Insider, March 12] . We do not have unlimited funds and would rather eat well and sightsee than squander money on a fancy hotel room. We use affinity cards and join the various chains to accrue points and get better treatment at check-in and perhaps even on room prices. BILL GAVITT Riverside
March 1, 1998
How does a regular 10-hour flight to Germany from LAX turn into an 18-hour drag? Simple--the Boeing 747 is five hours late arriving from Frankfurt, and we arrive three hours early as recommended for check-in. As the clerk hands us our boarding passes she adds in passing: Oh, by the way, you know we're running a few hours late! How should we know? Nothing is posted at the entrance, and once you arrive at the airport you're stuck anyway. Lesson: Call before you leave home and hope you get correct information about delays.