November 3, 2013 |
Let's admit it: Almost no one listens to the safety instructions that flight attendants give at the start of each flight. Even the airlines know it. That is why so many have tried to enliven their safety messages. Over the last week, Virgin America and Delta Airlines have unveiled new safety videos that are shown to passengers to get the message across in an attention-grabbing way. Delta's new video has a holiday spin, featuring Christmas elves, Santa Claus, snowmen, and Alex Trebek from the television game show "Jeopardy.
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November 2, 2013 |
What one Los Angeles International Airport official called a “logistical nightmare” played out Saturday afternoon inside Terminal 3 as passengers who had fled in the midst of Friday's shooting rampage returned to search for their belongings -- resulting in long lines and hot tempers. Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, announced at a press conference Saturday afternoon that LAX was "returning to normal" and Terminal 3 is fully operational. But she also acknowledged that operations were "very, very busy.” "We greatly appreciate the public's patience because of this," she said. In the wake of the shooting that killed a Transportation Security Administration officer and left several others injured, people who had lost their bags and personal effects in the chaos were essentially sent on a scavenger hunt for their belongings.
November 1, 2013 |
As thousands of travelers dealt with delayed and canceled flights in the wake of Friday morning's LAX shootings, several airlines loosened their rules for rebooking. But their offers varied. Here's a round-up of what Alaska, American, Delta, United, US Airways and Virgin America -- some of the largest among the many carriers using LAX -- are doing. Bear in mind that change fees have been climbing in recent years. Since May, American, Delta, United and US Airways have all been charging a $200 ticket-change fee on non-refundable fares for domestic flights.
October 6, 2013 |
It might have seemed that some airlines had gone completely nuts over the last couple of weeks. Southwest Airlines recently ran television ads that touted $69 fares, followed by promotions from Virgin America for fares starting at $59. Not to be outdone, Alaska Airlines peddled $49 fares - a deep discount compared with the average one-way domestic fare of about $190. These too-good-to-be-true deals usually come with a slew of restrictions, making them almost useless for most travelers.
September 16, 2013 |
Here's good news for in-flight Wi-Fi users: Wi-Fi provider Gogo will have a new connectivity that should make airplane wireless less like being stuck in stop-and-go traffic on the 405 and more like what we're accustomed to on the ground. Gogo , the major provider of in-flight Wi-Fi for U.S. carriers, says its next generation of Wi-Fi blends its current system, which connects with cellular towers on the ground, with satellite technology. Data connection rates are expected to increase as much as twentyfold, said Steve Nolan, a Gogo spokesman.
August 4, 2013
Here's a deal for an LAX-Boston ticket, but you must act by Thursday. American, JetBlue and Virgin America are offering a $298 round trip, including all taxes and fees. It is subject to availability, and you must purchase at least 21 days in advance. You may travel any day of the week through Dec. 18. Info: American , (800) 433-7300; JetBlue , (800) 538-2583; Virgin America , (877) 359-8474 Source: Airfarewatchdog Follow us on Twitter @latimestravel , like us on Facebook @Los Angeles Times Travel.