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Airlines Pulse: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 2-8, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | January 09, 2016

Airlines Pulse: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 2-8, 2016

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After studying a mountain of audits from aviation's governing bodies, government audits, crash records, operational history, incident records and operational excellence, has unveiled the latest list of the safest airlines in the world. Click to find out who took the top spot.

Showing a passport may not be a ritual reserved just for exotic ports of call anymore — it may be an essential document for domestic flights as well. The Real ID Act is now in effect, which means the rules for valid identification just became a lot more stringent. Click for details.

Changes are afoot for frequent flier programs at the start of the new year. Major carriers are doling out miles and points in a different way, making it more difficult for steady customers to accumulate them. But even with these restrictions, new ways to spend the points are popping up. Click to find out more.

Ben Baldanza, Spirit’s outspoken CEO, has stepped down after a decade on the job. He’s famous for his unapologetic raising of fees and bringing the carrier from loss-making to one of the most profitable airlines in the U.S. Click to find out the particulars of this decision.

A crucial safety tip when flying: keep your belt buckled when seated. While technology has advanced enough for pilots to detect many kinds of turbulence, enabling them to warn passengers, the dreaded “clear air turbulence” can still take a flight by surprise. Click for insights into how the airline industry is advancing in its turbulence detection capabilities.


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