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Airlines Pulse: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 9-15

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | January 16, 2016

Airlines Pulse: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 9-15

Airlines are expected to report record profits for 2015 very soon. After struggles and modest gains in the past few years, recent plummeting fuel prices and high ticket demand have carriers racking up impressive numbers. Click to find out more about last year’s financial successes.

The validity of certain flier ID types has been major news lately, and rumblings that a passport may even be required for domestic flights have been heard. But there’s nothing to worry about at the moment. Implementation of the Real ID Act, which essentially aims to issue national ID cards for American citizens, has been postponed. Click to find out why.

Airbus is infamous for filing some fairly far-fetched airline-related patents (bunk bed-style economy class anyone?). But the company’s latest tech innovations address two very real issues: jet lag and drones. Special LED lighting installed on planes is helping with the former, and to protect flights, a jamming device that can knock a drone out of the sky is being developed. Click for details.

Ryanair is the king of maligned budget airlines — proudly no frills with a potty-mouthed CEO and always seeking ways to squeeze more passengers onto flights. Yet it’s the biggest airline in the world, and became the first carrier in history to fly 100 million passengers in a single year at the end of 2015. Click to find out why Ryanair is so successful.

The TSA’s Precheck program, established in 2013, was intended to be a loophole for frequent fliers — just have your credentials as a safe traveler approved in advanced, and get whisked by that lengthy security line. But there are some problems, a major one being the program’s massive popularity, which is leading to lines at Precheck equaling those in the regular security line. Click to read more about Precheck’s growing pains.


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