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Airlines Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 19, 2015

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | December 19, 2015

Airlines Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 19, 2015

PHOTO: Havana as seen from above. (Photo by David Cogswell)

Got some airline miles burning a hole in your pocket? Newark Liberty International Airport has just opened The Miles Shop, which allows the purchase of typical airport swag using your frequent flier miles. The Newark airport storefront is a holiday travel test to see if the concept takes off. Click for details.

The Wild West days for drone operators is over. Starting December 21, all owners must register with the Federal Aviation Administration. To put the registration law on the books, the FAA modified the Privacy Act of 1974 to include “small unmanned aircraft used for hobby and recreational purpose (i.e., model aircraft) and unmanned aircraft and small unmanned aircraft used for commercial purposes.”

It’s official, commercial flights will resume between the U.S. and Cuba for the first time in 50 years — per a newly minted agreement between the Caribbean nation and the U.S. State Department. There are still policies in place that prevent unrestricted tourist flights, but this agreement goes a little bit further in that direction. Click for details.

The 112th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first powered airplane flight was recently celebrated, and, wow, have we come a long way since that fateful day in 1903. Here are six things you may not have known about the legendary duo.

Baggage fees get all the press, but these extra costs obscure others that may pop up for fliers. Be prepared to pay during the booking process, and during the flight as well, when that comfy pillow and blanket seems like a really good idea. Click to find out more.


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