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Airlines Pulse: News and Notes for Nov. 14, 2015

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | November 14, 2015

Airlines Pulse: News and Notes for Nov. 14, 2015

With law enforcement accountability a hot-button issue, advocates see body cameras as a way to keep officers in line. But U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the nation’s largest police force, and an international airport fixture, has rejected these devices. We examine why, and explore the perspectives of both the pro- and anti-body camera camps.

In what has become an annual tradition, Expedia goes on a quest to find the year’s most annoying airline passenger — and the results of the survey are in. Will it be the obnoxious drunk? The guy who crushes your knees when reclining his seat? Click to discover who made fliers the most apoplectic in 2015...

Japan has just conducted the maiden flight of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the first commercial airliner constructed by the nation in more than 40 years. As indicated by the name, the 114-foot twin-engine plane is intended for regional flights, competing with Bombardier and Embraer, who are regional aircraft manufacturing stalwarts.

Prominent U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) feels that extra airline bag fees during the holidays are just too much, and has taken it upon himself to send a letter to the CEOs of all major U.S. carriers, requesting that they abandon plans to enact these seasonal surcharges. He has requested they respond no later than Nov. 20.

United Airlines has 73 percent of all available takeoff and landing slots at Newark Liberty, and wants to make a deal with Delta to acquire even more. But before the exchange could be made, the DOJ slammed United with an anti-trust lawsuit, and even used the “M” word

Lufthansa’s cabin crew strike has been lengthy, causing hundreds of thousands of passengers to be inconvenienced by delayed and canceled flights. It’s also been costly, draining the carrier of at least $10.8 million per day


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