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Airlines Pulse: News and Notes for Nov. 21, 2015

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | November 21, 2015

Airlines Pulse: News and Notes for Nov. 21, 2015

JetBlue just became the official airline of the New England Patriots, and star Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski happens to have an uncle who is a chief pilot at JetBlue. Watch the hilarity that ensues in this first of five commercials.

With busy holiday travel about to reach its peak, TSA administrator Admiral Peter Neffenger wrote a guest editorial for USA Today, reassuring travelers that the agency would protect them. Neffenger also countered recent reports of holes in TSA security, among other issues.

A word of warning to the estimated one million people who will unwrap a drone at gift giving time this year: use it responsibly. An individual who maneuvered his drone a little too close to an LAPD helicopter recently received three years probation, 30 days of community service and had his $6,000 worth of equipment confiscated.

If you’re an uber-celebrity arriving or departing from Los Angeles International Airport, it’s normal to wade through a sea of paparazzi, well-wishers and autograph-seekers — which can sometimes throw a wrench into airport operations. Following the lead of London’s Heathrow, LAX will be building a private terminal for celebrities to use. Access won’t be free; the price will range from $1,500 to $1,800 per flight.

Starting March 1, 2016, Delta will no longer accept pets as checked baggage — steering customers toward pet transport using Delta Cargo instead (with profuse safety reassurances). Members of the military transporting pets and service animals in the cabin are exempt.

The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies has brought the Open Skies debate into the court of public opinion. This umbrella organization — representing major U.S. airlines, unions and other groups who have been in a longtime battle with Gulf carriers over unfair government subsidies — has purchased full-page ads in such major U.S. newspapers as the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal that state its case and urge the Obama Administration to take action to keep commercial airline operations fair.


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