Articles in In Flight

Poll: How Effective is the TSA?

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The only thing certain in life, to borrow from Benjamin Franklin, is life, death, and – for travelers – TSA checkpoints.
Over the past couple of years, the TSA has been implementing numerous changes aimed at improving the airport screening process for passengers, such as expanding the PreCheck trusted traveler program to international flights and airlines, as well as to more airports within the United States.  However, even with these changes, …

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner Upper Class London-Washington, D.C. – Flight Review

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LONDON AND NEW YORK — A few days after my first flight on a Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner, it was time for my second. The first was on the airline’s second 787-9 Dreamliner, Dream Girl, which was used as the launch aircraft for the London-based carrier’s London-Washington, D.C. route. This flight was on Birthday Girl, the airline’s first Dreamliner and it was my third flight on the larger 787-9 variant of …

Photo Essay: Airbus A350, The New Kid on the Block

The A350-900 makes a sweeping turn during a demonstration flight over the Farnborough Airshow in 2014

While Airbus’ new A350 XWB has been out for the better part of a year, it remains an elusive sight in the wild.
The A350 is the first all-new Airbus model since the double-decker A380 jumbo jet made its debut back in 2005. It is longer and wider than the existing A330 and A340 models and, through design advancements, significant use of composite materials, and all-new Rolls Royce turbofans, is 25% …

Delta Air Lines First Class Miami-New York (JFK) – Review

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“When you get to the airport the most important thing is to get to the plane on time,” the agent at gate H11 at Miami International Airport said to me, as he lamented that there were several passengers with reservations who had not checked in and were about to lose their seats on what was an oversold flight to New York.
Wiser words couldn’t have been spoken.
There is a lot to …

American Airlines Strategy for 2015 and Beyond: The World’s Biggest Airline Prepares for Takeoff

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American Airlines just completed a quarter in which it reported the “highest quarterly earnings that any commercial airline ever reported in a quarter.” The earnings, $1.9 billion, were the highest the airline itself ever had in a quarter in its entire history, not a total surprise given that American is now the world’s largest airline.
On a conference call on Friday, airline executives provided details on their plans for the remainder …

American Express Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport – Review

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Following changes in its relationship with both American Airlines and, to a lesser extent, Delta Air Lines, American Express began to build its own airport lounges with the goal of accommodating its best customers.
Now open at select locations, the Centurion Lounges, provide complimentary admission to American Express Platinum and Centurion cardmembers, and rival some of the best first-class lounges in existence. (American Express cardmembers with other American Express cards may …

Photo Essay: Sunrise, Sunset at Takeoff and Landing

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There is something about flying off into the sunset that evokes feelings of adventure and change.  This may be a result of being imprinted by countless movie endings, where the hero rides off into a breathtaking sunset, or just an innate human characteristic.  Regardless, who amongst us isn’t moved by such a display of nature?
Whether you are or not, we can all agree that photos of planes flying into the …