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"Airfares are going nowhere but up for the rest of the year, industry analysts are predicting in the wake of another successful fare increase by U.S. airlines to offset high fuel costs."

That's the gist of a story in today's Houston Chronicle. The Chronicle reports that, "Southwest Airlines hiked round-trip fares by $10 on 30 percent of its routes on Friday. The nation's four other major carriers - United, American, Delta and US Airways - matched the increase within hours."

The rest of the news is not surprising: nearly everyone expects more fare hikes before the end of the year. Read the entire story here.


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Here's an interesting tidbit from Information Week:

"TSA, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued a request for information for a "hologram imaging, computer-generated imagery and video projection" system. The system would be used "to assist passengers in navigating through security checkpoints as efficiently as possible," according to the RFI, which was posted on FedBizOpps.gov earlier this month."

Read the rest of the story here.


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Aug 16 2012 Listen to the Sound of FiFi BY adminTAGS History, Misc.


As many of you know the B-29 bomber nicknamed "FiFi" was in Springfield the past couple of days. It's a World War II vintage bomber and the last of its kind that still flies. We thought you might like to see some of our home video of the old warbird. While the plane certainly looks good, be sure to listen to the old beast. Hard to imagine that a machine of war can sound almost like an old farm tractor... And how about those squeaky brakes?




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Suppose you had 1500 frequent flyer miles. Which would you rather spend them on: air fare or a digital music download? With today's introduction of the MileagePlus Digital Media Store, United Airlines is betting that some of you will say music. Or a movie.

You can spend 1,375 miles and get Blown Away. That's the name of an album by Carrie Underwood. Or how about a movie called God Save My Shoes? You can rent it for 460 miles, or buy it for 2,545 miles.

The director of United MileagePlus, Krishnan Saranathan, says the media store, "Offers the perfect complement to our other non-air award options such as hotel stays, car rentals, merchandise and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This is one more example of our commitment to expanding the world’s most rewarding loyalty program for our members.”


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What is the flying public willing to pay for on an airline flight? An airport shuttle company asked that question of 360 people. Here are the top five things people would pay for:

  • 48 percent: Leg room
  • 33 percent: WiFi accessibility
  • 30 percent: Designed child-free area
  • 21 percent: In-flight meals
  • 13 percent: Aisle seats

See the rest of the survey here.


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