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The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.

The FAA Is A Hypocrite For Demanding Delta Be Accommodated At Love Field

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Talk about being the last one to show up at the dance looking for an attractive date. The FAA woke up yesterday and decided it should get involved in the Dallas Love Field debate, demanding the city maintain the status quo while the FAA investigates. Can this situation really get any more bizarre? The amount of economic waste over one of the smaller commercial airports in the country continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

FAA To Issue Single Operating Certificate To American Airlines Next Month

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American Airlines looks set to receive a single operating certificate from the FAA in just a couple of weeks.  This comes after they announced yesterday that the loyalty programs will combine to one this coming Saturday, March 28th. This is good news for the carrier though it doesn’t mean they’ll begin operating as one airline.  They are running ahead of schedule according to their earlier public reports.  This Frequent Business Traveler article details the announcement and what’s due to come next: The airline will still have a lot of work […]

Boeing Reports Small Cracks in Wings Manufactured For 787s Not Yet In Service

Boeing has disclosed that the manufacturer of the 787 Dreamliner wings, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, reported very small cracks in some wings that have already been delivered and some that are still in production. As it stands now, this doesn’t seem to be an issue that exists on any Dreamliners already delivered.  Mitsubishi Heavy reported this to Boeing and Boeing discovered some issues on planes in production. They’re predicting up to 2 weeks to fix each affected jet.  The cause of the cracks isn’t a huge surprise to me.  Metal fasteners […]

Delta, American, United and JetBlue All Certified By FAA For Electronic Devices For Entire Flight

With announcements from United Airlines yesterday and American Airlines the day before, we now have a large amount of planes certified by the FAA to allow certain personal electronic devices in all facets of flight, including taxi, take-off and landing. I was discussing the FAA announcement with a friend just a few days ago while we were both sitting on a United Airlines flight.  I said I wasn’t surprised Delta was the first to certify their mainline fleet.  Delta may have a pitiful loyalty program but they do run a […]

FAA Makes It Official, To Allow Electronic Devices Below 10,000 Feet

The FAA made official today what many folks assumed was a foregone conclusion, that you’ll be allowed to use your Kindle or iPad for pretty much the entire flight, though not the cellular functions. It’s interesting that multiple writeups I’ve reviewed all say things like the FAA won’t allow passengers to use cellular phones to make phone calls but aren’t specific about whether you’ll be allowed to use cellular data on a device like an iPad while you’re taxiing.  I suspect the answer will be no but I can’t find […]

Pizza In The News: More Talk About Electronics On Airplanes

Right after I posted about rumors the FAA was moving closer to relaxing the regulations for electronics on planes, I was contacted by Scott Mayerowitz of the Associated Press.  I don’t think the two were related, but Scott asked me my opinion on the forecasted changes. I took a moment to think about it some more, especially since I wrote the first post in the middle of the night after a long day of work travel to the West coast.  Scott published a few of my thoughts in his article […]

Inching Closer To Relaxed Rules For Electronics In Flight

If you’ve been on a plane any time in the past 5 years, you know the drill.  All those electronics need to be off before the plane can push back from the gate, right?  But, the pilots are using iPads in the cockpit for navigation?  It’s always seemed to me like and odd battle to fight. It’s been rumored for some time that the FAA is going to relax the restrictions on the use of electronics during taxi, takeoff and landing.  Just rumors, but lots of them.  Now, the Wall […]