I’ve written about the Boeing 787 problems a number of times. There have been a bunch of rumors that a solution is imminent. One of the things that’s been rumored is that the 787 ETOPS certificate would be clipped in whole or in part. ETOPS is short for “Extended Twin Engine Operations”, planes apply for and receive certification to fly long distances from an airport (ETOPS is also humorously referred to as Engine Turns or Passengers Swim). The 787 achieved the ability to fly 5 hours from the nearest airport.
While that’s necessary for some routes, Wandering Aramean has gone through a whole ton of routes the 787 is scheduled to fly and found that ETOPS doesn’t really have a huge impact. This type of data might not appeal to everyone, but I thought it was really interesting that most routes wouldn’t be affected. A big thanks to Wandering Aramean for putting together all the data.
The TSA is allowing you to bring more things on planes. Whereas a bat or pool cue had to be in your checked luggage, certain sizes will now be allowed onboard. They’re also allowing very small knives, which is a bit of surprise to me based on how strongly against knives the TSA has been for so long. There are rumors that the liquid ban will be relaxed at some point in the near future (possibly 2013). That’s the one I’m really waiting for.
Travel blogger Travel Playbook is giving away 10,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points on his blog. It’s easy to enter, so if you’re in the market for some free Hyatt GP points….