An FAA Web site tracking airport status showed delays at about three dozen major airports across the country, largely centered in the northeastern U.S. The site advised passengers to "check your departure airport to see if your flight may be affected."
The majority of rules relating to aviation security will be made available to the public, the European Commission has decided today. The publication of the EU list of prohibited articles will make it easier for passengers to know what they can – and cannot – take on board an aircraft, while it increases transparency of EU rules in this domain. This decision will not change the existing legislation relating to aviation security.
As reported by The Dallas Morning News, American Airlines is suing the parent of meta-search Websites Kayak.com and Sidestep .com, for violating an agreement on the use of the airline's airfare content by displaying the airline's fares available through third parties.
The Times reports that due to a confidential study, British Airways loses more bags and operates more delayed planes than any other big airline in Europe. Allegedly nine passengers on every British Airways jumbo lose their bags. Last year BA lost 26.5 bags per 1,000 passengers, compared with 23 in 2006. In the first six months of 2008, 25.8 bags were mislaid per 1,000 travellers.
The lawsuit, filed by United Airlines in Chicago last Wednesday, seeks a preliminary injunction against the Air Line Pilots Association and four pilots claiming they had organized an effort to encourage pilots to call in sick. The airline accuses the union of conducting a "public campaign of intimidation" meant to discourage pilots from filling in for the pilots who used their sick time, "effectively engaging in a slowdown." United Airline claims such slowdowns had led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights.