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JetBlue offers complimentary travel for police officers attending NYPD funerals JetBlue Airways is offering free flights to police officers across the U.S. who wish to attend the funerals of two NYPD officers killed by a suicidal gunman. "We're honored to do what we can to support the communities we serve, and our team has made flights available to law enforcement agencies," said Sharon Jones, a spokeswoman for JetBlue. Fri, Dec 26, 2014

New law eases airport screening for Honor Flight veterans Veterans flying with the Honor Flight program to see Washington, D.C., memorials dedicated to their service can now do so with expedited screening measures designed to ensure an enjoyable travel experience, thanks to the passage of the Honor Flight Act. The new law gives Transportation Security Administration officers the authority to adjust security screening measures for groups of veterans traveling with nonprofit groups. Fri, Dec 26, 2014

JetBlue's Fly-Fi key to customer satisfaction In-flight Internet service Exceed In The Air is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Since launching last year on JetBlue, more than 2.5 million devices connected to the service and data use has doubled. "[W]e decided to do something revolutionary -- provide our passengers with a fantastic high speed onboard Wi-Fi offering at no charge," said Jamie Perry, director, product development at JetBlue. "We believe that Fly-Fi, powered by Exede Internet, is an important component of our passengers' positive experience and loyalty to us." Fri, Dec 26, 2014

Column looks at tips for traveling with kids Parents traveling with a 1-year-old baby this holiday season helped to ease the stress of their fellow passengers with goody bags. The bags included ear plugs, candy and a note on pink paper that explained, "I'll try to be on my best behavior, but I'd like to apologize in advance if I lose my cool, get scared or my ears hurt." Fri, Dec 26, 2014

Airlines proactively accommodate passengers affected by severe weather

Airlines for America Senior Vice President Jean Medina said that when severe weather affects airline operations, carriers work to re-accommodate their customers as quickly as possible. Medina also noted that airlines proactively plan for severe weather before it hits. "Airlines proactively cancel to ensure they have planes and crews in best position to recover quickly from any storm-related disruptions," Medina said. Wed, Dec 24, 2014

75% of restaurants in America's busiest airports provide a healthy option Healthy dishes are available to travelers at 75% of restaurants in the 23 busiest U.S. airports, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Baltimore/Washington International Airport tops the committee's annual ranking of airport dining options, with Seattle-Tacoma International and Los Angeles International coming in second and third respectively. Following are the top 10 airports for healthiest eats: 1. Baltimore/Washington International Airport (92 percent) 2. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (90 percent) 3. Los Angeles International Airport (88 percent) 4. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (87 percent) 5. Newark Liberty International Airport (86 percent) 6. (tie) LaGuardia Airport (84 percent) 6. (tie) Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (84 percent) 8. Denver International Airport (83 percent) 9. San Francisco International Airport (82 percent) 10. Washington Dulles International Airport (80 percent) Wed, Dec 24, 2014

United Airlines enhances the travel experience in 2014 United Airlines overcame a series of severe first quarter winter storms to finish strong in 2014. CEO Jeff Smisek weathered the storm by focusing on cutting costs and improving customer services that make the travel experience more pleasing for passengers. Smisek pledged to trim $2 billion annually in operating costs by 2017. So far, passengers are not feeling the improvements claimed by United. Tue, Dec 23, 2014

Rainy weather won't stop NYC flights Rainy weather in the New York City region could affect air travel on Christmas Eve, but airlines are working to minimize the effect of the storms. Victoria Day, a spokeswoman for Airlines for America, said the public and private sectors were coordinating efforts to ensure as safe and convenient a holiday travel season as possible. Tue, Dec 23, 2014

United Airlines deploys comfort dogs to calm travelers United Airlines is getting into the holiday spirit by providing comfort dogs at Chicago O'Hare and George Bush airport in Houston. The therapy dogs are visiting passengers through Wednesday at United terminals in both airports. Tue, Dec 23, 2014

Chicago airports expect 4.2 million passengers this holiday season

Officials at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports expect a combined 4.2 million passengers to pass through their facilities during the 18 days surrounding the holiday season. The airports are making an effort to relieve holiday stress. "We have live entertainment at both airports between 1 and 4 p.m. that's past security, so we've got carolers and choirs, all kinds of live entertainment, musical entertainment," said Karen Pride, spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Aviation. Tue, Dec 23, 2014

American looking at overhaul of business-class seats on 757s American Airlines is evaluating two types of business-class seats for its long-range Boeing 757s, one similar to what American has installed on its Airbus A321 transcontinental aircraft and the other akin to what JetBlue Airways has put on its Mint subfleet. Mon, Dec 22, 2014

JetBlue adds flights to connect Washington, D.C., Florida JetBlue is offering twice daily flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to the Florida destinations of Fort Myers, Jacksonville, and West Palm Beach until Jan. 4. Flights will go back to once daily after Jan. 4. Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Airlines investing in upgrades as fuel prices drop As fuel prices drop, airlines continue to invest in new aircraft and other upgrades. "While fuel prices have abated from historic highs, focusing on fuel alone ignores the many fixed costs that determine the price of a plane ticket, like aircraft, rent, landing fees, and labor," said Nicholas Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America. Meanwhile, Scott Kirby, president of American Airlines, said "Air travel remains a great bargain, and we will continue to keep it a great bargain for customers." Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Second-generation AA pilot joins father in cockpit A father and son team piloted an American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Phoenix recently, connecting Capt. Randy Wood and First Officer Jamie Wood, who was hired in August. "American was thrilled to arrange having Jamie start his career with us on a flight with his father," AA spokeswoman Martha Thomas said. Mon, Dec 22, 2014 1544-3760

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