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Fliers dread cell phones in airline cabins. Many travelers believe airlines should not allow cell phones in airline cabins, The Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney writes. McCartney supports Wi-Fi service on airplanes and adds that travelers should make carriers aware of their preferences. Mar 17, 2006

Rules for advertising fares should not change. Some airlines want the ability to advertise fares that exclude add-on charges, the USA Today editorial board writes. The board said current advertising rules should stay in place because they help consumers get lower fares. Mar 15, 2006

Suppliers say in-flight cell phones are safe. Two companies that supply communications service to airline passengers said their services are safe. A recent study cited potential dangers of cell phone use inside an in-flight commercial jetliner. Connexion by Boeing and OnAir noted the study was conducted three years ago. The companies said they have improved their systems since then. Mar 15, 2006

Airlines reveal user-fee plan. On Wednesday the Air Transport Association revealed a user-fee plan to raise funds for the U.S. aviation system, and launched a campaign and Web site, called "Smart Skies." The ATA claims commercial passenger and cargo carriers are paying more than 90% of the system's costs while using about 70% of the system's services. The plan comes as Congress prepares to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration by Sept. 2007. Mar 14, 2006

OneWorld alliance

OneWorld, the airline alliance headed by British Airways in the UK, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BAA Heathrow to consolidate all its non-BA operations into an upgraded T3 during 2009. BAA Heathrow describes the MoU as a key part of its strategy to locate togather airline alliances. British Airways will be the only airline housed at the new T5. The size and shape of its Heathrow schedule in 2008 will mean a small number of its services will be located at Terminal 3. These will include its departures to Australia and Spain, to maximize the cohesion of its joint services with Oneworld partners Qantas and Iberia. The UK carrier's operations at Heathrow are currently split between three terminals - 1, 3 and 4. Of the alliance's other carriers, four are already based at Terminal 3 - American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and candidate members Japan Airlines and Royal Jordanian. The MoU will mean Aer Lingus and Finnair moving to join them from Terminal 1, Iberia and Malev from Terminal 2, and Qantas from Terminal 4. Our photo shows American Airlines' senior vice-president planning Henry Joyner, British Airways' chief executive Willie Walsh, Oneworld managing partner John McCulloch, Finnair chief executive Jukka Heinonen, Iberia chief executive Fernando Conte, LAN chief executive Enrique Cueto, Aer Lingus head of commercial strategy Maurice Coleman, Cathay Pacific chief executive Philip Chen and Qantas chief executive Geoff Dixon. http://www.oneworld.com

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