Aviation News

November 25, 2011

Final Call: Airlines Blame Security Screening for Drop in Ticket Sales, Air France A340 Grounded Due to Missing Screws

Tinkerbell actually twinkles as the Alaska Airlines Magic of Disneyland 737-400 taxis at LAX
Tinkerbell actually twinkles as the Alaska Airlines "Magic of Disneyland" 737-400 taxis at LAX. (Photo by Zee71)
Tinkerbell actually twinkles as the Alaska Airlines Magic of Disneyland 737-400 taxis at LAX

Photo of the Day: Tinkerbell actually twinkles as the Alaska Airlines "Magic of Disneyland" 737-400 taxis at LAX. (Photo by Zee71)

• Travelers are no longer alone in their objections to airport security measures: Airlines are now blaming the TSA for their woes. (Editor’s note: In the pre-9/11 security era, this is exactly what U.S. airlines feared would happen if security was beefed up, and one of the reasons it remained lax.) [NY Times]

• Not surprising news: There are a lot more Air France Airbus A340 was grounded in Boston after crews realized about 30 screws were missing from a large wing panel. And the plane had been flying around the world for five days. For what it’s worth, the news was leaked by an Air France mechanics union, who is understandably upset that the A340s are now being serviced in China. [Daily Mail]

• The hubbub about the FAA charging for charts is much ado about nothing, says the FAA. [Aviation International News]

• Almost a month has passed and Virgin America’s website is still not working right. [WSJ]

• Will the Blue Angels be grounded by Pentagon budget slashing? [Associated Press via Salon]

• American Airlines’ antitrust lawsuit against Orbitz has been dismissed. [Associated Press]

• A US Airways passenger was allegedly forced to stand for a seven hour flight from Anchorage to Phoenix. [Elliott.org]

• Strategically located and with lots of room to spare, Pittsburgh International Airport is attempting to make itself a destination for weather diversions from the Northeast Corridor.