Computer Outage Stalls Airport Customs Processing
Computer outages won’t help airport efficiency, especially on one of the busiest travel days of the year. American airports experienced a December 30th that temporarily shut down customs screening stations. The outage lasted from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Officials said it delayed some travelers two hours. U.S. Travel Association President Roger Dow believes are to blame for the outage, stating that existing systems have difficulty keeping up with today’s airport traffic.
In-Flight VR, Heated Seats Predicted as Future of Flying Coach
Temperature-controlled seats and virtual reality headsets could soon become standard on many major airlines. Wired recently spoke to AirlineTrends founder Raymond Kollau about a few that could soon be a part of even the cheapest seats on major flights. In addition to heated and cooled seats and VR headsets, Kollau believes we’ll see self-cleaning lavatories and increased ways for customers to save money by skipping basic amenities.
Will 2017 See an End to Free Airline Meals?
Over the decades, airlines have gradually cut down on free food during flights, often providing meals only to those in first class or on long flights. But budget carriers have managed to reduce ticket prices by charging passengers for food. As the Wall Street Journal recently reported, will likely soon come to an end, since some major airlines are considering eliminating free food as a way to reduce costs. It may not matter as airports are increasing the quality and variety of their food fare.
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