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Airlines May Loosen Ban On Electronics In Flight!

Filed under: Tech Talk

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“At this time, please turn off all portable electronics” may SOON be a phrase of the past!!

Looks like the government is taking baby steps in getting airlines to allow passengers to use their favorite electronic gadgets for the WHOLE flight…even during takeoffs AND landings!

About time!!!

The Federal Aviation Administration is currently in talks to see if they can find out practical (and safe) ways to test the use of devices like tablets, e-readers and music players during critical flight moments.

The tricky part? Not all electronic devices have the same amount of power, making testing difficult. Also, with technology quickly changing, different generations of devices would EACH have to be tested and approved.

…that makes for a LOT of devices!

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John Barrowman For Virgin Atlantic's Pet Service

Filed under: TV NewsBusiness BlitzDog

John Barrowman had flown his three dogs across the Atlantic and back while filming the show Torchwood: Miracle Day.

He flew Virgin Airlines and was so happy with their pet service that he made a promotional video with them.

Check out the above video to hear more about Virgin Atlantic's awesome pet travel service.

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Lameballs! US Airlines Raising Prices Again!

Filed under: Icky Icky PooBusiness Blitz

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Looks like it's not just Spirit Airlines that's trying to screw us anymore!

Today, Delta Air Lines confirmed that they have raised fare prices to Florida, Phoenix, and Las Vegas by $10/round trip! Boo!

JetBlue has ALSO

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Peanuts Protected By Law

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Peanuts have more rights than some living creatures.

Despite the Department of Public Transportations murmurings of a possible peanut ban on airplanes to avoid bothering those with severe allergic reactions, a 12-year-old law blocks the agency from tampering with peanut policy without more scientific study.

The Department of Public Transportation said in a statement:

"The Department is prohibited by law from restricting the serving of peanuts aboard aircraft unless a peer-reviewed study determines that serving of peanuts causes severe reactions among airline passengers. There has been no such peer-reviewed study, so we declined to take action at this time."

The government proposed the ban last June and asked the public to give their opinions on the possible ban on the Public Transportation's website.

Many peanut allergy sufferers supported the ban, but the government decided to honor the existing law and has put any peanut objections on the back burner for now.

Fortunately for those suffering from severe peanut allergies, some carriers have developed their own policies to protect allergic passengers.

Some flights no longer serve peanuts and even create peanut-free buffer zones, so if you're worried about an allergic reaction, make sure to do the proper research before hopping on your next flight!

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Carry-On Luggage Costing Tax Payers $260 Million A Year!

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This is certainly not helping the national debt go down.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, told Congress last week carry-on luggage is costing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) some $260 million every year.

She says that luggage fees have scared off more passengers from checking their bags and instead load more into their carry-on, which means more items for Transportation Security Administration officers to inspect at security checkpoints.

That's a bummer, so what is the head of Homeland Security suggesting? Charging us more to fly of course!

After being asked whether taxpayers should have to pick up these security fees or make airlines use some of their MASSIVE profits to offset the cost on the people, Napolitino suggested a surcharge of up to $5 on each ticket.

The new security fee, she says, would bring her department about $600 million a year.

Typical. Let's make the PEOPLE pay for the airline companies' cost to run THEIR business!

They probably can't afford it anyway, they only make an estimated $5 billion a year. Ha!

Question Janet…why are we footing the bill for a billion dollar business to run effectively?

Thoughts???

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Transgender Flight Attendands Take Flight!

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Inspired!

A newly formed Thai airline carrier, PC Air, announced that they have hired their first round of stewardesses - or as they're calling them, "Ladyboys."

Yes, in an effort to showcase their commitment to equal employment opportunities, three transexuals, or peoples of the "third sex" as they say in Thailand, were the first to be hired as air hostesses. Peter Chan, the CEO of the new airline, enthusiastically shared the news with sources and reveals his company is open to hiring even more transsexuals in the future. He explains:

"I think these people can have many careers – not just in the entertainment business – and many of them have a dream to be an air hostess. I just made their dream come true. Our society has changed. It's evolution. I'm a pioneer and I'm sure there will be other organizations following my idea."

We sincerely hope so! Like we always say, equality for all!

No joke, we really want to go to Thailand right now, for no other reason than to party 30,000 feet up with fiercest trannies known to man!

RuPaul should book their inaugural flight for an episode of Drag Race.

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Boo Airlines!

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If you already dislike checking baggage, you'll like it EVEN LESS after hearing this!

According to the Transportation Department, the top 20 largest American airlines have collected a total of $2.6 billion in baggage fees SO FAR in 2010.

We can only imagine how much they'll make over the holidays!

Airlines are making 23 percent more than they did this time last year AND they're making over 5 times more than they did in 2007, when they made $464.3 million in baggage fees!

Delta Air Lines is making the most off of baggage, with $733.2 million in the bank so far for 2010. American Airlines and US Airways are next in line, with $431.8 million and $388.1 million so far.

…We wonder how much we can shove into our carry-on…

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