Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Delta CEO Pushes For National Airline Policy That Lets 'Free Market Work'

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:29 pm

A traveler walks by a Delta Airlines skycap kiosk at San Francisco International Airport.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

"Airlines are expecting a banner year," NPR's Yuki Noguchi is due to report on All Things Considered later today.

More planes are flying with full passenger loads, as any frequent flier will tell you. Mergers have helped cut costs. Ticket prices are up. Airlines are charging fees for bags. Fuel costs have eased a bit.

In these relatively good times, what does an airline CEO want?

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Wed June 6, 2012

Why Does Airline Food Taste So Bad?

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 10:07 am



Tiny bags of pretzels followed by some kind of rubber mystery meat - for those who fly, you know exactly what I'm talking about: the joys of airplane food. Well, some airlines are now trying to shake things up. They're showcasing some new cuisine in hopes of luring more passengers. But producing food that actually tastes great at cruising altitude is not easy, as NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

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Mon June 4, 2012

DIA Roadway Detours in Effect, Extra Time Advised

John Picken, Creative Commons

Passengers coming to and from DIA can expect to see a lot more orange in the coming year. This weekend the airport rolled out lots of traffic signs and cones, all of which create a detour for those driving to passenger pick up and drop off at the airport’s Western Terminal.

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Thu May 31, 2012
Tourism & Travel

Greek Unrest Challenges U.S. Tour Companies

Galería de Faustino Flickr - Creative Commons

The economic turmoil in Greece is a concern for many U.S.-based travel companies that specialize in package tours to some of the Mediterranean’s most revered destinations.

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Sat May 26, 2012

Delayed At The Airport? They're Working On It

Originally published on Sat May 26, 2012 8:52 am

An air traffic controller works at the Atlanta TRACON, or terminal radar approach control, facility in Peachtree City, Ga. The FAA's NextGen program will modernize the air traffic control system, transforming it from radar to GPS-based technology.
David Goldman AP

When the summer travel season begins, airline passengers typically brace for delays as vacationers fly in larger numbers and the inevitable weather-related disruptions occur.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees the nationwide system of air traffic control, is hoping to make some of those delays a thing of the past. It's developing what it calls "Next Generation" technology. The NextGen program will modernize the air traffic control system, transforming it from radar to GPS-based technology.

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