Travel News: December 13, 2016

London England UK

DOT: Airlines should notify fliers if they allow voice calls in flight
USA Today

The Transportation Department proposed Thursday to require airlines to notify passengers if they allow voice calls during flights, even as a federal ban on cellular service during flights remains in place.

The department also called for more public comment on whether to prohibit voice calls on flights. The regulatory moves followed an effort begun in December 2013 by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to lift a 1991 ban on cellular services aboard planes.


Is Demand for Travel to Cuba Flattening?
Voice of America

Demand for travel to Cuba may be flattening, with soaring hotel prices on the island, American Airlines cutting some flights, and uncertainty over whether new travel restrictions could be imposed when Donald Trump takes office.

Gregory Geronemus, co-CEO of smarTours, a tour company that’s taken 3,000 Americans to Cuba, confirms there has been a softening in demand.
In part he blamed hotel prices on the island, which have nearly doubled since 2015 and which are set by the government.


Travel study reveals changing behaviour among young and old
BBC News

A major new study into how people travel around England shows a big difference between the generations.

Young people increasingly are ditching the car, while older people, especially women, drive more than ever.

The Independent Transport Commission (ITC) also found that people were making fewer trips than they did 20 years ago, but those trips were longer.


United Won’t Be the Last Airline to Charge for Overhead Bin Space

Do you love getting onto an airplane? Because, let’s be honest, nobody is their best self when trying to muscle an overstuffed rolling bag down a narrow aisle and then up into an overhead bin that’s exactly, precisely, slightly too small for it. Well, you don’t have to worry about that anymore! Because starting in 2017, United Airlines is taking away your right to put a bag in the overhead altogether.

Problem is, now that United has made itself the first major airline to violate the sanctity of the overhead bin, its competitors will probably follow. It’s like, once you give up the middle armrest, you’re not getting it back. “It is most likely that American and Delta will look at the reaction, and, if it’s not too bad, they will do the same,” says George Hobica, founder and editor of Airfarewatchdog. “One gets away with something and they all pile on.”

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