Yes, there is travel related news out there other than TSA and DL/NW 253.  Listed below in no particular chronological order: Japan Airlines’ stock dropped 24 percent today.  Apparently the wheels have started to come off and bankruptcy is a real possibility. Jeff Smisek takes the left seat at Continental on 1/1. Continental, United and… Read full article

I always enjoy Gordon Bethune’s commentary. Effectiveness of Airline Security – CNBC.com.

Yes, that’s right.  I am going to defend the TSA.  Shocking I know.  While it’s obvious that I don’t agree with some of the things TSA pulled in the immediate aftermath of DL/NW 253, I have to acknowlege that TSA is in a damned if you do/damned if you don’t situation.  They had to do… Read full article

Silver lining?  I must be drinking.  No, I’m quite serious.  There is a silver lining in the Christmas Day security incident on NW 253.  How so?  Frankly, it’s been a while since 2001, the shoe bomber, and whatever else.  We’ve had a pretty good run of luck with terrorist activity and aviation.  And I think… Read full article

Fellow Boardingarea.com blogger Steve Frischling over at Flying with Fish has posted details of the TSA Security Directive issued in the aftermath of NW 253.  These directives aren’t “classified” and the information is are considered security sensitive information, but this one appears pretty generic.  One thing did pop out at me, there is no additional limit… Read full article

I’m not going to review the situation with Northwest 253 yesterday.  Unless you’ve been really out of touch, you know that some jackhole managed to burn himself and others trying to blow the airplane up yesterday.  Preliminarily at least, it looks like he was packing some pretty powerful explosives and we are very fortunate that something… Read full article

Just a brief missive to wish everyone the best of holiday seasons.  Mrs MJonTravel and I are in North Carolina now celebrating Christmas, but we plan to head back home to DC today.  Look out I-95!  I hope the drive back will be as easy as the drive down.  We left our home in northwest… Read full article

I recently completed a 2-night stay at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta.  This was a business-related stay, and the Omni happens to be the absolute closest hotel to my Atlanta work site.  Given that I’ve done about as much as I can do with my usual hotel programs, and my need to… Read full article

It’s Snowing in DC It’s been a while since we’ve had this much snow.  I was still working for AA during the big President’s Day storm in 2003.  The airport was closed for at least 2 days, but the customers still showed up.  Advice to the uninitiated:  when there’s a blizzard warning posted for your… Read full article

Looks like we’re going to have heavy snow in DC this weekend.  That’s a good thing, because I owe you a review of my stay at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta this week.  Look for that over the weekend as well as my thoughts on the 787’s first flight, the end of Citi AAdvantage Card… Read full article

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