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Also, In the Skies 17 Aviation Happenings in Week 12

This weekly post is my ‘round tuit’. Included are stories which caught my eye and others which I couldn’t cover in-depth during the week, but thought Flight Chic readers would want to know about.

I want to express solidarity with all of those affected by the horrific attack in London.


1. Electronics ban

US and UK governments have announced a ban on larger electronic devices. While it would be foolhardy to take terrorist threats lightly, it is important to ensure that the response is balanced, universal and effective.

We cannot afford to forget that aviation is a global industry, and that threats in one region can quickly carry over to another.

I’m not seriously proposing a global ban on electronics in the cabin; but we need to understand why the policy response to these threats is so different from region to region.

We need to consider whether the different bans will make the skies safer or just more inconvenient.

Flight gadget ban: Australia won’t follow US, UK in banning electronics on planes.

New Zealand won’t join laptop ban for flights.

2. The ban may address one risk, but it raises concerns about another.

3. Why it doesn’t make economic sense to disrupt aviation.

4. Virgin America retires.

5. Virgin Atlantic flies on.

6. AAL to PAX: Time won’t give me time.

7. BA’s Biometric boarding

8. On balancing fleet capacity

9. KLM goes paperless.

10. Zodiac’s troubles carry-over to United.

11. APEX reviews features of Panasonic’s Zero-Touch.

12. Hong Kong Airport caters to staff’s family needs.

13. “Make your own future.”

14. Pick your seat in VR.

15. AAL makes conciliatory move in uniform debacle.

16. Emirates open lounge to paying guests.

17. Aviation stands up for the EU.

Remembering Brussels attacks

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