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Passengers on a recent United Airlines flight departing from San Francisco, California and bound for Orlando, Florida, had to exit the plane and be re-screened because of an ill-advised iPhone prank. A teenager on board the aircraft had used Apple's AirDrop feature to send an unsolicited photo of an airsoft gun to other passengers on board the plane. In today's climate, that is a big no-no. While some may see the de-boarding and re-screening as an overreaction, an abundance of caution is to be expected when taking to the skies on a commercial airline. The boneheaded teen who sent the photo was likely not born yet during the terrorist events of 9-11, or if they were, they would have been less... Read more...
It appears that Virgin Galactic is about to get some competition in the supersonic passenger jet market. Back in October, Richard Branson's company unveiled its plans for a business jet that could carry between 9 and 19 passengers at speeds up to Mach 3. Today, United Airlines announced that it intends to purchase 15 faster-than-sound "Overture" passenger jets from a firm called Boom Supersonic. According to United's announcement, its contract with Boom Supersonic calls for the prototype aircraft to roll out in 2025, with the first flight occurring one year later. If everything goes according to plan, the first passenger flights will take place in 2029. If United is happy with Boom Supersonic's... Read more...
To quote the Guinness brothers, rewarding security researchers with frequent flier miles in exchange for rooting out system bugs is "brilliant!" That's what United Airlines is doing, and it's already given out two of its highest awards available -- one million miles -- which is enough to redeem for dozens of domestic flights (or less if flying first class). United is the only airline to offer such a program. It was unveiled back in May only weeks before technical woes forced the company to ground its planes on two separate occasions. One was due to an inability to access United's reservations system, and the second incident involved software needed for flight plans. "We believe... Read more...
United Airlines isn't too happy with a savvy 22-year-old who built a website that helps people find cheaper airfare. Neither is Orbitz for that matter. What is it about the website that would prompt United Airlines and Orbitz to file a civil lawsuit against its owner, Aktarer Zaman? It's the fact that it finds cheaper airfare using a strategy called "hidden city" ticketing.Here's how it works -- let's say you want to travel to Chicago. Using the "hidden city" ticketing method, you would buy a one-way ticket that has a layover in Chicago, and once you arrive, you simply stay there rather than board whatever connecting flight you paid for.While it's not always cheaper to use this method, a lot... Read more...