The DOT this week clarified rules on traveling with lithium batteries. Travelers may pack an unlimited number of loose batteries in carry-on bags. Travelers can no longer pack loose batteries in checked bags.
News that Southwest Airlines will expand in Denver sent shares of Frontier Airlines falling this week. Most of Southwest's new flights are in markets already served by Frontier. One analyst noted that United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Frontier can "peacefully co-exist" in Denver.
Labor unions will seek higher pay for airline employees in contract negotiations, but carriers continue to face escalating fuel costs and a slowing economy. Some observers say unions may demand that airlines boost fares to increase pay.
TSA officials say travelers are bringing fewer guns, knives and other weapons to airport security checkpoints, allowing screeners to focus on explosives, bomb parts and other items that threaten airliners.
The recent rule banning lithium batteries affects industrial-sized batteries and prohibits travelers from packing loose lithium batteries in checked bags. Department of Transportation officials say it does not otherwise affect consumer electronics, The New York Times' Joe Sharkey writes.