According to Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole, whistle-blowing about unencrypted barcodes on PreCheck boarding passes was exaggerated. He noted that people on the no-fly list cannot print out a boarding pass at all, and those allowed to fly must print out a boarding pass at the airport. The TSA is working with technology companies to possibly encrypt the barcode.
The Department of Transportation has approved the request from Delta Air Lines to transfer service from one of its two routes between Detroit and Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Seattle. The switch will "open Haneda access to a new region of the country," the DOT said.
JetBlue Airways is reporting a 1% increase in passenger traffic for October when compared to the same month last year, but passenger revenue is down about $20 million due to disruptions from superstorm Sandy. The airline expects a similar effect on revenue in November.
Several airlines have increased flight services to Mexican and Caribbean destinations this winter and in 2012, offering a greater range of options for travelers, but at greater expense. "The word is lift, lift, lift," said Ken Blatt, principal and chief operating officer at Caribbean Property Group.
The government's regulations on tarmac delays may increase the number of flight cancellations, experts say. Severe weather and airport policies may also lead to tarmac delays. The Transportation Department "understands that many of these instances are outside of an airline's control," said Steve Lott, an Air Transport Association spokesman.