The Transportation Security Administration's decision to change its policies to allow small knives on planes has provoked criticism of the way the agency announced the plan. "They have not taken care to get the stakeholders on board," said Joshua Schank, president of the Eno Center for Transportation. "They don't want to explain because they don't want to reveal their reasons for making changes."
Data released by Kayak.com indicate that airfares to some of the most popular tourist destinations around the world were up last year compared with prices in 2011. "We found that overall airfare increased 17% across the board from 2011 to 2012," said Maria Katime, a spokeswoman for Kayak. Ticket prices from North America to Lima increased 33%, while air travel prices to London rose 30%.
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are ramping up efforts to attract first-class and business-class passengers. Delta rolled out a program to greet corporate travelers by name, while United retooled its premium cabins on transcontinental flights.
European destinations won't see an influx of U.S. tourists this summer in spite of a stronger dollar against the euro, observers say, because of higher airfares for trans-Atlantic travel. Airfares from the U.S. to Europe have risen by 11% over the previous summer, kayak.com says.
Travel sites such as Expedia and Travelocity are traditional online places to find deals on airfares and hotel rooms, but there are alternative strategies, Gregory Karp writes. They include sites such as Kayak.com and Sidestep.com, Karp writes. He also notes that Southwest Airlines doesn't participate in booking-comparison sites.