jetBlue Aircraft. Taken by WIkimedia Commons user Maarten Visser.
jetBlue Aircraft. Taken by WIkimedia Commons user Maarten Visser.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • jetBlue buying some of AA’s slots – As part of the requirements against American Airlines as they merge with US Airways, they must sell off some of their slots at airports around the country; jetBlue is capitalizing by taking over 12 of their Washington, D.C. slots at Ronald Reagan National Airport. (Crain’s NY)
  • JAL now offers first class pax choice of bedding – Customers of Japan Airlines from Tokyo to London, LA, or NYC will now get to choose their mattress on their first class long-haul flights. (DA)
  • Southwest Airlines finally in the int’l game – For the first time, the budget carrier’s own branded planes will fly to international destinations, starting with Aruba, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. (Skift)
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines announce new route to LA – Beginning in March, the Gulf carrier will add Los Angeles to its US routes, joining the east coast cities of DC and NYC. (Wash Post [link dead now; removed])
  • India withdraws ban on A380 – India has lifted the ban it previously imposed on the largest commercial airline in the world, and now several carriers have expressed interest in operating the superjumbo on new routes. (USA Today)
  • TSA relaxes its notorious 3-1-1 rule – The United States’ Transportation Security Administration has eased restrictions on the 100ml liquid allowance in carry-on baggage, as long as the liquids in question were purchased in a duty-free zone abroad and placed in tamper-evident bags. (CNN)

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