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Archive: September, 2008

POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 5:22 PM
The Chicago Tribune reported on a security development, using biometric technology to speed up airport checkpoints for airline crews -- yes, they now have to take off their shoes like everyone else. Read more here.
POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2008, 12:12 PM
Oil prices plunged this morning, something that we would normally celebrate as helpful to air and road travelers. But the reason for the decline apparently is because of concerns that the bailout legislation Congress passed may not be much help to world economic growth. The dollar also strengthened against the Euro, in part because of worries about Europe's economy. More detail can be found at this link. 
POSTED: Monday, September 29, 2008, 10:50 AM

This morning's Wingint It column looks at the close ties between economic recovery and travel. Read it all here. 

POSTED: Monday, September 22, 2008, 6:38 PM

Last week's Winging It column reported on efforts by the travel industry to find funding to promote the United States better to foreign visitors, and help explain to would-be visitors how to meet entry requirements. The nation, it seems, has developed an unwanted reputation since 9/11 for some of the least-friendly welcomes at internatonal gateways for travelers from overseas.

 Now the Travel Industries Association, representing 1,700 organizations and busineses, reports that Congress is moving ahead on legislation that sets up a public-private partnership to help with the effort. The private sector will contribute some funds and the rest will come from a $10 entry fee on visitors who don't already pay for a U.S. visa. The association says 50 senators and 245 House members now co-spnsor the legislation. It has been reported to the Senate floor and approved by a House subcommitte, with the House Commerce Committee expected to act this week. This kind of effort could help Philadelphia and any other city or region that wants to welcome more of those free-spending folks from overseas. 

POSTED: Monday, September 22, 2008, 8:57 AM
Business travel, to many people who do it regularly, isn't the dreary chore we usually think it is. Winging It took a look at surveys that landed last week that probed the habits of travelers, who say they often combined business and leisure on the road and that many try to use their trips to experience new and interesting places. Read it all here.
POSTED: Friday, September 19, 2008, 9:38 AM
Airlines may be over a barrel again themselves with oil futures rising again on economic worries. Read more here.
POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 3:27 PM
Philadelphia air tavelers may not be surprised by this story but more media companies are opening stores in airports as a way to extend their brands, USA Today opened its first one at Detroit Metro Airport yesterday, as the story reports. PHL has had nine CNBC newsstands in five of its six terminals for more than two years. They're situated at heavy traffic points in Terminals A-East through E. Besides the usual newspapers, magazines, books and sundries, the newsstands each have a TV monitor -- tuned to CNBC, of course -- where you can check on the stock market, if you dare these days. Each time I'm at PHL, I notice many eyes looking up at the monitors as travelers stand in line or browse. 
POSTED: Thursday, September 18, 2008, 9:54 AM
United Airlines, like all carriers that bet on oil prices continuing to rise, now faces the flip-side of the coin -- falling prices that could cost it money in the third quarter because of the futures contracts it holds. The good news, as you will see in this AP story, is that the losses on the futures could be offset by what United actually has to pay for fuel. Analyst Jamie Baker of JP Morgan estimates that airlines saved about $3 billion in fuel costs in just a week as crude oil prices fell. The plunging price of crude is going to be an important ongoing story as this quarter closes and airlines report the results.
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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at Reach Tom at

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