More Air Travel Advice for Senior Citizens

Jan 28th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Airline passengers have scored a major victory with the Transportation Department’s new regulation that requires airlines to let travelers get off airplanes after they have been delayed on the tarmac for three hours.  The new policy for domestic flights, which goes into effect in April, 2010, imposes fines of $27,500 per passenger for each violation of the new three-hour rule.

Getting off the tarmac however does not come without its spinoffs and counter balance problems.  This new rule requiring airlines to unload waiting passengers after three hours could cause more delays. Some have suggested that carriers and the government work together on a more flexible system.

A federal order requiring airlines to unload passengers after precisely three hours on the tarmac will not bring significant relief to most waiting passengers. Despite the horror stories of people cramped in planes for six hours or more — and those do happen — tarmac waits of more than three hours occur only about three times per day, on average, a barely noticeable blip among the more than 28,000 daily commercial flights in this country.

Some readers prefer flying business class.  If so, read on. I Fly Business provides Ten Tips for Business Travelers. If you Fly Business class you can fly your favorite airlines and pay 50% less than the person sitting next to you.  That’s just the way it works on airlines.  It seems like everyone flying is paying a different price for the same seats.  So why not enjoy the same sleeper seats and great first class service and at a fraction of the price.  I Fly Business specializes in business class around the world destinations as well as multiple stop itineraries.  They suggest travel on only the reputable major airline carriers which can provide discounts up to 50 percent off of the published airfares.

I love freebies.  Coupons, senior discounts and special prices.  Airport freebies provides a list of discounts and coupons . Today airlines may be charging extra for everything from baggage to in-flight beverages and snacks, however some airports are picking up the slack and offering real perks.   Check them out and enjoy the site. jeb



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