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In The Know - STM April 2024 News



Southwest adds 4 new routes, cuts 2 others in latest network adjustment

 

Southwest Airlines is making some changes to its route map for travel over the coming months.

 

The Dallas-based carried filed plans over the weekend to add four new routes and cut two others, as first seen in Cirium Diio schedules and later confirmed by a carrier spokesperson.

 

Beginning June 4, Southwest will add three flights from one of its newest bases, Nashville International Airport (BNA), as well as launch a new contender for the shortest route in its network. The new flights from BNA include daily service to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), Richmond International Airport (RIC) in Virginia and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in South Carolina...read more


 


New federal rules on airline refunds require cash instead of vouchers

 

Airline canceled your flight? The plane arrived hours late after a maintenance issue? The inflight Wi-Fi didn’t work?

 

New federal rules say travelers deserve cash refunds when inconvenienced by their airline – not vouchers or travel credits.

 

“From now on when your flight is canceled for any reason, you are entitled to an automatic cash refund and it has to be prompt,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told CNN’s John Berman on Wednesday.....read more

 


 

JetBlue debuts updated inflight TV software with cool new features

 

JetBlue was the first major U.S. airline to offer free live TV on every flight, and now the New York-based carrier is raising the bar once again for the inflight viewing experience.

On Wednesday, the airline unveiled what it's calling Blueprint by JetBlue, a new software system powering the inflight TVs onboard many of its jets...read more




This Is the Most Common Item Travelers Leave Behind in Airports

 

Traveling can be chaotic, especially if you’re traversing through some of the world’s busiest airports. So it’s absolutely understandable to have a momentary lapse in memory and forget something at airport security — or even leave your luggage behind. And if you do leave your bags at the airport, know that you’re not alone. In fact, according to the 2023 Unclaimed Baggage Found Report by Unclaimed Baggage, a store that re-sells lost luggage, some two million items were left behind last year. And a large majority of those items were … intimate … in nature.

 

According to the report, the No. 1 item found in left-behind luggage was “undies.” And if you watched one of Travel + Leisure’s latest reels, you’d know that it’s common for people — even professional travel writers — to overpack on underwear. It was followed by “shoes,” “tablets and e-readers,” “t-shirts,” and “books,” rounding out the top five. “Blouses,” “blue jeans,” “headphones,” “dresses,” and “cellphones” rounded out the top 10...read more

 






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