Weekly Travel Roundup

Here are some articles and links from around the travel world that came across my desk this week. If you have any questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments, post them on our Facebook page or send them my way on Twitter.

Supreme Court sides with airlines in frequent-flier fight

Can an airline kick you out of their frequent flier program for complaining too much? The Supreme Court backed Northwest Airlines (now a part of Delta) when they revoked S. Binyomin Ginsberg’s status for what they say was abuse of the program. Ginsberg’s attorneys say this ruling will hurt consumers.

Gun arrests rare at many airports – but OIA is an exception

Some airports arrest you on the spot if you try to go through security with a firearm – and some will let you walk away. The Orlando Sentinel takes a look at inconsistencies with firearm policy in different states and at different airports. (Side note: It’s MCO or Orlando International Airport – not OIA)

Costs of securing airports far outweigh the benefits: study

In a study that is sure to make some waves, Mark Stuart and John Mueller broke down the airport security costs versus the costs of an airline attack and found we are spending too much. According to them, airline attacks would have to increase 10 to 20 fold before the damage they caused equaled the amount we spend on securing air travel.

Why UAE And Qatar Have The ‘World’s Best’ Airlines

For the last few years, Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways are consistently at the top of the list when ranking world airlines. Their service and customer satisfaction have few equals, and if you have yet to fly with them, it may be hard to understand why. Forbes looks in to why these two small countries have some of the world’s best airlines.

Chinese Gov. Official Misses Flight, Destroys Terminal

While he doesn’t destroy a whole terminal (as the title says), this Chinese official does make a mess of the gate area after missing his flight. I wonder if his tantrum somehow made the plane taxi back to the gate? Probably not.

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