Happy Monday, everyone. Here are some stories I have enjoyed in the past few days.
Alaska Airlines is trying out a new pilot program in San Jose, California that will allow passengers to leave their IDs at home, according to the San Jose Mercury News. What do you think?
About 200 customers of the airline who regularly fly out of Mineta San Jose International Airport are in a pilot program that allows a machine to scan their eyeballs or examine their fingerprints when checking in bags, going through airport security and boarding a plane -- rather than produce IDs and boarding passes.
The New York Times says coach travel is getting better. One example: Most booze is now free on international United Airlines flights.
An Asiana Airlines passenger is suing the airline, saying she received burns from burns sustained from instant noodles. The Korea Times publishes a photograph of the burn.
Almost 71 million passengers used LAX last year. But a new study says the airport could be accommodating 100 million passengers each year as soon as 2040. What a mess traffic will be. Los Angeles Times.
KLM is installing a fancy new business class on its Boeing 787s. Oddly, the airline released no advanced renderings of coach. Runway Girl Network.
Will your airline miles be worth less next year than this one? Yes, we can pretty much guarantee that. Los Angeles Times
Most of us will never travel in a first class suite on an international airline. But all of us can read about them. Here, Skift ranks the top six first class seats in the sky.
Chicago Tribune columnist Phil Rosenthal says United Airlines needs to improve its operation and keep fliers happy. "Chalk it up to frustration over United's diminished service, reduced staffing, mediocre on-time performance and other letdowns," he writes. "It got to where all it took was hearing a couple of bars of 'Rhapsody in Blue,' United's adopted theme, to make me reflexively check my watch and sigh."
Terry Maxon of the Dallas Morning News, a talented and long-time aviation reporter, says he is retiring in September. Sad news.
And finally. My wife and I celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary over the weekend. This blog was her idea, and I wouldn't be where I am without her. Thank you, sweetie.