Travel News: April 26 – May 2

Here is a round-up of this week’s travel news – from Google Glass, aerospace education centers, wearable boarding passes and rude flight attendants, to premium economy and a new way of purchasing tickets on Frontier. Enjoy!

Google Glass Makes Airline News Again

A couple of months ago, Virgin Atlantic made headlines when it began an innovative trial of Google Glass for its Upper Class customers. Now the new technology is once again making waves in airline news – this time thanks to a United Airlines flight attendant asking a passenger to take off their Google Glass due to “security concerns.” It will be interesting to see how the technology permeates air travel moving forward.

Alaska Airlines Makes Donation to The Museum of Flight

Alaska Airlines is donating $2.5 million to The Museum of Flight, one of the largest air and space museums in the world. The money will be used to create an aerospace education center to help school children K-12 explore science, technology, engineering and math within the context of future career paths.

European Airlines Turn to Watchmakers for Wearable Boarding Passes

If you have yet to use a mobile boarding pass (instead of a paper boarding pass), you had better hurry up. It seems that European airlines are already looking to the future. Smartwatch manufacturers like Sony and Samsung are collaborating with forward-thinking airlines in Europe to create wearable boarding passes.

Who is the Rudest Airline of All?

Spirit Airlines has the rudest flight attendants, according to an Airfarewatchdog survey involving 3,400 respondents. Air Canada came in second, followed by Frontier Airlines and Virgin America respectively.

Premium Economy is About to Get Better for Long Haul Flights

Lufthansa is about to roll out even more premium economy seats on its long distance flights, and Hawaiian Airlines is introducing a premium economy section to some of its own routes. This is great news for folks who are on a budget but are still willing to pay a little extra for roomier seats, better entertainment systems and other perks.

Frontier Strips Down Fares

Frontier Airlines has launched a new price structure that involves just two fare levels – economy and classic plus. The move makes the cost of a Frontier ticket cheaper than before, but you are going to have to pay a la carte for the extras. Updates

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