Travel News: March 29 – April 4

Here is a round-up of this week’s travel news – from craft beers, security and charitable airline campaigns to the Lion King and April Fools. Enjoy!

April Fools – Gottcha!

In case you missed it, their were a bevvy of travel-related April Fools’ pranks this year. Southwest Airlines offered roundtrip flights to Mars for $9,999 and Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Airlines) promoted Virgin America’s new feature: Total Temperature Control for your seat.

United Airlines Launches Make-A-Wish Campaign

During the month of April, United Airlines is matching MileagePlus miles donated to the Make-A-Wish charity, which grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life threatening medical conditions. The miles will be used to support the travel of Make-A-Wish children and their families. United customers can donate by visiting

Feeling Thirsty? Brew Up.

Beer connoisseurs can rejoice. It seems that more and more airlines are including craft beers as part of their in-flight beverage service. The new surge in demand is said to be the result of a shift in how craft beers are packaged; bottles to cans.

IATA Calls for Security Improvements

Global airline body International Air Transport Association (IATA) is creating a task force to identify ways to improve security for both aircraft tracking and passenger screening. They will make recommendations by the end of the year.

In-Flight Entertainment Lion King Style

Passengers on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney last week were treated to an amazing impromptu performance of “Circle of Life” by the Australian cast of Lion King. That’s what we call in-flight entertainment! Updates

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