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March 22, 2017



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Electronic Device Ban: Britain Follows US, Barring Laptops and Tablets on Flights From Six Countries

The UK government has followed the US in announcing a cabin ban on electronic devices larger than a cellphone on flights from six Muslim-majority countries. The measure, which affects both UK and foreign carriers, applies to all nonstop flights to Britain from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Any device that exceeds 6.2 x 3.6 x 0.5 inches will need to be placed in checked baggage. “We understand the frustration that these measures may cause, and we are working with the aviation industry to minimize any impact,” said Chris Grayling, Britain’s transport secretary. Marc Garneau, Canada’s transportation minister, said yesterday that the country was also considering a similar ban.

The Guardian | Related IT travel ban could could have massive impact on IFEC industry – Get Connected



PXCom and Vision Systems Unveil Flexible Wireless IFE System

PXCom and Vision Systems have unveiled a new wireless in-flight entertainment system called Visi-Stream. The companies are touting the system’s flexible graphical user interface (GUI), which integrates PXCom’s end-to-end XPlore solution, enabling digital content on aircraft servers to be updated from a ground-based platform. “Updating the GUI, from simple design changes to additional sections was a pain point for the airlines,” said Cyril Jean, CEO of PXCom. “Airlines can now choose to change both the user experience and the content management in a few clicks.” Vision Systems will showcase Visi-Stream at next month’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.

PAX International | Related Vision Systems to unveil latest innovations – Get Connected



Trusted Travelers: Stansted Launches Honesty Box Payments for Mineral Water

London’s Stansted Airport has deployed water stations at departure gates that allow passengers to take a bottle of mineral water before boarding a flight. Instead of employing retail staff, the airport is relying on honesty boxes where passengers can leave a suggested payment of $1.25, or “what they can afford.” Cina Barreto, account manager for Blackjack Promotions, the company monitoring the water bottle stock levels, said early signs suggest that travelers like the new service. “The convenience factor is certainly going down well, and people so far have been using the honesty boxes, indicating that they are happy to pay for the service.”

Travel Daily Media | Related Closing Skies? Airlines in an Age of Protectionism – APEX Media



EU Tells UK Airlines They Need to Move to Europe After Brexit to Avoid Losing Routes

EU chiefs have told UK airlines including easyJet and Ryanair that if they want to continue operating routes within continental Europe, they will need to relocate their headquarters or sell shares to European nationals after Brexit. The development comes just days before Prime Minister Theresa May plans to trigger Article 50, the legal mechanism for exiting the EU, and could increase the likelihood that carriers will restructure their businesses, leading to possible job losses for the UK. However, the UK could respond with similar ownership rules of its own.

The Guardian | Related Closing Skies? Airlines in an Age of Protectionism – APEX Media



Women in Aviation Series: Daring to Take Risks With Katinka Bergema

In celebration of Women’s History Month, APEX Media is featuring profiles on influential women in aviation to gain insight into how they navigate through a traditionally male-dominated industry. Katinka Bergema is a postdoctoral researcher at the Delft University of Technology, where she runs a baggage research lab, is part of the PASSME research team and teaches strategic design in relation to future travel experiences. She’s currently studying how to reduce travel time for passengers with luggage, and is working with airlines, airports, suppliers and startups to introduce door-to-door baggage services. “I think bringing together all the stakeholders and listening to all interests is the first step in achieving innovation,” said Katinka.

APEX Media | Related Women in Aviation Series: Rewriting the Script With Journalist Christine Negroni – APEX Media



A Different Cloth: American Introduces Alternative Uniform Amid Employee Complaints

American Airlines said Tuesday that it’s introducing a new uniform option made by a different manufacturer. The move comes six months after the airline rolled out uniforms that generated complaints from employees who reported suffering from rashes, headaches and breathing problems. The alternative outfits feature polyester jackets, pants and skirts, and a shirt made from a cotton and acrylic blend. “I think it’s an improvement, but it’s nowhere near a long-term solution, which is what we’d like to see,” said Shane Staples, a spokesperson for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. American’s CEO Doug Parker told flight attendants earlier this month that the uniform problem was “as difficult an issue as we've ever had to deal with.”

Dallas News | Related American Airlines CEO Doug Parker calls uniform crisis "huge problem" – Chicago Business Journal



Inmarsat’s GX Ka-Band Connectivity Averages 10 Mbps on Lufthansa Airbus A319 Test Flight

Get Connected’s Steve Nichols tested Inmarsat’s GX in-flight connectivity solution on board a Lufthansa Airbus A319 flight. The German flag carrier is offering the Ka-band service under its FlyNet brand, which is delivered using Lufthansa Systems’ BoardConnect in-flight Wi-Fi solution. At 30,000 feet, Nichols reported an average download speed of around 10 Mbps, which reached 14.2 Mbps at its fastest and 1.4 Mbps at its slowest. This was fast enough for him to stream a 720P HD video on YouTube without any lag. “I soon forgot I was at 30,000 feet – the Internet experience just felt natural. Oh, how we take technology for granted!” he wrote.

Get Connected | Related Lufthansa Aims to Become “Most Digital Aviation Group” in 2017 – APEX Media




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