Aviation Bytes — News to Start the Week


PreCheck starts at SGF February 17. That word comes from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

If you’re approved for PreCheck you’ll be able to use a dedicated lane at the security check point and receive “expedited screening.” That’s jargon that means you won’t have to remove your shoes, belt, or “light jacket.” And you don’t have to take liquids and computers out of the bag.

To use PreCheck you have to apply to, and receive approval from, the TSA. The cost is $85. Find more information on the TSA website:  www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck



The first three months of the year are SLOW ones in the airline business.  To drum up business airlines cut prices and engage in fare war — in the past couple of weeks we’ve seen the following fares:

  • $228 round trip from Springfield to Chicago on American
  • $185 round trip from Springfield to Chicago on Delta
  • $167 round trip from Springfield to Chicago on United
  • $354 round trip from Springfield to Cancun on Delta
  • $170 round trip from Springfield to Atlanta on American

Before you go hunting these fares down there are a couple of things to know:  1) don’t expect to find the low fares with your first search. You nearly always have to hunt for them. 2) More often than not airlines offer low fares for weekend travel, and for odd ball day pairs. For example – you probably won’t find a low fare with a Monday departure, paired with a Wednesday return. A more likely pairing would be a Tuesday departure, paired with a Saturday return.

Bottom line: you have to be flexible.


Over the weekend the city of Chicago announced big plans to upgrade the airport nearly everyone loves to hate: Chicago O’Hare.

Details of the big plans: the city and the airlines have reached agreement on a new $1.3 billon runway. City officials say the project will lead to terminal improvements and new gates —though they wouldn’t say what kind of improvements, or how many gates — those details apparently still have to be worked out with the airlines. The ultimate goal is to reduce congestion and delays.

By the way — Both American and United airlines offer daily, non-stop service between Springfield and O'Hare.

Find more details about the improvements here: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20160130/BLOGS02/160129759/-1-3-billion-deal-reached-for-new-ohare-runway


Today American Airlines brings back “free snacks in the economy section and more free entertainment options on some aircraft.” That word comes from the Associated Press. The AP reports that American hasn’t offered free snacks since 2003.

Read the rest of the story here: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e9b187e44dbf480e92eaed05ac7d26e3/airlines-restore-tiny-perks-pretzels-pacify-fliers



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