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Surprise Destinations, Seat Plans and Security

Mer, 06/14/2017
Aviation / Airline News

What’s happening in aviation this week?

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Ryanair has announced it will not be changing its seat allocation policy after news coverage last month highlighted problems with the way free seats were allocated.

Incidences were reported of children being separated by their parents and people in groups who had booked together were allocated middle-of-the-seats with passengers not in their party.

Ryanair said “Customers who do not wish to purchase a seat are randomly allocated a seat, free of charge. This has been our policy since the introduction of allocated seating in February 2014.” The airline did, however, recently make it obligatory for adults travelling with children to purchase one seat, near to which the children’s’ free seats would be allocated.

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European officials will be meeting with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Malta this week to go over security proposals which could prevent the laptop ban being expanded beyond the original ten airports named in March.

As well as getting better data on passengers and ensuring sufficient screening of electronic devices, the US has suggested explosive trace detection screening, more detection dogs and better screening of all airport staff to enhance airport and flight security.

Although there have been talks of widening the laptop ban since the start of May, still no timeframe has been put on making a decision.

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Lufthansa is offering the chance to fly cheap to a surprise destination. The airline has started to sell round trips from either Frankfurt or Munich to some of the most popular cities and beach destinations across Europe for just €69. Lufthansa has created nine categories to choose from:

-Go East (Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Poznan, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius or Wroclaw)
-Sightseeing & Culture (Basel, Bilbao, Billund, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Luxembourg, Sofia, Valencia, Warsaw)
-Nature (Belgrade, Copenhagen, Faro, Gdansk, Geneva, Oslo, Stockholm, Toulouse)
-Sun & Sand (Alicante, Faro, Gdansk, Ibiza, Lisbon, Malaga, Malta, Marseille, Naples, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Stockholm)
-Bromance (Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, Hamburg, Krakow, Manchester, Prague, Warsaw)
-Cities (Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Dublin, Istanbul, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Rome, Zagreb)
-Partying (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, Dublin, Krakow, Lyon, Prague, Warsaw)
-Romance (Athens, Bologna, Budapest, Florence, Paris, Prague, Rome, Venice, Vienna, Zurich)
-Shopping (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna, Dublin, Florence, Hamburg, Istanbul, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Rome, Turin, Vienna)

To take advantage of ‘Lufthansa Surprise’, all passengers have to do is pick their departure airport, category and dates, complete their booking and find out where they are going. There is a chance to opt out of certain cities, but the cost increases if you are over selective. If you can’t decide where to go on holiday and can afford to be flexible, this could be the deal for you this summer.

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