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Friday morning travel notes

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  April 10, 2009 08:53 AM

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Good morning, travelers. Here are this morning's travel news updates:

*Baggage screeners at Logan are getting new X-ray machines to help them ferret out prohibited items and explosive components in passengers’ carry-on luggage and personal belongings. The so-called advanced-technology X-ray machines will give screeners multiple views of luggage contents on two screens, as opposed to current machines that give a single top-down view on one screen. The new equipment also will provide clearer, high-definition images that can be manipulated, according to the Transportation Security Administration. The first of the X-ray machines was installed at a Delta Airlines’ checkpoint in the Boston airport’s Terminal A about a week ago. Another dozen are expected to be in place by the end of the month. (Boston Herald)

*US airlines' on-time performance and baggage handling improved in February, while cancellations declined, compared to the same month a year ago, government data showed. The DOT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics said the 19 carriers reporting on-time performance recorded an overall on-time arrival rate of 82.6 percent in February, an improvement over both February 2008's 68.6 percent and the 77 percent recorded in January of this year. In February, the carriers canceled 1.2 percent of their scheduled domestic flights, a lower rate than both the 3.6 percent cancellation rate of February 2008 and the 2.3 percent rate posted in January of this year. The airlines overall had a mishandled baggage rate of 3.56 reports per 1,000 passengers in February, an improvement over both February 2008's rate of 6.41 reports per 1,000 passengers and the rate of 5.2 reports per 1,000 passengers posted in January of this year. Alaska Airlines had the lowest on-time arrival rate in February, at 76.3 percent. The most frequently delayed flight in the month was Delta flight 2008 from Savannah, Ga., to Atlanta, which was late 94.1 percent of the time. Regional carrier Comair Inc. had the second-lowest on-time arrival rate in February, at 76.6 percent, while Houston-based Continental Airlines Inc. had the third-lowest, at 77.7 percent. Hawaiian Airlines had the highest on-time arrival rate in February, at 91.2 percent, while Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. had the second-highest, at 88.3 percent, and Memphis, Tenn.-based carrier Pinnacle Airlines had the third-highest, at 86.8 percent. (AP)

*Americans coping with the recession may be more likely to hit the road in the family car for holiday weekend getaways to take advantage of lower gas prices and hotel room rates. People across the U.S. are taking time out from work and school to observe Easter and Passover, which both fall in the same week this year. With domestic airfares averaging $300 per person, driving offers substantial savings, said Genevieve Shaw Brown, senior editor of travel Web site Travelocity.com. Car travel costs about 51 cents a mile, said Geoff Sundstrom, a spokesman for AAA, the largest U.S. motoring organization. “People will be driving more, visiting neighboring states, as opposed to flying far away,” said Sung Won-Sohn, a professor of economics at California State University-Channel Islands, in Camarillo. “A lot of gas stations and hotels and motels will benefit from this long weekend.” Hotel rates for March and April have fallen in all but one of the top 20 U.S. markets from last year, Shaw Brown said. Prices have fallen more than a third in Las Vegas, almost one- fourth in New York and 20 percent in Chicago, according to Shaw Brown. Atlanta was the only top market that didn’t post a decline, with hotel rates unchanged from a year ago. (Bloomberg)


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