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  • Keep Calm And Carry On

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday May 29, 2012
    Our headline comes from a poster hung up around Britain at the beginning of World War II to bolster morale. In other words, keep a stiff upper lip. The Nazis might be dropping bombs on London every night, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find the...
  • Safety Initiatives In The News

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday May 22, 2012
    While I searched for news this morning for our weekly GSW e-newsletter, I read about the death of a ramp worker at Pearson Airport. Apparently, the Swissport employee got caught between a baggage loader and the plane he was servicing. I also read...
  • More On Delta’s Oil Deal

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday May 15, 2012
    Old story, I know. Back on April 30, Delta Air Lines announced that a subsidiary, Monroe Energy LLC, would buy a Pennsylvania oil refinery for $150 million. After investing another $100 million to squeeze every last drop of jet fuel from production, Delta...
  • In Praise Of Baggage Fees

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday May 8, 2012
    I’ve only flown Spirit Airlines once and hated everything about it. I didn’t know too much about the ala carte airline so I was surprised to be charged for my carry-on and then see the beverage “service” be anything but. Had to take a red eye back...
  • GSW LinkedIn Group Responds To Seat Belts

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday May 1, 2012
    We posted last week’s blog on Delta’s recent agreement with OSHA to install seat belts in 6,000 pieces of GSE at 90 U.S. airports to our LinkedIn group site. We received plenty of comments from our members – in fact, I received a few more as I...
  • Delta’s Seat Belt Order

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday April 24, 2012
    The news that Delta Air Lines agreed last week to install seat belts on 6,000 pieces of GSE at 90 airports seems to be greeted with a ho-hum shrug of the shoulders. I haven’t read much more elsewhere about the implications this might have for our...
  • Eliminate Baggage Fees

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday April 17, 2012
     Air travel would be safer if we allowed knives, lighters and liquids, according to Kip Hawley, who was in charge of the Transportation Security Administration during George W. Bush’s second term, in a Wall Street Journal essay published last...
  • Unthinkable

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday April 10, 2012
    We've been reading much about last week's UTair crash in Siberia. Most of the recent headlines indicate investigators are blaming a failure to deice the plane before departure as the likely cause of the crash. The plane slammed into the ground shortly...
  • Finally, Some Good News (We Think)

    - Tuesday April 3, 2012
    Airlines provided customers with the best service in at least 22 years, according to the Airline Quality Rating study released yesterday. The rate of mishandled bags, for example, dropped to 3.35 per 1,000. AirTran had the best baggage handling rate...
  • Section 511

    By Steve Smith - Monday March 26, 2012
    I should have known that lurking somewhere in a 145-page document entitled "FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement" would be a nugget of interesting news glossed over by most, but also little understood by even the aviation pros it is...