Sunday, December 27, 2009

Air travel: Expect delays into US due to attempted attack on US bound plane from Amsterdam

Toronto Airport
Pearson airport in Toronto
Photo by Sue Frause

Expect the worst this weekend and through the end of the year. Due to a bomb attempt on Dec. 25, 2009 on a flight bound from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan the skies are going to be much less friendly for the remainder of the year -- and beyond. On Sunday, Dec. 27, there was yet another incident aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. Fortunately, the incident was declared as "non-serious."

I just received a tweet from a friend flying from Los Angeles to New York: "Security at LAX is insane. Hour+ line for 9 gates. Good thing I got here early. I just want to check through and find a sports bar."

And that's not an international flight. Folks flying internationally into the US, including Canada and Mexico, should arrive at the airport several hours in advance of their usual time. Alaska Airlines issued this notice, and many airlines are only allowing one carry-on bag, which must be placed in the overhead bin. 
Here's the latest news from cbc.ca: Major airport delays in wake of bomb attempt.

Air Canada issued a new Travel Advisory on Dec. 26, 2009
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