Road Warrior, Internet of Things in travel, EU Aviation Strategy, Cabin OK not OK, POD DC

Connecting people, luggage and aircraft, airlines down differences for strategy discussion, cabin bags not changing yet, new miniscule roomed hotel for Washington

 

Connectivity during flights set to take offThe internet of things, when physical objects are connected to the internet, is going to play a key role in travel in the not too distant future. Sita, the air transport and communications specialist, surveyed 200 of the world’s top airlines and more than half plan investments in this area. Eighty- three per cent of passengers are already travelling with a smartphone and keeping people luggage and aircraft connected will be easier. Airline chiefs set out route to greater efficiency Last week the heads of Air France KLM, easyJet, IAG, Lufthansa and Ryanair sat around a table in Brussels to discuss EU aviation strategy with transport commissioner Violeta Bulc. Setting aside their competitive differences, the airlines urged the commissioner to introduce more efficiency in air-traffic control, to reduce the tax burden on passengers, and consider reforming the airport charges directive.

Strengthening EU aviation strategy by simplifying regulatory structures would ensure jobs, growth and innovation, they said.

Americans resist downsizing of cabin luggage Cabin-okay is not okay for the moment. The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has had to pause plans for the rollout of a standardised cabin baggage size due to concerns from travellers, particularly in North America. Cabin-okay would be 20 per cent smaller than the size most major airlines currently allow.

Iata pointed out that the scheme was designed to be a guideline, not a standard. So it is back to the drawing board. Pod expands with Washington DC microhotel Washington DC is due to get a microhotel next year when the Pod DC opens on H Street NW. The 245 rooms at the Pod will be a minuscule 14sq m (150sq ft) with everything you will need for a good night’s stay. You may have to take your pants off in the hallway but you will be paying at least a fifth less than the midrange price. Pod Hotels has two properties in New York, at East 39th and East 51st streets.

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