Sunday, 17 July 2011

Passenger friendly security checks planned for UK airports

The British Government have outlined plans to make security at airports more passenger friendly. Under the plans, airports will be able to have great flexibility in the way they deal with passengers.

The Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has said that he wants to move from a 'one-size-fits-all approach' to security. In reality, check such as removing shoes would be discretionary rather than compulsory. It would also mean that this working for airlines such as pilots and cabin crew, would face greater leniency at security checks.

Lufthansa launches bio fuel test period

Lufthansa have announced that they will launch a six-month trial using bio fuel on all regular scheduled flights.

Passengers aboard the Hamburg - Frankfurt - Hamburg route will be aboard a plane where one of its engines is powered by a 50/50 mix of regular fuel and bio synthetic kerosine.

The fuel mix has been approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials. The mix has been approved as bio kerosine has similar properties to conventional kerosine as does not need to be modified to aircraft engines. It is estimated that during the test period, Lufthansa will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 1,500 tonnes.

The test also part of wider plans to examine the effects of bio fuel on the lifespan of aircraft engines.