Budget U.S. airliner Southwest Airlines has added mobile boarding passes to their mobile apps on Android and iOS. The update brings functionality to Southwest's app that competingcarriers have offered for some time: just load up your boarding pass code on your smartphone and scan it on your way through security and when boarding your plane. Not only does it save on paper, it's more convenient with automatic location-based availability.
If you're traveling in the United States this weekend, remember that the giant snowstorm that hit eastern states has severely disrupted air travel. Definitely make sure to get in touch with your airline before heading out to the airport, and you may also want to download FAAwait, a handy mobile app available for download from the App Store.
The TSA (Transportation Safety Administration) have deemed Apple's new iPad magical enough to pass through airport security scanners mostly without your having to remove it from your travel bags. Mostly.
In the wake of the latest act of terrorism attempted on a US airplane, the TSA has enacted what appear to be deliberately unpredictable new security measures that seem to include a complete ban on the use of electronics like the iPhone or iPod touch, and even the use of the bathroom for the last hour of any plane trip in-bound to the US.
iPhone vs. Palm Pre combat and comparison is nothing new, but is smartphones' newest rivalry ready to take to the skies? Ars Technica certainly thinks so:
Ultimately, traveling with the Pre made me want my iPhone back
Though user-changeable, battery life on the Palm Pre was cited as one of the biggest disadvantages, draining rapidly under the onslaught of the famed Synergy and Card systems, and dying in just 30 min. of Sprint TV viewing(?!). Lack of Apps was another.