Compression Socks Are Now … Hip?

These definitely are not your grandma’s compression stockings. Suddenly, those tight, thick hose that help improve blood circulation are the newest hip-and-healthy trend. My grandma, who wore compression hose back in the day, would be stunned to hear that companies are now making compression tights and knee-high socks in chic colors and fun patterns to appeal to both fashion-conscious travelers and hard-core runners. >> 23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas Here’s the New York Times on the trend among fashionistas: In preparation …

American Airlines Drops Bereavement Fares

American Airlines has quietly ended “bereavement fares.” The airline has dropped the special fares it offered if you could prove you were traveling to a funeral, or the bedside of a grievously sick relative. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are keeping their current bereavement policies in place, according to CNN. Delta forgoes penalties on changing flights; United offers a 5 percent discount. Carriers Southwest Airlines (and its AirTran brand) and JetBlue Airways have never offered bereavement fares, CNN reports. Will there …

Sequester Will Clip Air Passengers’ Wings

The nation’s air traffic controllers can’t hang out a “closed for the day” sign, so starting April 21 travelers will start to see the impact of furloughed staff. Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta testified April 18 that all of the agency’s 47,000 employees, many of them air traffic controllers, will be furloughed. Between April 21 and Sept. 30, each employee will be forced to take 11 days off without pay, leaving control towers short staffed. That means many snowbirds …

This Fact About Flight Attendants May Surprise You

When flight attendant Barbara Beckett, who is in her early 70s, recently retired, it made headlines. After all, her 53 years on the job with American Airlines is a company record. As this 2010 article in the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel notes, a lot has changed since Beckett graduated from stewardess school in 196o. Back then, flight attendants were required to be single and could be fired when they got married, exceeded a certain weight or – horrors – reached …

The Takeaway: 10 Airports Most Likely to Spread Disease (You Might Be Surprised)

In the event of some terrible outbreak — SARS, “swine flu,” whatever it was Gwyneth Paltrow got at the beginning of Contagion — the airports most likely to spread disease aren’t necessarily the biggest or the busiest, according to a new study.

The Takeaway: Fitness Outweighs Body Weight; Airport Security Screenings Raise Concerns

A study of 14,000 middle-aged men found a man’s fitness level was more important to his overall health and longevity than how much he weighed. And complaints about airport security screenings by two 80-something women are raising questions about how to screen older adults and people with medical devices without causing embarrassment.