It’s been a busy week in travel news. From an unexpected (and welcome) pizza delivery on grounded flights across the country, to news in the travel guidebook world, and updates to airline procedures, we’ve got all the news, quick and easy.
Passengers on Delta flights this week got a delicious pizza surprise while they were waiting on the tarmac. One flight originally due to land in Atlanta, was diverted to Knoxville due to tornado warnings in Georgia. Passengers on another Delta flight, also bound for Atlanta but diverted to Savannah, got special treatment with fresh pizza, too. Considering that flight crews are required by law to provide snacks and water if the plane is stuck on the tarmac for two hours, a hot slice of pie is certainly an upgrade from peanuts and crackers. (Via USA TODAY)
American Airlines has begun testing new boarding procedures by allowing passengers without carry-ons (just a personal item) on board before those with roller bags and larger carry-ons. The hope is to make the boarding process speedier. (Via USA TODAY)
JetBlue is planning to include premium seats on their cross-country daytime flights. Also in the works, the carrier is upgrading all their planes to include Wi-Fi. This decision will leave Southwest as the only airline that still only has coach-only service. (Via USA TODAY)
Before this week, there were only rumors of BBC Worldwide selling their well-known guidebook franchise, Lonely Planet, to U.S. billionaire Brad Kelley, but earlier this week, the rumors were confirmed. (Via Skift)
Google has published its last Frommer’s travel guidebooks. (Via Skift)