Airlines end emergency deal
Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have ended a financial agreement that allows them to transfer passengers onto each other's flights during emergencies such as storms or hurricanes. Delta blamed the breakup on American, saying American was sending five passengers to Delta for every one flier Delta sent to American. Los Angeles Times
Beware rogue booking sites
About 6 percent of U.S. travelers are tricked each year into thinking they are booking a room directly through a hotel website but instead are making reservations through a "rogue" third-party site, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, which has been warning travelers to be on the lookout for online booking scams. Los Angeles Times
Faster satellite-based Wi-Fi coming to airlines
In-flight Wi-Fi providers are shifting away from slower ground-based Internet systems to satellite-based systems that could increase speeds more than 2,000 percent. Industry leader Gogo plans to launch a satellite-based Wi-Fi system that can offer speeds of up to 70 megabits per second (Mbps), up from the current ground-based standard of about 3 Mbps. "The speeds are going to improve greatly," Gogo spokesman Steve Nolan said. The other advantage to satellite-based Wi-Fi is that it works on international flights and over bodies of water. Meanwhile, Panasonic Avionics plans to unveil an advanced aircraft antenna next month that can offer Wi-Fi speeds as high as 200 Mbps. It is not clear if the faster speeds will mean higher fees. "We haven't talked about how we are going to price it," Gogo's Nolan said.
Los Angeles Times
London getting ready for Halloween
The London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel on the Thames, will be the site of the Witch Academy from Oct. 24 through Halloween. Children and adults can participate in the 30-minute event, which will be "hosted by our wicked witches, with the chance to learn spells, tricks and facts," said a Merlin Entertainments London spokeswoman. Next to the London Eye inside the London Dungeon will be a new performance called "Séance!" from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, with a visit to a chamber in which audience members will encounter medium Florence Cook (in the form of an actor). The Halloween night ghost tours at Hampton Court Palace are sold out, but there are adult ghost tours (minimum age is 15) from Nov. 1 to Feb. 28, 2016.
New York Times
Watch movies and TV with Amazon app
Your hotel TV doesn't have channels you want to watch, and you don't want to pay an arm and a leg to rent a movie. If you're an Amazon Prime member (or want to become one), you can watch its movies and TV episodes through its app. This opens up a new world for travelers who like to have their entertainment with them at all times. Simultaneous downloads are a plus. Download the free app, sign into your Amazon Prime account, select movies and TV episodes to download free, rent or purchase, and then watch offline on your iPhone, iPad, Android device or tablet. Make sure you have plenty of space on your device to store the movies.
Los Angeles Times