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KFC Takes the Colonel’s Classic to the Skies in Japan

JAL/KFC(TOKYO) -- Just in time for KFC’s most lucrative holiday in Japan, Japan Airlines plans to take the colonel’s classic to a whole new level: on board U.S.- and Europe-bound flights.

The fast food chain and JAL are teaming up to offer packaged fried chicken meals between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28.  The so-called Air Kentucky trays will consist of a fried drumstick, boneless breast filet, flat bread and cole slaw -- similar to a two-piece chicken meal at a KFC store.  

They will be served as a second meal to premium-economy and economy class customers on board flights from Narita Airport to New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Paris, Frankfurt and London.

The JAL-KFC partnership coincides with the American chain’s most popular holiday in Japan, Christmas.  KFC has used savvy marketing to establish fried chicken meals as a holiday tradition there.  The colonel’s recipe is so popular during Christmas, customers begin placing orders months in advance to secure their festive feast.

KFC is the latest in a long list of fast food chains JAL has tapped to offer special meals on board their flights as part of their “Air Series.”

In March, the carrier teamed up with restaurant chain Yoshinoya to serve their famous beef bowls on board international flights.

A few months later, JAL teamed with the popular hamburger chain MOS Burger to offer in-flight rice burgers, which included steamed rice patties with carrots and oyster mushrooms, among other vegetables.  

Chinese pork buns and donut chain Mister Donuts have also been featured in meals.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Obama Admin Blasts EU Law Charging Domestic Airlines Extra Fees

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is not happy about a new policy by the European Union that would charge U.S. airline carriers every time planes land or leave the continent.

The law by the E.U. is intended to reduce green-house gas emissions.  While the Obama administration supports decreasing pollution on a global scale, the White House says the plan goes too far.

Testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood argued the case of domestic carriers, which say the fees could amount to $3 billion annually by the year 2020.

Without mincing words, LaHood told lawmakers, "We think this is a lousy policy.  A lousy law that they passed."

LaHood said the administration would be proactive in getting the E.U. to change its mind about the policy because it ought to take into account how the law might adversely affect other countries.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Belgian Passengers Stage Protest over Baggage Fees

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- Passengers traveling aboard Ryanair flight 8175 apparently had had enough with airline fees. So much so that 100 of them, on a flight from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands to Brussels, Belgium, had to be removed from the airplane by Spanish police over the weekend.

The passengers became disruptive and refused to comply with crew instructions after a number of their group was assessed a "gate bag fee," according to a statement posted online by Ryanair. The fee applies to bags that exceed certain weight and size limitations and runs 35 Euros (about $47.50) per bag.

The Irish-based low-cost carrier says, "Lanzarote police required the entire aircraft to be offloaded, each passenger identified," adding, "Following further disruptive behavior, the police required for security reasons that this entire group be refused travel."

BBC News identified the group as Belgian students, adding that approximately 70 of the students were still stuck in Lanzarote Sunday night.

Ryanair said it would re-accommodate some of the group. However, the airline added that "any individuals who engaged in disruptive behavior or refused to follow crew instructions will not be allowed to fly." The incident resulted in a three-hour delay for the remaining passengers.

Ryanair lists over 20 fees on its website, starting at four Euros for priority boarding access. The carrier charges 40 Euros to re-issue a lost or misplaced boarding pass, a fee that has generated some controversy. According to a BBC News report, a judge in Spain has ruled that fee illegal.

On its website Ryanair defends the practice.

The practice took off in 2007 when cash-strapped carriers turned to fees to offset rising fuel prices. Now, passengers flying on an airline in the U.S. can encounter any number of airline fees from a pre-boarding fee to a charge for extra leg room.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Spanish Air Traffic Controllers Strike, Thousands Stranded

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MADRID) -- Spanish air traffic controllers are headed back to work from an unofficial strike after the government declared a state of alert, which meant those refusing to return could face prosecution.

Tens of thousands of travellers were left stranded when air traffic controllers walked off the job in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Approximately 50 percent of airspace was reopened Saturday shortly after Iberia – the country's largest air carrier – announced all flights would be cancelled until Sunday morning. The airline tweeted that flights from Santo Domingo, Chicago, New York and Miami were being rerouted to Portugal.

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