How air travel has changed in 2021
(CNN) – It has been another eventful year for aviation.
Here we take a look back at how CNN has covered the biggest developments in aviation over the past 12 months.
Passports and vaccine warrants
The first line of execution
Flight attendants are receiving self-defense training as the number of unruly passengers is on the rise. CNN’s Pete Muntean reports.
In addition to grappling with passengers who do not want to wear masks or who try to drink their own alcohol in flight, airlines have had to keep up with the rapidly evolving and often confusing Covid legislation introduced by governments.
Busy planes and rising prices
A small advantage for consumers in the age of Covid is that many airlines around the world have introduced and retained much greater flexibility when it comes to changing flights at short notice. However, flying is now often a stressful and costly experience overall – not helped by ‘fit-to-fly’ Covid testing still being a Wild West of private companies offering extremely varied levels of service and value for money.
Hello, goodbye and see you later
CNN’s Richard Quest boards JetBlue Airlines’ first transatlantic flight and discusses the travel challenges JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes faced ahead of the launch of the New York-London route.
The “hijacking” of Belarus
Willie Walsh, chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), told CNN’s Becky Anderson that the hijacked Ryanair flight was an “extremely dangerous action.”
In May, Ryanair flight FR4978 from Athens to Vilnius was forcibly diverted to Minsk, escorted by Belarusian fighter jets, in order for Belarusian authorities to arrest opposition activist Roman Protasevich and his Russian companion Sofia Sapega.
The carbon issue
At its annual meeting in October, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) approved a resolution in favor of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The supersonic dream hit the turbulence
Evolution of the cabin
By 2022 and beyond, first class is disappearing from many airlines, with business class options becoming more luxurious.