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Knowing Who’s On Your Airplane

I don’t know about you, but I’d like to think that the feds have screened the other passengers sitting on my airplane. To do that, they also have to screen me. That’s the deal.

December 31, 2015
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Airline Fares Fall, Complaints Rise

Consumer surveys have shown that the most important factor in buying an airline ticket is price. So a 5 percent drop in domestic airfares during the first 10 months of 2015 compared with the same period last year should result in lots of happy fliers, right? Not so. Instead, complaints against airlines are on the rise.

December 26, 2015

Travel Dilemmas: If Airfare Drops After You Buy A Ticket, Are You Entitled To A Refund?

As consumers, we think that buying an airline ticket in advance is our hedge against airfare increases, and it very often is. Except when it’s not.

November 13, 2015

Five Ways To Avoid Those Sky-High Airfare Change Fees

These days, few things are as painful to the human pocketbook as a great and sudden change in your airline travel plans.

September 5, 2015

Tracking Glitch Cancels More Than 200 Flights On U.S. East Coast

More than 200 flights were canceled at airports along the U.S. East Coast on Saturday due to a problem with a flight-tracking system in the Washington, D.C. area.

August 15, 2015

Indian Ocean Debris Almost Certainly From A Boeing 777: Malaysia

Malaysia is “almost certain” that plane debris found in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370.

July 30, 2015

Aggression, Not Just Depression, Led Co-Pilot To Crash Plane, Experts Say

In the preliminary accounts of Lubitz’s life before he killed himself and 149 others, they see a highly unstable and emotionally sensitive young adult who probably felt his world was coming apart.

April 5, 2015

Germanwings Co-Pilot Accelerated Plane Before Crash, Officials Say

The second black box recovered from the wreckage of Germanwings flight 4U9525 shows that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz accelerated the aircraft as it descended into the Alps.

April 3, 2015
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French Officials Refute Claims Of Plane Crash Video Recording

A video from a cell phone which survived the horrific Germanwings crash casts doubt over Lufthansa’s full cooperation with investigators.

April 1, 2015

Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘Cockpit Confidential’

In his 2013 book ‘Cockpit Confidential,’ former pilot Patrick Smith pulled back the curtain on the inner workings of air travel.

March 29, 2015

Germanwings Plane Crashes In French Alps; No Survivors

The cause of the crash, which occurred about midway through the flight, is unknown. German security officials said there was no initial evidence of terrorism.

March 24, 2015

How To Make Your Flight Attendant Like You

If you’re good to your flight attendant, they’ll be good to you.

March 6, 2015

Passenger Rights Group Calls For A Cap On Airline Change Fees

Are airlines are “engaging in rampant cartel-like behavior”?

February 27, 2015

Non-Stop versus Direct Flights: Do You Know The Difference?

A frequent mistake made by travelers can make the difference between a hassle-free trip, and one that’s far longer than you anticipated.

November 6, 2014

Fire At Air Control Facility Halts Chicago Flights

Suspected arson at a radar facility halts air travel at two of the country’s busiest airports.

September 26, 2014

Days Of ‘Friendly Skies’ Become A Dim Memory

Because nothing important is going on in the world right now, America is engaged in a fevered debate about airplane seats. Is there a God-given right to recline, even if it impinges on the kneecaps of the person seated behind you? Three recent in-air disputes have resulted in commercial flights being rerouted for unscheduled landings, […]

September 9, 2014

The Smallness Of Being In Economy Class

Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything. The middle class sees its stature shrinking in the global pecking order and in a culture that favors money over well-being. There can be no better example for this than the indignities of flying economy. […]

August 28, 2014

Delta Stops Routing Flights Through Ukrainian Airspace

New York (AFP) – U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines said Thursday it was no longer sending flights through Ukrainian airspace after the crash of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. “Out of an abundance of caution, Delta is not routing flights through Ukrainian airspace and is monitoring the situation involving Malaysia Airlines […]

July 18, 2014