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.
In the decades since air travel became commonplace, it has gone from being an adventure, to a pleasure, to the anxiety-attack inducing pain-in-the-butt experience we know today. Long gone are the days of airports as jumping off points to exciting places. Today, we are all too familiar with them as just an unpleasant waypoint between […]
Air travel has gotten so awful and so uncomfortable that now we are forced to resort to abusing our fellow passengers in order to keep our knees and legs from ending up against our chins or blocking the airflow in our windpipes. Last week, two passengers on a United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver […]
By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Two aircraft, one landing and the other taking off, came within just hundreds of yards of colliding with each other at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty Airport last month, according to a preliminary federal report that describes a far more dire picture of the incident than had been thought. The National […]
By Julia Prodis Sulek, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif.—The same day the father of the 15-year-old stowaway was in Hawaii trying to reunite with his runaway son, another family drama involving the teen’s stepmother unfolded Tuesday in a San Jose courtroom. The stepmother, who had been accused by her cousin of treating her stepson […]
By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — Planes searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were grounded Thursday because of stormy conditions off the coast of Australia in another frustrating delay in the protracted search. A U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft scheduled to join the search in the afternoon was grounded, and Australian and Chinese […]
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Malaysia denied that the hunt for a missing jet was in disarray after the search veered far from the plane’s planned route and China said that conflicting information about its course was “pretty chaotic.” Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Wednesday that Malaysia would “never give up hope” of finding the plane’s […]
By Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times A flight attendant remained hospitalized Tuesday after a United Airlines flight experienced turbulence so severe that passengers, including a baby, were tossed about the cabin. Flight 1676 from Denver dropped suddenly and “hard” as it began its descent into Billings, Missouri, passenger Joe Frank told the Denver Post. He […]