Airline Really Sorry For Telling Cancer Patient She Couldn’t Fly Without Doctor’s Note

Airline Really Sorry For Telling Cancer Patient She Couldn’t Fly Without Doctor’s Note

Alaska Airlines is blaming a “communication breakdown” for an embarrassing incident that resulted in a 51-year-old cancer patient and her family being removed from a plane to San Jose, CA, by an employee who said the woman could not fly unless she had a note from her doctor. [More]

Delta Makes 20-Minute Bag Guarantee Permanent, But Still Severely Limited

Delta Makes 20-Minute Bag Guarantee Permanent, But Still Severely Limited

Back in February we told you that Delta was testing a limited-time guarantee for its SkyMiles frequent fliers — Your checked bags will be at the carousel within 20 minutes or you get 2,500 miles. The airline has decided that the program is worth continuing, but it’s still incredibly restrictive. [More]

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Woman Suing Spirit Airlines Over Husband’s Death Claims Flight Attendants Weren’t Trained Properly

A woman whose husband died after having a medical crisis onboard a Spirit Airlines flight has filed a lawsuit against the airline and two of its flight attendants, claiming the airline was negligent in its training of staff. [More]

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Airline’s Pilots Warn Passengers Of Safety Concerns

In an open letter to their passengers, the pilots of Nevada-based budget carrier Allegiant Air have gone public with their concerns about what they see as sagging service and safety standards for the airlines. [More]

JetBlue Cancels Passenger’s Ticket For Flight He Wasn’t Even Supposed To Be On

JetBlue Cancels Passenger’s Ticket For Flight He Wasn’t Even Supposed To Be On

Anyone who has traveled frequently enough has likely had to deal with your flight being canceled or rescheduled and all the havoc that can ensue trying to keep the rest of your itinerary from being completely screwed up. But what’s a traveler to do when the airline screws up twice and cancels your ticket for a flight that you’re not even booked on? [More]

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JetBlue System-Wide Computer Failure Leads To Long Lines, Delays

If you’re stuck in a long line at the airport right now, you’re not alone: JetBlue’s computer system failed this morning, forcing the airline to check all its passengers in manually. [More]

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Southwest Airlines Kicks Passenger Off Flight For “Broad F****ing City” T-Shirt

For those unfamiliar with the Comedy Central show Broad City, the two main characters are a pair of unapologetically potty-mouthed friends with a penchant for using colorful language to describe any and all situations. But in showing his fandom with a T-shirt bearing the word “F***ing” between “Broad” and “City,” a Southwest Airlines passenger was reportedly kicked off his flight after refusing to cover up during an unscheduled stopover. [More]

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American Airlines Will Start Folding US Airways Frequent-Flier Accounts Into AAdvantage Program

If you’ve got US Airways frequent-flier points amassed in your account, be prepared for them to magically change into American Airlines AAdvantage points this weekend. American says it’ll start transferring the points between accounts as it continues to integrate the two carriers. [More]

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TSA Busts Passenger Allegedly Trying To Fly With Bear Paws In His Luggage

We’ve heard many a tale of travelers accused of trying to move things they shouldn’t through the air in their luggage, attempts that are often thwarted by the Transportation Security Administration’s airport checkpoints. But while we’re used to hearing about concealed weapons or live wildlife, officials say one traveler allegedly upped the “what not to pack” ante by toting bear paws and other parts in his bags. [More]

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United Airlines Flight Forced To Turn Around After Passenger Reportedly Makes Run For Cockpit Door

A United Airways flight bound for Denver was forced to turn back to Washington Dulles Airport after a passenger reportedly made a rush for the cockpit door, and had to be restrained. An airline spokesman says the passenger “failed to comply with crew instructions” last night. [More]

In spite of the fact that this post reeks of scamminess, more than 85,000 Facebook users passed it on, at least hoping that it was authentic.

No, Qantas Isn’t Giving Away Free First Class Tickets For Liking A Post On Facebook

It’s a Facebook post in which the company name is misspelled. It contends that an underwhelming number of passengers is reason to celebrate. It states that all you have to do to get free first class seats is to “Like” the post, and that “winner’s will be inbox’d on March 17.” Nothing about this seems legitimate, and yet more than 85,000 people thought it was worth a shot. [More]

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Flight Attendant Involved In “Nut Rage” Incident Sues Korean Air Lines, Former Exec

A flight attendant in the middle of the “nut rage” case that found a now former Korean Air Lines executive sentenced to prison for one year has filed a civil lawsuit against the airline chairman’s daughter in New York, naming the airline as a defendant as well. [More]

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TSA Finds Stowaway Chihuahua In Passenger’s Suitcase

We’re big fans of the Transportation Safety Administration’s hashtag-happy Instagram account, since we enjoy gawking at weaponry that people have tried to sneak on planes, from ammo-filled Bibles to throwing stars. Yet the TSA protected one traveler from a horrifying discovery at the end of her trip: her dog had stowed away in her suitcase, and she didn’t even know it. [More]

American Airlines Super Sorry About Leaving Passenger On Hold For 6 Hours

American Airlines Super Sorry About Leaving Passenger On Hold For 6 Hours

If you’ve tried to fly this winter, chances are you’ve hit some weather-related delays or cancelations and ended up in line or on the phone waiting to speak to someone who could help you out. But odds are that you didn’t wait as long as the one Florida woman who spent six hours trapped on hold with American Airlines. [More]

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Passenger’s Lawsuit Blames American Airlines For Wife’s Death

A Canadian man who flew with his wife on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Mexico in March 2013 has filed a lawsuit against the airline, blaming it for his wife’s death. [More]

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JetBlue Realizes Pun Referencing Large Flying Machines Falling From The Sky Is Not The Best Idea

JetBlue is busy apologizing on Twitter for a now-deleted and ill-advised Tweet that made a bad pun referencing the Hindenburg Disaster. Too soon, perhaps, but also, reminding people of the time a flying machine crashed isn’t the best way to instill confidence in your own flying machines. Just sayin’. [More]

United Airlines Warns Pilots About Safety Concerns

United Airlines Warns Pilots About Safety Concerns

Following four incidents that United Airlines dubs “safety events and near-misses,” the carrier has issued a warning to its pilots about “significant safety concerns,” and asking them to cut down on potentially disastrous mistakes. [More]

Southwest Gets OK To Continue Flying 128 Planes That Missed Inspections

Southwest Gets OK To Continue Flying 128 Planes That Missed Inspections

Yesterday afternoon, Southwest Airlines had to cancel dozens of flights after learning that one-fifth of its entire fleet was overdue for a necessary maintenance check. The airline was to have grounded 128 planes pending inspection, but has reached a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration that will allow those jets to continue flying. [More]