No, My Drunk Seatmate Probably Can't Open The Emergency Exit

No, My Drunk Seatmate Probably Can't Open The Emergency Exit

Patrick wanted off the plane. The overloaded Delta flight sat on the runway for more than an hour. He had the privilege of sitting in the exit row next to a very drunk man who was probably more likely to collapse on the emergency exit door than to be capable of opening it. When te flight attendant wouldn’t pay attention, he tried to contact Delta customer service and PR via e-mail for help. Some kind of help. When the flight attendants finally let a few people off the plane so it could take off, Patrick wasn’t one of the lucky few. Neither was Drunky McSeatmate. [More]

A Swarm Of Bees Is Not Something That Goes Well With An Airplane's Wings

A Swarm Of Bees Is Not Something That Goes Well With An Airplane's Wings

We know bird strikes are a terrible inconvenience to planes, but what about a gang of marauding bees? So maybe they weren’t exactly marauding, but a beekeeper did have to be called in at Pittsburgh International Airport on Wednesday night to dislodge a swarm of honeybees that took to buzzing about on a plane’s wings. Quite annoying, as the plane was about to take off for New York. [More]

Delta Air Lines Announces It’s Shuttering Regional Carrier Comair In September

Delta Air Lines Announces It’s Shuttering Regional Carrier Comair In September

Customers used to flying with Delta Air Lines’ regional carrier Comair, beware — the airline is shutting down the Cincinnati-based subsidiary at the end of September, as it’s switching to bigger jets that aren’t as expensive to fly. Most of Comair’s employees are in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. [More]

Passengers Discover Sewing Needles In Turkey Sandwiches On Four Delta Flights

Passengers Discover Sewing Needles In Turkey Sandwiches On Four Delta Flights

Two passengers got a mouthful of something horrifying when they bit into sandwiches served aboard Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the U.S. this weekend — sewing needles stuck in the meat. The FBI is now investigating the incidents, which involved needles found in sandwiches on four separate flights. [More]

Officials Investigate Suspicious Wiring In Airplane Bathroom At JFK, No Explosives Found

Officials Investigate Suspicious Wiring In Airplane Bathroom At JFK, No Explosives Found

A Delta flight heading to Madrid out of New York was sent back to the gate at JFK last night after a passenger reported “strange wiring” in the bathroom. After investigating the find, law enforcement officials found no explosives. A U.S. Marshal was on the plane at the time. [More]

FAA Fines Delta Almost $1M For Flying Two Planes Without Making Necessary Repairs

FAA Fines Delta Almost $1M For Flying Two Planes Without Making Necessary Repairs

The Federal Aviation Administration is cracking down on Delta Air Lines, after the agency claimed the carrier failed to make or took its time making necessary repairs to two planes after inspections found damages on the aircrafts. The grand total for such infractions is close to $1 million. [More]

Rude Flight Attendant Almost Spoils My In-Air Proposal

Rude Flight Attendant Almost Spoils My In-Air Proposal

Consumerist reader Jacob had planned to ask his girlfriend for her hand in marriage mid-flight during their recent trip from Tel Aviv to Memphis. But thanks to a terribly rude flight attendant, those plans were almost grounded. [More]

Only JetBlue, Southwest Score Above Average On Customer Satisfaction Index

Only JetBlue, Southwest Score Above Average On Customer Satisfaction Index

For almost two decades, Southwest airlines has sat comfortably atop the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s annual survey of air carriers. But not only did Southwest’s numbers slip a bit in the new list, it also ceded the lead to JetBlue. [More]

5 Tips From A Delta Reservation Agent

5 Tips From A Delta Reservation Agent

What’s the best site for finding airfares? How do I score free upgrades? Will anyone actually try to call my bluff when I claim a bogus bereavement fare? No one is better suited to answer these questions than an experienced flight reservation agent. [More]

Appear In Ad Demanding Living-Wage Jobs, Lose Yours

Appear In Ad Demanding Living-Wage Jobs, Lose Yours

A longtime skycap for Delta Airlines at Seattle-Tacoma Airport appeared in an ad pushing for living-wage jobs for airport workers. The ad was produced by Working Washington, a coalition pushing for fair wages and benefits, and highlighted the low pay that workers tasked with keeping air travel clean and pleasant receive. Contract workers at that airport receive an average of $9.70 an hour. In a move that we’re sure is entirely coincidental, only three workers weren’t hired by the new contractor when Delta switched to a new one recently. The man who appeared in the ad is one of them. [More]

Pole Vaulter: Delta Airlines Robbed Me Of My Title By Losing My Poles

Pole Vaulter: Delta Airlines Robbed Me Of My Title By Losing My Poles

l don’t know a lot about the sport of pole vaulting, but I do know one thing — having a pole to vault with is the first step toward victory. A college athlete claims Delta Air Lines cost her an All-American title by losing her poles, for which she’d paid $200 in oversize baggage fees to check on her flight. [More]

Airlines Aren't Pulling In As Much Dough Off Checked Bags Fees As They Used To

Airlines Aren't Pulling In As Much Dough Off Checked Bags Fees As They Used To

You might already have suspected that the reason why you engage in a fierce, almost Hunger Gamesesque competition to stow your carry-on is because no one wants to pay to check bags. That free-for-all has resulted in U.S. airlines making less money off baggage fees for the first time since they started assessing them. [More]

Survey Finds Best & Worst Airlines For Redeeming Rewards Miles

Survey Finds Best & Worst Airlines For Redeeming Rewards Miles

It’s incredibly easy to pile up airline miles. I think I just earned 400 miles for merely mentioning this fact. But as you may have already discovered, it’s not always so simple to actually redeem those miles. A new survey looked at dozens of domestic and international carriers to find which ones were more likely to have seats available for rewards travel. [More]

Three Delta Employees Charged With Smuggling At Least $600K In Drugs

Three Delta Employees Charged With Smuggling At Least $600K In Drugs

Even though it could result in a life sentence and millions of dollars in fines, airline and airport staff continue to think that smuggling drugs is a good way to earn a few extra bucks on the side. [More]

Delta Cuts Out Pesky Fuel Middleman, Buys Itself An Oil Refinery

Delta Cuts Out Pesky Fuel Middleman, Buys Itself An Oil Refinery

Delta Air Lines has been battling rising jet fuel prices with all the other airlines, trying to institute prices hikes — some successful, some not — and do what it can to cope. And now that everything else hasn’t worked, it’s decided hey, why not just cut to the heart of the problem and buy an oil refinery? [More]

Delta Passengers Quarantined Following Medical Scare (Which Turned Out To Be Bug Bites)

Delta Passengers Quarantined Following Medical Scare (Which Turned Out To Be Bug Bites)

Passengers on board a Delta flight from Detroit to Chicago were quarantined on the tarmac for several hours this afternoon over concerns about one traveler with what appeared to be a mysterious rash. [More]

Delta Flight Forced To Make Emergency Landing After Bird Strike At JFK

Delta Flight Forced To Make Emergency Landing After Bird Strike At JFK

Plane engines make a lot of noise, but then there’s the awful noise it reportedly makes when a bunch of birds hit. Passengers on a Delta flight yesterday had a bit of a scare, after their plane was likely hit by a bird strike on the way to L.A. The crew made a successful emergency landing at JFK. [More]

American & United Do What We Didn't Want Them To, Join Delta In Fare Hike

American & United Do What We Didn't Want Them To, Join Delta In Fare Hike

Remember yesterday when we were like, yeah, it would stink if other airlines joined with Delta in attempting to hike fares by $10 to $20? Guess what, everyone? Some went ahead and did that. American Airlines and United Airlines threw their pricey hats in the ring. [More]