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]

Delta Air Lines Trying Its Best To Raise Domestic Fares By $10-20

Delta Air Lines Trying Its Best To Raise Domestic Fares By $10-20

Whatever you do, other airlines, please don’t follow the leader. Delta Air Lines just pushed through an airfare hike for domestic flights, and if their plan works, other airlines will follow suit and that increase will go into effect across the board. Sort of like when the popular girl tells everyone else they have to wear the right scrunchies or be ostracized. [More]

Don't Leave Your Phone In The Airplane Bathroom Or Someone Will Think It's A Bomb

Don't Leave Your Phone In The Airplane Bathroom Or Someone Will Think It's A Bomb

There once was a time when the worst thing that could happen if you accidentally left your phone in an airplane bathroom was that it might be stolen by a sticky-fingered passenger or crew member. But now, a phone in the loo could be a bomb, which means your plane is making an emergency landing and everyone on board will arrive late to their destination. [More]

Worst Company In America Round One: Spirit Airlines Vs. Delta

Worst Company In America Round One: Spirit Airlines Vs. Delta

The final day of Round One competition is waiting on the tarmac, ready to take off. Unfortunately, these two airlines would like to charge you for the privilege of voting on which one is worse. [More]

Here It Is, Your Lineup For Worst Company In America 2012!

Here It Is, Your Lineup For Worst Company In America 2012!

Welcome to Consumerist’s 7th Annual Worst Company In America tournament, where the businesses you nominated face off for a title that none of them will publicly admit to wanting — but which all of them try their hardest to earn. So it’s time to fill in the brackets and start another office pool. That is, unless you work at one of the 32 companies competing in the tournament. [More]

Some Airlines Starting To Get It, Installing Roomier Overhead Bins

Some Airlines Starting To Get It, Installing Roomier Overhead Bins

After seeing countless passengers refusing to believe that their wheelie bag isn’t going to fit in closed bins, while others just will not listen to flight attendants’ pleas of “please don’t put your coat in the overhead bin,” some airlines are actually expanding the size of their overhead bins. [More]

Penguins Waddling Around On Delta Flight Elicit Squees Of Joy From Everyone Onboard

Penguins Waddling Around On Delta Flight Elicit Squees Of Joy From Everyone Onboard

We’re a bit batty over airline news today, but this one just had to be posted: If anyone ever told you something unlikely would happen “when penguins fly,” you take this story and shove it right in that person’s face. Two penguins not only flew, but they traveled first class on the way to a premiere. Sure, they’re still technically flightless birds, but at least they got to see how the other species live. [More]

Wireless Is Free On Delta As Long You're Buying Stuff From Amazon

Wireless Is Free On Delta As Long You're Buying Stuff From Amazon

There’s some good news for Delta Airlines passengers is that they’re offering free in-flight WiFi. Score! Oh but there’s a catch — it’s only free to view Amazon.com sites so you can buy stuff mid-air. Yay…? [More]

Airlines Hike Up Fares Yet Again, Blaming Higher Fuel Costs

Airlines aren’t just good at lifting planes into the air, but with yet another hike on round-trip fares, they’re showing how great they are at sending prices skyward as well. Zing! This latest increase is the third already this year. [More]

35 Pets Died On Airplanes Last Year, Over Half On Delta

Animal lovers were justifiably critical of Delta Airlines after sixteen pets died in 2010 during or after flights in the cargo hold. But even after banning frequently-overheating short-muzzled breeds like bulldogs from the skies, nineteen pets passed away during or shortly after Delta flights in 2011. That’s out of a total of 35 pets that died on U.S. carriers last year. In addition, nine pets sustained major or minor injuries, and two were lost. [More]

Runway Slide Forces Passengers To Sit In Cabin For More Than 2 Hours

Runway Slide Forces Passengers To Sit In Cabin For More Than 2 Hours

Passengers on a Delta Air Lines flight from Las Vegas to Detroit suffered an awful two-fer after a muffed landing Sunday. After they survived the fright of sitting in the plane as it careened off the runway and into the grass, they were stuck in there for two and a half hours as crews towed the plane back to where it belonged. [More]

Report: Delta, U.S. Airways Among Those With An Eye To Buy American Airlines Parent Company

Report: Delta, U.S. Airways Among Those With An Eye To Buy American Airlines Parent Company

As American Airlines parent company AMR tries to sort itself out during bankruptcy proceedings, there are already a few vultures circling it. A report says Delta Air Lines and U.S. Airways are considering buying AMR, along with a buyout firm called TPG Capital. [More]

Packing Valuable Items In Your Luggage? Check Your Bags Before You Leave The Airport

Packing Valuable Items In Your Luggage? Check Your Bags Before You Leave The Airport

If you’ve got to take something valuable — especially something fragile and valuable — on a plane, it’s best to try to carry it on. And as Consumerist reader Cathy learned, if you must check those items, be sure to look at your bags before you leave the baggage claim area, just in case that item has gotten damaged or disappeared. [More]

Man Arrested After Trying To Bail Out Of Mid-Air Flight

Man Arrested After Trying To Bail Out Of Mid-Air Flight

Although some flights are uncomfortable, that’s no excuse to try to bust open an emergency exit and take a leap. Authorities arrested a Delta Airlines passenger who allegedly tried to to just that Sunday. [More]

There Are About To Be Even Fewer Cheap Seats On Delta Flights

There Are About To Be Even Fewer Cheap Seats On Delta Flights

Earlier this year, Delta introduced Economy Comfort seats that offer more legroom but which come at a higher price. Well it looks like enough people are interested in this option that the airline is adding them on most of its planes. [More]