40 Of 100 Most-Delayed Flights Take Off Or Land In Newark

40 Of 100 Most-Delayed Flights Take Off Or Land In Newark

If you’re reading this story on your laptop or smartphone while waiting for a flight to or from Newark International Airport, we have some good and bad news. On one hand, there’s a decent chance your flight will be delayed. On the other, you’ll have plenty of time to file a complaint with the airline, airport and FAA. [More]

Southwest Passenger: I Was Removed From Plane For Crying, Asking For Wine

Southwest Passenger: I Was Removed From Plane For Crying, Asking For Wine

A woman who was trying to fly from Oakland to Dallas, where her father had just suffered a heart attack, says she and her sister were removed from a Southwest Airlines flight because the flight attendant misinterpreted the passenger’s tearful request for a glass of wine. [More]

Delta, Continental, Others Jack Up Fares After Federal Tax Takes Vacation

Delta, Continental, Others Jack Up Fares After Federal Tax Takes Vacation

As we reported last week, the inability for Congress to come to terms on a bill that would extend the FAA’s operating authority means that airlines are not currently charging federal taxes on airfares. But if you’re not seeing any difference in the final price of your ticket, that’s because most airlines have increased their fares since Saturday. [More]

Unable To Get Nicotine Fix, Southwest Passenger Resorts To Throwing Peanuts & Pretzels At Flight Attendants

Unable To Get Nicotine Fix, Southwest Passenger Resorts To Throwing Peanuts & Pretzels At Flight Attendants

A passenger on board a Southwest Airlines flight from L.A. to Salt Lake City was arrested earlier this week after he allegedly hurled bags of snacks at flight attendants to express his frustration over being unable to inhale fumes from an electronic cigarette. [More]

Airlines Can't Convince Court They Are Being Overcharged For TSA Screening

Airlines Can't Convince Court They Are Being Overcharged For TSA Screening

Even though the screeners at airport security checkpoints in the U.S. are employees of the Transportation Security Administration and those fancy new see-through-your-clothes machines are technically paid for by the feds, the airlines still have to fork over hundreds of millions of dollars per year for security theater. Several of them claim the TSA is overcharging to the tune of $115 million. An appeals court disagrees. [More]

Southwest Flight Attendants May Sue Over Pilot's "Gays, Grannies & Grandes" Rant

Southwest Flight Attendants May Sue Over Pilot's "Gays, Grannies & Grandes" Rant

Yesterday, an unnamed Southwest Airlines pilot made headlines when it was discovered he’d accidentally broadcast his complaints about the lack of straight, slender, young hotties working as flight attendants for the airline to Houston air traffic control and anyone else listening in. Not surprisingly, the attendants — regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation or bangability — are not pleased. [More]

Southwest Pilot Suspended For Ranting Over The Radio That He Can't Date Gay, Old & Fat Flight Attendants

Southwest Pilot Suspended For Ranting Over The Radio That He Can't Date Gay, Old & Fat Flight Attendants

While Southwest Airlines might be tops in customer satisfaction, at least one of its pilots is dissatisfied with his employer’s lack of sexy stewardesses. And now that pilot has been suspended after his profanity-filled rant on the topic was broadcast from the cockpit. [More]

Southwest Tells Mother & Daughter They're Too Fat To Fly, Apologizes

Southwest Tells Mother & Daughter They're Too Fat To Fly, Apologizes

Southwest doesn’t care if you’re say, a celebrity like director Kevin Smith or a normal, innocent mother/daughter duo. If they think you’re too fat to fly, they’ll tell you so, and in this most recent case, they’ll tell you in an embarrassing manner in front of a crowd of people at the airport. [More]

Man Arrested At Airport After Swearing At Flight Crew

Man Arrested At Airport After Swearing At Flight Crew

Note to flyers: If you’ve got a beef with flight attendants, try not to cuss them out, because losing your temper could lead to your detention and arrest. [More]

Check Out Your Airline's Safety Records Online Before You Fly

Check Out Your Airline's Safety Records Online Before You Fly

Are you tired of waiting for those scary headlines to hit detailing safety failures to find out about an airline’s safety records? For those spooked by Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 forced to make an emergency landing when a hole torn open in its fuselage mid-flight, there are a few things you can do to check things out before booking and boarding. [More]

Airline Employees Really Don't Care That You Left Your iPad On The Plane

Airline Employees Really Don't Care That You Left Your iPad On The Plane

If there’s anything I’ve learned over the last year of reading the stories that our readers send in to The Consumerist, it’s this: the seat-back pouches on airplanes are the perfect place to stash your iPad during a flight, then never see it again. This apparently happens to a surprising number of people, but Amin thought he was lucky: he noticed that his was missing only twenty minutes after getting off the plane. This meant that he could rush back and perhaps recover the iPad before the plane took off again. Except…well, we’re posting this story, so you can probably guess what happened next. [More]

FAA Calls For Mandatory Inspection Of Older Boeing 737s

FAA Calls For Mandatory Inspection Of Older Boeing 737s

Following this past weekend’s incident in which a Southwest Airlines jet suddenly got a sunroof when a hole opened up in the plane’s fuselage and the subsequent finding of problematic cracking on at least three other Southwest jets, the FAA is set to require inspections of around 175 older Boeing 737s. [More]

Cracks Found In Three More Southwest Jets

Cracks Found In Three More Southwest Jets

It has not been a good weekend for Southwest Airlines. The carrier grounded dozens of planes and canceled hundreds of flights after a hole opened up in the fuselage of a plane in mid-flight on Friday. Investigators subsequently found widespread cracking in that plane. And now comes news that cracks have been found in at least three more Southwest jets. [More]

Widespread Cracking Found In Southwest Plane Forced To Make Emergency Landing

Widespread Cracking Found In Southwest Plane Forced To Make Emergency Landing

Safety inspectors have found what they describe as “widespread cracking” and fatigue on the fuselage of the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 forced to make an emergency landing Friday when a large hole opened in the cabin mid-flight. [More]

Southwest Grounding 79 Planes After Hole Opens In Fuselage Mid-Flight

Southwest Grounding 79 Planes After Hole Opens In Fuselage Mid-Flight

Southwest Airlines announced today that they are grounding 79 planes after 3- to 4-foot hole opened in the fuselage of one its planes mid-flight, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing. [More]

Sale Of AirTran To Southwest One Step Closer To Being A Done Deal

Sale Of AirTran To Southwest One Step Closer To Being A Done Deal

Overshadowed by last year’s relatively rapid merger of United and Continental was the sale of AirTran to Southwest. That sale is now one big step away from completion after AirTran shareholders approved the deal earlier this week. [More]

Southwest Apologizes For Booting Muslim Woman From Flight

Southwest Apologizes For Booting Muslim Woman From Flight

Earlier this week, I took part in a panel discussion at SXSW on “The Legal Ramifications Of Saying ‘I’m Sorry,’” along with a senior executive from Southwest Airlines who explained why his company believes it’s best to be proactive about apologizing to customers when a mistake has been made. A few days later, Southwest was given the chance to make good on its claim. [More]

Get Your Airline Ticket Changed For Free Because Of Massive Midwest Storm

Get Your Airline Ticket Changed For Free Because Of Massive Midwest Storm

The Superbowl of storms is headed for the Midwest with 20″ snow and 45 mph winds predicted for Chicago. Thankfully, a lot of airlines are waiving their usual ticket change fees for travelers who could be affected. 3,000 flights have already been canceled in advance of the potentially deadly weather. Don’t go to the airport to see if you can make your flight, don’t get stuck in an airport, stay home, stay over at your friend’s house an extra day or two, and take advantage of this leniency. Here are links to the various airlines and their waiver and winter update pages and policies: [More]