Delta Moves Past United To Snag No. 2 U.S. Airline Spot By Traffic

Delta Moves Past United To Snag No. 2 U.S. Airline Spot By Traffic

When you’re a major U.S. airline, there’s only one direction you want to go, and that’s up. Which is why Delta Air Lines is likely in a celebratory mood and United Airlines is perhaps a bit down in the dumps today, upon hearing the news that the former has passed the latter to become the No. 2 carrier based on traffic for 2015, behind American Airlines. [More]

The CARES harness in use by children who are not related to this article.

American Airlines Should Not Have Told Family They Couldn’t Use FAA-Approved Safety Harness

Consumerist reader John and his wife were traveling with their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter on an American Airlines flight from New York to San Diego, and they’d brought along a special device to help keep their toddler safe, a CARES (Child Aviation Safety Restraint System) harness. Despite the fact that it’s approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, John says the flight’s pilot refused to take off while his daughter was using it in her seat. [More]

Shuttle America Flight Diverted After Passenger Allegedly Became Violent Toward Flight Attendants, Others

Shuttle America Flight Diverted After Passenger Allegedly Became Violent Toward Flight Attendants, Others

We get it, sometimes you want to shove your seatmate’s elbow off the armrest, or maybe wish evil upon the person taking up all the overhead space. But cooler heads should prevail, lest you find your flight making an unscheduled stop. A Shuttle America flight yesterday had to be diverted after a passenger allegedly attacked a flight attendant and her fellow travelers. [More]

Airlines Testing Auctions For Seat Upgrades At Gates

Airlines Testing Auctions For Seat Upgrades At Gates

Until recently, the only thing that auctions and airlines had in common were crowds of on-edge people in confined spaces. Some carriers are testing out the idea of turning their airport gates into auction houses, selling off premium seat upgrades to the highest bidders. [More]

When The Biggest U.S. Airlines Try To Compete With Low-Cost Carriers, Travelers Win

When The Biggest U.S. Airlines Try To Compete With Low-Cost Carriers, Travelers Win

Usually we wouldn’t be fans of fighting, but when it comes to companies vying for consumers’ hard-earned dollars, the more they try to one-up each other, the better it is for us. So it’s cause for celebration now that the three biggest airlines in the U.S. are paying attention to their low-cost rivals, bringing down ticket prices for everyone. [More]

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Thousands Of Flights Canceled, Delayed As Storm System Wreaks Holiday Travel Havoc

Even if you haven’t had to fly anywhere yesterday or today, you’re likely aware that there’s a large storm system currently duffing up air travel across the U.S. Time to break out the leftover egg nog and reconcile yourself to the inevitable nog hangover, travelers, as thousands of flights have been canceled or delayed already. [More]

United Airlines Expands Age Range For Children Flying Alone Who Are Required To Use $150 Service

United Airlines Expands Age Range For Children Flying Alone Who Are Required To Use $150 Service

If you’ve got a tween who’s preparing to fly alone on United Airlines, you might end up paying a fee you weren’t prepared for: United Airlines has quietly expanded the age range of children who have to use a $150 service when flying without an accompanying adult, raising it from an upper limit of age 12 to age 15. [More]

Cat Gets Loose On Delta Air Lines Flight, Tries To Realize Dream Of Being A Flight Attendant

Cat Gets Loose On Delta Air Lines Flight, Tries To Realize Dream Of Being A Flight Attendant

Traveling can be a mundane, routine task: print off your boarding pass, check your bags, walk through security, sit at your gate, board, and takeoff. But a recent Delta Air Lines flight had the exciting bonus of an escaped feline roaming around the aircraft. [More]

These pups aren't part of United Paws, but they'd still relieve holiday stress. (Hammerin Man)

United Airlines Bringing 200 Comfort Dogs To Seven Airports For A Bit Of Holiday Travel Stress-Relief

With holiday travel predicted to reach record levels this week, it’s probably a safe bet that someone at some overcrowded airport across the country will get a bit stressed out. In a bid to make sure holiday travel is a bit less grueling for passengers, United Airlines is sending in the dogs, literally.  [More]

Either Your Dreams Or Your Nightmares Could Come True With Design For Airplane Observation Deck

Either Your Dreams Or Your Nightmares Could Come True With Design For Airplane Observation Deck

The good news is, we’ve finally heard about an airplane seating design that doesn’t involve stacking passengers on top of each other or forcing travelers to stare at each other awkwardly. The other news is that the plan for an observation deck built for two atop an airplane could either sound like a dream come true or a nightmare scenario fully realized. [More]

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Holiday Travel Predicted To Hit Record High With 100 Million People Planning A Trip This Season

Santa Claus isn’t the only one polishing up his ride for the season: more than 100 million travelers are expected to take a trip for the holidays this year, which is a record number for the travel-heavy season. And, of course, it means sharing the roads and skies with more people than usual, which is always fun. [More]

Alaska Airlines Joining Premium Ticketing Bandwagon In 2016

Following the lead of other domestic carriers, Alaska Airlines will soon offer passengers a premium economy ticket option. The Premium Class section will debut in late 2016 and provide customers three to four inches of extra legroom, priority boarding and as yet unspecified “additional amenities.” The upgrade will be available to Alaska Airlines elite Mileage Plan members on a complimentary basis at booking or on the day of travel, but it was unclear how much the option will cost for other passengers. [Alaska Airlines]

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Denying Travelers Compensation For Damaged Bags Won’t Fly With The DOT Starting Jan. 9

Some airlines aren’t living up to their obligation to compensate passengers for damage to their luggage, recent inspections by the Department of Transportation found. Now, the agency is warning carriers that if their policies and trainings don’t fall in line with federal regulations by Jan. 9, they could face fines and other enforcement action.  [More]

Lawmaker Questions Airlines, Plane Manufacturers On Cybersecurity Measures

Lawmaker Questions Airlines, Plane Manufacturers On Cybersecurity Measures

Eight months after a government report found that airplanes with WiFi connections may be vulnerable to cyber attacks and seven months after a hacker claimed to have commandeered a United Airlines flight via the plane’s in-flight entertainment system, one lawmaker wants to know just what airlines are doing to protect their computer systems — and passengers.  [More]

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First Commercial Passenger Flight Touches Down In Antarctica

Until now, tourists with a yearning to explore Antarctica have been much like the penguins that live there… flightless. Though cargo craft often fly to the southernmost pole with scientists and equipment for research purposes, most other visitors have had to rely on ships to carry them to the icy continent. That could all change in the future, with the landing of the first commercial passenger flight in Antarctica late last month. [More]

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Study: Airlines Padded Flight Schedules To Improve On-Time Performance Stats

So many things can delay a flight — weather, traffic, minor technical glitches to name just a few — and yet nearly three-quarters of all flights arrived at their destination on schedule last year. A new study suggests that this achievement might not just be the result of increased efficiency, but of padded schedules. [More]

American Airlines Apologizes To Passenger Who Said He Was Kicked Off Flight For Being Overweight

American Airlines Apologizes To Passenger Who Said He Was Kicked Off Flight For Being Overweight

American Airlines has apologized for the experience of a passenger who claims he was at first told to get off a flight because he’s overweight, and was only able to stay on the plane after he begged the crew to reconsider. [More]

Officials: Spirit Airlines Flight Returned To Airport After Takeoff Due To Bomb Threat Onboard

Officials: Spirit Airlines Flight Returned To Airport After Takeoff Due To Bomb Threat Onboard

UPDATE: The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is now calling the incident a misunderstanding by a passenger who overheard a phone conversation. [More]