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Report: Airlines Settle $6M Lawsuit Over Death Of Obese Woman Kept From Flying

Three airlines have settled a $6 million lawsuit brought by the husband of a woman who was stranded in Hungary when Delta, KLM Royal Dutch and Lufthansa said she was too fat to fly. The 407-pound woman had diabetes and kidney disease, and passed away nine days after trying to return to her the United States to seek treatment from her doctors. [More]

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Obese Woman’s Husband Blames 3 Airlines For Her Death After She Was Kept From Flying

When not one but three airlines fail to accommodate an obese passenger trying to get home to receive medical care in the U.S., who is to blame? A New York woman’s husband is suing Delta, KLM and Lufthansa Airlines claiming her death is all on them, after she was unable to successfully get home to the states from Hungary on three separate flights. [More]

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Passenger Steps Up To Help Fly Plane When Co-Pilot Gets Migraine

When most of us get a migraine, we don’t need to find someone nearby to continue doing our job right at that moment. That’s different you’re a pilot and currently in the act of flying a plane. Luckily enough for a Lufthansa flight headed from Newark to Frankfurt, Germany, there was a spare pilot on board when a migraine hit the cockpit. [More]

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Somehow Airplane’s Near-Crash Due To Almost Unconscious Pilots Was Covered Up For 2 Years

Some things are easy to sweep under the rug β€” a former blinding passion for the Dave Matthews Band or when you stole a lollipop at the grocery checkout when you were five β€” but how in the heck did a Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa*, manage to cover up for almost two years the fact that a plane carrying 150 passengers almost crashed? At the time, the air in the cockpit was contaminated and both pilots were close to losing consciousness. [More]

Sad In-Flight Meals Are Enough To Make Us Lose Our Appetites

Sad In-Flight Meals Are Enough To Make Us Lose Our Appetites

There has been a lot of shouting and complaining in recent years as major airlines like Continental and United have done away with free food on domestic flights. But the folks at Jaunted.com have put together a gallery of craptastic airline meals that will make you glad you don’t have the option of chowing down for free. [More]

Pillow Fight Breaks Out On Airplane

Pillow Fight Breaks Out On Airplane

A pillow fight broke out among tourists sitting in economy on a Lufthansa airplane this summer, and even the flight attendant got in on the action, laughing and tossing out more fluffy ammunition. In the end everyone claps and laughs. Aw! [More]

Lufthansa Pilots Put Strike On Hold For Now

Lufthansa Pilots Put Strike On Hold For Now

Less than 24 hours after 4,000 pilots for German airline Lufthansa walked off the job, the strike was suspended as talks resumed between the flyboys and girls and the company. [More]

Consumerist Poll: Is First-Class Travel Really Necessary?

Consumerist Poll: Is First-Class Travel Really Necessary?

Faced with a 20% drop in ‘premium’ travel as compared to a year ago, some airlines (Qantas, BA) have started cutting back on their first-class fanciness. Some (Emirates, Air France, Lufthansa) find the idea “unthinkable”. Yet those airlines who continue to invest in first-class travel might be making the smarter move: they’re hoping these passengers will stay loyal when the economy bounces back. Which is not such a bad idea, considering the fact that first-class passengers are the ones keeping the airlines afloat. (Uh, aloft?)

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Lufthansa is buying a stake in JetBlue, says the New York Times. [NYT]

In-Flight Bunk Beds: Would You Rather Fly "Horizontally?"

In-Flight Bunk Beds: Would You Rather Fly "Horizontally?"

Economy-class passengers have had to settle for being packed into tightly regimented reclining seats for extended periods of travel, which have been blamed for causing potentially fatal blood clots known as deep-vein thrombosis, or DVT, in susceptible individuals.

"Code Share": When Your Airline Isn't Your Airline

"Code Share": When Your Airline Isn't Your Airline

Ever go to check in for the next leg of your flight, only to find that there is no check-in for the airline you’re supposed to be on? That’s what happened to Michael and Joyce Ludmer.

AirTran Wins, Midwest Loses in Fastest Telephone Customer Service

AirTran Wins, Midwest Loses in Fastest Telephone Customer Service

Here’s the results of our week-long investigation into how fast it took airlines to pick up the phone.

Time to Human, Airlines, Day 5

Time to Human, Airlines, Day 5

All week we’ve been calling the airlines to see how long it takes their customer service reps to answer the phone. Here’s today’s rankings:

Time to Human, Airlines, Day 4

Time to Human, Airlines, Day 4

Midwest, while once again the loser, performed slightly better today.

Time to Human, Airlines, Day 3

Time to Human, Airlines, Day 3

Nothing can stop us from calling up all the airlines and comparing how fast it takes a carbon-based life form to pick up the phone. Not even the tinkly pianissimo of Midwest’s hold line. We foil all the automated response system’s attempts to pry out more information about an actual ticket using the short circuit shortcuts provided by GetHuman.

Time to Human, Airlines, Day 2

Time to Human, Airlines, Day 2

We’re calling the major airlines this week to see how long it takes them to pick up.

Time to Human, Airlines, Day 1

Time to Human, Airlines, Day 1

The statistics train keeps on rolling. We called up many major airlines this afternoon and here’s how long it took for them to pick up.