Southwest Flight Diverted After Fight Breaks Out Between “Disorderly” Group Of Passengers

Southwest Flight Diverted After Fight Breaks Out Between “Disorderly” Group Of Passengers

A Southwest Airlines flight from San Diego heading to Chicago last night had to make an unplanned stop in Amarillo, TX, after police said a fight broke out on board among a group of passengers who were traveling together. [More]

Southwest Airlines Receives Yet Another Fine Related To Aircraft Repairs

Southwest Airlines Receives Yet Another Fine Related To Aircraft Repairs

Southwest Airlines faces yet another aircraft repair related fine — this time for $325,000 — from federal regulators after flying an airplane too long after it had received temporary repairs. [More]

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Southwest Airlines, TSA Blame Each Other For Unusually Long Security Lines At Midway Airport

People traveling out of Chicago’s Midway International Airport on Friday aren’t getting very far, as travelers are said to be waiting an hour or more to get through unusually long security checkpoint lines. [More]

Consumers Have Filed 75 Antitrust Lawsuits Against Delta, American, United & Southwest Airlines Since July

Consumers Have Filed 75 Antitrust Lawsuits Against Delta, American, United & Southwest Airlines Since July

Shortly after the Department of Justice announced in early July that it had opened an investigation into alleged collusion between major airlines to keep ticket prices high two groups of passengers filed lawsuits against the major U.S. carriers. Since then, the legal system has been inundated with strikingly similar complaints from travelers. [More]

United Airlines CEO: Checked Bag Fees Are Here To Stay, Just Part Of Doing Business

United Airlines CEO: Checked Bag Fees Are Here To Stay, Just Part Of Doing Business

Despite Southwest Airlines’ recent admission that charging for bags would be a financially irresponsible policy change, it doesn’t appear that other airlines feel the same way. [More]

Southwest Airlines Has No Plans To Start Charging For Checked Bags

Southwest Airlines Has No Plans To Start Charging For Checked Bags

Less than a month after JetBlue said goodbye to free checked bags, Southwest Airlines has made it clear it won’t be going down the same path. [More]

Five Airlines Being Probed For Price-Gouging Following Amtrak Accident

Five Airlines Being Probed For Price-Gouging Following Amtrak Accident

Five airlines are at the center of a newly opened federal investigation into price-gouging for their actions in allegedly raising airfares following the May derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured 200 others. [More]

Southwest Passengers Removed From Plane After Engine Catches Fire

Southwest Passengers Removed From Plane After Engine Catches Fire

A short delay turned into an overnight stay for nearly 150 Southwest passengers when the aircraft they were on aborted its takeoff after an engine caught fire. [More]

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Delta, American, United & Southwest Face Passenger Lawsuits Over Alleged Collusion For Higher Airfares

Following news that the Department of Justice opened an investigation into alleged collusion between major airlines to keep ticket prices high, it was only a matter of time before consumers began filing lawsuit against the major U.S. carriers. [More]

Man Arrested For Fondling Himself, Looking At Porn On Southwest Flight

Man Arrested For Fondling Himself, Looking At Porn On Southwest Flight

Flying from Baltimore to Denver isn’t very exciting. If you’re going to provide your own in-flight entertainment, though, please don’t follow the lead of a 63-year-old man who took that flight on Saturday. His choice of distraction got him arrested once he was on the ground for committing lewd, indecent or obscene acts in public aboard an aircraft. [More]

Southwest Airlines' Fare Hike Will Probably Work Because The Other Carriers Are Sheep

Southwest Airlines' Fare Hike Will Probably Work Because The Other Carriers Are Sheep

Whatever Southwest Airlines gets, Southwest AIrlines gets. At least when it comes to instituting price hikes, because when it goes for one, all the other carriers usually fall right in line. This time, Southwest is attempting a $5 increase on one-way routes of less than 500 miles. It’s the eighth attempt this year by airlines to raise fares, and it will probably stick, say experts. [More]

Southwest Airlines Pilot's Tiff With TSA Agent Escalates Until Cops Make Everyone Chill Out

Southwest Airlines Pilot's Tiff With TSA Agent Escalates Until Cops Make Everyone Chill Out

No, you aren’t the only one who gets annoyed with the Transportation Security Administration (in fact, 81% of those who responded to our recent poll aren’t fans) — even pilots get fed up from time to time, including one of Southwest Airlines’ very own who was so peeved at a “condescending” agent at New Hampshire’s Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, cops had to be called to cool the whole situation down. [More]

Southwest Ticket Debacle Illustrates Problems With Using Debit Cards For Big Purchases

Southwest Ticket Debacle Illustrates Problems With Using Debit Cards For Big Purchases

A week ago, Southwest Airlines ticked off an awful lot of customers when a disastrous Facebook promotion resulted in people being charged multiple times — upwards of 24 or 25 times — for each ticket. While the airline responded quickly and says it will make things right with customers, many of those who paid with debit cards are still waiting to get their money back. [More]

Teen Learns That Cutting Southwest's Boarding Line Means Apologizing To The Entire Plane

Teen Learns That Cutting Southwest's Boarding Line Means Apologizing To The Entire Plane

Learning how to conduct yourself as a responsible adult is something we all (well, mostly all) experience at certain times in life. To wit: One Texas high school lacrosse player was served a very valuable lesson recently about remaining considerate even during the often frustrating experience of boarding a plane. After the teen used Southwest Airlines’ first come, first served open seating boarding process to try and jump the line, his coaches made him pay for it in a very public manner. [More]

Southwest Bills Customers Multiple Times In Failed Facebook Promotion

Southwest Bills Customers Multiple Times In Failed Facebook Promotion

To celebrate its 3 millionth Facebook like — perhaps the most useless metric in social media — Southwest Airlines announced a half-price fare sale. But when some people tried to take advantage of the deal, they ended up having their credit and debit cards dinged with multiple charges. [More]

Which Airlines Pile On The Most Fees? Compare And Learn

Which Airlines Pile On The Most Fees? Compare And Learn

Our friends over at NerdWallet are always coming up with useful, easy-to-use tools that sift and collate financial information that is normally scattered in a lot of different places. Most of these tools involve credit cards and banking, but they’ve recently opened a travel section. A handy new tool on the site lets you calculate the fees that different airlines charge for the same options, such as checked baggage, rebooking, or unaccompanied minor tickets. This makes it easier to compare airfares that might seem cheap before you start piling on fees. [More]