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Pilot Flying As An American Airlines Passenger Caught On Video Texting During Takeoff

Where there are rules, there will inevitably be people who break them. But it’s still surprising when someone who’s tasked with enforcing those rules is instead doing exactly what they usually tell others not to do. That was the case for a man flying on American Airlines recently, who filmed an airline pilot traveling as a passenger on a flight from Charlotte to Tampa texting on his cellphone during takeoff. [More]

Delta Will Give Business Customers Travel Credits If Its On-Time Rate Dips Below Both United & American

Delta Will Give Business Customers Travel Credits If Its On-Time Rate Dips Below Both United & American

In a move that seems meant to reassure business customers while simultaneously patting itself on the back for a job well-done, Delta Air Lines is talking up its current lead over United Airlines and American Airlines in the area of on-time flights by promising to pay travel credits into corporate accounts if it falls behind its rivals. [More]

Hilton’s Partnership With Uber Allows Guests To Grab A Ride Through Hotel’s App

Hilton’s Partnership With Uber Allows Guests To Grab A Ride Through Hotel’s App

Once upon a time, the hotel front desk was the go-to spot for guests who wanted something, whether it’s more towels or advice on the best spots in town to visit (and a cab to get there). You’ll still have to call for more towels at Hilton Hotels, but in a new partnership with Uber, hotel guests will now be able to schedule alerts through the HHonors app to remind them when they need to arrange a ride to check out the sights they’ve planned to see during their stay. [More]

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]

American Airlines Will Honor Super Low “Mistake Fares” That Discounted Flights Up To 90% (UPDATE)

American Airlines Will Honor Super Low “Mistake Fares” That Discounted Flights Up To 90% (UPDATE)

UPDATE: After hearing from some Consumerist readers that American Airlines was canceling those tickets bought on the cheap due to a website error, the airline confirmed that while it it’s still going to honor some “mistake fares,” other folks won’t be so lucky. [More]

Allegiant Airlines Plans To Inspect All Planes After Yet Another Flight Disturbance

Allegiant Airlines Plans To Inspect All Planes After Yet Another Flight Disturbance

Last month, federal regulators announced they had stepped up scrutiny of budget carrier Allegiant Airlines after a string of in-flight disturbances and accusations from a pilot’s union of poor safety standards. Now, after yet another issue, the airline says it plans to inspect its entire fleet. [More]

Cheap Gas Prices Could Mean Travel Headaches This Labor Day Weekend

Cheap Gas Prices Could Mean Travel Headaches This Labor Day Weekend

While we’ve all been dancing around at the gas pump over the news that fuel prices are cheap nationwide right now on average and will keep dropping until it’s below $2 a gallon, there’s a potential down side to the cheap gas glory: an estimated 35.5 million Americans will hit the road for Labor Day weekend, spurred in part by the low cost of gas. More people driving translates into more cars on the road, which could mean you’ll be stuck playing car games while waiting for traffic to move. [More]

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Two Passengers Arrested After Pepper Spray, Razor Come Out During Fight On JetBlue Flight

You’ve probably had that feeling: the one where the plane has landed, and it’s only a matter of minutes before you’re standing up, walking down that aisle and finally getting off. But police say that moment got a bit too testy after a JetBlue flight coming from Jamaica landed at John F. Kennedy Airport yesterday morning in New York, when two female passengers got in a brawl. [More]

Airfare Deals Popping Up In Some Cities As Airlines Try To Fill More Seats

Airfare Deals Popping Up In Some Cities As Airlines Try To Fill More Seats

The bad news: No, you’re not going to score a sweet deal on a holiday flight or a weekend trip to a popular vacation destination. But there is good news: if you’re going to certain cities during off-peak travel times like the middle of the week, there could be a ridiculously low airfare out there just for you. [More]

Former Airline Catering Employee Sues American Airlines After Cargo Box Falls On Him

Former Airline Catering Employee Sues American Airlines After Cargo Box Falls On Him

Depending on your job, going to work each day might entail putting yourself in harm’s way. However, most of us probably don’t envision going about our daily tasks and having a nearly 700-pound cargo box fall on us. But that’s exactly what happened to a Houston man, and now he’s suing American Airlines. [More]

Guy Late For His Flight Accused Of Running Onto Airport Ramp In Attempt To Stop Departing Plane

Guy Late For His Flight Accused Of Running Onto Airport Ramp In Attempt To Stop Departing Plane

It might sound like a scene from a romantic comedy: A man is on his way to his high school reunion, but he’s late for his flight, he goes all out in his efforts to keep the plane from leaving without him, he reunites with his former love, all ends well, etc. Except in real life, police weren’t pleased with a man accused of running into a secure area of the Denver Airport to try to halt a departing plane he was supposed to be on. [More]

Lawsuit Claims Unattended United Airlines Serving Cart Fell On, Injured Passenger

Lawsuit Claims Unattended United Airlines Serving Cart Fell On, Injured Passenger

Anyone who’s left their elbow and knee in the airplane aisle knows — getting bumped by the beverage cart isn’t a pleasant experience. But one couple who flew on a United Airlines flight from Hawaii to Japan say in a new lawsuit that their flight crew left a service cart unsecured and on its own in the aisle, claiming that it fell on the man, injuring his leg. [More]

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Suitcase Cam Shows What It’s Like To Be Luggage At The Airport

Have you ever ever wondered what it’s like for your checked luggage at the airport? Where does it go, what does it see, who touches it — does it make suitcase friends along the way? While many of those questions remain unanswered, a new video shot from the point of view of a piece of baggage cruising around behind the scenes at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is definitely mesmerizing. [More]

FAA: Software Upgrade Could Be Behind Technical Glitch That Snarled Hundreds Of Flights Over The Weekend

FAA: Software Upgrade Could Be Behind Technical Glitch That Snarled Hundreds Of Flights Over The Weekend

If you had a terrible time trying to fly somewhere in the U.S. this past weekend, you’re not alone: hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled along the East Coast on Saturday before travel returned to a more normal pace on Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration says the technical problem at a Virginia air traffic control center that caused the travel issues could be linked to a software upgrade at the facility. [More]

Flying Uzbekistan Airways? You’ll Have To Get Weighed At The Airport

Flying Uzbekistan Airways? You’ll Have To Get Weighed At The Airport

While Uzbekistan Airways won’t sell travelers different fares based on their weight, the airline has announced that passengers will need to step on the scale with their carry-on bags before flying, citing safety reasons. [More]

Airline Screwup Forces Family To Drive Home From Arizona When They Should Be In Caribbean

Airline Screwup Forces Family To Drive Home From Arizona When They Should Be In Caribbean

Starting on October 17, recently merged American Airlines and US Airways will operate all flights as one airline. But until then – as has been the case with previous airline mergers – customers might experience a few hiccups when booking flights. That was certainly the case for a California family who says their vacation was ruined because of issues with the newly married carriers. [More]

Frontier Airlines Claims To Save $1.9M By Eliminating Toll-Free Customer Service Calls

Frontier Airlines Claims To Save $1.9M By Eliminating Toll-Free Customer Service Calls

If you’ve ever run into an issue with your airline of choice, then you probably know one of the preferred ways to reach out to the carrier is through their toll-free customer service phone number. But that’s not the case anymore for Frontier Airlines, which has ditched its 800 number in order to cut costs.  [More]

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Parents: Remember To Check Your Kids’ Carry-On Bags Because Hatchets, Grenades Aren’t Allowed On Planes

Parents, we are not here to tell you how to be a parent. But might we suggest you oversee your child’s packing efforts before you head to the airport? You know, just in case said kid decides to include a dangerous weapon in their carry-on bag. [More]