F-16s Escort United Flight After Reclined Seat Leads To Slapfest

F-16s Escort United Flight After Reclined Seat Leads To Slapfest

We’ve all gotten annoyed at a passenger in front of us who reclines his seat too far into our space, but most of the time it doesn’t lead to two fighter jets escorting the plane for an unscheduled landing. [More]

The Airlines That Make Us Hate to Fly

The Airlines That Make Us Hate to Fly

Air travelers all have and use their own horror stories to determine which airline is the worst one around. But which U.S. carrier is statistically the worst company flying? American Eagle. [More]

Some Airlines Jettisoning First Class Seats

Some Airlines Jettisoning First Class Seats

Global austerity has lead some airlines to chuck first class seats out the air lock. [More]

An Insider's Look At A Four Hour United Express Delay

An Insider's Look At A Four Hour United Express Delay

If there was something that could delay United Airlines flight 1488 from Washington to Philadelphia, then it happened, writes our tipster dev. Although originally meant to be a short one hour flight, the delays stretched to over three hours. Dev writes that most of the delays were caused by the pre-flight crew: “Those of us in the front of the aircraft could hear the Trans States Airlines crew griping over the fact that the ground crew, another contract outfit (this group from Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation), did not do their pre-flight prep work on the plane properly.” [More]

Shareholders Say "Voltron Unite!" To United-Continental Merger

Shareholders Say "Voltron Unite!" To United-Continental Merger

United and Continental are oh so close to merging, now that shareholders for both airlines have approved the deal. [More]

United Hates U.S. Diplomatic Relations With Pakistan

United Hates U.S. Diplomatic Relations With Pakistan

United has already mastered guitar bashing, so now the airline is moving on to more ambitious projects: screwing up diplomatic relations with other countries. [More]

Justice Dept. Clears Way For Continental-United Merger

Justice Dept. Clears Way For Continental-United Merger

The marriage between Continental and United Airlines got one huge step closer to happening on Friday when investigators at the Justice Department wrapped up their four-month inquiry into the merger and offered its blessing. [More]

Here's What A Merged United/Continental Plane Will Look
Like

Here's What A Merged United/Continental Plane Will Look Like

Continental and United Airlines won’t officially join to form their airline Voltron for several months, but yesterday they released this image of how the branding on their planes will work once the merger is complete. [More]

United Airlines Is The King Of Fees

United Airlines Is The King Of Fees

A newly released study shows that airlines around the globe are raking in cash from ancillary revenue like baggage fees. Worldwide, carriers collected $13.5 billion in fees last year, an increase of 43% over the previous year. And sitting high atop that pile was United Airlines. [More]

Turbulence Injures Dozens Of Passengers On Diverted United Flight

Turbulence Injures Dozens Of Passengers On Diverted United Flight

A United Airlines flight from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles hit more than a few bumps in the road Monday night when turbulence not only caused the plane to be diverted to Denver, but also left at least 25 people injured. [More]

United Removes Passenger From Flight After He Asks Whether A Meal Will Be Served

United Removes Passenger From Flight After He Asks Whether A Meal Will Be Served

Over at JoeSugarman.com, Joe writes that on his way home from a seminar in Austin, he settled into his first class seat–he’s what United Airlines calls a 1K traveler because he flies over 100,000 miles with them every year–and asked the flight attendant, “Are you serving any meals during our flight?” A few minutes later, he writes, “two armed Austin police officers boarded the plane, looked at me and said, ‘Sugarman, follow us.'” [More]

United Overloads Plane, Kicks Off Passengers Who Paid The Least For Their Tickets

United Overloads Plane, Kicks Off Passengers Who Paid The Least For Their Tickets

Last week, a United Airlines flight from Burlington to Washington, D.C. was deemed too heavy to fly, so the company had to decide who to boot off. In a moment of what was almost certainly accidental honesty, they targeted the 20 least profitable customers. We know this was their criteria because they announced it to the rest of the passengers, so those who remained were able to rest easy knowing that all the cheapskates, budget travelers and poor people were gone. [More]

United Gate Bag Template 1" Shorter Than Check-In's, Makes You Gate Check Bag

United Gate Bag Template 1" Shorter Than Check-In's, Makes You Gate Check Bag

He thought he was golden but radio host Todd Schnitt had to check his carry-on unexpectedly because the baggage check template at the gate was one inch shorter than the one at check-in. [More]

You're Most Likely To Get Stranded On The Tarmac With Delta And United

You're Most Likely To Get Stranded On The Tarmac With Delta And United

Every month the Department of Transportation issues the Air Travel Consumer Report. This month the report has statistics about tarmac delays — and the numbers aren’t good for Delta, United and their regional partners. [More]

Passengers Sue To Stop Continental-United Merger

Passengers Sue To Stop Continental-United Merger

With both Continental and United Airlines ready to say “I do,” a group of peeved passengers has busted into the church prepared to give their reasons for why these two carriers should not be wed. [More]

Is The Dominican Republic An International Destination? Airlines Disagree

Is The Dominican Republic An International Destination? Airlines Disagree

American Airlines told Bill that he couldn’t acces their international lounge because his flight from the Dominican Republic to Houston, which required a passport and a customs form, didn’t count as an international flight. Bill’s wife had paid $300 to upgrade Bill’s ticket to first class expressly so he could access the lounge, and Bill wasn’t sure what part of “international” American didn’t seem to understand. Yet it turns out American might be right. [More]

United Leaves Blind Passenger On Plane

United Leaves Blind Passenger On Plane

Jessica Cabot was born blind, but she’d been on two flights by herself before boarding a United Airlines flight last month, so she figured she knew what to expect. On all three flights, she was told by the flight attendants to remain seated until everyone else was off the plane, and then someone would help her off. That worked the first two times at any rate. [More]

Will Love For Continental Make You Forget You're Flying United?

Will Love For Continental Make You Forget You're Flying United?

While United Airlines has languished near the bottom of many quality and popularity rankings, Continental’s image has stayed sky-high. And now that the two are merging, will the new United benefit from Continental’s popularity — or will the new airline be derided as nothing more than the old United with a new set of paint? Industry-watchers questioned by Ad Age aren’t very bullish: “Fares will be higher, and service will be reduced,” warns Chris Elliott of elliott.org. [More]