American Airlines Launches Real-Time Baggage Tracking Service For Travelers

After a long day of traveling the last thing you want to deal with is lost baggage, but, unfortunately, that’s a very real situation for millions of consumers: over the last five years, the Transportation Security Administration paid out $3 million for lost, stolen and damaged baggage. American Airlines is trying to give travelers piece of mind that their bags are well within reach by launching a new bag tracking service. [More]

Priest Sentenced To 6 Months In Prison For Groping Woman On US Airways Flight

Priest Sentenced To 6 Months In Prison For Groping Woman On US Airways Flight

Almost exactly a year after he was caught groping a female passenger on a US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, a Catholic priest has been sentenced to six months behind bars in a federal prison, followed by six months of house arrest. [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]

After the flight, the man's mother realized is wheelchair had been damaged.

Airline Apologizes After Repeatedly Mistreating Traveler In Wheelchair

A US Airways passenger with muscular dystrophy says he was dropped by crew members, had his shoe knocked off, was left in the aisle, and then twice left at the wrong gate. Now the airline’s new owners have some apologizing to do. [More]


US Airways, American Airlines Set Deadline For Merging Booking Systems

Even though regulators approved the merger of American Airlines and US Airways in late 2013, the two carriers have continued to operate separate websites with separate systems for booking travel. That will soon begin to change, with the merged mega-airline announcing an October deadline for operating as a single carrier. [More]


Guy Upset Over Overbooked US Airways Flight Strips Naked In Charlotte Airport

There are many things you can do when a flight is overbooked, but a lot of those things won’t get you on an airplane. That includes stripping down to your birthday suit in the airport while yelling at people, like witnesses say one man did after trying unsuccessfully to get aboard a US Airways flight at Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Jamaica yesterday. [More]

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Airline Performance Slips; Virgin America Named No. 1 For Third Time In Annual Airline Survey

Many consumers have a love-hate relationship with airlines: We love that they get us from point A to point B faster than a car, but we hate all the little fees, the inevitable delays and the occasional lost bag. It looks like all that hate once again won out, as this year’s Airline Quality Rating Survey found performance declined across all customer-focused categories just a year after the industry’s best scores in 25 years. The only carryover from the hopeful 2013 report was Virgin America’s ranking as top airline for the third consecutive year.  [More]


American Airlines Will Start Folding US Airways Frequent-Flier Accounts Into AAdvantage Program

If you’ve got US Airways frequent-flier points amassed in your account, be prepared for them to magically change into American Airlines AAdvantage points this weekend. American says it’ll start transferring the points between accounts as it continues to integrate the two carriers. [More]


American Airlines Plans To Spend $2B Refreshing Planes, Lobbies

Indulging in a makeover every now and then always makes for a nice change of pace, and when you’re a major airline, it also comes with quite a hefty price tag. American Airlines said it’s going to splash out $2 billion in an effort to spiff up its plane and lobbies after its merger with US Airways. [More]

Here’s What It Looks Like After Someone Shouts “I Have Ebola, You’re All Screwed!” On A Plane


You know the saying about how you should never yell “Fire!” in a theater? Let’s bring that maxim up to date, and amend it to add that you should also refrain from shouting, “I have Ebola, you’re all screwed!” on an airplane. Because that will result in the hazardous materials folks showing up and generally spoiling an entire planeful of people’s plans for an uneventful flight. [More]

Shipment Of Live Crabs Desperate For Freedom Delays US Airways Flight

These are also crabs. (tjean314)

While you’re sitting there wondering if you can just fly this goshdarn plane itself, there could be some very interesting reasons for your flight to be delayed. Sure, there are crew issues and mechanical problems, but there’s also the very real threat from live seafood seeking to escape their confines in a plane’s cargo hold. [More]

Which Airlines Have The Most Comfortable Coach Seats?


“Oh, goodie! I get to sit in coach for X amount of hours! I can’t wait to stretch out and relax,” said no one ever before flying, because in economy class, luxurious leg room and a sweet ratio of cushion to rump comfort is not what you’re paying for. That being said, some airlines are better at pleasing our behinds than others, according to a new poll released this week. [More]

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American Airlines Fares Back On Orbitz After Everyone Agrees To Kiss And Make Up

Feathers were flying, dust was stirred up and a general hullabaloo was underway when American Airlines and US Airways announced last week that they’d be pulling fares off travel booking site Orbitz.com. But now the tiff is over almost as quickly as it began, as the two sides have agreed to get back together. [More]

It Just Got More Expensive For Older Youths To Fly Solo With American Airlines

It Just Got More Expensive For Older Youths To Fly Solo With American Airlines

Older tweens flying solo on American Airlines and hoping for a bit more independence can kiss those dreams goodbye. The latest American/US Airways merger-related policy update for the airline involves increasing the age for which unaccompanied minors must pay to be supervised.


Make It Stop: Second Report This Week Of A Man Groping A Female Passenger On A Flight

It was only yesterday that we were bemoaning the fact that yet again, we had to call attention to a report of a man arrested for molesting a female passenger on a flight. Here we are today with another story — a different man and a different victim, but all too familiar allegations. [More]


Woman Shouting Obscenities Kicked Off U.S. Airways Flight

While we’ve never had occasion to experience it, getting kicked off a plane cannot be a fun time. But it isn’t just a terrible experience for the person in the midst of being taken away, but often it’s a very uncomfortable, cringeworthy event for all those around. To wit: A woman screaming obscenities at her captors on a US Airways flight as they take her into custody and force her off the plane. [More]


FAA: Pilot Endangered People By Buzzing His House, The Mall At 500 Feet

Seeing your world down on Earth in miniature is something we humans have enjoyed ever since the first person got to the top of something tall, looked down and said “Oooh, that’s my cave all the way down there!” But the Federal Aviation Administration says one pilot flying a US Airways passenger flight should’ve resisted that urge when he reportedly buzzed his house and a local mall at an altitude of only 500 feet. [More]

FAA Halts All U.S. Flights To Israel For 24 Hours Due To Missile Concerns

FAA Halts All U.S. Flights To Israel For 24 Hours Due To Missile Concerns

The FAA has just issued an order prohibiting U.S. air carriers from flying into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport for the next 24 hours. [More]