Andrew W. Sieber

American Airlines’ “Simplified” Boarding Process Now Has 9 Boarding Groups

In an attempt to better serve passengers and, you know, get things moving, airlines have been revamping their boarding processes in recent years, from Delta Air Lines employees pre-load carry-on bags to Southwest’s changes to family boarding. American will soon debut its proposed solution to this problem, by increasing the number of boarding groups to nine.
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Lil Tikes Recalling 540K Toddler Swings Because Children Can Fall Out

Lil Tikes Recalling 540K Toddler Swings Because Children Can Fall Out

As a kid, there’s probably nothing that feels like flying more than swinging as high as you can possibly go, before swooping back toward the ground and up again. But because that thrill can become dangerous if a child isn’t properly secured, Lil Tikes is recalling 540,000 toddler swings due to a fall hazard. [More]

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Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are eight of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

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Flu Spreads, Leaves Small Workplaces Short-Handed

If your favorite small store or other small business is short-handed this winter, you might have to blame a worse-than-average flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu cases nationwide and in 35 out of 50 states are moderate to high, and absences are hitting businesses hard. [More]

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Google Launches New Tool To Fight Toxic Trolls In Online Comments

“Don’t read the comments” is perhaps the most ancient and venerable of all internet-era axioms. Left untended, or even partially tended, internet comments have a way of racing straight to the bottom of the vile, toxic, nasty barrel of human hatred. But now, Google says it’s basically training a robot how to filter those for you, so human readers and moderators can catch a break. [More]

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Norwegian Air Will Sell Tickets For Flights To Europe Starting At $65

Is that thunder we hear? Because Norwegian Air Shuttle is bringing the rain it promised back in 2015, by way of flights between the U.S. and Europe starting at only $65.
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Adidas Accuses Puma Of Swiping Its Stripes For New Soccer Cleats

Adidas Accuses Puma Of Swiping Its Stripes For New Soccer Cleats

Perhaps more than any other piece of apparel, sneaker brands are often closely associated with their well-known logos. Nike’s got the swoosh, Adidas has its three stripes, and Puma has, well… a puma. However, Adidas now claims that Puma’s latest soccer cleats cross the trademark infringement line by allegedly copying the Adidas stripes. [More]

Brian Kelly

Evanger’s VP: Dog Food Recalled For Euthanasia Drugs Contained Horse DNA

An executive at pet food company Evanger’s, which recently recalled its own and Against the Grain beef canned dog food due to drug contamination, recently admitted to a Washington state newspaper that the recalled food contained horse DNA. The company has thus far blamed these issues on its meat supplier, but this is not the first time Evanger’s pet food has included an animal meat that wasn’t advertised. [More]

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Automakers Ask New EPA Chief Pruitt To Rescind Mileage, Greenhouse Gas Standards

Now that Scott Pruitt — the former Oklahoma Attorney General who repeatedly sued the Environmental Protection Agency — has been sworn in as the Administrator of the agency whose policies he once attacked, auto industry lobbyists are calling on the EPA to put a stop to longterm fuel-economy and emissions standards locked in by the previous White House. [More]

SodaStream Recalls 51K Bottles That Could Explode Under Pressure

SodaStream Recalls 51K Bottles That Could Explode Under Pressure

When making a carbonated beverage at home you might expect there to be a little bit of pressure during the process, but probably not enough to make a bottle explode. Yet that’s what tens of thousands of recently recalled SodaStream bottles could do.  [More]

Tech Industry Comes Out Against Possible DHS Collection Of Visitors’ Passwords

Tech Industry Comes Out Against Possible DHS Collection Of Visitors’ Passwords

Earlier this month, newly confirmed Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a Congressional committee that one of the possible forms of “extreme vetting” for visitors to the U.S. could include requiring them to hand over their login information for websites they visit. Today, a coalition made up of human rights organizations, consumer advocates, and the tech industry penned an open letter to Kelly, calling on DHS to not go down this path. [More]

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Sears Tries Combining DieHard Brand With Auto Centers

Last year, Sears Holdings announced that it would begin looking for new ways to extract money from its best-known store brands: Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard. So far, its efforts have included Kenmore televisions, DieHard tires, and selling the entire Craftsman brand. Now it’s lending the DieHard name to a new version of its Auto Center. [More]

Andrew W. Sieber

American Airlines Unveils Routes For Basic Economy Fares

A few weeks back, American Airlines said it would soon begin offering a new “Basic Economy” fare that offers discounts in exchange for travelers giving up their ability to choose a seat or use the overhead bins. Now the airline has begun selling these lower-cost tickets on certain routes, at a savings of around $20 per leg of a flight. [More]

Sargento, MDS Foods Expand Listeria-Contaminated Cheese Recalls

Sargento, MDS Foods Expand Listeria-Contaminated Cheese Recalls

The possible listeria contamination affecting a number of cheese brands continues to grow, as Sargento and MDS Foods announced over the weekend the recall of more than a dozen additional products that may have come into contact with the listeria-tainted cheeses from supplier Deutsch Kase Haus.  [More]

Adam Fagen

Confused By All These New Unlimited Mobile Data Plans? Here’s What’s Up

It’s amazing what competition can do to a marketplace: In the span of a week, all four national wireless carriers have either introduced, enhanced, or dropped prices or restrictions on unlimited data offerings for mobile customers. But that’s a lot of change all at once — so what does it mean for you, the actual subscriber? [More]

5 Home Repairs To Make Now To Avoid Problems Later

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If you put off fixing a wobbly fence post or squeaky door hinge, it’s probably not going to end in a homeowners insurance claim. Other home repairs, if left unchecked, can quickly domino into major disasters. Water is a factor—if not the primary cause—in the majority of high-risk situations. Here’s how to identify priority home repairs and handle them at their source:

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Thomas Hawk

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are seven of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

1 Million Pounds Of Vienna Sausages Recalled For Leaving MSG Off The Label

1 Million Pounds Of Vienna Sausages Recalled For Leaving MSG Off The Label

Aren’t Vienna sausages tasty little chicken-based snacks? Apparently, part of what makes some brands of them so tasty is monosodium glutamate, yet in one recent batch, the company left that ingredient off the label. Now it has to recall 500 tons of sausages, which were sold at retailers including Walmart. [More]