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Are More Airline Outages Inevitable? Some Experts Think So

In just the past two weeks, two major airlines have suffered massive technical glitches, bringing their operations to a screeching halt, canceling thousand of flights, and stranding thousands of passengers. But a new report suggests that even more devastating glitches are likely to happen thanks in part to an aging U.S. airline reservation system technology.  [More]

Adam Fagen

Guy Stashed Monkey In His Shirt For Flight To Vegas Instead Of Explaining It’s A Support Animal

Here’s some advice we never thought we’d have to give: if you’re going to bring a monkey on a commercial plane, it’s best to inform the airline you’re traveling with that it’s an emotional support animal, instead of stashing it in your shirt. Because, you know, people might notice. [More]

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Man Pleads Guilty To Hacking United Airlines To Steal Travel Vouchers

Remember the guy who was accused of hacking into United Airlines system so he could steal a bunch of travel vouchers and then sell them for a profit? He’s just pleaded guilty. [More]

Adam Fagen

United Airlines Revamping Some Fees For MileagePlus Members

Determining what fees you’ll have to pay when making changes to your United Airlines itinerary is about to get a bit slightly less complicated for MileagePlus members, as the airline recently unveiled it would create one set of fees for changing and canceling flights.  [More]

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Muslim Passengers Report Being Removed From Recent Delta, American Flights

Recently, two sets of Muslim American travelers have reported being removed from Delta Air Lines and American Airlines flights after flight crew in both incidents said they felt uncomfortable. [More]

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Man Accused Of Groping Fellow Passenger On Virgin America Flight

When it comes to air travel, it seems that every few months a passenger is assaulted by a fellow traveler. This time a woman on a Virgin America flight said her seat mate inappropriately touched her, and then offered to buy drinks to smooth things over.  [More]

Spirit Promo Gives Bonus Miles To Customers Who Buy The Cheapest Fares

Spirit Promo Gives Bonus Miles To Customers Who Buy The Cheapest Fares

Whether they like it or not, travelers have become used to the fact that many airlines now reward frequent-flier miles based on how much your ticket costs: the more you spend, the more miles you get. But Spirit is flipping that idea on its head, and will instead offer bonus miles to customers who buy the cheapest fares — for a limited time. [More]

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Air France Warning Travelers Of Canceled Flights Amid Strike

If you’re planning a vacation that involves Air France, well, you should probably keep a close eye on your itinerary: the airline is warning travelers that a worker strike that’s already grounded 900 flights and affected 150,000 customers may result in more last-minute flight cancellations. [More]

David Transier

Southwest CEO Compares Major Outage To “Once-In-A-Thousand-Year” Flood

UPDATE: The union representing Southwest’s pilots has called for CEO Gary Kelly to resign following last week’s fiasco.

You might recall the massive technical outage that hit Southwest Airlines last week, canceling 700 flights and snarling travel plans for thousands of people. That was a bad thing, the airlines CEO Gary Kelly says, but Southwest will move past it, comparing the issue to an infrequent natural disaster. [More]

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JetBlue Starting Flights To Cuba Next Month From $99 Each Way

JetBlue is getting the jump on other domestic airlines that have announced their plans for flights to Cuba, saying it’ll be the first domestic airline to fly a commercial flight from the U.S. to the island nation, starting next month.

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Adam Fagen

Man Arrested For Doing Yoga, Threatening Crew On Flight Owes United Airlines $44,000

Remember the man who was arrested after he refused to stop doing yoga and got violent with the crew, forcing the pilot of a United Airlines flight to turn the plane around? For all of that, he’ll have to pay United more than $44,000. [More]

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Maintenance Workers Find Three Kilos Of Cocaine Hidden Inside Two JetBlue Planes

A few JetBlue planes were apparently carrying some extra cargo, unbeknownst to the airline, after maintenance workers discovered three kilos of cocaine stashed inside compartments on two aircraft recently. [More]

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New Law Will Make Airlines Refund Baggage Fees When Bags Are Delayed

You’ve been there. You’re sitting at an airport in one state, while your luggage is stranded at an airport in another after it failed to make its connecting flight. You desperately need a fresh change of clothes and yet, it’s unclear when you’ll be reunited with your belongings. This, after you paid the airline to check that bag and have it arrive when you arrive. [More]

Adam Fagen

Lawsuit: Passenger Injured After United Airlines Failed To Provide Wheelchair Assistance

A United Airlines passenger has filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that she fell down an escalator and was injured after the carrier failed to provide her with wheelchair assistance as promised. [More]

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TripAdvisor Now Lets Travelers Bemoan, Praise Airlines Through Ratings & Reviews

For years, travelers have been able to review, book, and rate most aspects of their trips on TripAdvisor – everything but their flight. That’s about to change, now that the company has opened the floodgates of praise and ridicule by allowing passengers to rate their carrier of choice.  [More]

Quinn Dombrowski

Judge Grants Class-Action Status In Case Over Delta, AirTran Original Checked Bag Fees

A lawsuit that stretches back to all the way to 2009 and the early days of baggage fees accusing Delta Air Lines and AirTran of colluding to implement their original fees for passengers’ first checked bags has finally achieved class-action certification. [More]

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Why Are There Seatbelt Demos On Airplanes?

A seatbelt is a fairly intuitive safety device: insert the flat end into the other piece and you’re secure in your seat — it’s fairly simple. We’ve all snapped one together, whether flying, driving or riding. So with the process likely engrained in our minds, why do airlines continue to include the simple instructions in their pre-takeoff safety demos?  [More]

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Southwest Airlines Passenger Thanks “Selfless” Flight Attendant For Comforting Her Daughter

Thanks to the prevalence of social media, news spreads farther than it used to. Some of what’s going on out there is awful and sad, but there are also bright spots to be found. Like the story of a Southwest Airlines flight attendant who went above and beyond to comfort a young passenger who was scared to fly. [More]