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  • Mexican pilot fired after letting attractive singer fly plane while it was full of passengers

    12/12/2014 3:37:14 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 60 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 12-12-2014
    Mexican pilot fired after letting attractive singer fly plane while it was full of passengers A Mexican pilot is out of a job after he let a stunning singer and her actress friend sit in his cockpit seat and permitted them to control the plane while it was airborne. The pilot, who has not been named, was let go from his job with the Magnicharters airline after photos emerged Twitter of 23-year old Mexican singer Esmeralda Ugalde and her 19-year old actress friend Samadhi Zendejas posing in the pilot’s cabin and wearing his hat. After Ugalde posted the picture to...
  • CDC Demands 132 Passengers That Flew With 2nd Ebola Patient Report For Testing

    10/15/2014 9:14:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 156 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/15/2014 | Tyler Durden
    But, but, but they said it wasn't contagious unless you came into contact with bodily fluids. According to the CDC, the 2nd health-care worker infected with Ebola traveled on Frontier Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas on October 13th and are asking all 132 passengers on the flight to get tested. One question... what about the thousands of people that those 132 passengers came in contact with in the last 2 days? NEW TEXAS EBOLA PATIENT FLEW DOMESTICALLY NIGHT BEFORE FEVER APPEARED -- CDC Via Bloomberg, Second health-care worker with Ebola traveled on Frontier flight 1143 from Cleveland to...
  • Plane Cleaners Strike At NY Terminal Over Ebola Fears

    10/09/2014 7:57:01 AM PDT · by wtd · 26 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 10/09/2014 | AP
    Plane Cleaners Strike At NY Terminal Over Ebola Fears. FoxNews 10/09/2014 Plane cleaners strike at New York airport terminal over Ebola fears Published October 09, 2014Associated Press NEW YORK – Airplane cabin cleaners have set up pickets outside a LaGuardia Airport terminal over health and safety issues.
  • Air Canada warns pilots about bringing PORN in plane cockpits

    09/27/2014 3:16:05 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 38 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 9-26-14 | Chris Kitching
    A Canadian airline has sent a warning to its pilots to stop bringing pornographic material into the cockpit. In an internal bulletin to staff, Air Canada threatened to sack and/or pursue criminal charges against pilots who were caught displaying ‘inappropriate material’ on a flight. The warning was sent to employees after obscene material was discovered while an official with Transport Canada, the national industry regulator, was seated in the cockpit. The bulletin was issued a year ago, but has recently been obtained by CBC News. In the notice, Rod Graham, Air Canada’s chief pilot and director of fleet operations and...
  • Missing Malaysia plane MH370: What we know

    09/24/2014 1:21:27 AM PDT · by DJlaysitup · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 September 2014 Last updated at 03:40 ET
    <p>Missing Malaysia plane MH370: What we know...almost six months on, mystery continues to surround the fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March.</p>
  • Solution to Seat Rage: No More Reclining

    09/04/2014 6:56:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 63 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | September 4, 2014 | Will Doig
    It’s a sign of our air-rage times: three separate planes forced to divert in the space of two weeks when cramped passengers went ballistic over someone reclining their seat. In one episode, two undercover air marshals subdued and handcuffed the irate traveler in question. In another, a woman swore at the reclining passenger in front of her and screamed for the pilot to “put this plane down.” The dust-ups don’t shock Robert Mann, a former airline executive who now runs an airline-industry analysis company. “August is the highest load-factor month of the year for a North American carrier, and it’s...
  • How windowless planes could be the future of cheap air travel

    08/26/2014 1:46:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 79 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 5:03PM BST 26 Aug 2014 | By Alice Philipson
    Windowless planes could be the future of cheaper air travel as a government technology centre develops a proposal to help airlines save on fuel. In place of windows, plastic display screens projecting the sky outside could line the cabin of an aircraft. It is hoped the technology will significantly reduce aircraft weight and cut fuel costs without worrying nervous passengers. The display screens will function using a technique called printable electronics, which involves the use of conductive inks to carry electric current in cardboard and plastic for just a few pence per unit. The technology could be rolled out in...
  • FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

    07/22/2014 10:07:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    AP ^ | July 22, 2014 | Joan Lowy
    The Federal Aviation Administration is telling U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel after a Hamas rocket exploded nearby. The FAA said in a statement that the ban on flights is for 24 hours beginning at 12:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday.
  • Compare and contrast- Obama vs Reagan (videos)

    07/18/2014 10:03:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    YouTube.com | 7-18-2014 | vanity
    Here’s our current President talking about the (apparent) Russian attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: (Longer version so you can really get the full effect.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u69nOm-6esHere’s President Ronald Reagan talking about the Russian attack on Korean Airlines Flight KAL-007: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VA4W1wDMAk
  • Is this the smoking gun? Footage emerges of BUK missile launcher being moved into place in...

    07/18/2014 6:20:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 18, 2014 | James Nyee, Sam Greenhill, and Ted Thornhill
    An expert believes that MH17 was downed by a missile fired from rebel-held Torez in eastern Ukraine - and a BUK launcher has been pictured rumbling into the town just two hours before the crash. Dr Igor Sutyagin, Research Fellow in Russian Studies from the Royal United Services Institute, believes that MH17 was shot down by rebels based in the 3rd District of Torez. Dr Sutyagin said the evidence that Russian separatists were responsible was very strong - and that there's even a suggestion the BUK missile launcher was being manned by soldiers from Russia. He said: ‘These separatists boasted...
  • UK Investigators: Crocodile Responsible for Plane Crash in the Congo

    07/13/2014 1:10:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Saturday, July 12, 2014 | David Harding
    Crocodile might be responsible for plane crash in the Congo: UK investigators • Only one person survived the crash — as did the toothy reptile, though it was killed with machetes by rescuers sifting through the plane's wreckage. A plane crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo that left 18 people dead may have been caused by a crocodile. The animal is thought to have climbed out of a hold midflight and spooked the crew and passengers. They all panicked and ran towards the cockpit, and the forward shift in weight may have caused the plane to plummet to the...
  • TSA to more than double fees on airline tickets beginning July 21

    07/03/2014 10:36:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    7NEWS ^ | Jul 3, 2014 | Marc Stewart
    Fees raised to $5.60 each way; up from $2.50. ... the changes will hurt people in smaller cities who must take more one-way flights to get where they're going.
  • Having Better Technology Does Not Make Us Smarter

    03/25/2014 6:57:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 21, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    So how could we for days lose track of a 250-ton Malaysian jetliner that recently disappeared from radar screens as if it were some lost clipper ship of the 1840s? The answer is easy: The oceans are still big and the night remains dark. Jets, in comparison, are quite small. The seas are rough, the skies often stormy. For all our computerized sophistication, we really can lose a jet in a big and still wild world inhabited by millions who have not quite mastered technology, or who use technology to thwart technology. The problem is not just that high technology...
  • Fmr. Gen. Doubles Down on Claim Malaysian Plane Could Be in Pakistan to Be Used for Terror

    03/18/2014 8:11:32 PM PDT · by Bronzewound · 68 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 18, 2004 | Noah Rothman
    Appearing on Fox & Friends last week, retired United States Air Force Gen. Thomas McInerney speculated that the missing Malaysian passenger airliner had been intentionally flown to South Asia where it could be used as a delivery vehicle for conventional or nuclear explosives by terrorist actors. On Tuesday, McInerney repeated that claim and said that the recent actions of the Israeli and American governments lent credence to that theory.
  • Delta Glitch Causes Ultra-Low Fares

    12/26/2013 1:09:20 PM PST · by DouglasKC · 14 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 12/26/2013 | CNN Money
    Delta (DAL, Fortune 500) acknowledged a glitch caused steeply-discounted tickets to be offered online Thursday -- some for as low as $27, according to customers. They celebrated their finds on social media, including cross-country flights for $40 and Boston to Honolulu lifts for $68. One customer said she bought tickets between Tallahassee and Los Angeles for $27 each way. Those routes normally cost between several hundred and several thousand dollars. Related: United and Delta raise bar on frequent flier miles Delta spokesman Trebor Banstetter said the airline would honor the incorrectly priced fares, which were offered on the airline's website...
  • Delta Canceled an Entire Flight, Then Gave the Plane to Florida's Basketball Team

    12/03/2013 10:50:24 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 43 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/03/2013 | Eric Levenson
    ~snip~ One passenger was told the cancellation was because of mechanical difficulties, but they soon became angry when they realized the plane they were supposed to take would actually be carrying the basketball team to Storrs, Connecticut, for a game the following night.  The Gators made their game with plenty of time to spare, but the would-be flyers fared much worse. A Delta spokesperson said that the booted passengers were either re-routed to other nearby airports — including Jacksonville, Orlando, or Tampa — or were given vouchers for another Delta flight. According to the Sun, canceling the flight sent some of...
  • Turkey’s ban on Israeli flights could bring down El Al

    12/01/2013 8:27:47 AM PST · by aimhigh · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 11/28/13 | Raphael ahren
    More than a month after El Al sent a furious letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complaining that Turkey was monopolizing the highly lucrative route between Israel and Turkey by banning Israeli airlines, Jerusalem has done nothing to change the outrageous situation, the airline’s CEO told The Times of Israel. Failure to tackle the issue could prove so costly as to bring down El Al, he said. . . . Air traffic between Israel and Turkey has soared by over 150 percent since the 2010 Gaza flotilla episode sent bilateral ties hurtling into the abyss. But only Turkey is benefiting...
  • 29 years later, Cuba hijacker wants to go home

    11/05/2013 6:43:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Grand Island Independent ^ | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
    William Potts burned with the desire to change the world. Nothing really turned out the way he planned... ... he returned to the United States and in 1984 he concealed a .25-caliber pistol in a plaster cast and hijacked a plane to Cuba, among the last in a flood of dozens of self-styled revolutionary hijackings. To Potts' surprise, Cuban authorities didn't offer him guerrilla training. He was convicted of air piracy and imprisoned for more than 13 years. Now, 29 years after he changed into a black beret and leather jacket in a plane bathroom and hijacked more than 100...
  • 'World's worst airline' launches world's worst booking site

    10/24/2013 6:27:04 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 90 replies
    CNN ^ | 26 October, 2012
    North Korea's national carrier Air Koryo, which has the lowest airline rating on Skytrax, has discovered the Internet. The state-owned company -- regarded by some as the "world's worst airline" -- recently launched a bilingual website (www.airkoryo.com.kp) to provide travelers with "easier, quicker, reliable booking and ticketing services," according to Air Koryo. Air Koryo's new ticket booking system reinforces the company's less-than-brilliant reputation. After multiple trials to book a one-way ticket from Shengyang to Pyongyang, we failed to secure any reservation. Instead, we ended up with this message day after day: “We cannot find any flights for your flight schedule....
  • Phoenix airport screening draws angry complaints (forces 82 year old to remove breast prosthesis)

    10/15/2013 1:24:23 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    Arizona Republic / USA Today | October 15, 2013 | Sean Holsage
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  • DEBUNKED: 10 Airplane Myths That People Still Believe

    09/26/2013 12:03:19 PM PDT · by oxcart · 206 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/24/13 | Alex Davies
    Flying can be a mysterious experience: Planes are incredibly complicated, even scary machines, and pilots and flight attendants don't tell you too much about what's going on. So it makes sense that people believe all sorts of interesting "facts" about air travel. The problem is, a lot of them aren't true. From "you get drunk faster in the air" to "the air in planes is riddled with germs," here are 10 airplane myths that needed to be debunked. 1. Opening a plane door while in flight is a real safety risk.It isn't. When the plane is at cruising altitude, it's...
  • Airline Awkwardly Blacks Out Logo From Jet That Skidded Off The Runway

    09/09/2013 8:25:28 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 9, 2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    We're not sure how much this really helps, but ... Thai Airways painted over the logo of one of its planes that skidded off the runway in Bangkok, injuring 14 passengers.
  • Delta warns ObamaCare will drive $100 million spike in health care costs

    08/24/2013 7:00:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    fox ^ | 8-23-13 | Judson Berger
    "Like many large companies, Delta faces significantly increased healthcare costs in 2014 and beyond," the company said in a statement on Friday. "Delta will absorb the vast majority of those increased costs so that we can continue providing a high value, high quality health plan. Consistent with our culture, Delta will always keep the best interests of our people in mind in connection with the healthcare and other benefits we provide." In the original letter, Kight disputes the notion that the law -- the biggest parts of which take effect at the start of 2014 -- will mean "business as...
  • Foreign airlines urged to use GPS at San Francisco

    07/31/2013 11:02:00 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 39 replies
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Federal aviation officials have advised all foreign airlines to use a GPS system instead of visual reckoning and cockpit instruments when landing at San Francisco International Airport in the wake of the deadly Asiana Airlines crash.</p>
  • Crew to speak about Asiana crash in San Francisco

    07/10/2013 2:43:32 PM PDT · by oxcart · 5 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Flight attendants from the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed over the weekend are expected to speak about the ordeal. A news conference has been scheduled at San Francisco International Airport for Wednesday afternoon. At least one crew member already has spoken to reporters.
  • Coroner: Officials probing if rescuers ran over San Francisco plane crash victim

    07/08/2013 5:31:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 3 replies
    AP, via CBS News ^ | July 7, 2013 | AP, via CBS News
    A San Francisco-area coroner whose office received the bodies of two teenage victims of the Asiana plane crash says officials are conducting an autopsy to determine if one of the girls was run over and killed by a rescue vehicle. San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault says Sunday that senior San Francisco Fire Department officials notified him and his staff at the crash site on Saturday that one of the 16-year-olds may have been struck on the runaway. (snip) Chinese state media reported Sunday that the two fatalities in Saturday afternoon's plane crash at the San Francisco International Airport were...
  • SF crash landing: Latest developments

    07/06/2013 2:17:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 118 replies
    CNN ^ | 7-6-13 | CNN Staff
    (CNN) - An Asiana Airlines' Boeing 777 crashed and burned Saturday while landing at San Francisco International Airport, sending up a large plume of dark smoke from the aircraft, which lost its tail and much of its roof.
  • Airlines collected record baggage fees in 2012

    05/14/2013 1:44:55 PM PDT · by oxcart · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 05/14/13 | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
    NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year - the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago. Passengers shouldn't expect a break anytime soon. Those fees - along with extra charges for boarding early or picking prime seats - have helped return the industry to profitability. Airlines started charging for a first checked suitcase in 2008 and the fees have climbed since. Airlines typically charge $25 each way for the first checked bag, $35 for the second bag and then various extra amounts for...
  • Since the sequester was a cut in the increase, why the furloughs for air traffic controllers?

    04/23/2013 1:01:30 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies
    4/23/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Since the sequester was a cut in the increase, not a cut in the baseline spending, why is the FAA cutting $600 million dollars and blaming the furloughs on the sequester? Did I miss something? BTW, didn't Bob Woodward say that the sequester was Lew's idea and was jumped on by Obama?
  • Flight delays pile up Monday after FAA budget cuts

    04/22/2013 8:51:27 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 22, 2013 | Scott Mayerowitz
    It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers as federal budget cuts led to cascading delays along the East Coast Monday morning. Some flights out of New York and Washington were delayed by more than two hours as the Federal Aviation Administration kept planes on the ground. The federal agency has said furloughs of air traffic controllers could lead to delays if there weren't enough people to monitor busy air corridors. *** Government budget cuts that kicked in last month are forcing the FAA and other agencies to cut their spending. FAA officials have said they...
  • Pregnant Mom Arrested in New York for Unloaded Handgun in Checked Baggage

    04/03/2013 6:49:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 41 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2 April, 2013 | Liz Klimas
    A Minnesota mom six months pregnant getting ready to head home from a trip to New York with her 6-year-old daughter was arrested last week for an unloaded handgun she had in the luggage she was attempting to check. According to WDAY, Beth Arneson Ferrizzi had no trouble transporting the gun from her departure city — Fargo, North Dakota — as she called Delta to make sure she was following the correct protocol. But she encountered problems as she tried to return home out of La Guardia International Airport, after a trip meeting her husband while he was on leave...
  • Dear Mr. Airline Executive

    03/19/2013 12:50:53 PM PDT · by William of Barsoom · 11 replies
    Vanity | March 19, 2013 | William of Barsoom
    Dear Mr. Airline Executive, (...or an assistant who monitors the web for intel.)
  • Sickly, obese Bronx woman dies in Hungary after airlines say she's too fat to fly

    11/26/2012 11:23:14 AM PST · by billorites · 68 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 26, 2012 | Chuck Bennet
    A sickly, obese Bronx woman was left stranded in Hungary then died from kidney failure after airline officials booted her from three New York-bound flights because she was too fat, her husband says. “All we wanted was to come back home to get her treatment,” said a grieving Janos Soltesz, a Staten Island Ferry security guard whose 56-year-old wife, Vilma, died in Hungary nine days after she was kicked off the first of three jets. Vilma, who weighed about 425 pounds, had only one leg and used a wheelchair. She traveled with her husband of 33 years to Hungary on...
  • An Unexpected Briefing - (Best ACTUAL Airline Safety Briefing Video, EVAH!)

    11/01/2012 3:12:05 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11-1-12 | TCRLAF
    This is the ACTUAL Boeing 777-300ER passenger safety briefing video that Air New Zealand began using today, November 1st. In all of my years of flying, this is likely the FIRST time I have paid attention to the brief video, all the way through! Watch closely for all the stars, and people connected to the author.
  • Why Asian Airlines Reign Supreme

    09/26/2012 10:39:33 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 44 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 26, 2012 | Jennifer Chen
    It’s no secret that American carriers lag far behind their Asian counterparts when it comes to service and amenities. None of the big three U.S. airlines — Delta Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines — cracked the top 50 in airline consultancy Skytrax’s annual poll of the world’s best airlines, which was released this summer.
  • Israel’s national airline to stop flying to Cairo (Video)

    09/16/2012 6:16:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 9/16/12 | Emma Riley Sutton
    EL AL Airlines. Israel’s nation airline, will no longer provide flights to Cairo. The number of Israelis flying to Cairo has greatly decreased and EL AL Airlines will no longer be flying almost-empty airplanes to Cairo. The StarTribune also reported on September 16 that the rising operating costs and the necessary security is making it almost impossible to finance the flights to Cairo. With the number of Israelis that travel to Cairo dropping, it is not fiscally feasible to keep the flights going.
  • House wants more airline pilots to pack guns

    06/16/2012 11:08:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 15 June, 2012 | JESSICA MEYERS
    Congress refuses to gut the one program the Transportation Security Administration has offered to minimize: pilots who pack guns. The House just passed an amendment in its Homeland Security appropriations bill that would boost funding for armed-pilot training by $10 million. That throws a sharp rebuke at both the TSA and the Obama administration, which proposed chopping financing in half. The showdown exemplifies a larger tension over which programs created in the aftershock of Sept. 11 should endure — and what actually keeps Americans safe. “The last line of defense is the pilot’s ability to defend the cockpit,” Rep. Chip...
  • Tell Me What Airline You Think This Is...

    05/31/2012 8:01:11 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | May 31, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Emirates? Lufthansa? JAL...? _____________ ___________ Try Olivia... India's premier long-distance luxury coach line! Their motto: Travel Redefined... Olivia.in   h/t El Roberto
  • Palestinian Airlines Resumes Operations

    05/10/2012 12:08:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/5/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The Palestinian Airlines, which had been suspended for seven years, has resumed operations with flights between Egypt’s El-Arish and Amman, its director general told AFP on Thursday. The renewal of operations was facilitated by an agreement reached between the Palestinian Transportation Ministry and the authorities in Egypt and Jordan. The airline was forced to shut down after an onslaught of Arab terrorism during second Intifada caused Israel to retaliate, damaging the roadways. “We started yesterday from Amman to El-Arish and from El-Arish to Amman,” Palestinian Airlines director general Zeyad Albad said. “We are going to have flights from El-Arish to...
  • Bodies found as searchers reach wreckage of Russian jet that crashed in Indonesia.

    05/10/2012 2:58:33 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published May 10, 2012 | AP
    JAKARTA, Indonesia – Rescuers say they have discovered bodies near the wreckage of a Russian-made passenger plane that smashed into a steep Indonesian volcano with 45 people on board. Search and rescue spokesman Gagah Prakoso said his teams reached the remote, rugged site near the crater on Thursday afternoon. They found the Sukhoi Superjet-100 scattered along the jungly slopes. Family members, many of whom spent a long, sleepless night at the airport, broke down in tears on hearing the news the plane had been spotted on the side of a cliff Thursday morning. Others stared blankly ahead in disbelief. "From...
  • Spirit Airlines' boss calls complaints 'irrelevant,' says dying veteran should've bought insurance

    05/03/2012 1:42:07 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 56 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5-13-2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    The boss of Spirit Airlines isn't about to cave in to a dying former Marine, and he doesn't lose sleep knowing his company leads the industry when it comes to customer complaints, he told FoxNews.com. “That’s an irrelevant statistic,” Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza said when told his airline generates gripes at two-and-a-half times the rate of the next most complained about carrier. Spirit racked up 8.27 complaints per 100,000 passengers in January, while United finished a distant second-worst, registering 3.5 complaints per 100,000 fliers, according to U.S. Department of Transportation statistics. By comparison, Southwest notched just 0.2 complaints per 100,000...
  • Budget cuts push flight security back to pre-9/11 risks

    02/20/2012 5:46:21 AM PST · by cap10mike · 52 replies · 1+ views
    BizPacReview.com ^ | February 20, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A United Airlines flight has taken off from New York without incident, and is now winging its way toward Los Angeles. Some passengers are readying their iPads and notebook computers in anticipation of an OK from the crew to power up their devices. Others are settling into their seats with a good book, or maybe a few winks of much-needed sleep. As the plane begins to level off at its assigned cruising altitude, the “Fasten Seat Belt” light is finally extinguished. That’s when all hell breaks loose. Three burly terrorists rush the cockpit door and ....
  • Angry Over Regulation, Spirit Institutes Snarky Fee ($2 D.O.T Unintended Consequences Fee!)

    02/03/2012 2:06:08 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Newser ^ | 2-3-12 | Kevin Spak
    "Unintended Consequence Fee" intended to chide Transportation Department Spirit Airlines is angry over a new Department of Transportation rule—and it's making sure customers know it, by slapping a $2 "Department of Transportation Unintended Consequence Fee" on all tickets. The new rule, which went into effect last week, requires airlines to give customers a full refund, without additional fees, if the customer requests one within 24 hours of booking a flight, USA Today explains. That may sound innocent, but Spirit insists that it's "costing customers millions," arguing that it will lead to unfilled seats on flights, forcing the airline to spread...
  • AA (American Airlines) to Cut Up to 15,000 Jobs

    02/01/2012 9:39:25 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    NBC News Dallas ^ | 2-1-12 | By Scott Friedman and Ben Russell
    NBC 5 has learned that Fort Worth-based American Airlines may cut between 10,000 and 15,000 jobs across the company. It is estimated that 1,000 of those jobs to be cut will be at the company's maintenance base at Alliance Airport in north Fort Worth. A meeting where AMR executives are expected to lay out the company's plan for moving forward began mid-morning Wednesday. The plan is expected to include layoffs, pension and pay cuts, and the possible closure of an airplane maintenance facility at Fort Worth's Alliance Airport. SNIP-------- American Airlines' parent company AMR filed for bankruptcy in November of...
  • Spanair Shutdown Sparks Disruptions (Euro Dominos Start Falling)

    01/28/2012 9:42:10 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    FOX News ^ | 11-28-12 | FOX via WSJ
    MADRID – Thousands of passengers faced travel disruptions across Spain Saturday after domestic carrier Spanair canceled all of its flights late Friday night and prepared to file for bankruptcy protection. The collapse of the Barcelona carrier took place shortly after Qatar Airways walked away from talks to take over the airline after months of negotiations. "Due to a lack of financial visibility for the coming months, the company has had no option but to cease flying out of a duty of care for the safety of its operation and the well being of all concerned," Spanair said in a statement...
  • Triple Lutz Report--Airline Expert: Charge Passengers By The Pound--Episode 148

    01/13/2012 3:36:54 PM PST · by appeal2 · 11 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 01/13/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    The former chief economist of Quantas Airlines believes the super-sized set is costing airlines way too much. He claims heavier passengers are costing an additional $472 per flight, in added fuel costs. His solution, charge passengers by the pound. If you're above average in weight, you pay a price for each additional pound. Not that he's going to give supermodels discounts even though they're "saving" the airlines a fortune. After all, that lower BMI is money in the bank for every greedy airline industry. The nickel and diming that the flying public is continually subjected to isn't addressed either. From...
  • Passengers watch Ryanair crew mend jet window with TAPE

    10/24/2011 11:20:32 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 91 replies
    TheSun.co.uk ^ | Oct 24, 2011 | GARY O’SHEA and EMMA LITTLE
    A RYANAIR plane with 200 passengers on board had to turn back after tape used to patch up a pilot's window came loose. Passengers watched in horror as ground crew put the tape around the edge of the windscreen shortly before take-off from Stansted, Essex, to Riga, Latvia.
  • Airline sex scandal delays ad campaign

    08/16/2011 4:17:38 AM PDT · by tlb · 13 replies
    cnn ^ | August 15, 2011 | staff
    Widely circulated photos of Cathay Pacific crew members apparently engaged in a sex act have postponed the launch of an airline ad campaign, according to the New York Times. The slogan: "meet the team who go the extra mile to make you feel special." The second installment of the international ad campaign focusing on the company's employees was due to launch next month but will be postponed until October 1, the Times reported. "The original timing doesn't suit us," an airline spokesman told the newspaper. The airline announced Friday that the two are no longer employees of the airline.
  • Airline stocks sink to 52-week lows; Delta hit Carrier reports fare hikes couldn’t fully offset

    07/27/2011 10:18:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 7/27/11 | Christopher Hinton
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Airline stocks bottomed Wednesday after Delta Air Lines Inc.’s financial results that missed Wall Street targets and revived anxiety industry profits would shrink quickly at the end of the peak travel season. Shares of the biggest U.S. carriers have been bouncing along at one-year lows this week: Jet fuel prices remain high, and though demand among well-heeled business travelers has held up despite concerns of an economic slowdown, leisure travel looks poised to drop.
  • Frontiers of Insanity (What is going on with airlines?)

    07/21/2011 10:31:59 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 10 replies
    According to Hoyt.com ^ | 20 July 2011 | Sarah Hoyt
    What is going on with airlines? I clearly don’t have all the facts, don’t even know where to start investigating, but something IS wrong with airlines in the US. Years ago, when reading PJ O’Rourke’s Eat The Rich, I came across his description of train travel in Siberia, where the train seemed to have been built to maximize discomfort and lack of hygiene. He compared this to travel in the US and I realized suddenly that Portugal, while not as bad as Siberian trains in the USSR was about halfway there: i.e. Portuguese trains had a restroom, but you’d not...