Last week, a snowstorm described threateningly as a ‘bomb cyclone’ was bearing down on the New York area. On Thursday, the Port Authority, that runs John F. Kennedy Airport, announced the airport would temporarily shut down, then would reopen later that day. Around the world, hundreds of airlines interpreted that as OK to take-off for… Read More


Each January we hold hope for a good new year…   But in 2017, we saw things go colossally wrong, from United Airlines dragging off a passenger, to price-gouging during natural disaster Hurricane Harvey, to a new low in Coach Class  – ‘Basic Economy’, aka Last Class. The CEO of American Airlines boasted recently, “We’ll never lose… Read More


  The deadline for Real ID has been a moving target. There have been extension after extension for months. So the latest news we have from a Transportation Security Administration spokesperson says your old driver’s license is acceptable until Oct. 1, 2020.   Again: TSA: Domestic flyers can use old driver’s licenses until late 2020… Read More


Tip Of The Week Dear FlyersRights:   Boy did I get a surprise flying United Express this week!   I recently returned from a business trip to Detroit. Because of snow in Detroit my first two flights were cancelled. I appreciated that I was automatically rebooked on United Express, and I understood that my seat… Read More


Christmas came early for the airlines. Last week, the Department of Transportation (DOT) abolished an Obama-era proposal that required carriers to disclose baggage fees. The reversal is a gift for the airlines’ bottom line and a slap in the face for flyers who deserve transparency when buying a ticket. Soon, when you buy through a third-party site… Read More


We have the perfect slogan that tops off this ‘annus horribilis’ year for flyers: Passengers want to be badly treated.  This is courtesy of the CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) who went on to say that people “don’t want to pay for comfort on-board.” FlyersRights.org’s president, Paul Hudson replied, “Wow. It’s now on the record that the airline… Read More


  We need to cover our expenses and need your help!   FlyersRights was was a tiny organization when founded a decade ago. Nobody could imagine the dimension and importance to the traveling public it would become over the past 10 years – requiring a full-time commitment of many volunteers.   If every reader signed up… Read More


  Whether your clan will drive over the river and through the woods, or take a plane – traveling during Thanksgiving is hectic. As usual, that’s the case this year as 28.5 million Americans are expected fly, an increase of 3 percent over last Thanksgiving says Airlines for America (A4A), a trade group of the airline industry. A4A… Read More


You’ve known for years that airlines love to obfuscate. Now they are really going out of their way to shield easy airfare comparisons, says Inc.com. Especially when it comes to junk fee add ons -you know, the nickel-and-diming that goes into the modern airline fare experience. The airlines love to block consumers from seeing complete airline schedule and… Read More


Flyers hate being packed ever-more tightly like sardines in a tin, but that’s where we are today. In October, American Airlines revealed that it will insert 12 more seats, or two rows, into its economy class on its Boeing 737-800 fleet and an extra nine seats into its Airbus A321s. At the same time, JetBlue said it will… Read More