Two recent spectacles conjure up the robber-baron era, when corporations ruled the country. Last week at an International Aviation Club luncheon in Washington, D.C., the US Department of Transportation (DOT) undersecretary for policy, Derek Kan, said that the government is keen on just staying out of the way of the aviation industry and letting the market play… Read More

After last week’s announcement that WOW Air will “pause” its Miami service, it got us worrying about a few things – the first being a spike in airfares to and from MIA. Secondly, if WOW can’t make South Florida work as a low-cost leisure destination from Europe, then what route can they make work? The… Read More

This may not seem like news, as passengers have been sleeping in airports for a long time due to delays and mechanical problems. But a recent American Airlines flight which was delayed 15 hours at Miami International Airport and stranded Allegiant passengers at Des Moines International Airport have shined new light on the issue. The AA flight was en route to… Read More

You Can’t Take it With You Everyone who has flown on a plane is familiar with the safety videos that are played before takeoff. It appears, though, that during emergencies, passengers are ignoring the message when it comes to leaving your carry-on luggage behind. In an article this week in Bloomberg, Adam Levin and Mary Schlangenstein… Read More

Sardine seating may not be the biggest concern with the design of American Airlines new 737-MAX aircraft (perhaps it should be called the 737-MIN?). It may be its mini-bathrooms. Even flight attendants are complaining about the cramped lavatories, which are designed for long-range, low-cost operation. Airline personnel reportedly told CEO Doug Parker that the sinks in the restrooms are… 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.”’s president, Paul Hudson replied, “Wow. It’s now on the record that the airline… 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

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

Last week, more than 200 American Airlines mechanics demonstrated in Times Square along with Transport Workers Union members against the farming out of their jobs. Besides the loss of US jobs, the larger concern is the danger to public safety or national security that arises from the offshoring maintenance work on commercial aircraft fleets. Most passengers don’t know that all… Read More