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Airline's Jet Nearly Impounded Over $680 Debt to Customer

4 years after a 22-hour flight delay, traveler still hadn't been reimbursed

(Newser) - An airline nearly had one of its jets, worth "tens of millions" of dollars, impounded Friday because it wouldn't pay a customer the $680 it owed her for a delayed flight, NBC News reports. The EU requires airlines to reimburse travelers for delays depending on their length. A... More »

Alaska Air Deal Makes It Bigger Than JetBlue

Airline strikes deal to buy Virgin America

(Newser) - Alaska Air will leapfrog JetBlue to become the nation's fifth-largest airline after striking a deal to buy Virgin America, reports the Seattle Times . Alaska Air announced the deal Monday morning after what the Wall Street Journal reports was a "frenzied" bidding war with JetBlue, one that resulted in... More »

Women Land Plane in Country That Doesn't Allow Them to Drive

They're Royal Brunei Airlines' first all-female pilot crew

(Newser) - Royal Brunei Airlines' first all-female pilot crew landed in Saudi Arabia last month to celebrate Brunei's National Day. It was a bit of an ironic moment—a fact not lost on the Telegraph , which states it highlighted "the absurdity of laws preventing women from driving cars." Women... More »

US, Cuba Will Have Commercial Flights Again

The countries signed a deal for up to 110 daily flights on Tuesday

(Newser) - The United States and Cuba signed a deal Tuesday restoring commercial air traffic for the first time in five decades, allowing dozens of new daily flights to bring hundreds of thousands more American travelers a year to the island as early as this fall, the AP reports. Immediately after the... More »

For Fliers, 2015 Was an Unbelievably Safe Year

No fatal jetliner accidents happened globally

(Newser) - It once seemed impossible, but the airline industry has finally pulled off a long-sought-after global goal: It got through an entire year without a single jetliner fatality due to pilot snafus, plane malfunctions, and/or weather conditions, per the Wall Street Journal . Stats issued by the International Air Transport Association called... More »

Lawmaker Vows to Fight Ever-Shrinking Airline Seats

'Consumers are tired of being squeezed both physically and fiscally by airlines'

(Newser) - Cramped airline passengers, Steve Cohen speaks for you. The representative from Tennessee plans to introduce the Seat Egress in Air Travel Act on Thursday, USA Today reports. According to Consumerist , Cohen doesn't want to see airline seats continue to get smaller. The SEAT Act would force the FAA to... More »

Get Excited, Fliers: Free Snacks Are Back

American is the latest airline to bring back some small perks

(Newser) - After 15 years of near austerity, US airlines are restoring some small perks for passengers crammed into coach. Don't expect ample legroom or free checked bags. But fliers will find improved snacks, a larger selection of free movies, and—on a few select routes—the return of free meals.... More »

Lawmaker to Airlines: Don't Even Think About 'Pee Fees'

Illinois rep's bill looks to ban any future fees for bathroom, crack down on baggage fees

(Newser) - Your typical airline passenger is stuck in a cramped box several miles in the air—already peeved by baggage fees , reduced legroom , and a generally miserable experience—so why not, when nature calls, hit them with another fee to hit the bathroom? Ryanair floated the idea in 2010, disastrously , but... More »

Flight Attendant Who Wouldn't Serve Booze Suspended

Muslim woman files discrimination complaint

(Newser) - A flight attendant who stopped serving passengers alcohol after she converted to Islam says things were going perfectly until a colleague complained. Charee Stanley says that after she found out that her faith didn't allow her to serve booze, her supervisor at ExpressJet suggested that she work out an... More »

Drunk Co-Pilot Was 7 Times Over Legal Limit

And the pilot wasn't exactly sober

(Newser) - Too drunk to fly, and possibly too drunk to walk: A co-pilot who went on a drinking binge with three other airBaltic crew members hours before a flight was found to have a blood alcohol level around seven times the legal limit, the BBC reports. The 38-year-old told a court... More »

Airline Says It Has to Weigh You Before You Fly

Uzbekistan Airways brings in 'special weighing machines'

(Newser) - Uzbekistan Airways has introduced what it says are "special weighing machines" at departure gates—and you need to get on one before you fly. In a press release , the Central Asian airline says that under International Air Transport Association regulations, "airlines are obliged to carry out the regular... More »

Judge Grills Airline Lawyers Over His Lost Luggage

In a completely unrelated case

(Newser) - Anyone whose luggage has been lost by an airline now has a patron saint in the form of Justice Peter Smith in Britain. When lawyers for British Airways showed up in his court to argue a $4.6 billion price-fixing case, Smith had smaller fish to fry: He wanted to... More »

Scary Mistakes on Asia Flights Kept Secret: Report

WSJ reports many air incidents go unreported in Asia

(Newser) - Asia's aviation market is booming, with passenger counts jumping more than 200% over the last 10 years in India and Indonesia and 300% in China. Perhaps passengers are encouraged by the low number of incidents among Asian airlines, but all is not what it seems: A Wall Street Journal... More »

Feds Suspect Airlines Are Ripping Us Off

Justice Department launches investigation into collusion

(Newser) - Because extra fees and delayed flights weren't enough reason to sour on airlines, the Justice Department has added one more: Federal investigators suspect that the airlines are colluding to rip off passengers. The Justice Department has launched an antitrust investigation and demanded all communication airlines have had with each... More »

White House Going After Airplane Emissions

EPA says they endanger health, first step toward regulations

(Newser) - Actual regulations are still a good five years away, but the EPA took the first step today toward stricter rules on airplane emissions: The agency released a finding that the emissions contribute to air pollution and thus pose a risk to public health. Next will come years of wrangling over... More »

Why You Might Have to Buy a New, Smaller Carry-On

IATA guidelines could shrink bags by 40% from previous rules

(Newser) - Your carry-on bag might be getting downsized. In an effort to regulate carry-on sizes internationally, the world’s largest airline group, the International Air Transport Association, has proposed a standard carry-on size of 21.5 inches long by 13.5 inches wide by 7.5 inches deep, report the Los ... More »

Man Changes Name to Avoid Airline Fee

Adam 'West' won't give in to Ryanair

(Newser) - This might be the best story about an airline fee in the history of airline fees, and not only because it involves Batman. A 19-year-old from Manchester, England, has legally changed his name rather than pay a $336 fee to Ryanair, reports the Guardian . The tale of how Adam Armstrong... More »

Toddler Kicked Off Flight for Making Staff Feel 'Unsafe'

Pregnant singer says United's move 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - Sarah Blackwood says her 23-month-old son was "grumpy" when she boarded a flight from San Francisco to Vancouver on Wednesday night—but not grumpy enough to endanger aviation. Blackwood, a singer in Canadian band Walk Off the Earth, tells the Hamilton Spectator that she was kicked off United Airlines... More »

Study: Flying Really Is Getting Worse

Researchers find bad news in all 4 big areas studied

(Newser) - If you've ever found yourself complaining that flying was a much better experience back when you were a young'un, you're not just being a crotchety oldster: A study released today finds that flying is, in fact, worse than it used to be. The AP has highlights from... More »

Why We Fart More on Airplanes

Danish physician probes the science of flatulence

(Newser) - When someone passes gas at 35,000 feet, there's nowhere to hide—so a Danish doctor has come up with ways to fart less on airplanes and better disguise the odor when we do, the BBC reports. The doctor, Jacob Rosenberg, says the topic grabbed him on a long... More »

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