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There's a Way to Cut TSA Lines and TSA Costs

Waive the PreCheck fee, researchers say

(Newser) - Millions of people pay for the privilege of leaving their shoes and belts on and their laptops in their bags during airport security screenings. But a study out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says by making the TSA's PreCheck program free—it's currently $85 for the... More »

Here Are the World's 5 Best Airlines

Congrats, New Zealand mates

(Newser) - "Get Lucky" could very well be New Zealand's theme song, at least when it comes to its national airline. CNN reports that for the fourth time, Air New Zealand has captured first place in AirlineRatings.com's 2017 Airline Excellence Awards , which rated airlines around the world on... More »

Buckle Up for This 8-Minute Plane Ride

From Switzerland to Friedrichshafen, Germany—the world's shortest international commercial flight

(Newser) - The world's longest nonstop commercial flight is nearly 15 hours; the shortest, about eight minutes. CNN reports on the latter out of Europe, where the puddle jumper (water droplet jumper?) between Switzerland's St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport and Germany's Friedrichshafen Airport is a commuter fantasy come to life as... More »

JetBlue Switcheroo Sends 5-Year-Olds to Wrong Cities

Mom Maribel Martinez is now suing the airline

(Newser) - A 5-year-old bound for Boston ended up in New York, and another bound for New York ended up in Boston last month when JetBlue mixed them up. Maribel Martinez says she was supposed to meet her son, Andy, at New York's JFK Airport after his flight from the Dominican... More »

You Can Join the Mile High Club for $495

Thanks to Cincinnati's Flamingo Air

(Newser) - Most people board a plane with the goal of going somewhere. Not on Flamingo Air, unless an orgasm counts as a destination. The Cincinnati-based airline's goal is for fliers to fulfill their dream of having sex in the sky. President and CEO David MacDonald once owned a large security... More »

5 Worst Airlines for Customer Satisfaction

ACSI rankings based on everything from in-flight services to seat comfort

(Newser) - Spirit Airlines may not be flying high after seeing the results of this year's American Customer Satisfaction Index travel report . Although the airline scored 15% higher than it did last year, it still came in dead last, with a score of 62 out of 100, per CNNMoney . The rankings... More »

You'll Never See Someone Vaping on a US Flight

Well, unless said e-cigarette smoker wants to face a hefty fine

(Newser) - For all those thinking the federal ban on "smoking" tobacco on commercial flights doesn't apply to electronic cigarettes, here's your unequivocal answer from the Department of Transportation : Nope. The DOT on Wednesday officially banned vaping "in all forms, including but not limited to electronic cigars, pipes,... 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 »

Odd Airline Dispute Involves Taser, Man Purse

Irate passenger arrested this morning in London: police

(Newser) - Instead of in Belfast, a passenger aboard an EasyJet flight on the tarmac at London's Gatwick Airport landed in jail today after an argument over his "man purse" left him stunned—literally, police say. NBC News reports the budget carrier allows just one carry-on bag per flight and... 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 »

Heads Roll After Pilots Let Playmate Fly a Plane

Surprise: Both pilots are now out of a job

(Newser) - Two pilots for Argentine carrier Austral Lineas Aereas are out of a job after they acted a little too generously with a passenger who just so happened to be a Playboy model. Victoria Xipolitakis tweeted photos, since removed, showing her sandwiched between pilots Patricio Zocchi Molina, 33, and Federico Matias... More »

Allegiant Air's Own Pilots Question Its Safety

Airline says union letter is 'an effort to manipulate the public'

(Newser) - Allegiant Air is battling allegations that it takes a shoddy approach to safety—from its own pilots. The union representing Allegiant's pilots says the low-budget, high-fee airline doesn't just cut costs, but also corners when it comes to safety and maintenance. In a letter to the airline's... More »

5 US Flight Routes to Take If You Hate Yourself

Flights originating or landing at Chicago's O'Hare are delayed the most

(Newser) - Chicago and Knoxville, Tenn., are both great cities, but flying between the two of them often appears to be an aggravating experience, if data compiled by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics holds any weight. In a special project requested by the Wall Street Journal , the BTS tracked more than 1,... More »

Relax, Carry-On Bags Won't Shrink After All

Global airline group's proposal to shrink carry-ons met resistance from N. America

(Newser) - A global airline association said yesterday that it was scrapping its recommendation to reduce the size of carry-on bags for air travelers after an "intense" response. The International Air Transport Association, a Montreal-headquartered trade group whose members represent nearly 85% of total air traffic, said it's canceling its... 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 »

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 »

Changed Tune: Guitars Now OK as Carry-Ons

Small instruments to be treated as any suitcase aboard US airlines

(Newser) - In technical terms, Section 403 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2012 is now in full effect. What that means for travelers: As of Dec. 30, 2014, small musical instruments now qualify as a "carry-on" on any US airline. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch shares the American Federation of Musicians'... More »

FAA Panel Clears Gadgets for Takeoff: Source

Gadgets, WiFi OKed for under 10K feet

(Newser) - The end is in sight for that game in which the flight attendant tells you to turn off your e-reader for takeoff like she really thinks it's going to crash the plane, and you nod solemnly and pretend to actually turn it off until she's out of sight.... More »

Don't Hate on Airplane Food —It's 'a Minor Miracle'

Considering how planes mess with our senses of taste and smell, writes Matt Goulding

(Newser) - Airplane food may be the butt of many, many jokes, but Matt Goulding admits to craving "the plastic tray of overcooked veggies, insipid sauces, and industrial condiments." And no, he's not joking. But he's quick to point out that context matters. "I've only eaten... More »

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