air travel

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

United to Charge Higher Fares for Carry-on Bags

Introducing the 'basic economy' fare

(Newser) - Say goodbye to that carry-on bag. USA Today reports United Airlines is rolling out a new "basic economy" fare next year to compete with ultra low-cost carriers like Spirit and Frontier. United says the basic economy fare will be cheaper but come with a number of restrictions, including prohibiting... More »

Boeing May Dramatically Change the Way We Fly

Patent calls for passenger plane that takes off and lands vertically

(Newser) - If a patent secured by Boeing this week is any indication, the company is eyeing a major change in the way travelers fly. The Seattle Times reports the patent details a passenger plane that takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter via tilting rotors. The rotors—horizontal for takeoff... More »

This Is the Longest Nonstop Flight in the World

DEL-SFO route now flies over Pacific Ocean rather than Atlantic

(Newser) - Air India has achieved an impressive feat: The Times of India reports that the Indian airline has launched the world's longest nonstop flight, connecting Delhi and San Francisco. The flight covers 9,507 miles in 14.5 hours. Even more impressive: The airline actually managed to shorten the flight... More »

Few Vacationed in Iceland. Then Things Went 'Bonkers'

Island's population is 332K; the country has seen 1.6M tourists so far this year

(Newser) - Iceland is hot, and no, this isn't a story about global warming. Since the tiny island country in the northern Atlantic began keeping tabs in 1949, the number of visiting tourists has climbed from roughly 5,000 people a year to, in 2010, more than 500,000. Then, in... More »

Flyer Wants Apology After Monks Make Her Change Seats

She says the Pakistani monks weren't allowed to sit next to women

(Newser) - A California woman is seeking an apology after she says United Airlines forced her to change seats because two Pakistani monks refused to sit next to a woman. "I thought I lived in a culture where women were equal to men," Mary Campos tells CBS Los Angeles . She... More »

Pilot's Typo Sends Plane on a Very Wrong Path

Flight from Sydney to Malaysia ends up in Melbourne instead

(Newser) - Data entry errors are often harmless enough, unless you happen to be an international pilot punching in your longitude before a flight. Then, they get interesting. As Australia's 9News.com reports, an AirAsia flight crew learned this lesson when it attempted to fly from Sydney to Malaysia—only to... More »

JetBlue Touches Down in Cuba in Historic Flight

It's the first commercial trip in more than 50 years

(Newser) - Milestone: The first commercial flight between the US and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War, reports the AP . The jaunt from Fort Lauderdale took only 45... More »

The Internet Is Obsessed With Traveler's 47-Year Layover

Another great moment in online customer service

(Newser) - "Just wondering what you'd recommend I do during the 47-year layover your website has suggested?" James Lloyd asked last week on the Skyscanner Facebook page after noticing the travel app had recommended an itinerary that included a 413,786-hour layover in Bangkok. Mashable reports the answer to the... More »

Hidden Monkey Causes a Stir on Flight to Vegas

A passenger was allegedly stowing the monkey in his shirt

(Newser) - Airline officials say they called for help after a passenger was found stowing a monkey in his shirt during a Las Vegas-bound flight, the AP reports. Frontier Airlines spokesperson Richard Oliver says the incident happened Tuesday night on a flight from Columbus, Ohio, to Las Vegas. Oliver says the passenger... More »

Video: Man Late for His Flight Chases Plane Across Tarmac

It was stupid, dangerous, and apparently successful

(Newser) - Look, no one wants to miss their flight, but sometimes you just have to deal with it. The Guardian reports a man was late to his flight from Madrid to the Canary Islands on Friday, but instead of giving up, he ducked out a fire escape, jumped from a gangway,... More »

People in Plane Crashes Keep Risking Their Lives for Their Luggage

And they really need to stop doing that

(Newser) - Everyone involved in the airline industry is "apoplectic" about a video showing passengers on an Emirates Airline flight that crash landed in Dubai on Wednesday grabbing their luggage before evacuating, even as the cabin fills with smoke, Bloomberg reports. Everyone successfully escaped before the plane burst into flames, but... More »

Flight Delayed? It Could Be the Coffeemaker

Faulty machines must be checked for fire risk

(Newser) - Running late for a flight? Cross your fingers that the plane's coffeemaker is broken. An "inordinate amount of coffeemaker problems" are causing flight delays, American Airlines' chief of operations says—and causing passengers to lose their lids. The New York Times reports defective coffeemakers require a thorough check... More »

Flight Crew Narcs on Allegedly Drunk Pilots

The Canadian pilots face up to 2 years in prison if convicted

(Newser) - Two allegedly drunk Canadian pilots were arrested Monday at Glasgow Airport just before taking to the skies with hundreds of passengers in tow, Glasgow Live reports. According to CBC , the flight crew noticed there was something off about the pilots and went to authorities. "We saw five policemen get... More »

Flying East Is a Pain for Your Brain

Biological clock prefers a longer day achieved by flying west: study

(Newser) - A flight from Paris to New York is easier on the brain than one from New York to Paris, according to a new study that finds jet lag is based not only on distance traveled, but also the direction of travel. In the journal Chaos , researchers from the University of... More »

Man Sues TSA for Making Him Miss His Flight

Hooman Nikizad wants $500 and change for long lines at Minneapolis airport

(Newser) - An hour-and-a-half wait on a TSA line in March not only gave a Minneapolis man agita—he says it caused him to miss his flight, and now he's suing the agency and the operator of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the Star Tribune reports. "I had to buy... More »

US Airlines to Start Scheduled Flights to Cuba

155 flights per week approved Friday by Department of Transportation

(Newser) - Six airlines won permission Friday to resume scheduled commercial air service from the US to Cuba for the first time in more than five decades, the AP reports. The airlines—American, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Southwest, and Sun Country—were approved by the Department of Transportation for a total of... More »

Flier Says Lack of Legroom Almost Killed Him

The fit but tall traveler developed deep vein thrombosis on a cramped 10-hour flight

(Newser) - An Air Canada passenger says a cramped 10-hour flight from Chile to Toronto in January has taken a serious toll on his otherwise impeccable health, and he wants the airline to "take a good hard look at what they're doing," he tells the CBC . Colin Savage, a... More »

The 'Most Miserable' Airport in America Has Been Named

Steer clear of Newark International

(Newser) - If you have to fly this summer, a new ranking suggests you might want to steer clear of Newark International Airport. The New Jersey airport has been named the most miserable in the country by MilesCards.com , which has ranked the 50 busiest US airports since 2010, focusing on things... More »

Pilot Won't Let Woman on Flight Over Her Short Shorts

JetBlue says the 'shorts may offend other families'

(Newser) - A burlesque dancer trying to get home to Seattle from Boston earlier this month was told her shorts were simply too short to fly, KIRO reports. According to ABC News , the passenger—who goes by the stage name Maggie McMuffin—was preparing to board a JetBlue flight May 18 when... More »

Escaped Tarantulas Cause Panic on Plane

A passenger found one crawling up her leg

(Newser) - It sounds like a nightmare come true, especially for people afraid of both flying and spiders: On a recent flight from the Dominican Republic to Montreal, two escaped tarantulas caused chaos and terrified passengers, including a woman who was watching a movie when she found one crawling up her leg,... More »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

AROUND THE WEB