air travel

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

Anthony Bourdain Has Advice About Ordering Food on Plane

Don't do it, the well-traveled chef advises

(Newser) - Anthony Bourdain is both a renowned chef and a frequent traveler, which would seem to make him well qualified to offer advice about what food to order when on a plane. The answer? Don't order food at all, he tells Travel and Leisure . “You’re not digesting your... More »

Airline Creates Service to Help Women Flying Alone

'A sincere effort to ensure peace of mind' from Indian airline Vistara

(Newser) - India has earned a reputation as a place that's dangerous for women and girls, underscored by the story of a 10-year-old rape victim now in the news for trying to get permission to get an abortion . Another shocking story from 2012 set off a series of protests across the... More »

Scientists Think Flying Is Poised to Become a Pain

Up to a third of flights will be affected on hot days in coming decades, says study

(Newser) - Remember in June when it got too hot for planes to take off in Phoenix? A new study suggests stories like that will become quite common in the not-too-distant future. Via Reuters , the study published in Climatic Change estimates that rising temperatures could leave up to one-third of planes grounded... More »

Homeland Security Will Use Laptop Ban to Punish Airlines

If they don't comply with new security measures introduced Wednesday

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday introduced new security measures for international flights to the US in lieu of a complete ban on laptops, reports USA Today , which calls the measures a "massive escalation of airline security." The new rules will affect 180 airlines and approximately 325,... More »

Video Shows Why Man Just Sued United Airlines for $1M

Ronald Tigner says he was knocked to ground by rude United employee

(Newser) - A 71-year-old lawyer is suing United Airlines for more than $1 million after an employee knocked him down during an argument two years ago, the Southeast Texas Record reports. According to the Washington Post , the July 21, 2015, incident started when the TSA at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport wouldn'... More »

JetBlue Makes Everyone Leave Plane, Over Cake

Airline, family have differing stories about a birthday cake brought aboard

(Newser) - Let them eat cake? Maybe not on JetBlue. A New Jersey family en route to Las Vegas was kicked off their JetBlue flight after a dispute with flight attendants over birthday cake. According to the New York Daily News , Cameron and Minta Burke were off to Vegas to celebrate Minta’... More »

Photos Show Lindbergh on Brink of Making History

Images rediscovered after 90 years

(Newser) - Photos tucked away for 90 years in a California newspaper's archives portray Charles Lindbergh just weeks before he made the first nonstop solo airplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean, reports the AP . The San Diego Union-Tribune on Sunday released never-before-published shots of Lindbergh from April 28, 1927. Harry Bishop,... More »

Airplane Phone Restrictions: Safety or Manners?

'Many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes'

(Newser) - Overhearing some loudmouth's phone conversation is bad enough on the street or at a restaurant, but nobody wants to be sitting next to that person for the duration of a flight. And that may be the real reason the FCC continues to ban voice calls on phones, even though... More »

United: Passenger's 28-Hour Ordeal Was 'Horrible Failure'

The airline accidentally sent a woman to California instead of France

(Newser) - United Airlines is issuing yet another apology after what was supposed to be a seven-and-a-half hour flight turned into a 28-hour ordeal for one unlucky passenger. WABC reports Lucie Bahetoukilae, who was flying home to France from New Jersey, went to the gate stamped on her Newark-to-Charles de Gaulle boarding... More »

Suit Claims Man Injured by 14-Hour Flight Next to 'Obese' Passengers

An Australian man is suing American Airlines for more than $100K

(Newser) - A 67-year-old Australian man is suing American Airlines, claiming his seat assignment next to two "grossly obese" passengers during a 14-hour flight to Los Angeles left him with permanent injuries, News.com.au reports. Michael Taylor claims the body of the passenger seated next to him "spilt over... More »

American Airlines Hopes You Weren't Using All That Legroom

The airline will reduce legroom in economy class by up to 2 inches

(Newser) - Apparently deciding recent coverage of US airlines had been entirely too positive, American Airlines announced Wednesday it will be decreasing legroom in its economy class seats by up to 2 inches. CNN reports the airline will be reducing the distance between seats in three rows of its economy class from... More »

Lawmakers Threaten Airlines With Legislative Action

If airlines don't fix their problems, lawmakers may do it for them

(Newser) - “If changes aren’t made by the next hearing, I can assure you, you won’t like the outcome,” Rep. Bill Shuster told representatives from four US airlines Tuesday. The Hill reports United, Alaska, American, and Southwest were being questioned by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee following... More »

Flight Attendant Hits Woman With Stroller, Taunts Passenger

The flight attendant has been suspended after video surfaced

(Newser) - An American Airlines flight attendant has been suspended after allegedly hitting a woman with her stroller and—witnesses say—barely missing her two children. Jalopnik reports a video posted to Facebook shows the second half of the incident on a flight Friday from San Francisco to Dallas. A woman holding... More »

United Will No Longer Boot Seated Passengers for Crew

Airline changes policy to avoid another boarding fiasco

(Newser) - United Airlines is changing its policy to try to prevent a repeat of last week's boarding disaster . The bad news: United employees who need a seat still get priority. The good news: You won't be yanked out of your seat to make room for them. Under the shift,... More »

Blind Woman: I Was Kicked Off Flight, Called a 'Danger'

American Airlines says it's investigating her claims

(Newser) - American Airlines may have violated the Air Carrier Access Act after allegedly kicking a blind woman and her service dog off a flight and calling her a "danger," the Portland Press Herald reports. Sue Martin, 61, and her husband had booked seats in a bulkhead row on a... More »

TSA Has a New Pat-Down Technique at Airports

Agency gives police a heads up, bracing for complaints

(Newser) - The TSA has rolled out a new pat-down technique at airports, and it's apparently expecting people to be unhappy. Bloomberg reports that the agency has advised local and airport police about the change in case they get complaints about "abnormal" frisking. So what's different? That part is... More »

The 5 Best, Worst Airlines of 2016

KLM comes out on top, El Al is last

(Newser) - When it comes to airlines, the biggest variables are not only the service and the seats. Bloomberg reports there are huge differences in the likelihood of being delayed, with the worst offender tripping up travelers more than half the time. That figure plummets to around 11% for the best companies.... More »

Error Sends Jet Into Path of Other Plane in California

Not to mention too low toward nearby mountains

(Newser) - Federal officials are investigating after an air traffic controller error sent a jet from Los Angeles International Airport into the flight path of another plane while flying low toward Southern California mountains, the AP reports. An EVA Air Boeing 777 that left LAX in heavy rain around 1:20am Friday... More »

New Flight From Australia to London May Be Record-Breaker

Qantas plans 17-hour nonstop journey from Perth

(Newser) - Qantas' course from the UK to Australia has long been known as the "Kangaroo Route" as it means bouncing around to various places including Singapore and Dubai. But not for long. The Australian airline says it will be the first to offer non-stop 17-hour flights from Perth to London... More »

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 »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

AROUND THE WEB