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Keeping That Middle Seat Empty? Delta to Kill Policy

It's the last US airline to do so

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines, the last US airline still blocking middle seats, will end that policy in May as air travel recovers and more people become vaccinated against COVID-19. The decision announced Wednesday reversed a policy that had been in place since last April, and which Delta's CEO had repeatedly...

Airline: We'll Tell You Where You're Going, Just Before You Land

Qantas resumes 'mystery flights' for Australian passengers

(Newser) - Australia's flag carrier has just the thing for people desperate to get away, so long as they don't care where they're going. In the hope of boosting the beleaguered tourism industry amid international travel restrictions, Qantas is asking Australian passengers to hop aboard one of three "...

Frontier: Maskless Fliers, Not Anti-Semitism, Canceled Flight

Flight out of Miami to NYC canceled after Sunday incident with Hasidic Jewish passengers

(Newser) - A chaotic scene on a Frontier Airlines flight before takeoff ended with a group of Hasidic Jews being asked to leave, the entire plane eventually being emptied, and now, accusations of anti-Semitism—all over what the airline says was the group's refusal to wear face masks. The incident took...

Air Traffic Control to 'Throw Out the Old Rules' to Save Fuel

Pilots helming trans-Atlantic flights between Canada, UK can now pick their own flight paths thanks to pandemic

(Newser) - In 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency released its first-ever rules on airlines emissions, designed to cut down on air pollution, per the Hill . Now, a new collaboration will hopefully help reduce airlines' carbon footprint even further. The typically congested airspace between North America and Europe used to boast around 1,...

Test Domestic Passengers? Bad Idea, Say the Airlines

The CDC is 'actively looking at' such a rule

(Newser) - Health officials in the Biden administration have floated the idea of requiring passengers on domestic flights to show proof of a negative COVID test. On Thursday, executives of major airlines made clear they hate the idea. "A mistake" and a "real goat rodeo" were two of the quotes...

Airline Mechanic Crushed to Death in Chicago

Jijo George leaves behind a toddler and expectant wife

(Newser) - An airline mechanic died Sunday after he was crushed by machinery at Chicago's O'Hare airport. The 35-year-old—identified on a GoFundMe page as Jijo George—provided ground support for Envoy Air, an American Airlines subsidiary that flies under the name American Eagle, reports USA Today . He suffered multiple...

Boeing 737 Max Is Cleared for Takeoff

After fixes, issue with plane's nose 'can no longer happen'

(Newser) - Following two fatal crashes and 20 months on the ground, the Boeing 737 Max has been cleared to fly in the US. The FAA said Wednesday that a review process was complete and the plane could take to the skies—but only after necessary changes are made, pilots receive simulator...

Here's Another Something the 1% Do
Here's Another
Something the 1% Do
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Here's Another Something the 1% Do

1% of the population causes about half of air travel emissions, and researchers say it's time to rethink

(Newser) - With a 50% drop in passengers taking to the skies in 2020, there's no better time to overhaul an industry responsible for dangerous carbon emissions, according to researchers. "If you want to resolve climate change … then we should start at the top, where a few 'super...

Longest Flight in US Is Coming Back
Longest Flight in US
Is Coming Back

Longest Flight in US Is Coming Back

Hawaiian Airlines will bring back flights from Honolulu to Boston in mid-December

(Newser) - Wheels up—the longest domestic flight in America is coming back, just in time for the holidays. In a statement this week, Hawaiian Airlines announced it will once more start up its twice-a-week nonstop service between Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and Boston's Logan International Airport, a...

Airline Now Selling Its Meals in Supermarkets

Finnair wants to satisfy 'wanderlust'

(Newser) - Finnair says it wants to keep its catering staff employed—and bring a taste of air travel to hungry Finns stuck at home because of the pandemic. The airline says it's planning to sell business-class meals in supermarkets, and the choices will be more exciting than "beef or...

Mass Layoffs at Airlines: 'It Didn't Have to Be This Way'

Tens of thousands of furloughs at American, United after deadline for Congress deal passes

(Newser) - Nineteen thousand workers at American Airlines and 13,000 at United are getting bad news this week, and they may not be the only ones. The Wall Street Journal reports the two airlines are laying off tens of thousands of employees after Congress was unable to OK a coronavirus relief...

He Asked Crew Member to Wear a Mask. He Got Booted

Allegiant Air says passenger was 'disruptive' during preflight safety briefing

(Newser) - An Allegiant Air passenger was booted off a flight this week over a face mask dispute—but he wasn't the one not complying with the airline's policy. In the incident on a Monday flight from Punta Gorda, Fla., to Portsmouth, NH, the passenger reportedly told a flight attendant...

Black Woman Harassed by Seatmate: Delta Did Me Right

Demetria Poe says airline took care of her after white seatmate got confrontational

(Newser) - A young Black kindergarten teacher from Minnesota has a new favorite airline after the way it handled an unpleasant incident with a fellow passenger. Per USA Today , 25-year-old Demetria Poe took a Delta Air Lines flight last month from Minneapolis to Washington, DC, to attend the Commitment March for racial...

Suit: I Was Pressured to Move Seats Because I'm a Woman

Passenger sues EasyJet over encounters with Orthodox Jews

(Newser) - A British-Israeli woman is suing EasyJet for discrimination after she says she was twice asked to move seats because of her gender. Melanie Wolfson, 38, says she paid extra for an aisle seat on an October flight from Tel Aviv to London only to be asked to move seats by...

In This Nation, Hello Kitty 'Flight to Nowhere' Offers an Escape

Taiwanese citizens will be able to fly around for 3 hours with no destination on Saturday in Dream jet

(Newser) - We've heard of cruises to nowhere—but a "flight to nowhere"? That's the plan behind EVA Air's latest gimmick to appeal to Taiwanese citizens who haven't been able to travel outside the country during the coronavirus pandemic. Per CNN , to celebrate Father's Day...

After Flight, Senator Slams Airline: 'Incredibly Irresponsible'

Trip on American spurs Jeff Merkley to introduce bill keeping middle seats from being filled in pandemic

(Newser) - Jeff Merkley flew on American Airlines last week, and he wasn't happy with how his flight went—specifically, on how crowded it was in the midst of the pandemic. "How many Americans will die bc you fill middle seats, w/ your customers shoulder to shoulder, hour after hour,...

United Will Ban Flyers Who Refuse to Wear Masks
United Steps Up
Face Mask Policy

United Steps Up Face Mask Policy

Refusal to comply could result in flight ban

(Newser) - If you refuse to wear a face mask on a United Airlines flight, the airline is going to refuse to let you on another one of its planes. The airline says that as of Thursday, people who ignore its mandatory mask policy will be placed on an "internal travel...

Feds Plan to Block Chinese Flights to US

Move is retaliation for Beijing's refusal to allow American carriers to resume flights

(Newser) - The Trump administration says it is going to block all commercial flights to the US by Chinese airlines on June 16—or sooner, at the president's discretion. The Transportation Department says the move is a response to China's refusal to allow American carriers including Delta and United to...

Airline Flies to Italy, Forgets to See if Airport Is Open

After 'sightseeing tour,' Eurowings took 2 passengers back to Germany

(Newser) - A plane carried passengers from Germany to Italy before turning around midair because its intended airport is closed until next month. A spokesperson for German airline Eurowings confirmed the Saturday mix-up, which played out over four hours, per CNN . Flight EW9844 set off from Düsseldorf, intending to make the...

United Issues Change After Doctor's Tweets

Airline will inform passengers when planes are almost full

(Newser) - United Airlines announced last month that it would keep the middle seats empty in its aircraft to allow for social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But that's not what Dr. Ethan Weiss found when he boarded his flight from Newark to San Francisco on Saturday. The associate professor at...

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