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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... More »

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... More »

On This Airline, Passengers Must Ask Permission to Pee

Ryanair announces new policies amid pandemic

(Newser) - Among the changes coming to Ryanair: Passengers will have to ask to pee. Lining up for any on-board toilet will be prohibited, according to the European budget airline, which plans to restore 40% of its flights by July 1 so long as the government and health regulations in place at... More »

Unusual Pandemic Casualty: Weather Forecasts

Airplanes that provide meteorological data aren't flying

(Newser) - Last month, the director general of the International Air Transport Association described the coronavirus pandemic as the biggest crisis to ever hit the industry, leaving airlines "with little to do," per Business Insider . One ramification now coming to light is the effect on weather forecasts. As NPR reports,... More »

Before We Bail Out Airlines, Let's Change the Rules

'NYT' columnist isn't shedding tears for the industry amid the coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - Nobody is using the word "bailout" yet, but it's just a matter of time before the government acts to shore up the US airline industry in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, writes Tim Wu in the New York Times . Not so fast, he adds. "As the... More »

A Jarring Notification on Flight: You Have Coronavirus

JetBlue bans passenger who found out his test came back positive

(Newser) - A passenger who flew from New York to Florida found out he tested positive for the new coronavirus while on the plane, and now he won't be flying JetBlue anymore. CNN reports that, per the airline, the unidentified man got the notification of his test results while traveling from... More »

He Found a 'Loophole' for a 'Free' Flight. Now, a Lawsuit

Brussels Airlines is suing hacker who flew himself, 2 pals to New York for free

(Newser) - An overseas airline has filed a lawsuit against a hacker who booked a "free" flight from Belgium to New York. The Brussels Times reports that Brussels Airlines wants $22,000 in damages from the 25-year-old man after he flew himself and two buddies to the US in business class... More »

Passengers Stranded After British Airline Collapses

Flybe's network included half of UK's domestic flights outside of London

(Newser) - The struggling British airline Flybe has collapsed, leaving passengers stranded and told to find their own way home. The UK Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement Thursday that financially troubled Flybe had entered administration. It said, "All Flybe flights are cancelled. Please do not go to the airport... More »

Fliers May Have to Attest Their Pets Are Service Animals

Proposal would limit passengers to humans and dogs

(Newser) - Passengers have taken advantage by bringing miniature horses, monkeys, turkeys, pigs, peacocks, rabbits and, of course, cats aboard their flights, saying they're service animals needed for emotional support, airline employees say. A federal proposal would simplify the rules on service animals by allowing only dogs onto flights, NBC reports.... More »

Airline Forced Female Flier to Take Pregnancy Test

Hong Kong airline said it was fighting 'birth tourism'

(Newser) - A budget airline in Hong Kong has apologized "unreservedly" for forcing a 25-year-old passenger to take a pregnancy test. Hong Kong Express Airways told Midori Nishida before a flight from Hong Kong to Saipan in November that she had been randomly selected for a "fit to fly" assessment... More »

Trying to Avoid Crying Babies? This Airline's Got You Covered

Japan Airlines offers seat map showing where youngsters under 2 will be sitting

(Newser) - If you live in fear that you'll be seated next to a crying baby the next time you fly, a new feature at Japan Airlines may prove interesting. The airline has added a feature to its online booking tool that shows a baby icon on any seats booked by... More »

Airline Offers Free Flight If You Have This Last Name

Anyone with the last name Green, Greene can fly gratis on Frontier on Aug. 13

(Newser) - Frontier Airlines is offering a free flight to everyone with two very specific last names as part of its environmentally conscious "Green Week." USA Today notes the qualifying but not completely surprising surnames: Green and Greene. The airline's website explains the simple steps for getting a complimentary... More »

Airline Sorry for Sharing 'Fact' About 'Safest' Seats in Crash

KLMIn notes deleted tweet may have caused 'distress'

(Newser) - Dutch airline KLM is apologizing after one of its regional Twitter accounts suggested passengers in the back of a plane are less likely to die in a crash. "Seats at the back of a plane are the safest!" KLM India tweeted Wednesday, citing a 2015 Time article that... More »

Boeing's Troubled 737 Max Gets a Big Buyer

International Airlines Group seeks 200, at a discount

(Newser) - The owner of British Airways, Iberia, and Aer Lingus plans to buy 200 of Boeing's troubled 737 Max jets—the first inkling of an order since the planes were grounded three months ago. Boeing revealed the plan by International Airlines Group, spelled out in a letter of intent, at... More »

Delta's Suggestion: Keep Union Dues, Buy Booze, Video Games

The union isn't happy about it, calling Delta poster "insulting"

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines really doesn't want its flight attendants or ramp and cargo attendants to unionize. That seems to be the reason, at any rate, behind a Delta poster that's causing a ruckus. The poster, tweeted out Thursday by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, shows... More »

Here Are the Main US Airlines, Ranked

Alaska Airlines comes in at No. 1 overall, and it's also the safest

(Newser) - While it always feels like a win to score a cheap plane ticket, price isn't the only factor that makes an airline desirable. WalletHub looked at the nine biggest domestic airlines, plus three regional carriers, examining four categories: safety; incidents involving animals; in-flight comfort and cost; and baggage, departures,... More »

Delta Has a New Crown

Airline is top dog in US in annual survey

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines comes in first in a long-running study that ranks US airlines by how often flights arrive on time and other statistical measures. Researchers who crunch the numbers also say that as a whole, US airlines are getting better at handling baggage and overcrowded flights and are getting... More »

Travelers Rate the Best Airlines. There's a Returning Champ

Congrats again to Singapore Airlines

(Newser) - The champ reigns again in TripAdvisor's third annual list of the world's top 10 airlines, as decided by travelers. Singapore Airlines—one of four Asian carriers to make the 2019 list , which is actually chosen by an algorithm based on the quality and quantity of 2018 flier reviews—... More »

This May Not Be a Great Day to Fly

Tech glitch hits major airlines early, though it's now resolved

(Newser) - Anyone trying to fly early Monday may have run into delays thanks to a tech glitch that affected major airlines. The glitch is now fixed, but the effects could ripple into flights through the day, reports USA Today . Airlines including Southwest, United, American, Delta, and JetBlue had to temporarily ground... More »

Airline to Passengers: Sorry, We Don't Exist Anymore

Passengers on 2 continents stranded as WOW Air abruptly folds

(Newser) - It's not the kind of update passengers want to get from their airline: "WOW Air has ceased operation." The Icelandic budget airline did indeed cease operations on Thursday, stranding passengers across two continents, per the AP . In a statement on its website , the airline, which had earlier... More »

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