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Aviation's Poisoned Air: Aerotoxic Syndrome

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

I have never been a great airplane passenger. I prefer to be on the ground. Now that I have learned about Aerotoxic Syndrome, a heath issue not in the public domain, I have a new concern.

Fan opposition to Qatar goes viral

James Dorsey | Posted 07.14.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

World Cup host Qatar is discovering the reputational risk involved in hosting high-profile mega sporting events. Qatar Airways' sponsorship of FC Barcelona is producing exactly the kind of publicity that is a corporate sponsor's worst nightmare while a Swiss investigation of the Qatari World Cup bid threatens to expose questionable financial dealings that will fuel demands for withdrawing the tournament from the Gulf state.

5 Biggest Myths About Booking Airfare | Posted 06.21.2015 | Travel

If you've been getting tangled in the web of myths and weird tips surrounding buying airfare, then don't worry, because Hopper is on hand to bust the phonies and vanquish the frauds with this list of the five biggest myths about booking travel in the skies. Enjoy.

SORKIN: Airline Industry 'Increasingly Looking Like An Uncompetitive Oligopoly'

The New York Times | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business

Far from “hypercompetitive,” the airline industry is increasingly looking like an uncompetitive oligopoly....

Into the Crystal Ball: Travel Trends for 2015

Dane Steele Green | Posted 04.20.2015 | Travel
Dane Steele Green

Predictions are a fool's game, particularly in travel, where fads come and go on the winds of a good PR campaign or viral video. So let us forget about fads and talk about trends, those subtler and more substantial shifts in the paradigm that prove to be the game changers.

Samantha Lachman

Airlines Have Finally Found A Fee They Don't Like | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Passengers are used to paying extra airline fees to carry on bags, cash in rewards miles, make same-day changes to flights and print boa...

Does Every Nation Need Its Very Own Airline?

George Hobica | Posted 10.26.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

As flag carriers like Alitalia, LOT, and Malaysia continue to lose money and market share to leaner operations such as Air Asia and Ryanair, one wonders how long national pride will take precedence over economic reason.

Flying With Someone? You May Have to Pay Extra to Sit Together

George Hobica | Posted 10.13.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

Finding seats together when you fly isn't always easy these days unless you pay sometimes exorbitant fees for "main cabin extra," "economy plus," or other "preferred" economy seats because that's all that's available when booking a flight.

The 9 Best Things About Flying Economy Class -- Really!

Mark Chesnut | Posted 10.12.2014 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Some airlines flying internationally still offer free checked bags within certain weight limits. For many U.S. carriers, you may need to pay -- or you may get at least one bag checked free if you sign up for one of their affinity credit cards.

I Pledge Allegiance to Greed

Kelsey Minor | Posted 07.09.2014 | Money
Kelsey Minor

Imagine sitting on a plane either at the gate or on the runway for five hours. Well it happened to me over the holiday weekend. Not once did a fligh...

Airlines Change the Carry-on Rules

George Hobica | Posted 08.12.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

American (as well as Delta and United) have fairly new carry-on bag limits, including a 14-inch maximum width -- and my bag is 15 inches wide, as are many carry-ons.

9 Ways Air Travel Is Better Now Than Ever | Posted 05.20.2014 | Travel

If I read one more article about how awful air travel is today compared to the "golden days of air travel," my head is going to explode. I'm as no...

It Is Time to Clear the Air on the Real Cost of Flying

Sen. Robert Menendez | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Sen. Robert Menendez

Under the Transparent Airfares Act, airlines and ticket sellers would be allowed to break out taxes from the base airfare and list them in a different place on their website, even in pop-up windows. Can you imagine if the only way to know your full airfare was to allow for those annoying pop-up ads?

Growing Discount Airlines Learn The Hard Way You Can't Leave Workers Behind

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 04.24.2014 | Business

JetBlue and Southwest Airlines are starting to look less like innovative upstarts -- complete with low fares and unusual perks -- and more like their ...

Enough With Airline Fees!

Kevin Richberg | Posted 06.08.2014 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

A group of frequent travelers channeled their frustrations with airline fees into this open letter to the major airlines in the U.S. Their bottom ...

When Courts Stop Strikes Before They Start: Why Workers and the Public Lose

Michael M. Oswalt | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Michael M. Oswalt

This nullification of the strike -- the core building block of effective workplace advocacy for thousands of unrepresented, often low wage contract workers at airports -- deserves a lot more attention than it's been getting.

Airline Passengers Aren't Guests, They're Cargo

Sam Fiorella | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Sam Fiorella

Fast forward to today and airlines promote low CO2 emissions, speed, and safety when speaking about travel and their fleets of 747s, not the experience of traveling.

Major Airline Climate Decision Flying Under the Radar

Kevin Grandia | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green
Kevin Grandia

If the aviation sector were a country, they would be the seventh largest climate polluter in the world.

Which Airline Has The Best On-Time Rating?

AP | Posted 05.15.2013 | Travel

WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Department says fewer flights arrived on time and more were canceled in March than a year ago. On the other hand, fe...

K Street: Then and Now

Scott Lilly | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Airlines for America CEO Nick Calio's recent lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration demonstrates that lobbyists today aren't as invested in the details as they used to be.

Airline To Charge Passengers By Weight

AP | By FILI SAGAPOLUTELE and NICK PERRY | Posted 06.02.2013 | Business

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A tiny Samoa airline is giving passengers a big reason to lose weight: tickets sold not by the seat, but by the kil...

In Defense Of Flight Attendants

Helen Davey | Posted 05.12.2013 | Travel
Helen Davey

Please, TSA, re-consider this new policy that was put in place without consulting airline employees. It can have far-reaching and very damaging emotional effects.

The End Of Cheap Airfare

Slate | Matthew Yglesias | Posted 02.22.2013 | Business

Time to shed a tear into your tiny plastic cups of tomato juice, because the merger between US Airways and American Airlines announced last week m...

Airlines' Billion-Dollar Bonanza Underscores Need for Real Climate Action

Bill Hemmings | Posted 04.01.2013 | Green
Bill Hemmings

Aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of carbon pollution, rising 3 to 4 percent per year. Getting a handle on this problem is critical if we're going to head off catastrophic climate change.

JetBlue Steps Up To Help In Shooting Aftermath

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.18.2012 | Business

To one family hit by the Newtown tragedy, JetBlue is flying higher after it delivered relatives' goodbye letters to be buried with 6-year-old victim N...