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Airline Passengers: Mind Your Own Business!

Bobby Laurie | Posted 09.03.2016 | Travel
Bobby Laurie

Over the last couple of months there seems to be a trend of passengers acting as citizen journalists or their own little group of vigilantes that no one asked for.

Squeezing the Yahoos: The Airline Business Model

Frank Islam | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
Frank Islam

Squeeze the yahoos. Squeeze them till it hurts. That appears to be the current airline business model for customer pricing, seating, luggage storage, amenities, service, and communication management.

Passenger's Uplifting Thank-You Note To Pilot Goes Viral

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.01.2015 | Good News

It never hurts to say "thank you." Bethanie, an appreciative flyer who splits her time between Spain and England, apparently knows this better than...

When You Should Complain To An Airline

Map Happy | Posted 05.11.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

I suspect many flyers still take a lot lying down from airlines that they don't have to. And sometimes I run across something and wonder if a complaint is justified. Here are some flight travel situations in which kvetching might deserve some compensation.

The Curse of the Window Seat

Map Happy | Posted 04.28.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

It wasn't until I became a permanent migrant to the aisle that I realized that the person in the window seat is really truly the person that holds the entire power, often in ways that aren't fully appreciated.

Watch Patrick Stewart Act Like Every Annoying Airline Passenger You'll Ever Meet

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 01.15.2015 | Comedy

These people are the reason you need to know where the nearest exits are on the plane. The travel company Expedia recently conducted a poll asking ...

Why Following the Rules of Air Travel Matters

Kara Mulder | Posted 10.14.2014 | Travel
Kara Mulder

There are dangers to not listening to the flight attendant; dangers to your safety, and the safety of other passengers as well as the crew. Some act as if the only reason a flight attendant enforces the rules is due to a need to feel superior.

Delta Makes Networking At 35,000 Feet Easier Than Ever

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.24.2014 | Travel

What if, instead of dreading who your seatmate might be on your next flight, you looked forward to the experience? That's what Delta Air Lines is a...

Airlines Scrooge Their Customers With Bag Fees

Kate Hanni | Posted 01.29.2013 | Travel
Kate Hanni

During a slow economic recovery, the flying public is being financially damaged by the airlines' refusal to post the hidden ancillary fees.

PHOTOS: Impossibly Happy Airplane Passengers

Paul Brady | Posted 11.13.2012 | Travel

Let's face it: Flying can be pretty awful: cramped spaces, questionable food, plentiful fees, dubious smells. That is precisely what makes these st...

Why The Window Seat Is Always Better

Peter Mandel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The airplane flights that do the grunt work of your trip, that allow you to get from place to place, are a sort of forgettable magic that, if you are like me, you do not record in your diary or photograph.

Why European Airlines Will Pay Passengers For Late Flights

Kate Hanni | Posted 12.31.2012 | Travel
Kate Hanni

Passengers are often placated with vouchers for a free meal or a refreshment when they are legally entitled to more significant reimbursement.

Some Passengers Using Wheelchairs To Avoid Lines | Posted 10.04.2012 | Travel

The familiar drudgery was under way along the security line at Kennedy International Airport on a recent afternoon. Shoes were fumbled off feet, lapto...

Airlines With The Most Passengers

Posted 09.24.2012 | Travel

Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no denying our dependence on airlines. We've seen the best airlines in the world, the best airlines in the U.S., and eve...

WATCH: The Pre-Flight Passenger Video Airlines Should Show

George Hobica | Posted 11.13.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

I've always thought that right before the safety demo, airlines should do a courtesy demo. Wouldn't it make air travel better for everyone?

Anderson Cooper Got Sassy With Fellow Airline Passenger

Posted 08.21.2012 | TV

Just because Kathy Griffin has said she wants her new show "Kathy" (Thu., 10 p.m. ET on Bravo) to be a celebrity-free zone, that doesn't mean she won'...

Andrea Stone

Europeans Hold Nose, Agree To Air Passenger Deal | Andrea Stone | Posted 04.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two years after the formal expiration of a controversial Bush-era pact requiring air passenger data be handed over to the U.S. Departmen...

Your Flight's Cancelled: Now What?

Kate Hanni | Posted 03.19.2012 | Travel
Kate Hanni

We all know that air travel is never a sure thing. Many flights are delayed or cancelled, for a variety of reasons. But if your flight is cancelled, what do you do? What are your rights?

Passengers Get Into Fight Mid-Air

Posted 01.12.2012 | Travel

Two passengers got into a mid-air fight over a reclined seat aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai to Manchester, England January 10. The fight sta...

Airlines and Travelers: Will They Ever Find Love Again?

Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval | Posted 01.17.2012 | Business
Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval

Many consumers are no doubt looking forward to stuffing themselves full of turkey, but they're probably not quite as eager to stuff themselves into planes to get there during the busiest travel week of the year.

GADLING: Emirates, Virgin America Win Passenger Choice Awards | Melanie Renzulli | Posted 11.13.2011 | Travel

Window or aisle? Coffee or Coke? Choices for airline passengers are shrinking faster than the on-board snack. But there are some airlines that are sti...

A Ride in the Cockpit of an Airbus A318

Peter Mandel | Posted 06.18.2011 | Travel
Peter Mandel

The flakes have mushroomed into a blizzard. We reach 'decision' speed (where there is not enough runway left to stop) and this is the second that Cavender tells me that our number two engine is out.

When a Deceptive Airline Gets an Unfair Fine

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Christine Negroni

What exactly will American Airlines have to ante up? Not the $90,000 being reported in other publications and on television.

Air Travel 2010: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Kate Hanni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Kate Hanni

The past year has been very eventful for airline passengers. We've seen big shifts in many facets of air travel. Crude terror plots failed to harm a...

Beware of Airlines Bearing Gifts

Kate Hanni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Kate Hanni

The AA Direct Connect idea seems to be a solution to the problem of finding the true cost of a ticket, but it's actually a threat to competition. AA wants to control the way we make buying decisions.