News that the U.S. Department of State will hold talks next month with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar is, to this longtime observer of U.S. international aviation, a significant victory for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines.
After months of deliberation, the U.S. Department of State on Monday confirmed media reports that the Obama administration has resisted pressure from the Big Three U.S. airlines (American, Delta and United) to dismantle the aviation policy known as Open Skies.
The New York Times' Gail Collins is just the latest, opining that someone should "Make the airlines stop charging fees for checked baggage." Ms. Collins' column is so full of myths and errors that the best response is point by point:
Luckily, United Airlines is making an effort to comfort weary and frantic passengers with the help of social media and some super special, super cuddly helpers. Their #UnitedPaws campaign aims to ease travelers with pet-therapy at some of the busiest airports this holiday season.