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Does Every Nation Need Its Very Own Airline?

George Hobica | Posted 08.26.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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

www.usatoday.com | 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...

Your Terrible Flying Experience Is Helping Airlines

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 02.12.2013 | Business

GENEVA — U.S. airlines will lead a recovery in the global sector's profits next year, mainly thanks to cost cuts and restructuring measures take...

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.

Small Business Job Creation -- Rhetoric vs. Reality

Nancy K. Humphreys | Posted 12.28.2012 | Small Business
Nancy K. Humphreys

How many more of these "bipartisan" deals to block new job creation now while raising government spending in the future has Congress made to get rid of Obama?

Cell Phones Here To Stay On Emirates Flight, But Must Be Turned Off Before U.S. Airspace

Posted 10.10.2012 | Technology

On Monday, Dubai-based Emirates Airlines said it will now allow passengers on its A380 aircraft to use cell phones during flights. However, the Mid...

Did Poop Fall From The Sky Again? (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.12.2012 | Money

Did poop fall from the sky again? The Federal Aviation Administration says no. Angry homeowners say yes. The FAA concluded Wednesday that mysteriou...

Foes of EU Airlines Carbon Plan Look To U.N.

Reuters | Posted 10.02.2012 | Green

* EU Commission welcomes countries' engagement with ICAO * ICAO alternative could allow EU to waive its scheme * Many en...