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Alaska Airlines

Leaking Lime Juice Sends Responders To Cargo Jet

AP | Posted 09.18.2014 | Weird News

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A mysterious liquid leaking on a cargo jet sent emergency responders to the island that is home to the Ketchikan, Alaska, a...

Service for a Song

Stanley Hainsworth | Posted 08.28.2014 | Good News
Stanley Hainsworth

I realized, my former impatience at having to make this call had given way, early on, to an enjoyable and gratifying shared experience. An intimate, relaxing mini-concert between two strangers intent on providing each other with the service most needed in the given moment.

Are Frequent Flier Programs A Fool's Game?

U.S. News Travel | Posted 07.23.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

N i c o l a / Flickr Airline loyalty programs have long tempted their most frequent customers with upgrades, bonus points and other forms of spec...

Noisy Passenger Interferes With Flight

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.04.2014 | Weird News

An Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Hawaii turned around Wednesday evening approximately 90 minutes into the trip due to an unruly passenger, ac...

The 'Un'American Way?

Jim Goldman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Jim Goldman

I'm writing this from an overly crowded bus taking me from American Airlines' "remote terminal" back to the main terminal at LAX. I wish I could say I...

America's Meanest Airlines 2014

U.S. News Travel | Posted 06.07.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

The 2014 Airline Quality Ratings report, released April 7, shows that United Airlines is finally beginning to recover from its merger with Continental Airlines, which took place in 2010. But that wasn't enough to keep United from earning the lowest AQR score of all national airlines for the fourth year in a row.

Hawaii Man Gets 18 Months For Drunk Dialing FBI With Fake Hijacking Threat

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge handed an 18-month prison sentence to a Hawaii man who admitted he falsely reported a possible airplane hijacking because he...

Top Trends In Airline Food

U.S. News Travel | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Onboard space constraints, limited convection ovens and a major lack of ambiance all detract from the enjoyment of skillfully prepared in-flight cuisine. But the parties who provide airline food won't let fliers' dining experiences become subpar.

Best U.S. Airlines: 2013 Edition

Tracy Stewart | Posted 11.07.2013 | Travel
Tracy Stewart

It's that time of year again. The Airfarewatchdog team has been hard at work crunching numbers to determine the best domestic airlines. (In case you m...

Which Airlines Kill the Most Polar Bears?

Kassie Siegel | Posted 09.24.2013 | Green
Kassie Siegel

If we're going to preserve a livable planet -- for polar bears or people -- we need to seize every opportunity to cut carbon pollution. And we need every polluter to do its part -- including the airline industry.

Computer Outage Causes Worldwide Flight Delays

Posted 08.06.2013 | Travel

A computer outage is being blamed for causing major delays at airports worldwide, KTLA reported. Sabre, a reservation system used by many carriers,...

Alaska Airlines' Newest Fees

AP | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Posted 09.08.2013 | Travel

Alaska Airlines is raising its fee for checking a suitcase to $25, bringing it in line with most major airlines. For tickets purchased on or after Oc...

Man Who Tried To Open Airplane Door Mid-Flight Says He's Bipolar

AP | STEVEN DUBOIS | Posted 07.28.2013 | Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Alaska Airlines passenger accused of trying to open an emergency exit during a flight from Anchorage to Portland told invest...

Man Arrested After Trying To Open Airplane Exit Door

AP | Posted 05.28.2013 | Crime

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A passenger on a commercial flight from Alaska to Oregon was arrested Monday after witnesses say he tried to open an emergency exit ...

Tales of Old Mexico: Loreto Takes Root in the Land of Queen Calafia (Baja California)

Bob Schulman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Like Christopher Columbus, Cortes thought the lands of the "New World" were part of the eastern side of the Indies, and that the island could have been de Montalvo's California.

The Best (And Worst) Customer Service In The US

Posted 03.18.2013 | Travel

A new survey investigating which US airlines offer the best "customer experience" has found that most domestic carriers get lackluster ratings and tha...

New TSA PreCheck: Elitist, Confusing, Mysterious, Maddening

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

If you are under 12 or over 75--in like Flynn. No worries. No more long TSA security lines involving taking off your shoes or taking out your laptop...etc... But for the rest of us flyers, it's a secret new "E-ZPass" program of sorts: "Managed Inclusion" is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, to paraphrase Winston Churchill.

Alaska Air Computers Still Down

AP | DOUG ESSER | Posted 10.08.2012 | Travel

SEATTLE -- The computers Alaska Airlines uses to check in passengers stopped working at 7:40 a.m. Monday, causing long lines of frustrated passengers ...

'Inappropriate' Note Left On Airplane Wing

AP | Posted 10.07.2012 | Travel

SEATTLE -- A passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight bound to Seattle looked out the window and saw what appeared to be a damaged area on the wing with...

Passenger Calls Airline 'Worst Of Humanity'

AP | Posted 08.06.2012 | Travel

BEND, Ore. -- A longtime Oregon concert promoter sparked an online backlash against Alaska Airlines with a Facebook post describing what he called "th...

Upgrading To First Class? There's A Baggage Fee For That

Posted 06.22.2012 | Travel

Alaska Airlines will become the first American airline to charge a checked bag fee for first class passengers, reports CNBC. While passengers with...

Antsy Toddler Kicked Off Flight

AP | Posted 09.04.2012 | Travel

UPDATE: Mark Yanchuck, the father of the toddler kicked off an Alaska Airlines flight, says his son Daniel was being fussy, but was wearing his seat ...

WATCH: New Uniforms Sicken Flight Attendants?

Posted 05.04.2012 | Travel

A group of Alaska Airlines flight attendants says their new uniforms are literally making them sick. In a letter to the airline president last mont...

Bad News Psalms

David Van Biema | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
David Van Biema

It's been a bad few weeks for Psalms in the news. Some perfectly good verses got dropped from a 35-year airline promotion, and a disturbing verse achieved a new prominence. Both are part of the same melancholy trend: the death of civil religion.

Sarah Palin To Airline: 'Please Don't Discontinue' Prayer Cards

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has turned her attention to an issue fusing together food, religion, travel and her home state. Palin spoke out on...