Ebola:        The Plane Facts          Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Nervous.  Newark Airport, Oct. 4, 201   That’s where many of us find ourselves.    Whether we’re boarding a plane or simply traveling through an airport. We are a nation that feels a bit on edge.   Ebola was… Read More

It’s not your imagination. Airline seats are shrinking. A wave of air-rage incidents has exposed the problem like a threadbare economy class seat on an aging puddle jumper. “Airlines are aggressively reducing seat and passenger space to squeeze more revenue out passengers, despite health and safety being threatened,” says Paul Hudson, president of FlyersRights.org, an… Read More

Foreign Invasion Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Today, with planes flying as full as sardine cans and the holiday travel season around the corner, it would appear that U.S. airlines are determined to tell air travelers to take a hike. At least that’s what passengers might infer from the number of flights cut at many of the nation’s airports. Nearly… Read More

     Grounded!                         Tuesday, September 30, 2014 As you might have heard, Chicago O’Hare, the busiest airport in the world, was brought to a halt Friday along with Midway Airport, due to an act of employee sabotage at a  control center. Problems were felt at… Read More

   Plane Filthy Tuesday, September 23, 2014 With the Ebola outbreak in the back of passengers’ minds, we look at standards for disinfecting commercial flights – or lack thereof.What do airlines do to keep planes clean?It’s a muddy area without clear regulatory standards. The FAA says it doesn’t regulate or inspect cleaning. Airlines say they… Read More

Where’s The LUV?  AirTran Merger: A Marriage Of Inconvenience For Passengers   Tuesday, September 16, 2014 It wasn’t so much a merger, it was Southwest eliminating a competitor.    What do you get when you merge one low-cost airline with another? At Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport, it’s higher fares and fewer flights. This should be no surprise.… Read More

The Price Is Wrong Tuesday, September 9, 2014   Imagine you’re in your favorite supermarket, looking for a specific item, but find only one brand on each shelf. The overhead sign says Bread Aisles: 2, 4, 7, 11, 14 or Milk Aisles: 1, 3, 8, 10, 16. Management has the idea that if they make… Read More

Fight Or Flight? Tuesday, September 2, 2014 The next crisis is occurring at 30,000 feet. Joe Giron, The New York Times   Sardined passengers are now turning on each other. Two fights on US aircraft made headlines worldwide last week that led to emergency landings and passengers being forcibly removed. Kneed More Space In one… Read More

      JetWho?                    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 And another domino falls. In a surprise move that shouldn’t have been, Jetblue, one of the holdouts in the airline industry for not charging for a first checked bag – is now considering adding the fee, as the… Read More

Mining For Dollars Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Over the past weeks we’ve talked a lot about airline predatory pricing scams. There’s the great airline lobbying scam, a.k.a. the Transparent Airfares Act, which enables airlines to hide the true cost of a flight, sometimes until it’s too late for a buyer to change their mind. Then, there’s the recently DOT-approved… Read More