This may not seem like news, as passengers have been sleeping in airports for a long time due to delays and mechanical problems. But a recent American Airlines flight which was delayed 15 hours at Miami International Airport and stranded Allegiant passengers at Des Moines International Airport have shined new light on the issue. The AA flight was en route to… Read More


You Can’t Take it With You Everyone who has flown on a plane is familiar with the safety videos that are played before takeoff. It appears, though, that during emergencies, passengers are ignoring the message when it comes to leaving your carry-on luggage behind. In an article this week in Bloomberg, Adam Levin and Mary Schlangenstein… Read More


Sardine seating may not be the biggest concern with the design of American Airlines new 737-MAX aircraft (perhaps it should be called the 737-MIN?). It may be its mini-bathrooms. Even flight attendants are complaining about the cramped lavatories, which are designed for long-range, low-cost operation. Airline personnel reportedly told CEO Doug Parker that the sinks in the restrooms are… Read More


Last week, a snowstorm described threateningly as a ‘bomb cyclone’ was bearing down on the New York area. On Thursday, the Port Authority, that runs John F. Kennedy Airport, announced the airport would temporarily shut down, then would reopen later that day. Around the world, hundreds of airlines interpreted that as OK to take-off for… Read More


Each January we hold hope for a good new year…   But in 2017, we saw things go colossally wrong, from United Airlines dragging off a passenger, to price-gouging during natural disaster Hurricane Harvey, to a new low in Coach Class  – ‘Basic Economy’, aka Last Class. The CEO of American Airlines boasted recently, “We’ll never lose… Read More


  The deadline for Real ID has been a moving target. There have been extension after extension for months. So the latest news we have from a Transportation Security Administration spokesperson says your old driver’s license is acceptable until Oct. 1, 2020.   Again: TSA: Domestic flyers can use old driver’s licenses until late 2020… Read More


Tip Of The Week Dear FlyersRights:   Boy did I get a surprise flying United Express this week!   I recently returned from a business trip to Detroit. Because of snow in Detroit my first two flights were cancelled. I appreciated that I was automatically rebooked on United Express, and I understood that my seat… Read More


Christmas came early for the airlines. Last week, the Department of Transportation (DOT) abolished an Obama-era proposal that required carriers to disclose baggage fees. The reversal is a gift for the airlines’ bottom line and a slap in the face for flyers who deserve transparency when buying a ticket. Soon, when you buy through a third-party site… Read More


TRUMP DOT TO AIRLINE PASSENGERS: NO FEE TRANSPARENCY FOR YOU Victory for Airline Lobby expands airline exemption from consumer protection law WASHINGTON DC – December 8, 2017 The US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced today that it was withdrawing a pending rulemaking requiring airlines to disclose fees for baggage and other so called extra services… Read More