From the department of we told you so, American Airlines joined the fee-raising party last week, hiking bag fees to match Delta, United, JetBlue, Air Canada and WestJet. Was anyone really surprised by the move, started by JetBlue in late August and matched by the other carriers within a month? Aren’t airlines supposed to compete against each… Read More


It hasn’t been a particularly good few weeks for American Airlines (AA). To kick things off, AA was forced to scrap its policy of not allowing passengers a carry-on in its Basic Economy class due to the fact that nearly every other airline did. We suspect AA secretly lamented other airlines not jumping on the-lower-the-bar-another-notch-bandwagon. But that’s something… Read More


This Mad Magazine cartoon from a few years ago was as relevant then as it is now. In fact, as we pointed out last week, airlines seem ever intent on increasing existing fees and exploring new ways to make money off things that were once included in the ticket price. Take for instance airline seating.… Read More


Across the U.S., commercial air travel is the main, often the only, means of long-distance transportation. Yet the airline industry is a case study in U.S. policy gone awry. Mergers have resulted in four mega airlines with take-it-or-leave it conditions while reaping consistent record profits. It may be last major industry where service standards are steadily declining for… Read More


Finally, a worthwhile accomplishment in Congress!   Thank you to all who answered our Call To Action last week and contacted your congress members, urging them to vote pro-passenger on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill. They heard you! The House overwhelmingly passed the FAA bill that renews the agency’s funding for another five years. This bill has been years… Read More