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

Business, As Usual   Tuesday, August 12, 2014 The days of cheap tickets are long gone. The price to board a plane is now up for the fifth straight year, making it increasingly expensive to fly almost anywhere. Airfares are on the rise, outpacing inflation according to the Consumer Price Index. Inflation is 2.1% while… Read More

My Way  Or The Skyway Tuesday, August 5, 2014 It’s high-fives all around the airline executive suites – again! Paul Sakuma/Associated Press United Airlines passengers check in at SFO The airlines are raking in profits, but it’s really skyway robbery at the expense of taxpayers, airline workers, and the traveling public. The winners keep on… Read More

A Win-Lose Situation Tuesday, July 29, 2014 The airlines’ pity party is long over. The big news last week was the nation’s airlines announcing yet another stellar quarter of record breaking profits, reaped at your expense. For four years we’ve watched the industry rolling in dough thanks to its winning strategy of mergers, cutting flights and raising fares. Passengers… Read More

Over Hostile Territory Tuesday, July 22, 2014 The shooting down of MH17 was a wake up call. A paramedic walks by a part of fuselage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. It called attention to the fact that commercial airliners fly over conflict zones and… Read More

Under The Microscope  Tuesday, July 8, 2014 New security threats, crowded airports, packed planes, costly luggage fees, data-mined passengers… a happiness blanket? And that was just the news last week. Just before the holiday weekend, the Department of Homeland Secuirty declared that uncharged mobile phones, especially iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy, won’t be allowed on United States-bound… Read More

Full Of Hot Air Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Summer travel will be no vacation.  A sweltering situation was recorded on Spirit Airlines at O’Hare, June 24, 2014 It’s the perfect storm. While raising fares and adding fees, airlines have cut domestic capacity, reducing service to midsize and smaller markets and cramming more people into smaller seats than… Read More