It’s deja vu all over again.    As Hurricane Lane descended on Hawaii, it brought back bad memories of last year’s price gouging after Hurricanes Irma and Harvey – which devastated Texas, Louisiana and Florida.    U.S. airlines have been called out on Twitter for charging several thousand dollars for one-way tickets out of the danger zone – following… Read More


Aeroméxico Flight 2431 was taking off for Mexico City last Tuesday when the aircraft plunged suddenly. The Embraer E-170 crashed as it was beginning to climb in heavy rain in Mexico’s state of Durango. The mid-sized jet was almost full, with 103 people on board, including two infants and four crew members, when it crashed about 4 p.m. local time.… Read More


NPR All Things Considered- July 12, 2018   Excerpted from the article: “It’s really become almost like a torture class,” says Paul Hudson, president of the group Flyers Rights. Hudson argues that tinier seats are not just unsafe for evacuations, but can cause blood clots and other health problems, and lead to more passenger conflicts.… Read More


Last week, the response by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was outright refusal to reconsider its denial of FlyersRights.org’s petition to set minimum seat standards. The FAA declared that questionable evacuation tests are valid and there are no problems with shrunken seats and larger passengers impeding escape. Problematic Certification Process  But when aircraft evacuation drills are carried out, organizers do… Read More


Sarah D. Young – 07/09/2018 | ConsumerAffairs Despite safety concerns and numerous complaints made by travelers, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says it has found no need to regulate airline seat size and legroom. In a letter announcing its decision, the agency said it “has no evidence that there is an immediate safety issue necessitating rule-making at this time.”… Read More


As millions of Americans headed off to celebrate the Fourth of July, it was a busy day for FlyersRights.org. That’s because it was also a great day for the Federal Aviation Administration to try to sneak some bad news for passengers in under the radar.   The FAA restates, it’s no friend to flyers   In a cavalier letter… Read More


Not only is 29-inch pitch becoming the new normal in economy cabins, seat makers are now claiming they can make a 27-inch pitch feel as “comfortable” as a 29-inch one. See where this is going? This week, seat manufacturers showboated their latest in sardine accommodations at the Aircraft Interiors Expo. And, running circles around the rest was a… 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


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