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


  The airline industry needs some fresh competition. It’s shown itself to be deaf to the needs of its customers, as confirmed by a study released last month by Consumer Reports which polled 55,000 members who had recently taken airline flights.     The results underscore what we have been saying all along, that the increasing levying of nickel-and-dime fees is… Read More


  The major U.S. airlines have joined forces and issued a laundry list of regulations they want to see abolished by the Trump administration – rules designed to protect travelers. If their dream comes true, the protections travelers have gotten used to will be consigned to the rear of the plane – or bus, as it seems. Gone will… Read More


Two recent spectacles conjure up the robber-baron era, when corporations ruled the country. Last week at an International Aviation Club luncheon in Washington, D.C., the US Department of Transportation (DOT) undersecretary for policy, Derek Kan, said that the government is keen on just staying out of the way of the aviation industry and letting the market play… Read More


In a followup to FlyersRights.org’s court victory last July, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to announce soon the results of its review of seat sizes and legroom, reports theWashington Post. This could prevent airlines from further reducing the seat space of passengers. The FAA review is looking at how tighter seats affect safety. The average… Read More


After last week’s announcement that WOW Air will “pause” its Miami service, it got us worrying about a few things – the first being a spike in airfares to and from MIA. Secondly, if WOW can’t make South Florida work as a low-cost leisure destination from Europe, then what route can they make work? The… Read More


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