At least 57 dead as Bahrain boat sinks

At least 57 people, mainly foreigners, drowned when their dinner cruise boat capsized off the coast of Bahrain, officials said on Friday. The boat’s owner said the vessel may have been overcrowded.

American Airlines sued over dog’s death

A pet owner sued American Airlines on Wednesday after his English bulldog died following a cross-country flight. Terrence Ing, 29, claims airline employees refused to provide a veterinarian and other care after the dog became sick. He is seeking unspecified damages.

Double trouble

Alaska Airlines frequent flier Victoria Pond believes she qualifies for a new double-miles promotion with Air France. But after half a dozen calls to both airlines, it’s still unclear whether she’ll get the bonus miles. Is this a bait-and-switch, or is the double-mileage deal for real?

Hooters Air calls it quits

After a three-year run, Myrtle Beach’s homegrown airline, Hooters Air, is bowing out of regularly scheduled air service. The airline will cease its public charter flights April 17 and will run only private charters out of Winston Salem, N.C.

Northwest sues to void debt

Northwest Airlines has sued the Metropolitan Airports Commission in hopes of voiding a $130 million debt. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in bankruptcy court in New York, claims that a special facility financing deal for space Northwest uses at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is really a loan, not a lease.

Airline coffee: a bitter cup, indeed

Ever notice that the coffee on airplanes is, well, terrible? Well, I’ve been a flight attendant for 17 years, and I can tell you it is bad, bad, bad. Which is pretty strange, considering the coffee often comes from usually dependable purveyors of America’s favorite brew. What gives? And what can you do about it?

Gas prices jump 15 cents in two weeks

Gas prices jump 15 cents in two weeks — Gas prices shot up nearly 15 cents over the past two weeks to a national average of $2.50 per gallon of self-serve regular, according to a survey released Sunday.

The dance of an industry

Stuck at O’Hare on a cold, gray March afternoon, I got caught up in the rhythm of a dance that I love — the dance of airplane travel. Airplanes taxiing, conveyor belts cranking, gate agents checking their lists. The industry is struggling, but the dance goes on. And it’s the airline workers who deserve our applause.

Fire on cruise ship kills 1, injures 11

A fire possibly started by a cigarette broke out aboard a giant cruise ship early Thursday as it sailed through the moonlit Caribbean, leaving one passenger dead, 11 people injured and at least 100 rooms scorched.

Is your shore excursion safe?

On Wednesday, a bus crash in Chile claimed the lives of 12 American tourists as they returned to their cruise ship after a visit to a national park. The tour was not recommended by the cruise line, and it was reportedly operating illegally, which raises the question: How safe is your shore excursion?