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When Congress swallows a big lie

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When a “Big Lie” gets legs in Congress

Consumers and the free market are facing a full frontal attack from the airlines. Their minions have swarmed through the House of Representatives casting an untruth that members, both Republican and Democrat, are swallowing hook, line and sinker. It is shameful or discloses gross ignorance.
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    JetBlue and Singapore to codeshare, 787 gets ETOPS certification, ATC towers with charm

JetBlue and Singapore to codeshare, 787 gets ETOPS certification, ATC towers with charm

JetBlue and Singapore plan to codeshare, 787 receives Extended Operations certification, ATC towers with charm
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    Nickel and diming — a path to consumer discontent and DOT assistance

Nickel and diming — a path to consumer discontent and DOT assistance

The airlines should strongly support the most recent DOT NPRM that calls for more ancillary fee transparency. These proposed DOT rules will improve customer service rankings and ultimately make the skies friendlier for the free market and for the flying public.
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    European royal retreats, Alaska Air’s new service from Seattle, Las Vegas’ younger crowd

European royal retreats, Alaska Air’s new service from Seattle, Las Vegas’ younger crowd

European royal retreats and affordable castles, Alaska Air's service from Seattle growing dramatically, Las Vegas' younger crowd gambling less and spending more

Are airlines pulling a bait-and-switch?

I receive regular missives from readers about disappearing prices, most commonly airfares. Technology experts blame the problem on caching, or storing the fares to make them faster to access online. They say that caching sometimes allows a fare to show as available when it’s already purchased. But once you try to book it, the system will return an error and point you to the next available fare, which is usually more expensive.
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    AirTran’s final flight date set, Delta to launch new Seattle service, Boeing gallery

AirTran’s final flight date set, Delta to launch new Seattle service, Boeing gallery

AirTran's final flight date set, Delta to launch new service from Seattle, Boeing airplane gallery

6 European hotel booking tips

These days the internet makes it really easy to book a hotel anywhere in the world. Except when it doesn't. Here six tips to help when booking hotels in Europe.
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    Canada allows electronic devices gate to gate, jet lands with cracked windshield, Italians investigating TripAdvisor

Canada allows electronic devices gate to gate, jet lands with cracked windshield, Italians investigating TripAdvisor

Canada allows electronic devices gate to gate, jet lands with cracked windshield, Italians investigating TripAdvisor

3 additional rules for packing checked luggage defensively

Not only is packing defensively essential for air travelers due to government and airline liability standards, but due to the amount of electronic gear most air travelers take when away from home, rough treatment of checked and sometimes carry-on luggage, and airline luggage mishandling. Ned Levi discusses packing defensively to counter these problems.