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    Same flight, different prices; SWA eschews fees; no first class for congressmen

Same flight, different prices; SWA eschews fees; no first class for congressmen

Same flight, different prices; SWA eschews fees; no first class for congressmen

Have travelers lost the class war?

In air transportation, the ultimate "opt out" is the use of private aircraft to avoid, for a very high price, the hassles of common-carrier airlines. Private charter flights are exempt from TSA screening searches, and often operate from separate "executive" terminals or even separate airports most airline passengers have never heard of, such as those in Teterboro, NJ, for New York City, or Van Nuys, CA, for greater Los Angeles.

Sunday musings: Unruly passenger rules, 1st Class piece-by-piece, overbooking economics

Our food for thought today includes whether international passengers rules should be more consistent, buying first class airline ticket perk-by-perk, and where economics should rule overbooking or customer care.
By |February 16th, 2014|Today|0 Comments|

What we’re reading: New Boeing interiors, Bidding for first class, Airfare increases

New Boeing interiors, Bidding for first class, Airfare increases

What we’re reading: US/AA draw up proposed settlements,talking your way into first class, book Christmas travel now

US Air, American drawing up proposed settlement

US Airways and American Airlines are willing to give up takeoff and landing slots at Reagan National as part of an attempt to get the Justice Department to allow the merger.
In a complaint filed in August aimed at stopping the proposed transaction, the Justice Department focused on Reagan National. The two carriers control a combined 69 percent of takeoff and landing slots at the airport, which is used by many members of Congress to travel to and from their home districts.

3 tips for handling upgrade guilt

I’m gripped by guilt when I get upgraded or somehow score a premium seat, which happens almost never, because I refuse to participate in those addictive airline loyalty programs. But when it does, I always cast a hesitant glance back to the economy class section, where the seats are stacked so close together that you almost can’t move, and I feel a little ambivalent – and ashamed.

Carry-on smarts save hassles and cash

As you board an airplane, a flight attendant tells you to check your carry-on because there's no room left on the plane. The carry-on bag has expensive and breakable gear in it. When you retrieve your checked carry-on items are missing and broken. Ned Levi discusses the problem and how you can prevent it.
By |October 29th, 2012|Columns|9 Comments|

Sunday musings: Safest airline seats in the back, Web in the sky not used, future of in-flight entertainment

There is always something to think about in terms of flying and trade-offs. Better service is available in the front of the plane, but it is safer in the back. More and more airlines are installing Web access for passengers, but usage is a woeful 5 percent. Finally, with better Web access will airlines be changing their in-flight entertainment models?
By |September 30th, 2012|Today|3 Comments|

Most entitled travelers ever? “We’re not flying without our free jammies.”

Two passengers decided to get off a Qantas Airlines flight when they learned that the airline did not have complimentary first class pajamas in their size available. Do you have other entitled-passenger stories?
By |August 21st, 2012|Today|1 Comment|

What we’re reading: Turtles cause delays at JFK, MAS: No more infants in first class, shifting 787 stabilizer work

Turtles on runway cause NY flight delays

Why did the turtles cross the runways at JFK? To get to the other side to lay eggs according to authorities.
Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees operation of the region’s airports, said about 150 diamondback terrapin turtles were spotted on Wednesday morning crossing Runway 4L.

Pilots from Jet Blue and other airlines halted their big birds and let the expectant reptiles pass, said Marsico.