IATA’s bogus motive to reduce size of carry-ons

IATA has proposed smaller limits for carry-on bags to ensure all air travelers will have space in planes’ overhead bins. Ned Levi examines the problem and the IATA solution. He concludes the guideline is about profit, not helping passengers.

4 reasons new carry-on bag sizes won’t fly

After creating conditions that have led to overcrowding of inflight luggage bins, the airline solution is to make allowable carry-on bags smaller. Fees for checked bags and more passengers packed into planes means smaller carry-ons are in order.

Airline passengers beg, "Treat us like dogs"

Seat pitch in planes keeps shrinking; seats themselves become thinner and less comfortable; and the width of seats is getting narrower as Americans get, shall we say, broader. Let’s face it, coach passengers are facing a squeeze that they have never experienced before in the history of aviation. Pets, on the other hand, are protected […]

Why a consumer voice is important in travel industry dealings — transparency, comparison shopping, privacy

Today two organizations that most consumers barely know, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Open Allies for Airfare Transparency, are sitting down in Miami to discuss the future of travel distribution. In consumer-speak, they are discussing setting new technical standards that will ultimately determine how travelers will be able to purchase airline tickets, extra fees, hotels, rental cars, cruises and packaged tours.

Time to get real about real-time airfares

Sue Marcus was looking for a flight from Washington to Tulsa. Instead, she found trouble. Airlines are fighting with their distribution system, hiding fee data and it doesn’t bode well for passengers.

Master of the Sky, If airlines worked like health care,

When I heard Thenardier, the pub owner in Les Miserables, sing Master of the House, I couldn’t help thinking that he was an airline executive skiing about fleecing his passengers. Shortly afterwards, a friend sent me a vintage video entitled, “If Airlines Worked Like Health Care.” They both evoke an all-too-real image of today’s airlines.