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Passengers bemoan the recent airline trends toward installing thinner coach seats. It's not because these seats are lighter and provide a bit less cushioning, but it's because of the added room they create – for more seats.

Posted on Thu, 16-Oct-2014 at 5:06 GMT | Read More
IAPA recently provided comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) about the Department's efforts to expand rules requiring airlines to disclose fees and other charges in their availability displays and advertisements. New mandates would require airlines to provide additional ancillary fee information such as checked baggage and seat charges through all sales channels, not just airline web sites.

Posted on Thu, 16-Oct-2014 at 3:56 GMT | Read More
Passengers who find it hard to detach themselves from their mobile devices can rejoice as the European agency that oversees aviation safety has lifted the restrictions on devices that use mobile signals for connectivity during flights.

Posted on Wed, 01-Oct-2014 at 22:17 GMT | Read More
Update 28 September: As of Sunday, 28 September, Air France pilots have ended their strike. The airline says it is resuming flight operations progressively as planes and crew become available.

Original Post: A week-long dispute with pilots has made Air France hold off on its expansion plans for its budget airline Transavia. The pilots have staged a strike (8 days as of this post) in protest over the carrier's plans which they say could erode their pay and benefits. Over 60 percent of the airline's flights have been grounded as a result.

Posted on Tue, 23-Sep-2014 at 22:03 GMT | Read More
That familiar invitation by the captain to sit back, relax and enjoy your flight is in jeopardy. Some passengers are not relaxing and enjoying their flights because others are sitting back -- and right into others' personal space. Welcome to the debate over seat recline etiquette.

Posted on Mon, 08-Sep-2014 at 21:56 GMT | Read More
You likely know how to complete the saying that begins with the words: "If at first you don't succeed." A group that started a business class only airline just a few years ago, is trying, trying again. Will it fly this time around?

Posted on Tue, 12-Aug-2014 at 20:09 GMT | Read More
Amid the back-and-forth economic sanctions being imposed between Russia and western nations over the former's incursion into Ukraine, airline passengers could find themselves caught in the middle. The latest version of economic retaliation could come in the form of restrictions on flights over Russia.

Posted on Tue, 12-Aug-2014 at 18:12 GMT | Read More
Recent news that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) temporarily stopped U.S. carriers from flying to Tel Aviv, Israel amid concerns over missile strikes near Ben Gurion Airport sparked a heated debate. Left in the middle was a growing number of airline passengers without flights to and from that nation as some European carriers also followed the FAA's lead and suspended flights to Israel. Is there anything passengers could do in these situations?

Posted on Thu, 31-Jul-2014 at 22:11 GMT | Read More
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus says that its request for a patent on a bicycle-style seat design is simply a concept and that passengers should not read too much into it. The airline industry media, however, didn't get the memo.

Posted on Wed, 16-Jul-2014 at 18:07 GMT | Read More
Necessity is the mother of invention. That saying goes for the airline industry too as major carriers, long comfortable in their dominant roles, face new challenges from upstart budget carriers and international airlines encroaching on their once-impenetrable territories. Airlines are now looking to meet the challenge head on by creating new versions of their larger selves.

Posted on Wed, 16-Jul-2014 at 17:07 GMT | Read More
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