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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has received recommendations from an advisory committee in the agency's Consumer Protection division and the wish list is something every passenger could support. But will the airlines play along?

Posted on Wed, 02-Sep-2015 at 18:40 GMT | Read More
Despite rumblings over the slower growth of some Asian economies, the airline industry appears as strong as ever – for the time being. Will the trend continue?

Posted on Wed, 02-Sep-2015 at 18:39 GMT | Read More
An embassy has been reopened and the plans for new travel opportunities are already being made. The tense U.S. relations with Cuba have eased after a half century of cold war tensions and now, despite a travel embargo that still is in place, airlines and other businesses are finding ways to re-introduce Americans to the island of Cuba and catch up with what most of the world's travelers are already familiar with.

Posted on Tue, 25-Aug-2015 at 19:50 GMT | Read More
Europe has some of the most consumer friendly airline compensation rules, but many passengers don't get to benefit because some airlines have been very brazen about refusing to pay the money. With a little nudge from regulators, they appear to be coming around.

Posted on Wed, 19-Aug-2015 at 21:44 GMT | Read More
When fuel prices spiked beginning in 2008, many large airlines began charging for checked luggage and adding fuel surcharges. They said that the charges would offset the higher costs of flying. The reaction from flyers was strong, and many suggested that passengers should be weighed, bags and all, and charged accordingly if fuel price was going to determine the cost of flying. Be careful what you wish for.

Posted on Fri, 14-Aug-2015 at 21:43 GMT | Read More
Large, so-called legacy airlines are having a tough time with one thing in particular: They don't like to lose passengers to smaller low-cost carriers but they also stand to alienate their more loyal customers if they try to be more like the others. Can an airline really be all things to all people?

Posted on Wed, 12-Aug-2015 at 20:52 GMT | Read More
Airlines are not doing too badly of late thanks to lower fuel costs, capacity restraint (meaning fuller flights) and fewer discounts. Passengers know very well what else is fueling this success – airline fees – and now a U.S. Senate report takes aim at the fairness of some of these charges.

Posted on Fri, 07-Aug-2015 at 22:23 GMT | Read More
As airline passengers we have to travel with multiple forms of identification that must match every detail of our names and descriptions just to get on a flight. A U.S. carrier wants to leverage technology in order to let passengers keep those forms of ID in their wallets.

Posted on Mon, 03-Aug-2015 at 21:34 GMT | Read More
Now that airline fees for the things you don't like to pay extra for are part of everyday flying, the next generation of fees could be for some things you might actually value. Which ones would airline passengers find worth it?

Posted on Tue, 28-Jul-2015 at 21:43 GMT | Read More
Just about every flyer knows that the room in economy class seats is getting smaller – at least for the seats you don't have to pay extra for – while the average passenger size is not. If you're in the dreaded middle seat of a coach cabin, what little room and comfort you can borrow by leaning toward an aisle or a window is gone. One airline could change that.

Posted on Fri, 24-Jul-2015 at 22:09 GMT | Read More
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