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Airlines Face $6M Lawsuit for Wrongful Death of ‘Morbidly Obese’ Woman

Airlines Face $6M Lawsuit for Wrongful Death of ‘Morbidly Obese’ Woman

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A $6 million lawsuit has been filed in New York City after an obese woman died while waiting for a flight to bring her from Hungary to her home in New York.The three airlines named are Delta Airlines, KLM and Lufthan…

Packed Planes and High Fares for Christmas Travelers

Packed Planes and High Fares for Christmas Travelers

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Planes are full and that means even higher prices for holiday travel. A new report from airline trade group Airlines for America released Thursday shows demand strong and planes flying at 85 to 90 percent capacity ov…

KFC Takes the Colonel’s Classic to the Skies in Japan

KFC Takes the Colonel’s Classic to the Skies in Japan

JAL/KFC(TOKYO) — Just in time for KFC’s most lucrative holiday in Japan, Japan Airlines plans to take the colonel’s classic to a whole new level: on board U.S.- and Europe-bound flights.The fast food chain and JAL are teaming up to offer p…

Travel Industry Begins to Move Again After Sandy’s Mess

Travel Industry Begins to Move Again After Sandy’s Mess

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s been one of the most difficult weeks in memory for travelers. Nearly 20,000 flight cancellations, hotels that are flooded and shuttered, cruise ships stranded at sea. But a few days after Hurricane Sandy, travelers a…

US Airline Passengers Claim TSA Ignoring Their Theft Reports

US Airline Passengers Claim TSA Ignoring Their Theft Reports

TSA(NEW YORK) — Hundreds of air passengers reacted following an ABC News investigation into theft by uniformed employees of the federal agency in charge of airport security, some saying they were victims of theft and were ignored by Transportation Sec…

Baggage Fees Cost Passengers a Record $1.7B

Baggage Fees Cost Passengers a Record $1.7B

Matthew Peyton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — U.S. airlines rang up more than $1.7 billion in baggage fees in the first six months of the year, the most ever collected in that period.
Delta Airlines collected the most in baggage fees with nearly $430 mill…

New Fees: Are Cruise Lines and Hotels Taking Cues from Charge-Happy Airlines?

New Fees: Are Cruise Lines and Hotels Taking Cues from Charge-Happy Airlines?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Carnival Cruise Line is testing out a new fee, one that would, among other things, allow priority seating at dinner. Sound familiar? It should. While it may seem the airlines have cornered the market on fees, they ma…

Is an Adults-Only Flight Worth the Money?

Is an Adults-Only Flight Worth the Money?

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) –  What is it, exactly, that the traveling public seems to have against kids? After all, we were all kids at some point. But in the latest online, unscientific survey on whether people would pay extra for adult-only…

Delayed Bags Could Result in Airline Reimbursements, Study Says

Delayed Bags Could Result in Airline Reimbursements, Study Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Domestic airlines collectively made $3.36 billion in baggage fees in 2011, a slight decline from the year prior, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.And according to Thursday’s release of the Departm…

Airline to Auction Class Upgrades

Airline to Auction Class Upgrades

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The opportunity to purchase upgrades has been around for a while now, letting airlines squeeze a few extra dollars from passengers at check-in while giving non-elite status fliers a chance for a more comfortable flight. W…

Obama Admin Blasts EU Law Charging Domestic Airlines Extra Fees

Obama Admin Blasts EU Law Charging Domestic Airlines Extra Fees

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The White House is not happy about a new policy by the European Union that would charge U.S. airline carriers every time planes land or leave the continent.The law by the E.U. is intended to reduce green-…

Airline Fees: Charges for Carry-Ons, Pillows, Water, Once Included, Now New Revenue

Airline Fees: Charges for Carry-Ons, Pillows, Water, Once Included, Now New Revenue

ICHIRO/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) — The doors to a Boeing 777 used to be the gateway to adventure.  Now, when you get on a plane, it’s more like the moment of truth — for your wallet.Airlines are adding on fees for almost everything, including ame…

Unlimited Travel: Deals Too Costly for Airlines?

Unlimited Travel: Deals Too Costly for Airlines?

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — American Airlines’ “unlimited” first-class travel program offered an “all-you-can-fly” lifestyle to 66 AAirpass holders, some of whom lived it up so much that American had to stop the program, igniting a rash of la…

‘Too Fat To Fly’ Passenger Sues Southwest Airlines For ‘Discriminatory Actions’

‘Too Fat To Fly’ Passenger Sues Southwest Airlines For ‘Discriminatory Actions’

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — Kenlie Tiggeman, the overweight passenger who garnered national attention last May after she claimed a Southwest gate agent told her she was “too fat to fly,” is now suing the airline.Tiggeman, who lives in …

Coming Soon: Just Tweet ‘Buy’ to Purchase Flight

Coming Soon: Just Tweet ‘Buy’ to Purchase Flight

TweetAFlight(NEW YORK) — Ever see an airline sale advertised on Twitter? Tweeting about last-minute deals is a great way for airlines to move unsold seats. Here’s a recent deal tweeted by an airline:“Boston to Dallas flights from $99 one-w…

Non-Stop Atlantic Flights Keep Stopping, Blaming Headwinds

Non-Stop Atlantic Flights Keep Stopping, Blaming Headwinds

John Foxx/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Thousands of passengers on non-stop flights from Europe to the U.S. over the past month have found themselves with an unexpected stop — an unplanned landing to take on more fuel.Pilots have had to put down in Canada o…

Rep. on New FAA Rules: Gov’t Won’t Tuck Pilots In

Rep. on New FAA Rules: Gov’t Won’t Tuck Pilots In

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Two years after 50 people perished in an airplane crash in Buffalo, N.Y., the Federal Aviation Administration issued a new rule Wednesday to combat pilot fatigue, but placed the final responsibility with the pil…

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