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What the Teen Jet Stowaway Tells Us About Airport Security

Boy wants to fly to Hawaii. Boy sees Hawaiian Airlines jet parked at San Jose Airport. Boy jumps fence and hides in the wheel well. Boy miraculously survives, making once again a mockery of our so-called airport security.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—we are ...

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Italian Court Says Emirates Must Suspend New York - Milan Route

An Italian Court handed Dubai-based Emirates a stinging defeat yesterday, holding that the carrier could not operate its Fifth Freedom Route between New York and Milan.

It all boils down to this--there is a very real (and valid) fear amongst U.S. and European carriers that the Gulf ...

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Spin-Off of Thai Smile Another Blow to Star Alliance

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Thai Airways will spin-off its Thai Smile Air unit into a separate subsidiary that will not participate in Star Alliance. Created in mid-2012 as a low-cost division of Thai Airways, Thai Smile has now obtained its own air operators’ certificate (AOC) and starting later this month ...

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A380 Economy - 11 Abreast

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Airlines love to cram more passengers in less space, especially in the economy class cabin where seat pitch has been reduced significantly in the last 20 years. Ultra-thin seats have been installed and in many situations: seats, arm rests, and aisles width has been decreased. As airlines try to ...

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A Meaningless Supreme Court Decision on Frequent Flyer Miles

While nearly all the national focus on Wednesday morning was on the U.S. Supreme Court's bitterly divided 5-4 decision on campaign fiance reform, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Court also handed down a unanimous verdict affecting our old friend Binyomin Ginsberg, ...

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Leaked Video of Train Derailment at Chicago O'Hare Airport

CCTV footage has leaked out that captures the train wreck on Chicago's CTA Blue Line Monday at Chicago O'Hare Airport--

The train operator has admitted that she "dozed off" before the accident and has done so before.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Ted ...

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Air Canada Suspends Service to the Failing State of Venezuela

Air Canada is halting its thrice-weekly service between Toronto and Caracas as hyperinflation and violence continue to engulf Venezuela.

In a statement, Air Canada said--

Due to ongoing civil unrest in Venezuela, Air Canada can no longer ensure the safety of its operation and ...

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Wreckage Found?

A Chinese satellite has located what may be the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Then again, we've head that before.

The Chinese agency gave coordinates of 105.63 east longitude, 6.7 north latitude, which would put it in waters northeast of where it took off in Kuala ...

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Report: Malaysia Airlines 777-200 Crashed in South China Sea

A Malaysia Airlines 777-200 flight from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing has crashed in the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam according to reports breaking now from both Vietnamese and Chinese state media. The flight was carrying 227 passengers plus 12 crewmembers and earlier reports ...

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I Will Not Allow This Plane to Land!

It sure pays to have friends (or fathers) in high places...

A passenger plane flying from Lebanon to Iraq was forced to turn back after the Iraqi transport minister's son missed the flight and phoned Baghdad to stop the aircraft from landing, a spokesman for the airline ...

New Numbers Show the Route Network is Not Saving United Airlines

United Airlines has released its 2014 Quarter One investor guidance and the figures are ugly. United blames the weather, the late Easter holiday, and the reduction of its regional jet fleet, but the signs point to a more ominous reason—continued poor management of world’s largest ...

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American Airlines Kills Bereavement Fares

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With cost-cutting CEO Douglas Parker at the helm, American Airlines has deep-sixed bereavement fares. Considering bereavement fares rarely make sense to the cost-conscious consumer, this is not a big deal. Still, there was a better way to bury these special fares than by a formal ...

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United Airlines Eliminates Canadian Staff

United Airlines' CEO Jeff Smisek is on a mission to cut $2BN in annual spending and is slashing anywhere and everywhere to meet that goal. The latest casualty is the United Airlines' employees in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto.

CHICAGO - United Airlines says it is cutting 240 jobs in ...

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Breaking: Hijacking on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702

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No media has picked up this story yet, but after a failed hijack attempt earlier today, it appears Ethiopian Airlines Flight 702 from Addis Ababa to Rome was successfully hijacked and after circling Geneva for two hours, has landed. Geneva airspace is now closed with incoming flights ...

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United Airlines Ditches Styrofoam Cups

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Styrofoam is so 20th Century. United finally got the memo and today has introduced new "eco-friendly" coffee cups that will soon be appearing onboard your next United flight and in United Clubs worldwide.

A token move, but still laudable that United is trying to be a better steward of ...

Air India Again Positions Itself for Star Alliance Membership

When I worked for Star Alliance in 2011, the politics surrounding Air India’s failed bid to join the Alliance were fascinating. I am bound from disclosing the nitty gritty details, but the situation opened my eyes to how much maneuvering and backstabbing goes on in the airline industry. Now ...

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Delta Actually Improves Skymiles Program with Attractive Upgrade Options

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Delta Air Lines has led the U.S. airline loyalty industry in duplicity and penny-pinching for several years running (even with a commendable challenge from United last month) so a day in which positive news is announced is quite rare. Yesterday was one of those days, as Delta announced a new ...

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