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Mind Taking the Middle Seat? Will a Big Prize Convince You?
Airline Gets Creative in Getting
Travelers to Take Middle Seat
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Airline Gets Creative in Getting Travelers to Take Middle Seat

Virgin Australia launches $147K lottery, with prizes each week for those who sit in least desirable spots

(Newser) - Is there ever anyone who actually wants the middle seat during a flight? If there is, we haven't met them, but that may soon change thanks to some coaxing on the matter by Virgin Australia. Per a recent social media poll offered by the airline, a paltry 0.6%...

Best US Airlines in 2022
The Best
US Airlines,
Ranked

The Best US Airlines, Ranked

The Points Guy crowns Delta as king

(Newser) - The Points Guy website is out with its annual ranking of US airlines, and Delta comes out on top by a rather comfortable margin. The top-10 ranking takes into account all the factors you'd expect—on-time flights, cancellations, general reliability, cost, scheduling, frequent-flier perks, and more. Here are the...

Has Your Air Travel Been Hellish? Fingers Point to Florida
Thanks for Our
Travel Woes, Florida

Thanks for Our Travel Woes, Florida

Activity in Florida airspace is messing flights up for the whole country, per 'WSJ'

(Newser) - In June, federal stats showed that the four big airports in Florida—Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami—were among the top five worst airports in terms of on-time arrivals, per the New York Post . But what happens in Florida apparently isn't staying in Florida, with a logjammed "...

Jet Passengers Heard a Bang, Saw the Hole Upon Landing

Airbus 380 flew nearly 14 hours to Australia with damaged exterior

(Newser) - About 45 minutes into their 14-hour flight from the United Arab Emirates to Australia, passengers heard a loud bang, reports Insider . It's probably just as well they didn't see what that bang did to their Airbus 380 jet until they landed: As these tweeted images show, it blew...

It's Another Rough Day for Air Travelers

US airlines are canceling flights left and right amid storms and big crowds

(Newser) - US airlines canceled high numbers of flights for a second straight day on Friday as they tried to recover from storms while accommodating growing crowds of summer vacationers, per the AP . By early afternoon in the eastern US, airlines has scrubbed more than 1,100 flights after canceling more than...

Plane Passenger Accused of Groping 2 Women

Jairaj Singh Dhillon of California says he took an Ambien, can't remember alleged incidents

(Newser) - Another disturbing incident in the skies : A California man has been charged with groping two female passengers on a JetBlue flight out of Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors say Jairaj Singh Dhillon of Modesto, 42, groped the thigh and groin of the woman sitting next to him about 30 minutes into...

Another 1.4K Flights Canceled During Busy Holiday Weekend

Sunday's cancellations added to thousands from Friday, Saturday

(Newser) - Update: Hundreds of flights worldwide were canceled by Sunday evening, adding to the mounting number of scrubbed flights during the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend in the US. About 1,460 flights had been canceled as of 7pm EDT Sunday, according to flight tracking website FlightAware. That followed more than...

United Passenger Arrested After Unorthodox Exit

Police say man opened emergency door, walked onto wing of taxiing plane, and slid to ground

(Newser) - In the latest installment of tales about unruly air passengers , Chicago police arrested a man who disembarked via an emergency exit onto the wing—while the plane was taxiing. The incident happened on a United jet that landed at O'Hare from San Diego early Thursday morning, reports NBC News...

US Airlines, Ranked
US Airlines, Ranked 

US Airlines, Ranked

Delta is No. 1 in eyes of WalletHub

(Newser) - Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal ranked Delta as the best American airline. Now WalletHub is out with a ranking of its own, and it reaches the same conclusion. The site ranked the nine biggest US airlines, plus two regional carriers, on the usual mix of metrics—price, reliability,...

Travel Mask Mandate Extended Another 15 Days

CDC says it needs more time to assess impact of BA.2 subvariant

(Newser) - The nationwide mask mandate on planes, trains, and other public transportation has been extended yet again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that the mandate, which had been due to expire April 18, will be extended for at least another 15 days, meaning travelers will be required...

American Airlines' New Connecting Flights Are Buses

Airline is adding road routes between airports in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

(Newser) - American Airlines passengers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey may find themselves on an unusual connecting "flight"—one that makes use of a bus instead of a plane. Airline Weekly reports that the airline has hired the Landline bus company to ferry passengers between Philadelphia International Airport and smaller...

Air Passenger Gropes Flight Attendant, Is Going to Prison

Canadian national gets 6-month sentence for American Airlines assault

(Newser) - Another ugly incident in the skies: A 50-year-old Canadian man has been sentenced to six months in a US prison after he groped a flight attendant, reports NBC News . Enio Socorro Zayas was sentenced this week in a Florida federal court after his assault on an American Airlines employee on...

This Airline Is the Best of All Major US Carriers

'WSJ' puts Delta at the top of its annual list, JetBlue at the bottom

(Newser) - Between industrywide woes , unruly passengers , and sharing a name with a coronavirus variant, one could say the pandemic has not been kind to Delta Air Lines. Now, a bit of good news has come Delta's way, as it takes the top spot in the Wall Street Journal's annual...

This Is the Safest Airline in the World

Air New Zealand takes top spot in AirlineRatings.com's annual ranking

(Newser) - People are flying again, though the current COVID surge has put a damper on many a winter vacation. If you're going to fly, though, you'll want to make sure your airline of choice is following best practices for safety—which is why AirlineRatings.com's latest ranking comes...

America's Flight Woes Show No Signs of Stopping
America's Flight Woes
Stretch Into Day 5
UPDATED

America's Flight Woes Stretch Into Day 5

Tuesday brings more delays, cancellations

(Newser) - Update: If you were hoping today would bring the reprieve to the travel woes that have been persisting since Friday, bad news: Another swatch of flights have already been canceled on Tuesday. CNN cites FlightAware data that shows roughly 700 flights within, into, or out of the US have been...

White House Is Lifting Travel Curbs on 8 African Countries

Feds say restrictions bought time to better understand omicron variant

(Newser) - With omicron now by far the dominant COVID variant in the US, authorities apparently don't see much point in continuing to ban travelers from southern Africa, where the variant was first detected last month. The White House confirmed Friday that the ban on non-US citizens who had been in...

Jet-Setting With Your Dog Isn't as Doable These Days
CDC Relaxes Dog Import Ban
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CDC Relaxes Dog Import Ban

You'll need valid US vaccination certificate to get your pooch home from 113 countries

(Newser) - Update: Six weeks after banning the importation of dogs from 113 countries over fears of fraudulent rabies vaccination certificates, the CDC is bending a little. It will now allow dogs to return to the US from those countries as long as they are healthy, microchipped, at least six months old,...

37 Airline Passengers Considered for Prosecution

FAA has new process to send cases of misbehavior to FBI

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration says it has referred 37 cases involving unruly airline passengers to the FBI for possible criminal prosecution since the number of disruptions on flights began to spike in January. FAA and Justice Department officials said Thursday that in the past three months, they have developed a...

1000 Flights Canceled Due to Weather, Staffing
Travel Trouble Continues
for American Airlines
UPDATED

Travel Trouble Continues for American Airlines

Hundreds more flights are canceled Monday

(Newser) - Update: It wasn't a great weekend to be a passenger on American Airlines, and things haven't improved much on Monday. The airline has canceled about 400 more flights, more than 14% of the day's total, bringing the number of canceled flights since Friday to more than 2,...

Former Flight Attendants Strip In Protest of Job Losses

About 50 women were also protesting colleagues' working conditions

(Newser) - About 50 women who until recently were flight attendants for Alitalia staged a protest in Rome on Wednesday in which they stripped off their uniforms and stood chanting in their undergarments. The women chanted “We are Alitalia,” protesting the loss of their jobs, and the working conditions for...

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