U.S. Airlines Are Making a Fortune from Checked Bag Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2017, 8:30 PM

Two recent government reports have underscored the huge revenue-generating power of checked bag fees at the airport. First, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study found that while unbundling airfares from services such as checking bags and priority boarding has indeed resulted in lower base fares, the new fees often more than make up the difference that customers think they're saving. ...

Non-Flyers Now Allowed Into Secured Areas at Pittsburgh Airport

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/06/2017, 8:30 PM

We've got good news for airport shoppers, chaperones, and prolonged goodbye-sayers. For the first time since 9/11, an American airport is allowing people without tickets into secured areas.  The facility in question is Pittsburgh International Airport, where officials have worked with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) over the last two years to develop a program called MyPITpass, ...

Boston's Logan Airport Might Charge You to Drop Off and Pick Up Passengers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/31/2017, 9:45 PM

A new fee could soon be put in place at Boston Logan International Airport—and drivers are not going to like it.  The airport has launched a study to look into charging people for bringing their private cars to the terminals in order to drop off or pick up passengers. These are ordinary drivers we're talking about, mind you—not those offering Uber or taxi services. The potential measure is onl...

Italian Airport Relaxes Liquid Ban—for Pesto Only

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/26/2017, 4:00 AM

Each year, hundreds of jars of pesto are confiscated at airport security checkpoints in the Italian city of Genoa, where the sauce made from basil, pine nuts, cheese, and olive oil is a local specialty. Apparently, the ban on flying with liquids of more than 3.4 ounces (100 ml) even applies to the most delicious liquids.  Until now. Thanks to the Genoa airport's new "pesto is good"...

Too Hot to Fly in Phoenix

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/21/2017, 4:00 AM

Did you know that it can be too hot to fly? Extreme heat causes changes in air density that make it difficult for planes—especially small ones—to take off.  Travelers are learning that little science lesson this week in Arizona, where a heat wave with temperatures that could reach 120 degrees forced American Airlines to cancel about 50 flights at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airpor...

The Airbnb of Rental Cars Comes to L.A.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/16/2017, 4:00 AM

A car-sharing service aimed at travelers has come to Los Angeles. With TravelCar, which originated in France in 2012 and has since expanded to 30 countries, users get free parking at LAX, in exchange for letting out-of-towners rent their cars while they're away. The vehicle's owner is paid for every mile driven, and parking is still free even if nobody rents the car (and yes, it's insu...

JetBlue Testing Facial-Recognition Boarding in Boston

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/07/2017, 4:00 AM

Starting this month, it will be possible to use your face as a boarding pass at Logan International Airport in Boston. JetBlue Airways is testing a facial-recognition system on its Boston-Aruba route, making it the first airline to try out the futuristic technology—a sci-fi staple—in real life. Here's how it will work for passengers: Instead of checking in with a boarding pass, you...

A Second Airport for Seattle?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/31/2017, 4:00 AM

The Seattle area could soon get a second commercial airport.  Alaska Airlines, which is based in the city, would like to begin offering flights from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, located about 25 miles north of Seattle.  At present, that facility is used primarily by Boeing, whose biggest jet-making assembly plant is nearby. But by fall 2018, Alaska Airlines could be flying i...

Ibiza Airport Overrun with Garbage

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/23/2017, 4:00 AM

The airport in Ibiza is a mess. The popular Mediterranean destination off the east coast of Spain is famous—especially among European vacationers—for its beautiful beaches and wild nightlife. But judging from the social media accounts of numerous grossed-out air travelers in recent days, Ibiza is quickly gaining notoriety for an airport with overflowing garbage cans and unspeakably filthy ...

Private Luxury Terminal Opens at LAX

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/22/2017, 4:00 AM

The rich and famous can now make use of their own private luxury terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.  Dubbed the Private Suite ("Let-Them-Eat-Cake Terminal" must have been too long for the signs), the facility, which opened last week, has an exclusive entrance blocked by gates to keep paparazzi at bay, a no-lines security screening process, and lounges with daybeds, private bath...

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