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Spit Take! Study Says Don't Drink the Water on Planes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/12/2019, 3:00 AM

You should probably stick to bottled water in the skies. That's the conclusion of a new study measuring airline water safety, conducted by Hunter College's New York City Food Policy Center and DietDetective.com. Researchers analyzed the quality of the drinking water on 11 major airlines and 12 regional carriers, considering criteria such as reports of positive E. coli and coliform samples as...

United Airlines Will Now Automatically Hold Some Connecting Flights for Late Passengers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/20/2019, 6:00 PM

Thanks to new technology, United Airlines will automatically hold some flights for passengers trying to make tight connections—and those passengers don't have to do anything extra beyond, of course, hightailing it to the gate. The new tool, called ConnectionSaver, was introduced at Denver International Airport in February and later expanded to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, two of United's...

The Worldwide Airline Ranking Is Out. Can You Guess Where U.S. Airlines Place?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/20/2019, 5:45 PM

If you have been aboard a flight operated by a U.S.-based airline lately—where the conditions are cramped and the only mood settings are anxious and angry—you will not be surprised to learn that U.S. carriers didn't do so great on the annual ranking of worldwide airlines released by Skytrax, a research firm that keeps tabs on 300 carriers across the globe. U.S. airlines didn't crack the top 10. ...

London Airport Soon to Let You Keep Liquids and Laptops in Carry-Ons

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/08/2019, 7:30 AM

If all goes as planned, travelers at London's Heathrow Airport will soon get to keep liquids and laptops in carry-on bags while passing through security checkpoints.  The airport announced that it can make that change thanks to new 3D scanners equipped with high-tech CT technology to provide a clearer-than-ever picture of what, exactly, you've got in your hand luggage—no removal of makeup-packed ...

Travel Podcasts: Food Worth Traveling For

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/07/2019, 9:00 AM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program.  To start things off, hosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran invite listeners to share special experiences—concerts, festivals, transporting restaurant meals—worth traveling f...

Whoa. WOW Air Collapses, Cancels All Flights—What Should Ticket Holders Do?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/28/2019, 3:00 PM

Low-cost Icelandic carrier WOW Air abruptly announced that it has ceased operations today.  All flights have been canceled, according to a "travel alert" on the company's website, and passengers are advised to "check available flights with other airlines." Which is not very helpful at all for the estimated 10,000 people that this sudden collapse left stranded and no-doubt panicked at airports aw...

There's a Second, Smaller Commercial Airport for Seattle Now

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/06/2019, 3:00 PM

As of this week, travelers have a new commercial airport option in the Seattle area.  Located about 25 miles north of the city in the town of Everett, Washington, Paine Field has been around since the Great Depression but has primarily been used, up until now, by Boeing's wide-body assembly plant. In recent years the airport was cleared for commercial flights, and on Monday, March 4, the first s...

Airline Ticketing Will Include Nonbinary Gender Option

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/19/2019, 3:30 PM

The major U.S. airlines are changing their online ticketing sites so that passengers can identify gender with options other than male and female.  According to the Associated Press, American, Delta, United, Southwest, Alaska, and JetBlue are all working on introducing selections such as "undisclosed," "unspecified," or "Mx.," a non-gendered alternative to Mr. or Ms.  Industry trade group Airlines...

America's Most Stressful Airport Is Named, Surprising No One

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/21/2018, 3:30 AM

New York City's much-despised LaGuardia Airport is the U.S. hub most likely to give you a stress migraine this holiday season, according to new research from travel insurance comparison site InsureMyTrip.  The study ranked 75 U.S. airports by their flight cancellation data for this year, and LaGuardia was found to have the worst record, canceling 4.9% of total flights. Here are InsureMyTrip's to...

Arthur Frommer: Long Live the FAA, Protector of Our Lives in the Air!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/20/2018, 12:00 AM

Although a great many business interests are constantly opposed to being regulated by the federal government, almost no one objects to a similar supervision of the airline industry. We all risk our lives when we fly, and to a lesser extent we rely on government for our transportation comfort. Just recently, Congress reauthorized actions by the Federal Aviation Administration, and gave additiona...

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