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American Airlines Makes In-Flight TV Free

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/12/2016, 8:00 AM

Looks like JetBlue and Virgin America have finally forced the monolithic major carriers to up their games. A few months ago, Delta finally recognized one of the things passengers love about its competitors and announced it would make its in-flight entertainment systems free.   Now American Airlines has finally followed suit.   Previously, the airline offered a paltry compliment...

UK Tourism Boom Following Brexit and Falling Pound

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/10/2016, 12:30 PM

Looks like Brexit has given a short-term boost to tourism in the United Kingdom.  Flight bookings to the UK have surged since June, following a sharp drop in the pound after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Overall, the number of flights booked to the UK are up 4.3% compared to last summer. Bookings from Hong Kong jumped by 30%, while they've increased by 9% from the U.S. an...

Tourist Ordered to Pay $44K for Violent Yoga Incident on Plane

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/01/2016, 12:15 PM

Back in March, Korean tourist Hyongtae Pae was arrested after he became violent on an airplane when he wasn't allowed to do yoga—a story noteworthy in part because you don't often hear "violent" and "yoga" in the same sentence.  Pae, who's in his 70s, and his wife were on a United Airlines flight from Honolulu to Tokyo; the couple had just celebrated their 40th anniversary in Hawaii and we...

American Airlines Adds More Checked Baggage Fees on International Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/27/2016, 12:45 PM

Once the norm, free checked bags on domestic flights are few and far between these days. Now at least one major airline is adding more fees for your first checked bag on some international flights as well. As pointed out by travel blog One Mile at a Time, American Airlines now charges $25 to check one bag on flights to Mexico and the Caribbean, as well as to Central America and South Ameri...

Southwest Airlines Continues to Grapple with Effects of Computer Glitch

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/22/2016, 12:15 PM

Southwest Airlines and its passengers continue to grapple with the effects of a computer glitch on Wednesday that has canceled and delayed more than 1,000 flights. The carrier says that a failed router is to blame for crashing the company's computer system for 12 hours on Wednesday—an incident expected to have consequences lasting into the end of the week. Southwest says it's currently upd...

Airline to Serve Draft Beer Mid-Flight

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/11/2016, 12:00 PM

Dutch airline KLM will soon begin offering draft beers during flights. The company partnered with Heineken to create a "beer tap trolley" that keeps kegs chilled and properly pressurized for up to eight hours and at 36,000 feet. A normal keg would dispense pints full of foam at that altitude, but the new design uses air pressure instead of the usual carbon dioxide so that the beer comes out jus...

Eight Airlines Granted Tentative Approval for Flights to Havana

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/07/2016, 11:30 PM

Seems like there's a fresh piece of Cuba-related travel news every day. The latest: eight US airlines have received tentative approval from the Department of Transportation to operate direct flights to Havana. The flights could start taking off as early as September—when they do, they'll be the first commercial US flights to Cuba's capital city in more than 50 years. Here are the winning airli...

Discount Airline Coming to Newark

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/29/2016, 12:00 PM

Allegiant Air will soon begin offering flights to and from Newark Liberty International Airport. That makes it the airport's first discount carrier since a government lawsuit charged United Airlines with monopolizing takeoff and landing slots there. Starting in November, you'll be able to fly on Allegiant between Newark and Cincinnati, Ohio; Savannah, Georgia; Asheville, North Carolina; and Kn...

Southwest Unveils New, Wider Seats

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2016, 12:15 PM

You might find a little more legroom on Southwest Airlines flights by the end of the year. The carrier has announced that it's installing what the company calls the "widest economy 737 seat" available on 28 of its 737-800 planes as part of a redesign of cabin interiors. Upholstered in blue composition leather, the slimline seats feature adjustable headrests and reconfigured seat-back pockets, t...

Miss a Connecting Flight? This Airport Will Pay

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/15/2015, 7:30 PM

Would you pay $42 if it meant you didn't have to worry about missing a connecting flight? Gatwick, London's second-busiest airport (out of the city's six), has launched a new product that does exactly that. For £27.50 per flight, passengers can buy this option as part of "GatwickConnects," which promises that if they miss a connecting flight there because of delay or cancellation, the airp...

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