United Airlines removes stroopwafels from the menu, passengers revolt

Ever since they were added to United Airlines ‘ snack menu in 2016, Stroopwafels have been a beloved free perk for customers of the airline. A Stroopwafel is a cookie traditionally served in the Netherlands steamed over coffee. The wafer cookies sandwiching caramel could be purchased alongside…

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This airline’s new luggage policy changes might make your holiday

We’re not sure what to think…

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Ryanair prides itself on its budget flights to Europe, with its tagline being ‘Low fares. Made simple’.

When it was announced that the budget airline would be allowing passengers to take two carry-on items onboard, a bag for the overhead lockers as well as a handbag or rucksack, the love around Ryanair grew. And with the expensive luggage issue out of the way, we were all able to achieve low-cost travel – especially if we bypassed the extortionate onboard sandwiches.

It was devastating therefore when news broke earlier this year that our time was up, with the airline changing its hand luggage rules – and unsurprisingly not for the better.

The new Ryanair baggage policy is two-fold, with an obvious emphasis on getting people to pay to check in their luggage instead of packing light and just using the complimentary carry-on.

It seems however that Ryanair might be about to go back on its policy, set to review its luggage rules.

The January policy for check-in bags seemed positive at first, with the focus being cheaper and bigger. The size of check-in luggage has increased from 15kg to 20kg and the price has actually gone down from €35 to €25.

When it came to cabin bags however, it all went downhill, with new rules implemented at the beginning of the year.

‘Only customers who have purchased priority boarding, flexi plus, family plus or plus can bring both their bags on board,’ the airline announced. ‘Non priority customers can bring one small bag on board and put their normal bag in the hold at the boarding gate free of charge.’

They were quick to point out however that priority boarding only costs €5 at the time of boarding – or can be added for €6 up to one hour before the flight if you have the Ryanair app.

Now however, Ryanair might have to go back on its policy, after too many customers have been checking in bags at the gate.

After originally making the changes to prevent delays, the airline’s CEO Michael O’Leary has admitted that it is instead ‘creating a handling issue, particularly at peak periods.’

‘There are many flights where we’re now having to put 100, 120 gate bags free of charge into the hold,’ he explained. ‘If that continues to build it’s something we may have to look at again.’

It’s just as well, with the new policy unsurprisingly not going down well with the public, with passengers even taking to Twitter to voice their outrage.

‘There was a time when baggage was free so we all checked it in,’ tweeted Derek Jones (@Degsycom). ‘Then they charged to check it in so we took it on board. But there’s not enough room so they charged for that too. So we go back to checking in our bags… but now we pay for it. See what they did? #Ryanair #Genius.’

‘Just had my bag taken off me for not coughing up more money to @ryanair under their new bag regime,’ live-tweeted @SanMiguelMalaga from the airport. ‘The Mr. Nice guy act was never gonna last. It didn’t suit them anyway.’

We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

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American Airlines is sued by family of woman who died after flight

April 27 (Reuters) – The family of a South Carolina woman
has filed a wrongful death lawsuit accusing American Airlines
of refusing to make an emergency landing after she fell
ill during an April 2016 flight, leading to her death from an
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Southwest Airlines sues website that monitored changes in airfare

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For as much as people tend to hate the hassle associated with flying, Southwest Airlines over the past few years has done a stellar job of alleviating the stress that comes along with air travel. As a quick example, Southwest’s user-friendly cancellation policy allows travelers to change or cancel a reservation up to 24 hours before a flight and subsequently use the amount paid as a credit for another trip. What’s more, Southwest also allows users to rebook a flight if the price drops and then use that price difference as a credit for a new trip.

With that in mind, a pair of friends named Pavel Yurevich and Chase Roberts decided to create a website dubbed Southwest Monkey (SWMonkey.com) that automatically monitored price changes on Southwest flights. For just $ 3, the Southwest Monkey site sent out alerts to Southwest fliers whenever a price change greater than $ 10 on a particular flight was detected. It sounds innocent enough, but Southwest Airlines apparently begs to differ.

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Don’t bother bringing cash if you’re flying American Airlines

If you’re planning on flying American Airlines out of Miami International Airport, don’t forget your debit card. Starting Thursday, the mega-airliner has announced it is moving to a cashless model at the Florida airport and will no longer be accepting anything other than credit or debit cards for desk transactions such as checked bags or…
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Airlines may take away one of the only good things about flying

One of the only things to look forward to about flying is getting to binge-watch TV shows and movies. But the way we’re entertained in the air could be about to change and people aren’t happy about it. Some airlines are reportedly ditching the seatback screens that give us our in-flight entertainment as a part…
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American and Southwest Airlines Promise ‘Tax Bill Bonus’ for Employees

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promising to pay bonuses or invest more in training after the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, which cuts the corporate tax rate.

American Airlines will distribute the bonus to each team member, excluding officers, at its mainline and wholly owned regional carriers, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.

The distributions will total approximately $ 130 million and will be made in the first quarter of 2018, the company said.

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Southwest said in a statement that as well as paying the bonus to all employees in January, it was increasing its fleet investment with Boeing and had donated $ 5 million to charitable causes.

The new legislation would “result in meaningful corporate income tax reform for the transportation sector in general, and for Southwest Airlines, in particular,” said Southwest’s Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed the massive tax overhaul into law in December. It cuts the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35%.


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Back in Time! A Hawaiian Airlines Flight Took Off in 2018 — and Landed in 2017

Passengers on Hawaiian Airlines’s flight 446 experienced a bit of time travel to start off their new year.

The flight, which traveled between Auckland, New Zealand, and Honolulu, Hawaii, was scheduled to depart at 11:55 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. However, because of a 10-minute delay, the flight didn’t end up taking off until 12:05 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Due to the time difference between New Zealand and Hawaii — the former is 23 hours ahead of the latter — passengers ended up landing at 10:16 a.m., back on Dec. 31 in 2017.

In between New Zealand and Hawaii is the international date line, which explains the hefty time difference between the two locales. Sam Sweeney, a transportation reporter for Washington, D.C., station WJLA, was the first to notice the sci-fi-esque take-off and landing times of the flight.

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Once Sweeney tweeted out his discovery, people took notice — and had quite a few questions.

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While others couldn’t help but make plenty of pop culture jokes, from a confused Dr. Phil to Lost to Back to the Future.

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American Airlines Apologizes After Accusing Pro-Basketball Players of Theft

(DALLAS) — American Airlines has apologized to two black professional basketball players who were kicked off a plane in Dallas after a flight attendant accused them of stealing blankets.

Airline spokesman Joshua Freed said Tuesday that Memphis Hustle guard Marquis Teague and forward Trahson Burrell boarded the flight bound for Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sunday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The flight was operated by Envoy Air.

Two first-class passengers gave the players their blankets as they headed to their seats in coach. But a black flight attendant accused them of theft and forced them off the plane.

Freed says an airline manager apologized to the players and that they later flew first class to Sioux Falls.

Chief executive Doug Parker told employees last month that American Airlines will implement implicit-bias training.


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American Airlines CEO Sees Opportunity In NAACP Criticism


DALLAS (AP) — The CEO of American Airlines said Thursday he is looking forward to company representatives meeting with the NAACP to discuss the civil rights group’s charge that carrier has a culture of racial insensitivity.

The NAACP earlier this week warned African-Americans that if they fly on American, they may face discrimination or even safety issues.

CEO Doug Parker said his first reaction to the NAACP’s charge was, “How can that be true of us?” He described the airline as having “a diverse and open environment and organization.”

But he says he now sees a chance to improve the airline.

“Once you get past that, this is a fantastic opportunity because we want to get better,” Parker told reporters during a call to discuss the company’s latest financial results. “If the NAACP wants to talk to us and wants to help us get better, we are excited about that.”

The NAACP issued a “travel advisory” and cited four recent incidents where African-American passengers, including an NAACP official, believed they were mistreated because of their race.

Since the start of 2016, passengers flying on American have filed 29 complaints of racial discrimination with the federal government, the most against any U.S. carrier, followed by United Airlines with 17.

In 2015, when the type of discrimination was not identified in U.S. Department of Transportation reports, United had 14 complaints and American nine.

As of 2016, about 15 percent of American’s workers were African-American, according to figures provided by the company. That is higher than the percentage of African-Americans in the U.S. population — 13.3 percent, according to the Census Bureau.

American’s figures did not give racial breakdowns for different workgroups. In aviation, African-Americans are notably under-represented in the cockpit — accounting for only about 3 percent of airline pilots, according to the Labor Department.

Parker was asked if he is concerned that the controversy with the NAACP could hurt American’s bookings.

“We haven’t seen anything, but that is not the point,” he said. “The work we’re doing … is not about whether or not it has a financial impact on our company.”

The NAACP’s “travel advisory” on Tuesday stopped short of calling for a boycott of American.

“We’re not telling people don’t do or to do, but we want people to have the necessary education to be informed about how they leverage their dollars,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson told C-SPAN.
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The best low-cost airlines in the world

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Flying can be a costly experience, especially if you have to travel frequently to see family and friends or for business. However, there has been a huge rise in the number of low-cost airlines over the last decade or so. It’s no longer going to cost the earth to get from one side of the world to the other. However, not all are as good as they claim to be. That’s why we have handpicked the best low-cost airlines in the world for you. Now you can have an enjoyable flight on a budget!

AirAsia

This airline is consistently earning the title of World’s Best Low-Cost Airline from Skytrax. Servicing over 120 destinations around the world, they’re not just limited to Asia either (despite the name). AirAsia is constantly receiving five-star reviews from customers due to efficient operations, friendly staff, and fast customer service. What was a failing state-owned airline just 15 years ago, has done well to turn itself around.

Norwegian Air

If you have ever flown with Norwegian Air, you’ll know the tick all of the right boxes for an airline. Their planes are (nearly) always on time. There’s just enough space to stretch your legs in economy. Their staff are friendly, their check-in is easy, and they even provide free wi-fi on the plane. Handy if you’re using them for business trips, which many people do. Add this to their over 130 destinations, many of which are long-haul, and this is easily one of the best low-cost airlines in the world.

JetBlue Airways

You can visit over 90 destinations with the New York-based airline, JetBlue, all for a lot less than many other airlines! Since they started out in 1998, they’ve constantly pushed for a better standard in the low-cost flight industry, with other airlines following their lead. Their signature mood lighting is a definite selling point, but that’s not all. They provide free snacks and drinks, along with satellite TV, and some of the roomiest seats of any economy airline in America.

EasyJet

They’re possibly one of the most famous low-cost airlines, being one of the first to pave the way for no-frills, budget flying. EasyJet also covers nearly 800 destinations across Europe, making it the low-cost airline with the biggest reach. Recently, EasyJet has attempted to make it easier for customers to work out all those ‘hidden costs’ which used to be a problem. Over the last few years, they’ve consistently received good feedback for their low prices and excellent customer service.

Wizz Air

Wizz Air is a Hungarian airline that covers over 140 destinations around the world. With pretty in your face branding (although not as bright as EasyJet’s), they’re one of the newest kids on the block. However, don’t let that put you off. Over the last 14 years, this European airline has made a real name for itself in the low-cost airline industry. With impeccable customer service and extremely reduced airfares, Wizz Air is a good choice for your budget vacation or business trip.

These five, hand-picked budget airlines are perfect for the next time you need to save money on a trip. Just remember to keep an eye out for extra costs (such as for baggage or taxes) and compare each one, to enjoy the most for your money. Happy money-saving vacation!

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Alaska Airlines Employee Calls Tomi Lahren ‘Tami,’ Twitter Loves It

Tomi Lahren got inadvertently shaded by an airline on Twitter, and people were really into it.

The right-wing commentator, who recently got hired as a senior communications adviser at Great America Alliance, apparently had a bad experience on Alaska Airlines and ― as one does ― took to Twitter to tell her tale:

The airline, which responds to most tweets where it’s mentioned, tweeted back to offer their condolences for Lahren’s troubles. However, in their response, they called her “Tami.” 

The company later tweeted that “Tami” was a typo, but Twitter erupted in the aftermath regardless. Twitter users were praising Alaska Airlines employee Ryan, who signed the tweet, as well as the the airline itself:

Nothing like a good typo to get Twitter all worked up. Nicely done, Ryan.

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Baby on Board! Turkish Airlines Cabin Crew Delivers Baby Girl Mid-Flight

Turkish Airlines welcomed an unexpected passenger in the middle of a flight from Guinea’s capital of Conakry to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Cabin crew on the airplane sprang into action on Friday when Nafi Diaby, a woman who was 28-weeks pregnant, went into labor during the flight, according to NBC News.

They were able to successfully deliver the baby girl, who was named Kadiju, as the mother laid across a row of seats.

The airline shared the happy news on Twitter Friday, showing pictures of the flight attendants posing with the baby wrapped in a grey blanket.

“Welcome on board Princess!” Turkish Airlines captioned a collage of photo on Twitter, including a graphic of a plane acting as a stork to deliver a baby girl. “Applause goes to our cabin crew!”

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“The lady was in great pain,” cabin attendant Bouthayna Inanir said, according to the Hurriyet Daily News. “And then the baby was on the seat. This was the hardest part. I had to grab the baby. I took her and give her to the mother.”

The mother and newborn were in good health but taken to hospital to be kept under observation when the Boeing 737 landed in the West African nation on Friday, according to NBC News.

Turkish Airlines states on their website that women in their 28th week of pregnancy or later require a note from a doctor stating they are safe to fly and confirming the expected date of birth. The airline doesn’t allow women to fly if they are 36 weeks pregnant or more.


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