Ebola:        The Plane Facts          Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Nervous.  Newark Airport, Oct. 4, 201   That’s where many of us find ourselves.    Whether we’re boarding a plane or simply traveling through an airport. We are a nation that feels a bit on edge.   Ebola was… Read More


Foreign Invasion Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Today, with planes flying as full as sardine cans and the holiday travel season around the corner, it would appear that U.S. airlines are determined to tell air travelers to take a hike. At least that’s what passengers might infer from the number of flights cut at many of the nation’s airports. Nearly… Read More


     Grounded!                         Tuesday, September 30, 2014 As you might have heard, Chicago O’Hare, the busiest airport in the world, was brought to a halt Friday along with Midway Airport, due to an act of employee sabotage at a  control center. Problems were felt at… Read More


      JetWho?                    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 And another domino falls. In a surprise move that shouldn’t have been, Jetblue, one of the holdouts in the airline industry for not charging for a first checked bag – is now considering adding the fee, as the… Read More


Business, As Usual   Tuesday, August 12, 2014 The days of cheap tickets are long gone. The price to board a plane is now up for the fifth straight year, making it increasingly expensive to fly almost anywhere. Airfares are on the rise, outpacing inflation according to the Consumer Price Index. Inflation is 2.1% while… Read More


My Way  Or The Skyway Tuesday, August 5, 2014 It’s high-fives all around the airline executive suites – again! Paul Sakuma/Associated Press United Airlines passengers check in at SFO The airlines are raking in profits, but it’s really skyway robbery at the expense of taxpayers, airline workers, and the traveling public. The winners keep on… Read More


A Win-Lose Situation Tuesday, July 29, 2014 The airlines’ pity party is long over. The big news last week was the nation’s airlines announcing yet another stellar quarter of record breaking profits, reaped at your expense. For four years we’ve watched the industry rolling in dough thanks to its winning strategy of mergers, cutting flights and raising fares. Passengers… Read More


Over Hostile Territory Tuesday, July 22, 2014 The shooting down of MH17 was a wake up call. A paramedic walks by a part of fuselage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. It called attention to the fact that commercial airliners fly over conflict zones and… Read More


FlyersRights Calls on Airlines to Lose the Asterisk Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Last week, FlyersRights called on House Members to put the brakes on H.R. 4156 – the deceptively titled “Transparent Airfares Act of 2014”. The bill is backed by the airline industry, with the goal of putting the asterisk back in airfares. It would undo… Read More


Under The Microscope  Tuesday, July 8, 2014 New security threats, crowded airports, packed planes, costly luggage fees, data-mined passengers… a happiness blanket? And that was just the news last week. Just before the holiday weekend, the Department of Homeland Secuirty declared that uncharged mobile phones, especially iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy, won’t be allowed on United States-bound… Read More