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Air Travel

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Friendly Skies Flight Diversion Over Knee Defender an Airline First?

    The Knee Defender, a device marketed to airline passengers fed up with fellow fliers who hog their legroom by reclining, has been around for more than 10 years. But the low-tech gadget appears to have registered a first yesterday morning, when United Airlines diverted a Newark-to-Denver flight to C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    JetBlue Refuses To Let Hindu Man Board Flight During Ramadan, Concerned About His "Disposition"

    Air travel has become such a nightmare that it's hard to muster any surprise about the hassles and indignities travelers face on a regular basis. Excruciatingly long lines, invasive pat downs, awkward luggage inspections, delays, cancelations--and, oh yeah, racial profiling--are all pretty much ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    UPDATE: A Drone Flies in Brooklyn? Pilot Reports Unmanned Aircraft Sighting

    Cue the heavy drums and eerie science-fiction score. It looks like drones have already made their way to New York City skies, according to a CNN report. The pilot of an Alitalia passenger jet heading in to John F. Kennedy Airport for landing yesterday afternoon reported sighting a small unmanned ai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Flight Attendants Prefer To Work Coach!

    I learned this from a flight attendant for a major international airline. He said that, based on seniority, flight attendants are given the chance to request where they'll fly to every month and whether they'll do coach, business, or first class. He said Rio, Sao Paolo, and Tokyo are considered th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Kill The Geese, Now! (Or People Might Get Killed by Them)

    Avians and airplanes are a bad mix -- and the skies above New York City are no exception. On Tuesday, a bird strike prompted a JetBlue plane to make an emergency landing. Last week, also, a bird strike forced a Delta flight to make an emergency landing. And don't forget the Miracle on the Hudso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2012

    New York Airports Are Good At Making People Late

    ​It wasn't too long ago we brought you the latest report on how New York's airports suck. Well, today we have some more good news from the New York Times . The paper reports that the airspace that includes JFK, LaGuardia and Newark (as well as Jersey's Teterboro Airport and Philadelphia Intern ... More >>

  • News

    January 4, 2012

    Air Safety on the Cheap

    They're responsible for airport security but contractors still make poverty wages

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    American Airlines Responds to Alec Baldwin Situation on Facebook

    ​Alec Baldwin -- closer, formerly prolific tweeter, and fake future mayoral candidate -- had a little incident with American Airlines yesterday because of his refusal to stop playing Words With Friends. Baldwin wouldn't shut off his phone when the flight attendant asked him to and says he was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Bulldogs Don't Fly Commercial

    You might think a bulldog has the best life ever, being adorable and frequently stopped on streets to be gazed at and pet by adoring masses, and also getting its poop picked up by its owner whenever necessary, and not even having to work a 9 to 5 or 8 to 10 job...a bulldog is in the business of simp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Delta Airlines Charges U.S. Soldiers $2,800 for Excess Baggage

    In a move sure to capture the ire of Americans across the country, Delta Airlines has charged American troops returning from Afghanistan via Baltimore Washington International Airport $2,800 ($200 each) in extra baggage fees. Here's video from soldier Robert O'Hair, explaining the situation, with wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    9/11 Flight Numbers Will Be Retired Forever

    ​United Continental will "permanently retire" flight numbers 93 and 175, Bloomberg reports, in honor of the flights hijacked on September 11, 2011. Over the past decade, the numbers have not been in use, but an error earlier this week caused them to pop up again, much to the chagrin of pilots' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Complaining About the TSA Will Get You Targeted by the TSA

    ​Well, what do you know about this: If you bitch and moan and kick and scream about getting screened (or groped) by the TSA, you are that much more likely to get screened that much more thoroughly (or aggressively). Especially if you do it in the airport security line, where the TSA screeners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Big French Plane Hits Small American Plane at JFK

    On Monday night an Air France Airbus A380, the biggest passenger plane in use, knocked into a much smaller Comair CRJ 700 Regional Jet at John F. Kennedy International Airport, spinning the tiny thing almost 90-degrees, but injuring no one, NBC New York reports. A minor event when all was said and d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2011

    Southwest Grounding 79 Planes After Hole Incident

    ​Southwest is grounding 79 members of its fleet after a 3- or 4-foot hole tore open in the fuselage of a plane traveling from Phoenix to Sacramento. It had to make an emergency landing at a military base. The grounded planes are being inspected for something called "aircraft skin fatigue."

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Stewart: The Little Airport That Couldn't

    Stewart International Airport is only an hour and a half drive from Midtown, but it's the least popular commercial airport in the New York area. The New York Times reports the oft-ignored airport was again largely overlooked during a meeting held by transportation officials last week. Like almost an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Hijacking Alert Issued Over Spilt Airplane Coffee

    ​Perhaps the most disturbing part of this story about an in-flight cockpit coffee spill is this: Pilots are allowed to drink coffee while piloting commercial airliners!? Because it seems that a coffee spill could do far worse than simply triggering a hijacking alert and forcing a United Airlin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Update: Hijacking Threat Aboard American Airlines Flight to JFK "Non-Credible"

    ​We're hearing of a hijacking threat made on an American Airlines flight heading from San Francisco to JFK today. After a threat was reportedly made by phone that a hijacker was on board, passengers on American Airlines Flight 24, which was preparing for takeoff, have been asked to deplane and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Drag Star Gets Horrible Treatment From Delta Airlines

    David Shankbone​Get a load of this email thread between Gary Hall (aka drag star Shequida) and Delta Airlines over terrible service that caused Hall to miss his flight and forfeit big sums of money. In return, they offered him 100 smackers. And he smacked them right back down!

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010
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    January 10, 2010

    United Airlines plane makes emergency landing at Newark

    ​Update: the Bergen Record is reporting that three passengers were slightly injured, according to an airline spokesman. -- United Airlines Flight 634, an Airbus flying from Chicago's O'Hare Airport, made an emergency landing at Newark Airport this morning after the right hand landing gear fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    After Crash, FAA Makes New Rules for Hudson River Flights

    ​After a mid-air collision between a small charter plane and a sightseeing helicopter over the Hudson River this summer killed nine people, observers were quick to blame the Federal Aviation Administration for poorly regulating the airspace, letting it become clogged with private planes. Toda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    US Airways Cuts 1,000 Jobs, Ground Crew Base at LaGuardia

    ​US Airways always comes up when we're looking for cheap flights, and there's a reason for that: like many airlines these days, it's not doing so hot. Today the troubled carrier announces it's going to cut 1,000 jobs and some flights to Europe, and close its ground crew base at LaGuardia and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    High Line Park Results in New Restaurant Row; Green Roofs Everywhere

    Mere months after reports claiming the exact opposite, a new study suggests that living near a fast food outlet actually does not increase weight in children, and that living near supermarkets, with their fresh fruits and vegetables, does nothing to lower weight. Go figure. [Science Daily] A survey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Near-Bankrupt NY Waterway to Sue US Airways for Water Rescue Funds

    We mentioned in January that there were signs that the heroic water landing and rescue of US Airways Flight 1549 might result in lawsuits. Now Crain's New York Business reports that NY Waterway, whose ferries helped haul Flight 1549 passengers out of the Hudson River, "is preparing a lawsuit against ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Sully Fever! Flight 1549 Pilots, Crew Get Keys to the City

    Mayor Bloomberg introduced "five real American heroes, the crew of US Airways Flight 1549" at City Hall today in a Key to the City ceremony. Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, co-pilot Jeffrey Skiles, and flight attendants Donna Dent, Sheila Dail and Doreen Walsh received their honors for their d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Passenger, Bill O'Reilly Spoiling "Miracle on the Hudson" Buzz

    Remember when US Airways Flight 1549's heroic Hudson River landing made us all feel good about America and ourselves? Well, it's all going to shit. Earlier this week Chicago's Joe Hart, one of the survivors, told USA Today that he'd like to be "made whole for the incident," and we all know what th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2009

    US Airways Jet Finally Removed from Hudson River

    Embedded video from CNN Video Late last night city workers finally got that US Airways jet, which had given them some trouble in the afternoon, out of the water. The right engine is apparently more or less intact, but the left engine is off and presumed resting at the bottom of the Hudson River. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Have a Happy Flight-Delayed Christmas

    Going to travel today? Better take a look at this: the Times reports widespread flight delays throughout North America. Late this morning O'Hare Airport was covered in snow and holding flights; Newark had three-hour delays, San Francisco's were 90 minutes, and Toronto's Pearson Airport cancelled 300 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Audio From Jet Crash Online at VF; Pilots Angry

    At Vanity Fair you can hear some of the cockpit recordings from an mid-air crash between a corporate jet and an airliner over Brazil in 2006. The International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations is pissed about it. "[Cockpit Voice Recordings] are intended for one purpose, to help investiga ... More >>

  • News

    July 23, 2008
  • Art

    April 8, 2008

    A Girl's Life at Aviation High School

    A Girl's Life at Aviation High School

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2008

    'Prisoners of War Have More Rights' Than Stranded Airline Passengers

    The New York State Airline Passenger Bill of Rights seeks to save fliers from a recurrent travel nightmare: being stranded on a crammed airplane for hours— breathing stagnant air, with no food, no water and unsanitary bathrooms. But yesterday the Air Transport Association of America, a trade gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2007

    NY's Airports Are Worse Than Most: Report

    Delays at New York's area airports not only hurt the city's standing in the global marketplace but also pollute nearby communities, according to a report by Comptroller Bill Thompson. In a new report, “Grounded: The Impact of Mounting Flight Delays on New York City’s Economy & Environment" T ... More >>

  • News

    October 17, 2006

    Trouble in the Air

    Reagan's mass firing of air traffic controllers made American skies much less safe in the 1980s. Is Bush's flight plan the same?

  • News

    October 17, 2006

    Out of Control

    When air traffic control shares blame for fatal crashes

  • News

    March 14, 2006
  • News

    December 6, 2005

    In D.C., It's All Relative

    Congress members, staff, and lobbyists—one big happy family

  • News

    June 7, 2005
  • News

    June 7, 2005

    Hijacking the Facts

    FBI worked hard to cover up a 9-11 cover-up—and then hide it some more

  • News

    February 8, 2005

    Fear of Flying

    Whistle-blowers say the FAA ignored a decade of pre–9-11 warnings

  • News

    February 8, 2005
  • News

    December 30, 2003

    Flying Blind

    Among the Terminal Ills: Bodies in Wheel Wells

  • News

    September 10, 2002
  • News

    May 21, 2002
  • News

    November 27, 2001

    Pilots’-Eye View

    The Crash of Flight 587 Raises Questions About Training and Air Traffic Control

  • Specials

    November 27, 2001
  • News

    November 13, 2001

    What Color Is Your Parachute?

    Her Boss at United Got $3.2 Million. She Got Shoved Out the Door.

  • News

    October 2, 2001
  • News

    September 25, 2001

    Local Is Global

    Bomb Plots in Manila, Mayhem in Manhattan

  • News

    October 6, 1998
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