August 3, 2001 |
After mistakenly sending an 11-year-old girl from Los Angeles to Florida instead of to Detroit, America West Airlines has decided that it will no longer let children fly alone on flights that make en route stops. The Phoenix-based carrier said Thursday that starting Sept. 10, children between 5 and 11 who are flying without adult accompaniment will be booked only on nonstop flights. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
December 12, 1988 |
The prospect of six hours without a cigarette still gives James J. Tabacca a twinge--even though his craving for nicotine may mean going to jail. Tabacca, whose last name is the Italian word for tobacco, is the 34-year-old Los Angeles mortician who flew into a legal tangle last Dec. 30 when he became embroiled in a plane-wide dispute over a smoking ban on a transcontinental flight.
December 22, 2009
New rules on delayed flights Under a directive announced by the Transportation Department, starting in April domestic airlines must: Allow passengers to return to the terminal if they have been stranded on the tarmac for more than three hours. The only exceptions are if safety or security reasons prohibit the plane from returning to the gate or if air traffic controllers advise against it. Provide food and water and access to a working bathroom after a plane has been delayed for more than two hours.
January 8, 2002
Re "Airline Defends Banning Bush Guard From Flight," Jan. 4: An Arab American Secret Service agent alleges bias when he attempted to board a flight. Should individuals, even those in law enforcement, be allowed to board an airplane with a firearm? My response is unequivocally, no. The first and obvious problem, as noted by the pilot of the American Airlines flight, is determining the validity of identification. With the large number of police agencies and varying identification documents, can we ask pressured airline security to separate the real from the bogus?
September 16, 1990 |
Continental Airlines passengers who travel through Newark International Airport will be offered free stationery and postage to write troops in the Middle East. "We're hoping a lot of people will take time between their coffee and boarding to jot a little note," Continental spokeswoman Andrea Pass said. The airline says 35,000 passengers travel through the Newark airport each day on its planes.
January 23, 2010 |
Based on the numbers, America's major airlines are doing a better job of getting us to our destinations on time and with our luggage in tow -- assuming we can get on the flights. Not only is the rate of lost luggage lower than it has been in years, the on-time performance for the nation's biggest airlines reached a record 88.6% in November, the best rate since the Bureau of Transportation Statistics began keeping track of the numbers in 1987. But there is a growing trend that spells trouble for travelers: More passengers are getting bumped from flights.