January 19, 2014 |
"Slim-line" seats, with thinner seat-back cushions, are increasingly popular with airlines because they weigh less and help squeeze more passengers into a plane. But the seats may not be so popular with passengers. A new survey by the travel website TripAdvisor shows that many passengers who have tried slim-line seats are not fans. In the survey of 1,391 travelers, the website found that nearly half weren't sure whether they had sat in slim-line seats. But of those who said they had tried the seats, 83% said they were less comfortable than traditional seats, 8% said the slim-line seats were more comfortable, and 9% said they couldn't tell the difference.
August 8, 1999
Susan Spano's "Das Cruise" (July 25) makes interesting reading except for her arrogant, self-centered, condescending attitude toward elderly passengers, whom she refers to as "liver-spotted dowagers who made a habit of turning their noses up at me." The adage "travel broadens the mind" does not seem to apply to her. PHIL REAMON Glendale
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.
August 4, 2013 |
MIRAMAR, Fla. - At the headquarters for low-cost Spirit Airlines Inc., the word "cheap" is not an insult. It's a business philosophy championed by the airline's chief executive, Ben Baldanza. He demonstrates his frugal ways by switching on the lights to his office. Only a third of the light tubes are screwed into the fixtures to save on electricity. Baldanza then pulls a vacuum out of his office closet, which he uses to help save on janitorial costs. "We don't over-spend on that kind of stuff," the 51-year-old executive said with a chuckle.
June 26, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Transportation has fined Delta Air Lines $750,000 for violating the rules of bumping passengers on overbooked flights. Under federal rules, airlines must first ask for volunteers to give up their seat before the carrier can deny ticketed passengers a seat on an overbooked plane. The airlines must also compensate passengers who are bumped. In several instances in March 2012, Delta bumped passengers without first asking for volunteers and without explaining that the bumped passengers had a right to cash compensation, the federal agency said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 |
This post has been updated, as noted below. SAN FRANCISCO -- When the Asiana Airlines flight crashed at San Francisco International Airport, passengers fled in all directions from the burning plane. "You have to imagine the chaos of the scene," said San Francisco Police Dept. Acting Capt. Dominic Yin. Some passengers were found wandering, dazed, near the wreckage. Others made a beeline for the international terminal, where they waited for as long as five hours to be reunited with panicked friends and family.
March 21, 2011 |
An open bus seat could be harder to find. That is, if the Federal Transit Administration has its way. The agency recently asked to add 25 pounds to passenger weight allowances when factoring safe loads for buses. The FTA says it's seeking "an amount that more accurately reflects the changes to the average weight of Americans over the last several decades. " The proposal published last week in the Federal Register also cites these weight estimates: --The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calculates a mean average of 195 pounds for men and 165 pounds for women in the United States based on 2008 data.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details. Rescuers on Sunday removed passengers from a pleasure boat after it lost power and drifted into Balboa Pier in Newport Beach, officials said. No injuries were immediately reported in the 8:15 p.m. incident. The 35- to 40-foot power boat held 11 to 15 passengers, most of whom were taken to the beach, said Newport Beach police Lt. Damon Pasaros. It was unclear whether the pier, which typically is full of strollers and people fishing until closing time at 10 p.m., was damaged, but it was closed as a precaution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 |
Some passengers whose BART train became stuck in the Berkeley Hills tunnel were being treated Wednesday morning for smoke inhalation after the disabled train emerged at Oakland's Rockridge station. Bay Area Rapid Transit spokesman Jim Allison said the train got stuck between the Orinda and Rockridge stations at about 8:30 a.m., after a parking brake apparently deployed accidentally. Passengers reported smelling smoke from the brakes. A technician was able to get the train moving again and passengers were evacuated at the Rockridge station at 9:35 a.m. Some were seen in news footage being removed from the train by paramedics -- one on a stretcher.
May 12, 2013 |
It's not exactly like winning the lottery, but boarding passes for some frequent fliers on US Airways, Delta and United airlines will now include a symbol that lets them go through screening faster. The faster screening lines are offered under a program called PreCheck, operated by the Transportation Security Administration. Frequent fliers with five of the largest airlines are invited to apply for the PreCheck program. If they get selected by the TSA to participate they can go through screening without removing their shoes, belts, jackets or taking laptops and liquid bottles out of carry-on bags.