June 17, 2012 |
Question: My husband and I travel to Vietnam two or three times a year to visit our family. We fly EVA Airways and book in premium economy for the extra legroom. We can book our seats 100 days in advance. But the only two-across seats that are available in Rows 21-27 are in that last row, which is near the toilet, and they don't recline; everything else is blocked. I've asked my travel agent for help - I even stood there while she called. No luck. Why does this happen? What should I do?
August 25, 2009
The ailing Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) has asked the Legislature of his home state to overturn a 5-year-old law under which the voters, not the governor, will choose a successor if Kennedy can't complete his term. Kennedy's unselfish idea probably won't be adopted, but it could help derail an unnecessary amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Kennedy, who suffers from brain cancer, understandably wants a senator sworn in swiftly to help the Democrats enact healthcare reform, long a priority for him. He's also right on the general principle.
November 5, 2012 |
The Federal Aviation Administration has recommended inspections for the airlines that use seats made by the same Texas manufacturer of seats that came loose last month from several American Airline planes. Reports of loose seats on about half a dozen American Airlines flights forced the Fort Worth-based carrier last month to temporarily ground almost 50 Boeing 757 planes to ensure the seats were securely fastened to the cabin floor. Quiz: Test your knowledge of business news After initially blaming the problem on a faulty seat clamp, the airline later said that the buildup of spilled soft drinks, coffee and juice kept locking pins from staying in place and securing the seats.
October 2, 2012 |
American Airlines, facing labor unhappiness over cutbacks, blamed three incidents of passenger seats coming loose on an improperly installed clamp, officials said on Tuesday. The announcement came after an inspection of Boeing 757 craft in which the clamp was used, officials said. At least three flights had incidents of the seats coming loose in recent days. “American's internal investigation has focused on one of three types of main cabin seats on the 757s and how the rows of these three seats fit into the track that is used to secure the rows to the floor of the airplanes,” said a statement attributed to spokeswoman Andrea Huguely.
September 2, 2012 |
Question: On Aug. 1, I tried to book a round-trip flight on American Airlines between San Diego and Philadelphia for Oct. 1 using my frequent-flier miles. I thought a two-month lead would facilitate the reservation. There were no seats available for 25,000 miles for October. I paid $25 to speak to a human. She tried her best but with the same result. If I were willing to expend 50,000 miles, there were plenty of seats. How far ahead does AA release its frequent-flier seats? Is this bait and switch?
April 24, 2010 |
Spirit Airlines, the air carrier that recently announced a $45 fee for carry-on bags, has launched another change that may not sit well with passengers. The Florida carrier's latest money-saving idea is seats that passengers cannot adjust. The airline calls them "pre-reclined" seats, meaning they are already reclined about 3 inches. Want to lean back to take a nap or sit up to eat a snack? Sorry, these seats won't budge. The airline says the slim new leather seats, built by Brice Seating in Pacoima, are 30% lighter, cutting down on fuel costs and offering 20% more space under the seat.