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Shock Winter Storms Kill 2, Snarl Flights

April 14, 2018 |

A storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes buffeted the central US with heavy winds, rain, hail, and snow, forcing flight cancellations, creating treacherous road conditions, and killing at least two people, including a sleeping 2-year-old Louisiana girl, the AP reports. In the upper Midwest, the…
Newser

ACLU asks in lawsuit: Why is the TSA searching digital devices on domestic flights?

March 17, 2018 |

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents have increasingly searched digital devices carried by travelers on international flights, as they look for data in cellphones, laptops and other electronic gadgets that can provide clues to possible terrorist attacks.

Now, the American Civil Liberties Union…


L.A. Times – Business

SpaceX Mars ship could make short test flights in 2019, Musk Says

March 11, 2018 |

Entrepreneur Elon Musk said a rocket ship that his company is building for trips to Mars could make short flights by as early as next year.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is “making good progress on the ship and the booster,” Musk said at the South by Southwest event in…


L.A. Times – Business

Airlines invest in tech startup to prevent booting passengers from overbooked flights

March 10, 2018 |

Following the ugly case of David Dao, the Kentucky doctor who was dragged from an overbooked United Airlines flight, the U.S. airline industry vowed to fix the problem of oversold planes.

Now some airlines seem to be backing up their promises with money.

The parent company of British Airways and…


L.A. Times – Business

Airline Cancels 220 Flights After Running Low on De-Icer

February 12, 2018 |

Thousands of travelers booked on Southwest Airlines flights out of Chicago’s Midway Airport had to change their plans after the airline found out that it didn’t have enough de-icing fluid—for the second time this winter. An airline spokesperson said Southwest had “actively worked to manage” its level of glycol,…
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Smart suitcases on Delta flights spark confusion, manufacturer says

February 10, 2018 |

Most of the nation’s major airlines began enforcing a policy last month that bans checked luggage with built-in batteries out of fear that the lithium ion power supply will start a fire in the cargo hold.

At least one luggage manufacturer is already reporting confusion with the new rules.

American,…


L.A. Times – Business

Soldier Takes 10 Flights to See Daughter’s Birth

January 7, 2018 |

Nothing, it seems, was going to keep Francois Clerfe from witnessing the birth of his first child. On Dec. 30, Clerfe, a combat engineer in the US army, was at his post in Iraq. Ten flights and thousands of miles later, he was in a California hospital with his wife,…
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Free WiFi on 100% of domestic flights gives JetBlue top ranking for onboard internet service

December 24, 2017 |

In the heated competition between airlines in the U.S., JetBlue Airways offers an extra perk that is pretty alluring to most travelers: Free, high-speed wireless internet.

For that reason, an internet comparison site named JetBlue as the top domestic airline for overall WiFi service, followed by…


L.A. Times – Business

Incidents of severe disturbances on commercial flights climb

December 8, 2017 |

Fewer passengers became unruly on commercial flights last year but a bigger share of those incidents involved serious behavior problems such as fighting or threatening passengers and crew members.

That was the assessment by the International Air Transport Assn., the trade group for the world’s…


L.A. Times – Business

Pilots say they will staff all scheduled American Airlines flights for Christmas

December 2, 2017 |

American Airlines’ pilots have reached an agreement with the carrier to staff every scheduled flight during the upcoming holiday season, avoiding cancellations that were threatened by a computer error.

American Airlines, the world’s biggest carrier, was forced to scramble this week because a computer…


L.A. Times – Business