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Flying has been an absolute mess this summer - and it may get worse before it gets better

Crowds seen at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia on December 18, 2020. Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images The summer travel season is off to a rough start thanks to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations. Airlines quickly found themselves overscheduled and understaffed due to pandemic cuts. Hiring plans are in motion but it will be a while until airlines reach full strength. See more stories on Insider's business page. Flying is back, and with a vengeanc...
Tags: US, America, Trends, Colombia, Arizona, Airlines, Federal Aviation Administration, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Southwest, Henry Harteveldt, Arlington Virginia, Atmosphere Research Group, Daniel Slim, Allana Akhtar, COVID


Travelers are experiencing the worst of aviation this summer as delays, cancellations, and violence plague the skies

Crowds seen at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia on December 18, 2020. Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images The summer travel season is off to a rough start thanks to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations. Airlines quickly found themselves overscheduled and understaffed due to pandemic cuts. Hiring plans are in motion but it will be a while until airlines reach full strength. See more stories on Insider's business page. Flying is back, and with a vengeanc...
Tags: US, America, Trends, Colombia, Arizona, Airlines, Federal Aviation Administration, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Southwest, Henry Harteveldt, Arlington Virginia, Atmosphere Research Group, Daniel Slim, Allana Akhtar, COVID


For Disruptive Passengers, The Cost Can Be Sky High

For many years now, there have been occasional reports of disruptive passengers on flights. These disruptions often lead to a flight being diverted and a passenger or two removed from the aircraft. The rest of the passengers, as well as those on later flights with that aircraft or crew, end up delayed. Sometimes, the flight can be back up in the air within an hour. Other times, the delay can last significantly longer, especially if the crew runs out of duty hours. In other cases, the offending p...
Tags: Spotlight, Law Enforcement, United States, Editorials, Aviation, Airlines, Faa, Federal Aviation Administration, American Airlines, U S Department of Transportation DOT, Unruly Passengers, Mike Sington, Disruptive Passengers


10 Things in Politics: COVID recovery now on shaky ground

Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Send tips to [email protected] or tweet me at @BrentGriffiths.Here's what we're talking about:The Dow had its worst day of the year amid renewed COVID-19 fears3 GOP lawmakers named to the Capitol riot committee voted against certifying election resultsInside the push to help Trump find a new social-media homeWhat we're watching today: Jeff Bezos has said he isn't just one of the "rich guys on a j...
Tags: Energy, Twitter, Hollywood, Washington Post, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Indiana, Canada, Pennsylvania, Gop, United States, House, Arizona, Fox News


Markets plunge as investors dump stocks, buy bonds as virus fears flare again

By Stan Choe, Alex Veiga, Damian J. Troise | The Associated Press Resurgent pandemic worries are knocking stocks lower from Wall Street to Sydney on Monday, fueled by fears that faster-spreading variants of the virus may upend the economy’s strong recovery. The S&P 500 was 2% lower in afternoon trading, after setting a record just a week earlier. In another sign of worry, the yield on the 10-year Treasury touched its lowest level in five months as investors scrambled for safer places to put thei...
Tags: Apple, Business, Indonesia, Wall Street, Southeast Asia, Uncategorized, Opec, Sport, Soccer, United States, Missouri, Arkansas, Sydney, Treasury, World Health Organization, Tokyo


I went inside one of the US' largest aircraft storage facilities and saw how it isn't emptying out despite the rise in air travel

Pinal Airpark in Marana, Arizona. Thomas Pallini/Insider Pinal Airpark is home to hundreds of aircraft that have been stored by their airlines to ride out the pandemic. Most US carriers have reactivated their planes but foreign airlines are still filling Pinal's corridors due to lagging demand. Cargo carriers like Amazon are also looking to Pinal for inexpensive planes to fly packages. See more stories on Insider's business page. Air travel in the US is roaring back to pre-p...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, News, California, Air Canada, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Canada, Arizona, Qantas, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines


Tension and violence onboard airplanes is soaring, but the CDC still wants flyers to wear masks because the unvaccinated are 'extremely vulnerable'

Travelers have been required to wear masks on airplanes for more than one year. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is against lifting the mask mandate on airplanes. The Transportation Security Administration's current mask mandate expires on September 13 but may be extended. Thousands of travelers have been banned from airlines for not wearing masks. See more stories on Insider's business page. Wearing masks onboard airplanes is here to...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Cdc, Planes, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Flying, Food And Drug Administration, Aviation, Tsa, Airlines, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Transportation Security Administration


The FAA has ordered safety checks on all 9,300 Boeing 737 aircraft for a failure that could cause cabin oxygen levels to drop dangerously low

Boeing's 737 production plant in Renton, Washington. VDB Photos/Shutterstock.com Airlines have been told to inspect 2 pressure switches on Boeing 737s over concerns they could fail. Their failure could mean that cabin oxygen levels fall dangerously low, the FAA said. An unnamed operator reported that the switches failed in tests on three different 737 models. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US aviation watchdog has instructed airlines to inspect a pair of pressure ...
Tags: Amazon, US, Trends, Airlines, Faa, Boeing, Reuters, Renton Washington, Federal Aviation Administration FAA, The New York Times Read, Grace Dean


Delta Air Lines refuses to use the name of the delta COVID-19 variant: 'We just call it the variant'

Delta Air Lines is lamenting the unfortunate naming of a new COVID-19 variant. VanderWolf Images / Shutterstock.com and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Delta Air Lines does not use the name of the new COVID-19 variant named "delta" by the World Health Organization. CEO Ed Bastian told the Wall Street Journal "we just call it the variant." The Greek alphabet is used when naming variants to discourage stigmatization based on their country of origin. See more stories on Insider&#...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, India, US, Trends, Flying, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, World Health Organization, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines, Boeing


A woman who threw away a dirty diaper on a Mesa Airlines flight says she was threatened with a no-fly list and told to fish the diaper from the trash

The passenger told NBC News that she's now mulling suing Mesa Airlines over the incident. Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty A woman told NBC News that a flight attendant shouted at her for disposing of a dirty diaper. The attendant called it a "biohazard," and asked her to retrieve it from the garbage, she said. The Mesa Airlines attendant later called her on her cell and said she was on a no-fly list, she said. See more stories on Insider's business page. A woman who disposed...
Tags: Transportation, News, Planes, Nbc News, Trends, Transport, Airlines, Khan, Biden, Seattle, United, United Airlines, Houston Texas, Mesa, Kalispell Montana, Mesa Airlines


A woman says a flight attendant yelled at her and told her she'd been put on a no-fly list for putting her baby daughter's dirty diaper in a garbage bin

The passenger told NBC News that she was mulling suing Mesa Airlines over the incident. Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty A woman told NBC News that a flight attendant shouted at her for disposing of a dirty diaper. She said the attendant called it a "biohazard" and asked her to retrieve it from the garbage. She said the attendant later said she was on a no-fly list. She described the incident as racist. See more stories on Insider's business page. A woman who disposed of a dirty ...
Tags: Transportation, News, Planes, Nbc News, Trends, Transport, Airlines, Khan, Biden, Seattle, United, United Airlines, Don, Houston Texas, Mesa, Kalispell Montana


A flight attendant allegedly yelled at a woman and told her she'd been put on a no-fly list for putting her baby daughter's dirty diaper in a garbage bin

The passenger told NBC News that she's now mulling suing Mesa Airlines over the incident. Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty A woman told NBC News that a flight attendant shouted at her for disposing of a dirty diaper. The attendant called it a "biohazard," and asked her to retrieve it from the garbage, she said. The Mesa Airlines attendant later said she was on a no-fly list, she said, in an incident she called racist. See more stories on Insider's business page. A woman who d...
Tags: Transportation, News, Planes, Nbc News, Trends, Transport, Airlines, Khan, Biden, Seattle, United, United Airlines, Don, Houston Texas, Mesa, Kalispell Montana


I used an obscure credit card perk to pay for $127 worth of travel expenses when American Airlines canceled 2 of my flights - see how

Flying home from Bogota, Colombia on American Airlines. Thomas Pallini/Insider The Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card comes with built-in trip insurance for when things go wrong. Trip delays, trip cancellations, and baggage delays are covered under certain circumstances. I was delayed by 12 hours after two American Airlines flight cancellations and could spend up to $500 on expenses. See more stories on Insider's business page. Flight delays and cancellations can be costly. Hours...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, Air Travel, Planes, Time, US, Trends, Features, Colombia, Flying, Chase, Dallas, Aviation, Airlines, Travel Insurance


A TikTok star called out Delta for breaking her wheelchair on a flight, a systemic issue airlines keep ignoring

A composite image showing Bri Scalesse in a TikTok video (left) next to a full-body shot (right) of her with the wheelchair which was later broken in transit. Bri Scalesse/Tik Tok/Insider A model and disability advocate called out Delta for breaking her wheelchair in transit. Bri Scalesse said the chair was irreparably damaged en route from St Paul to Newark on July 4. Airlines damage thousands of wheelchairs a year, a problem companies have been slow to address. See more stories on Inside...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, Trends, Disability, News UK, Delta, Newark, Airlines, Wheelchair, Delta Air Lines, Midwest, Phoenix, St Paul, St Paul Minnesota, US Department of Transportation


I went inside United's brand-new Boeing 737 Max 8 with all new seat-back television screens and saw how the airline is revolutionizing air travel

Inside United Airlines' newest aircraft and interior. Thomas Pallini/Insider United Airlines is modernizing its fleet by installing seat-back entertainment screens on all narrow-body Boeing and Airbus planes. More than 2,800 selections of movies, television shows, games, music, and podcasts will be available. Larger overhead bins, mood lighting, in-seat power, and in-flight WiFi will also be installed. See more stories on Insider's business page. United Airlines received it...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Washington, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Chicago, Flying, Delta, Aviation, Airbus, Newark, Airlines


Amazon and cargo airlines are scouring the Arizona desert for old and cheap passenger jets to fly packages

A stored Boeing 767-300 aircraft. Thomas Pallini/Insider Cargo carriers such as Amazon's Prime Air are searching the American Southwest for former airliners stored in the desert. Arizona is home to Pinal Air Park, where between 40 and 50 jets have been bought by cargo carriers. Older passenger planes were bought at a discount during the pandemic and converted to freighters. See more stories on Insider's business page. When consumers turned to Amazon to buy more goods during the pan...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, Trends, Flying, Canada, Arizona, Prime Air, Aviation, Amazon Prime Air, Airlines, Boeing, Cargo


I flew on Breeze, the 'tech company that happens to fly airplanes' from JetBlue founder David Neeleman, and found it surprisingly low-tech

Breeze Airways launched its first flights in May. Thomas Pallini/Insider Breeze Airways founder David Neeleman billed his airline as a "tech company" but I found the opposite. In-flight entertainment was touted but not offered on the first flights, and will come with new planes. Breeze also doesn't have a phone number and requires customers to send a text message or email. See more stories on Insider's business page. Breeze Airways is America's newest airline and is taking t...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, America, Trends, Flying, Hawaii, Facebook Messenger, Brazil, Aviation, Airbus, Tsa


Airlines are back to overselling flights and one traveler walked away with a $4,500 voucher after a Delta flight to Iceland was oversold by 30 people

Long airport lines at Delta Air Lines check-in. Drew Angerer/Getty Airlines are back to overselling flights as demand spikes, and some flyers can expect to get "bumped" this summer. One traveler was on an oversold flight from Minneapolis to Iceland and received $4,500 in credit to take the next flight. Airlines will often give meal and hotel vouchers if travelers have to spend the night. See more stories on Insider's business page. Americans flying this summer won't only be faced...
Tags: Mississippi, Minneapolis, Trends, Delta, American Express, Airlines, Iceland, Boeing, United, Department Of Transportation, Reykjavik, Delta Air Lines, Iceland Iceland, Luten, Andy Luten, Thomas Pallini


Airlines may soon be required to issue refunds for delayed luggage and in-flight internet service not working

REUTERS/Joshua Lott Airlines may soon need to refund for delayed luggage and a lack of in-flight internet, AP reports. The Department of Transportation will propose this in the coming days, according to the AP. Bags would need to be delivered within 12 hours of a US landing or 25 hours of an international one. See more stories on Insider's business page. Airlines could soon be on the hook to refund fees over delayed luggage and a lack of in-flight internet, according to the Associated...
Tags: Transportation, US, Trends, Ap, Delta, Associated Press, Airlines, Fees, United, Department Of Transportation, American Airlines, Jetblue Airways, Sarah Jackson, Joshua Lott Airlines, Bureau of Transportation Statistics This, Finnair United Airlines


What to know about airline mask rules when flying with children as travel spikes across the US

Flying on a United Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9. Thomas Pallini/Insider All children over the age of two are required to wear a mask when in US airports and flying. An exception to the rule is when eating, drinking, or taking medication. Flyers that don't comply with mask rules, even children, may be removed from a flight and banned from an airline. See more stories on Insider's business page. Traveling with children this summer will present a new set of challenges for parents. Airl...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, Airports, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Flying, Ted Cruz, Miami, Aviation, Airlines, Family Travel, Federal Aviation Administration, Frontier Airlines


I volunteer at a major airport and deal with hundreds of unprepared travelers. Here are 12 ways to avoid lines and have a stress-free summer travel experience

Travelers waiting in line at the airport. Scott Olson / Getty Images Americans have been taking to the skies this summer more than any season since the start of the pandemic. Airlines and airports are still adjusting to increased passenger levels, causing long lines and delays. These travel tips will help flyers avoid lines and move through the airport easier. See more stories on Insider's business page. The summer of vaccinated travel has arrived in the US, and it's wreaking ha...
Tags: New York, Washington, US, Trends, Delta, Tsa, Airlines, AAA, Southwest Airlines, Airline, Transportation Security Administration, American Airlines, Jetblue Airways, Travelers, Spirit Airlines, Centurion


Hitting the road? July 4th travelers face high gas prices, clogged roads

Free at last from the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, scores of Southern Californians are getting ready to leave town for their Independence Day holiday. Expect traffic on the road and long lines at the airport. Travelers will pay the highest gas prices recorded in seven years and may also find some stations are out of gas because there aren’t enough fuel-truck drivers to fill the tanks. Those who take to the skies could face flight delays as a result of weather issues and a shortage of a...
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Bluetooth is finally coming to airplane seatback entertainment systems

After years of warning passengers of the dangers of using Bluetooth devices aboard aircraft, United Airlines is adding support for the tech to its entire fleet.
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Bluetooth, Trends, Wireless Headphones, Home Theater, Airlines, United Airlines


United just made the largest aircraft order in its history for 270 new Boeing and Airbus jets with seatback screens, WiFi, and more first class seats

United Airlines' brand-new Boeing 737 Max. United Airlines United Airlines just announced an order for 270 new aircraft to revitalize its aging narrow-body aircraft fleet. The Boeing 737 Max and Airbus A321neo were chosen in an order valued at more than $30 billion. In-flight entertainment will also be added to all existing narrow-body aircraft by 2025. See more stories on Insider's business page. The next era of United Airlines is now arriving.A Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft painte...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, San Francisco, Trends, Flying, Delta, Aviation, Airbus, Newark, Airlines, Boeing, United, United Airlines


United Airlines Buys 270 New Airplanes in Largest Order of the Past Decade

United Airlines has ordered 270 new airplanes from Boeing and Airbus, the largest order by a single airline in a decade, according to a statement from United early Tuesday. The order includes 70 Airbus A321neo aircraft and 200 new Boeing 737 Max airplanes, the type of plane that saw two crashes in 2018 and 2019 that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Aircraft, Aviation, Airbus, Airlines, Boeing, United, United Airlines, Star Alliance, Spirit Airlines, PETE MUNTEAN, Boeing 737, Boeing 737 MAX, Low Cost Carriers, Disaster Accident, The Boeing


I used a credit perk to dine for nearly free at an airport restaurant and it's my new favorite travel hack

Using Priority Pass at an airport restaurant. Thomas Pallini/Insider Chase offers complimentary Priority Pass memberships to its Sapphire Reserve cardholders, which grant access to airport lounges. Priority Pass also includes certain airport restaurants and members are given a $28 meal allowance. I used the perk on a recent trip and saw how easy it was to dine for virtually free. See more stories on Insider's business page. This tiny piece of metal is known as the Chase Sapphire...
Tags: Travel, Food, Transportation, News, Airports, Washington, Restaurants, Planes, New York City, Trends, Features, Ronald Reagan, Washington Dc, Airlines, Priority Pass, Ben


Airlines are not prepared for the surge in travelers because they don't have enough planes - or pilots to fly them

A Southwest Airlines plane lands at Los Angeles International Airport. FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty Airlines are discovering they retired too many aircraft during the pandemic and let go too many pilots and flight attendants. Southwest Airlines says it doesn't have enough planes to sustain its model in 2022 and 2023. Airline schedules are highly unreliable as a result, leading to flight changes and cancellations. See more stories on Insider's business page. Travel is surging ...
Tags: US, Trends, Delta, Airbus, Airlines, Boeing, United, Southwest Airlines, Cnbc, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Southwest, Los Angeles International Airport, Henry Harteveldt, McDonnell Douglas, Harteveldt


Southwest Airlines is boosting its minimum wage to $15 an hour, giving raises to more than 7,000 employees, in an effort to bulk up staffing as travel picks up

Stephen M. Keller/Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour, affecting over 7,000 employees. The hike comes as travel picks back up due to reduced COVID restrictions and the economy reopening. Southwest hopes to implement the wage increase by August. See more stories on Insider's business page. Southwest Airlines is hiking its minimum wage to $15 an hour as travel inches back towards pre-pandemic levels. "Southwest continually works to attract an...
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Southwest CEO says the airline doesn't have enough planes for 2022 as demand spikes and it hints at more international flying

Southwest Airlines needs more planes to keep up with demand. AP Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly doesn't think his airline has enough planes to continue its current business model in 2022 and 2023. New Boeing 737 Max aircraft are scheduled to enter the fleet as part of a modernization program. Purchasing used aircraft would be costly and run counter to Southwest's long-term fleet plans. See more stories on Insider's business page. Southwest Airlines is coming out of the pand...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Trends, Flying, Canada, Aviation, Airlines, Boeing, Southwest Airlines, Cnbc, Bolivia, Southwest


Frontier Airlines eliminates 'Covid recovery fee' it has been charging since May after backlash

Frontier Airlines is discontinuing its "Covid Recovery Charge." David Zalubowski/AP Frontier Airlines had been charging flyers an extra "Covid recovery fee" on tickets booked since May. The $1.59 fee was levied for each passenger and flight segment on new bookings. This is Frontier's second attempt at raising revenues under the guise of the pandemic. See more stories on Insider's business page. Frontier Airlines has abandoned yet another plan to increase revenues by charging flye...
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