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UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019

Recent airline crashes run against trend toward safer flying

Recent crashes have caused an uptick in airline fatalities in 2018 and 2019 after a long trend of safer flying.


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019

Delta tops long-running ranking of U.S. airlines

Delta tops annual study that ranks U.S. airlines by on-time arrivals, complaint rates and other statistical measurements.


Domestic airfares hit a record low, but fees help airlines make healthy profits

The price of a domestic airline ticket has hit a record low, but airlines are still collecting strong profits thanks to passenger fees and other charges.


Pepper spray discharges during flight to Hawaii, 15 treated

A can of pepper spray went off inside a plane headed from Oakland, California, to Maui on Friday, requiring emergency help for several people aboard, Hawaiian Airlines said.


JetBlue founder raising funds for new U.S. airline, reports say

After a decade of industry consolidation, David Neeleman, one of aviation’s famed entrepreneurs, sees room for a new low-cost U.S. airline focused on reducing travel hassles by using smaller airports, …


U.S. airlines pocketed $15.5 billion last year, including a record $4.6 billion in bag fees

The good times for the nation’s airlines continued last year, with the country’s largest carriers reporting a combined profit of $15.5 billion, including $4.6 billion from baggage fees.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017

Watchdog: Airfares for many travelers rise due to bag fees

Travelers who check at least one bag when flying domestically are paying more overall than they did before airlines began unbundling fares in 2008 and charging separately for checked baggage, …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017

More than 1 in 5 travelers knowingly or unknowingly carried prohibited items onto aircraft, survey finds

A survey of airline passengers found that more than 20 percent had knowingly or unknowingly smuggled prohibited items past Transportation Security Administration checkpoints onto the aircraft, including at least 6 …


Paine Field getting $12 million grant to relocate taxiway

Paine Field in Everett is receiving a $12 million federal infrastructure grant.


UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017

U.S. fines American, Frontier and Delta over violation claims

Three U.S. airlines have agreed to each pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines to resolve government claims that they violated rules aimed at protecting consumers.


Florida man indicted in brawl on Delta flight to China

A Florida man who fought with flight attendants and other passengers when he tried to open the exit door of a Delta Air Lines flight bound from Seattle to China …


UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017

FBI: Man accused of assault on flight is scheduled for court

The Florida man accused of assaulting a flight attendant on a Delta Airlines flight from Seattle to Beijing on Thursday night is scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday, …


Alaska Air offers charter flight for solar eclipse viewing

Alaska Airlines is offering a charter flight over the Pacific Ocean this Aug. 21 that will allow select passengers to view the astronomical event from the sky.


UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017

Ivar’s challenges loss of lease at Sea-Tac Airport as ‘fishy’

Sea-Tac Airport has decided that longtime tenant Ivar’s Fish Bar will no longer have a place at its central terminal – and Ivar’s is not keeping clam about it.


Violinist: United wouldn’t let her board with instrument

A classical musician has accused a United Airlines supervisor of barring her from boarding a plane with her centuries-old violin, sparking a scuffle that caused her to miss her flight …


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017

United CEO says no one will be fired for dragging incident

United Airlines will not fire employees involved in the recent dragging of a passenger from his seat, an incident CEO Oscar Munoz on Tuesday called “a system failure.”


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017

Dragged United Airlines passenger lost 2 teeth and broke his nose, lawyer says

The passenger dragged from a United flight lost two front teeth and suffered a broken nose and a concussion, one of his lawyers said Thursday, accusing the airline industry of …


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017

United Airlines, Chicago taking heat over man dragged off plane

Several minutes after a passenger recorded a video watched around the world that showed security officers dragging another passenger off an overbooked United Express flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, …


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017

Norwegian launches Seattle-London flights with $199 one-way fares

Low-cost airline Norwegian will open a nonstop Seattle-London route from September with one-way economy class fares – including taxes but excluding fees for checking baggage and meals – starting at …


American Airlines pilot dies after medical episode on flight

An American Airlines pilot died after becoming ill just before his plane landed in Albuquerque.


Delta Air employees get bonuses averaging $13,000

Delta Air Lines employees in the Puget Sound region on Tuesday will be paid annual payments from the airline’s profit-sharing plan averaging about $13,000 each pretax.


American flight diverted to St. Louis checked for bombs

Bomb-sniffing dogs are checking an American Airlines plane that was diverted to Lambert Airport in St. Louis.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 5, 2017

Dick Meyer: Navigating the Middle Finger Economy

In the MFE, the customer is seen as an enemy to be defeated by extortion, psychological abuse or brutal marketing.


Oregon man admits groping girl on Dallas-to-Portland flight

An Oregon man admitted to groping a 13-year-old girl on a flight from Dallas to Portland. Chad Camp pleaded guilty Thursday to assault and making an indecent sexual proposal to …


Colombia probe finds jetliner ran out of fuel before crash

Colombian aviation authorities say a preliminary investigation has found that the plane that crashed with a Brazilian soccer team aboard had run out of fuel.


Airbus secures Iran Air deal with list price of $18 billion

Airbus and Iran Air finalized Thursday a deal for 100 planes worth more than $18 billion dollars at list prices – a contract that’s potentially a big boost for Iran’s …


Bruce Willis’ airstrip project can resume in Camas County

Camas County commissioners have approved an ordinance that will allow the construction of a private airport owned by actor Bruce Willis to resume.


No one hurt after e-cigarette sparks fire on American flight

An American Airlines flight from Dallas to Indianapolis had to make an emergency landing in Arkansas after a passenger’s electronic cigarette “malfunctioned” and started a small fire, airline officials said.


North Carolina NAACP leader sues over being removed from flight

The leader of North Carolina’s NAACP is suing American Airlines, saying he was removed from a flight because he is black.


Rule change could allow in-flight phone calls

If airlines allow passengers to make in-flight cellphone calls, the carrier must notify passengers in advance, under a rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation.