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Category: airlines
August 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The airline reclining seat battle: And the winner is …

You the people have spoken in our completely unscientific poll about the right to recline, or not to recline,  an airline seat. Almost half of the 1,098 people who have voted so far in The Seattle Times’ online poll said the passenger sitting in the seat has the right to recline. This poll follows the rather…

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Comments | More in airlines, reclining seats | Topics: emergency landing, Knee Defender, passengers fight

July 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Flights to Tel Aviv banned; here’s the fine print

Here’s the fine print from the FAA on banning U.S.  airlines’  flights to Tel Aviv, Israel,  after a rocket landed near the airport. ——————— FAA Statement–Notice to Airmen Issued for Ben Gurion International Airport At 12:15 EST on July 22, 2014, the FAA issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) informing U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from…

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Comments | More in airlines, airports, security | Topics: FAA, flight ban, Tel Aviv

June 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Open plane door and, oops, emergency slide deploys

It’s not what you want to happen when you open the plane’s door at an airport  — the emergency- evacuation slide springing open to wave vertically in the breeze. The emergency slide accidentally deployed on an Alaska Airlines plane that arrived at Wrangell airport in Southeast Alaska on the weekend, according to a report from…

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Comments | More in airlines, Alaska, Alaska Airlines | Topics: emegency evacuation slide, Wrangell

June 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Automated passport kiosks speed up Sea-Tac, other airports

Sea-Tac Airport’s international arrivals area can be cramped and frustratingly slow, with tired passengers snaking through long lines and sometimes waiting more than an hour for passport clearance. But the Automated Passport Control kiosks that have been set up in Seattle and some other major North American airports can speed entry into the United States for…

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Comments | More in airlines, airports, passports, Sea-Tac Airport | Topics: Automated Passport Control, Customs and Border Protection

May 27, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Delta adding Seattle flights to Maui, Mexico and more

Delta Air Lines is adding more flights from Seattle to popular beach and ski destinations, plus regional service to Spokane,  as it keeps strongly expanding service at Sea-Tac Airport and continues to give regional powerhouse Alaska Airlines a run for the money. Delta  plans to add service from Seattle to Maui plus to Cabo San…

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Comments | More in airlines, Alaska Airlines, delta airlines | Topics: Alaska-Delta competition, Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle hub

May 21, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Airlines may have to show all on extra fees

Travelers will be able to see what an airline ticket really costs – and comparison-shop more easily among airlines – under new regulations proposed by federal authorities. Under a consumer-protection rule proposed Wednesday, airlines would have to disclose all extra fees such as checked-bag charges and the fees for assigned seats. See the story on the…

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Comments | More in airlines | Topics: airlines fees, checked-bag fee, fee disclosure

May 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM

The worst airline meal yet

Airline food is never memorable, but on a recent flight to London I had my worst airline meal ever. I flew from Seattle on Delta. Nice plane, nice flight attendants, and departed on time. But then came dinner. Allegedly beef, it consisted of tasteless, grainy little gray globs floating in murky liquid that had leached out of…

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May 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Alaska Airlines renews nonstops to Cancún (with cheap fares)

Alaska Airlines is reviving its nonstop flights from Seattle to Cancún, Mexico, with cheap deals through May 15. The nonstop flights begin Nov. 6, with daily departures from Sea-Tac at 8:30 a.m., for a flight of 5 hours 40 minutes. Introductory fares start at $199 each way. The fine print: Purchase discounted fares by 11:59 p.m. on May…

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Comments | Topics: Alaska Airlines, Cancun, Mexico flights

April 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

No go! for Hawaii travelers after airline shuts down

If you’re looking to book flights between Hawaii’s islands, you’ve got one less airline to choose from. The inter-island carrier go! has stopped all inter-island flights after struggling financially. Its parent company, the Arizona-based Mesa Airlines, is pulling the planes back to the mainland U.S. for code-share flights with United Airlines and US Airways. Go! had operated…

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April 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Sea-Tac Airport gets high marks from passengers

They like Sea-Tac Airport, they really do. Sea-Tac has ranked highly in the Skytrax World Airport awards. The Port of Seattle, which runs Sea-Tac, said the airport was voted into the top ten of four Skytrax categories. They are: – Ranked #3  for Best Airport Staff in the world (last year, Sea-Tac  was ranked #1 in that category). -  #4 for…

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Comments | More in airlines, airports, Sea-Tac Airport | Topics: Skytrax awards

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