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Category: airlines
October 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM

The official word on tracking passengers from Ebola-linked U.S. flight

  A second Texas health-care worker was diagnosed with Ebola the day after she flew on a Frontier Airlines flight.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Frontier are contacting passengers who were on the flight.  Here are statements from them: CDC statement: “On the morning of Oct. 14, the second healthcare worker reported to…

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Comments | More in airlines, Ebola | Topics: CDC, Frontier Airlines, Texas

September 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Cellphone chatter in the air? The No’s have it (big time)

Most seattletimes.com readers hate the idea of allowing cellphone conversations throughout airplane flights, according to the results of an unscientific (and somewhat cheeky) Northwest Traveler poll. When European regulators announced last week that European air carriers could allow passengers to talk on their cellphones throughout flights, we polled readers on whether the U.S. should…

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Comments | Topics: airline regulations, cellphone regulation, cellphones on planes

September 26, 2014 at 12:05 PM

As barn door opens on cellphones, how beastly will flying get? (Take our poll)

Arggh! A wire story Friday reports that Europe will allow cellphone conversations on airplanes. The Cologne-based European Aviation Safety Agency said that starting immediately, European airlines can, at their own discretion, allow passengers to leave electronics on the entire flight, without the passenger putting them into “airplane mode.” “We’re basically opening the door where, in theory,…

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Comments | Topics: air rage, air travel, cellphones on planes

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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