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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 renewing nonstop flights to the blue waters and warm sun of Cancún. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times) 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…

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April 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

No go! for Hawaii travelers after airline shuts down

Tourists disembark from a Hawaii flight on go! after one of the carrier’s early flights. The inter-island carrier shut down this month. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, 2006) 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…

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April 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Sea-Tac Airport gets high marks from passengers

A plane lands at Sea-Tac Airport (Ellen M. Banner photo / The Seattle Times). 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…

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March 6, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Dream of being an aristocrat in flight

Passengers could describe themelves as a baron or viscountess when booking a British Airways flight. And perhaps dream of living somewhere like Downton Abbey – England’s Highclere Castle in real life, shown here. (Visit Britain photo) I came across a little real-life slice of Downton Abbey recently  when I booked a British Airways flight online. You know…

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March 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Reader poll: Should airlines get tough with carry-on size limits?

Workers install larger bins for carry-on luggage on an American Airlines Boeing 737, in Tulsa, Okla. But carry-on space is still jammed on planes. (American Airlines / AP, 2012) Should they or shouldn’t they? United Airlines, like some European airlines, is getting tough on passengers who haul super-sized  carry-on bags onto planes. United passengers whose carry-on exceeds the…

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February 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Alaska Airlines joins chorus of opposition to Ariz. law

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is urging  Arizona’s governor to veto a bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay people. It joins other major airlines and businesses that have spoken out against the bill. Alaska has 20 peak-season daily flights to Phoenix and Tucson from Seattle and Anchorage, with 228 employees based in Arizona. Alaska CEO Brad…

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February 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Sea-Tac Airport gets more international ticket counters

New ticket counters have been added at Sea-Tac Airport for international travelers (Port of Seattle photo). International travel is booming at Sea-Tac Airport, and new ticket counters were opened Friday that should ease some of the passenger check-in crush. Fourteen full-service international ticket counters were added at the south end of the main terminal across from the…

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February 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM

PreCheck application center opens in Seattle for fast airport screening

A traveler walks past a TSA PreCheck infrormation board at New York’s LaGuardia airport. A PreCheck enrollment center opened Thursday in Seattle and at three other Puget Sound locations. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) If you want to use the fast, PreCheck security-lanes at dozens of U.S. airports, including Sea-Tac Airport, it just got easier. The Transportation…

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February 11, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Alaska adds nonstops, and sale fares, from Seattle

  Alaska Airlines planes are stacked up at Sea-Tac Airport. Alaska is adding new routes from its Seattle hub. (Mike Siegel photo / Seattle Times, 2012) Alaska Airlines is strengthening its cross-country network, adding flights from its Seattle hub to New Orleans, Tampa and Detroit. And it’s offering sale fares to kick off the new flights. Service to New…

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