Air Travel

Delta Air Lines to Stop Blocking Middle Seats in May

  FILE  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) Delta Air Lines will stop blocking middle seats in May, meaning that no more U.S. airlines will limit capacity on flights to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Delta’s announcement reverses a policy that had been in place since last April. At one time, several other airlines including Southwest, Alaska and JetBlue had also…

FAA Says it Won’t Regulate Amount of Airline Legroom

Federal regulators are rejecting the idea of setting minimum standards for airline seats and legroom as a safety measure. The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that it saw no immediate safety issue that requires new regulations. The FAA is responding to a group called FlyersRights, which had gone to court to prod the FAA to act. The group says cramped…

TSA Expects Record Crowds as July 4 Holiday Period Starts

If you’re traveling this weekend, leave extra time for getting through the airport security line. The TSA projected that Friday would be its busiest day ever, with agents screening more than 2.7 million people. A spokesman cautions, however, that the number could fall short of the record if, for example, a thunderstorm shuts down a major airport for several hours….

Airlines Post Better On-Time Record in Latest U.S. Report

U.S. airlines started the year showing a slight improvement in keeping flights on time. The Transportation Department said Thursday that 79.6 percent of flights in January arrived within 14 minutes of schedule, compared with 76 percent in the same month last year. But January’s performance was worse than December, when 80.3 percent of flights arrived on time. Alaska Airlines posted…

Airline Seats Disappearing as Irma Approaches Florida

Airline seats out of Florida before Hurricane Irma are running out. A JetBlue spokesman said Thursday that the airline sold out flights leaving Florida through next Wednesday. JetBlue had capped fares on those flights at $99 to $159 each way. A spokesman for United says the airline is sold out in Florida through Friday and added six flights. United expects…

TSA is Testing 3-D Scanners for Carry-on Luggage

Federal officials are screening some carry-on bags with 3-D scanning technology, which they say improves the ability to find bombs. The Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that it is testing computed tomography, or CT, scanning at one checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The technology is already used for screening checked luggage. CT scanners create a 3-D image that…

United, American Begin Selling Cheaper Economy-Class Fare

American and United have started selling cheaper “basic economy” fares as they battle discount airlines for the most budget-conscious travelers. American announced early Tuesday that it began selling the new fares for flights starting March 1 on 10 different routes from its hub airports in Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Now United says it too is selling cut-rate…

Delta Airlines Flight Systems Down

Major headaches for Delta passengers this morning.. The airline says due to a computer outage nationwide, all flights awaiting departure are delayed. Delta is asking customers to check their flight status before heading to the airport. You can check your flight status on Delta’s website. Categories: Montgomery Metro Tags: Air Travel, airline, delay, delta flight, Travel

Houses Passes Bill to Boost Airport Security, Reduce Lines

The House has passed an aviation bill aimed at boosting airport security, reducing screening lines and refunding fees to passengers whose luggage is lost or arrives late. The bill also extends the Federal Aviation Administration’s programs for 14 months at current funding levels. It was approved by a voice vote. House and Senate lawmakers reached an agreement last week clearing…

Gov’t Report: Airports Need More Help Keeping Intruders Out

A new government report says that while intruders routinely breach the security fences protecting runways and planes at U.S. airports, the federal Transportation Security Administration is not helping airports keep up with the threat. Congress asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to investigate how often people get past airport perimeter security, and whether the TSA could do more to help…