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Airlines Made $38 Billion From Extra Fees And It's Only The Beginning

You may be familiar with this meme: “If a 747 can carry the space shuttle, then I call bullshit on overweight luggage fees.” Airlines collected $38.1 billion in revenue from such fees in 2014, almost a 21 percent increase year-over-year. These fees are the new normal, and future fees are a pure insult to your… » 7/19/15 5:40pm 7/19/15 5:40pm

Why Airplane Flights Are Taking Slightly Longer Every Year

In the future, hopping on a plane from LA to Honolulu might take a minute longer than it does today. You probably won’t miss that lost moment, but the airline industry will: The tiny additional flight time could amount to thousands of extra hours and millions of dollars of additional jet fuel each year. » 7/15/15 10:00am 7/15/15 10:00am

United Can't Even Be Bothered To Pay Money For Finding Security Bugs

Bug bounty programs are pretty common among tech firms: the likes of Facebook and Google (although notably not Apple) will offer you hundreds of thousands of dollars in order for exposing security flaws in their products. It’s a good system, and one United Airlines wants to use: just without offering cold, hard cash. » 5/15/15 2:00am 5/15/15 2:00am

Delta Now Serves Craft Beer to Help You Forget How Awful Delta Is

Anytime you go careening through the air in a giant metal tube full of strangers and recirculated air, you're probably not going to have a great time. The airlines make sure of this. So to help ease the pain and/or lack of personal space, this week, Delta will start serving beer that doesn't taste like poison wrought… » 12/08/14 4:00pm 12/08/14 4:00pm

The best time to buy airline tickets is on Sunday 57 days in advance

The holiday travel season is coming, and here's some important new data that might help you enjoy it more: The cheapest airline fares can be found 57 days before your planned departure. What's more, the best day of the week to buy those tickets is now Sunday—which has changed in recent years. It used to be Tuesday. » 10/28/14 7:44pm 10/28/14 7:44pm

A Gadget That Stops Seats From Reclining Caused a Plane-Diverting Fight

Planes are giving us less and less leg room so it's no surprise that quarrels break out between passengers over space. Yesterday, one such altercation got so heated that a plane was diverted to Chicago. And at the heart of the conflict? A nifty little device called the Knee Defender, which prevents seats from… » 8/25/14 7:15pm 8/25/14 7:15pm

This Redesigned Airplane Cabin Would Give You More Room For Everything

You board the plane and instinctively duck to clear the overhead container doors. They're all full already, so you cram your carryon under the seat in front of you while the slob next to you reaches across your face to adjust the reading light. No more: one design firm's new cabin concept eliminates all those problems. » 7/29/14 6:45pm 7/29/14 6:45pm

Airbus: Eh, Pilots Don't Really Need Windows

As a kid (or, let's be honest, even as an a adult), nothing is more thrilling than getting to venture into an airline pilot's coveted cockpit throne. But if Arbus' new cockpit-less patents ever become a reality, those days are behind us. Because let's face it—a "tour of the baggage locker" just doesn't have quite the… » 7/03/14 4:00pm 7/03/14 4:00pm

New Budget Airline Seats Swap Screens For Built-in Tablet Holders

Unless you'll be stuck on your flight for twelve hours, most of us are happy to save a few bucks on a no-frills budget airline. To help further cut costs, UK-based Monarch is introducing new seats that are not only lacking the ability to recline, they also feature a built-in tablet holder instead of a touch-screen… » 6/04/14 1:20pm 6/04/14 1:20pm

This Pop-Up Chair Would Make Long Layovers So Much More Tolerable

With the blazing speed of the internet mitigating our every expectation—especially wait times—it's no wonder we get impatient so easily. Delays at the airport are particularly maddening, because there never seem to be enough seats to accommodate the many fuming passengers who all need to get their destinations more… » 5/06/14 6:40pm 5/06/14 6:40pm