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Airlines Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 5, 2015

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | December 05, 2015

Airlines Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 5, 2015

Aktarer Zaman, founder of the controversial airfare search engine site, recently held an amiable Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session. Zaman asserts that the site is helpful to travelers, despite objections from airlines. One frown-upon, money-saving practice Skiplagged helps travelers accomplish is “hidden city ticketing,” or booking a flight with a layover, but the layover is the final destination. Click to see more from the AMA.

JetBlue wants to hire green. The carrier is waiting on federal approval for a program that would have aspiring airline pilots with zero experience acquire the required 1,500 hours of flying time under the auspices of the company. However, the JetBlue Air Line Pilots Association is opposed to this idea…

An open-ended airline ticket sounds like an awesome holiday present, right? The sky’s the limit! Well, only if you like spending hundreds of dollars more than a conventionally purchased ticket. Click and find out better ways to gift a flight.

The headlines scream that airlines profits are in the billions, and passenger savings is in the single digits. At the top of the flier gripes list, right up there with TSA hassles, is the cost of airline tickets. But does the argument for cheaper airfares hold water?

The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking airlines to task regarding passenger luggage damage. In an official notice, the DOT reminded carriers that they are liable for damage to bags sustained during transport. An investigation found that airlines were not accepting all flier damage reports.


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