Why is it so hard to get the airline seat assignment you want?

Here’s a question that’s crossed every airline passenger’s mind at least once: Why is it so hard to get the airline seat assignment you want?

Beth Shadur wants to know. She doesn’t like the aisle seat. So when she flew from Chicago to New York recently, her husband, an elite-level frequent flier, tried to find her a window seat. Read more “Why is it so hard to get the airline seat assignment you want?”

The mystery of bait-and-switch airfares

John Angarano isn’t just tired of bait-and-switch airfares. He’s also skeptical about the excuses airlines and online booking sites give for displaying an initial low price then switching it out later with a higher fare.
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Stuck next to two screaming toddlers in first class — can I get a refund?

If Jody Clark’s recent United Airlines flight from Houston to Vancouver had been a scene in a movie, it probably would be the one where the protagonist is finally pushed to the brink of a nervous breakdown. She says she was stuck next to two screaming toddlers in first class no less, and she wants a refund. Read more “Stuck next to two screaming toddlers in first class — can I get a refund?”

Get out of my store! What to do when you’re denied service

When Arlene Morzinsky tried to check in for her recent JetBlue Airways flight to New Orleans, the airline told her that her business wasn’t welcome. Read more “Get out of my store! What to do when you’re denied service”

This is war! Whose side are you on?

Unless you read the federal register for fun, you probably missed the Oct. 2 regulatory review by the Department of Transportation. It invites comments from the public as the agency considers “existing regulations and other agency actions” to evaluate their continued necessity, determine whether they are crafted effectively to solve current problems, and evaluate whether they potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources.

Sounds pretty innocent, right? Read more “This is war! Whose side are you on?”