Dec 15 2011 Overstuffed? BY sgf-admin TAGS

 

suitcase"Already armed with an exhaustive list of checked bag fees, some airlines are stepping up their enforcement of weight limits for carry-ons. This may lead to aggravation if an airline agent weighs your bag at the gate and then charges you."

Sep 01 2011 Algorithms and Airplanes BY sgf-admin TAGS

 

You know how you really hate the process of boarding a commercial airliner? You gotta stand in line while airline staff sorts the haves from the have nots: "If you're a double-triple-gold-platinum-silver-and-ruby member please cut to the front of the line!"

15 minutes later you stand toe-to-toe in the aisle of the plane. You're in a traffic jam while Joe Six Pack attempts to stuff a full sized Samsonite into the overhead bin... Well, guess what? The airlines want you to board faster!

Aug 25 2011 Bad Ink in the Windy City BY sgf-admin TAGS

 

Airlines are used to negative press; seems to roll off their backs like water on a duck. But surely a couple of them are cringing this week in Chicago...

The Chicago Tribune reports, "The two biggest airlines at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport route their jet fuel purchases through an outlying Illinois town, shaving millions of dollars off their tax bills but raising the hackles of Chicago officials."

 

As a whole, American journalism has a huge bias against the airline industry. Think about it. Remember the last story you saw or read about airline fees? Was the airline side of the story told? Almost certainly not. From the media perspective airlines wear a black hat and passengers wear a white hat. So it was a big surprise today to read a story told from the airlines' point-of-view...