air travel

Flying to a Funeral? American Airlines Drops Discounts

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TravelAmerican Airlines has quietly ended “bereavement fares.” The airline has dropped the special fares it offered if you could prove you were traveling to a funeral, or the bedside of a grievously sick relative. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are keeping their current bereavement policies in place, according to CNN. Delta forgoes penalties on changing flights; United offers a 5 percent discount. Carriers Southwest Airlines (and its AirTran brand) and JetBlue Airways have never offered bereavement fares, CNN reports. Will there …

Sequester Will Clip Air Passengers’ Wings

Posted on 04/19/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe nation’s air traffic controllers can’t hang out a “closed for the day” sign, so starting April 21 travelers will start to see the impact of furloughed staff. Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta testified April 18 that all of the agency’s 47,000 employees, many of them air traffic controllers, will be furloughed. Between April 21 and Sept. 30, each employee will be forced to take 11 days off without pay, leaving control towers short staffed. That means many snowbirds …

This Fact About Flight Attendants May Surprise You

Posted on 02/28/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkWhen flight attendant Barbara Beckett, who is in her early 70s, recently retired, it made headlines. After all, her 53 years on the job with American Airlines is a company record. As this 2010 article in the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel notes, a lot has changed since Beckett graduated from stewardess school in 196o. Back then, flight attendants were required to be single and could be fired when they got married, exceeded a certain weight or — horrors — reached …

The Takeaway: 10 Airports Most Likely to Spread Disease (You Might Be Surprised)

Posted on 07/27/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayIn the event of some terrible outbreak — SARS, “swine flu,” whatever it was Gwyneth Paltrow got at the beginning of Contagion — the airports most likely to spread disease aren’t necessarily the biggest or the busiest, according to a new study.

The Takeaway: Fitness Outweighs Body Weight; Airport Security Screenings Raise Concerns

Posted on 12/6/2011 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayA study of 14,000 middle-aged men found a man’s fitness level was more important to his overall health and longevity than how much he weighed. And complaints about airport security screenings by two 80-something women are raising questions about how to screen older adults and people with medical devices without causing embarrassment.

News To Know: Laid Off? Get Your Money Back

Posted on 02/18/2009 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

WorkTo increase consumer confidence and boost sales, JetBlue is allowing customers to return tickets for a full refund if they are laid off.