Last year, after a man on an Icelandair flight to New York downed a bottle of duty-free alcohol and became unruly and aggressive, passengers had to restrain him with duct tape. A Frontier Airlines passenger was booted off the plane when she lost her cool over not being able to fit her carry-on in the overhead bin. She lashed out at a fellow passenger who was recording the incident, grabbing and throwing his phone.
These are just a couple of examples of a growing trend of air rage aboard international flights, in particular. CBSNews.com reports that the industry is considering new rules.
Long lines, baggage fees and canceled flights: For passengers, the experience of flying today can trigger enormous stress. But internationally, airlines are focused on another pressing problem: incidents of air rage that are on the rise…between 2007 and 2011, reports of passenger misconduct increased dramatically, from 500 to more than 6,000, according to the International Air Transport Association.
Read the full CBS News report here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/airline-industry-considers-cracking-down-on-unruly-passengers/
Just when you thought you heard it all, the New York Post published an account of a man from China who takes the term “meal ticket” to the extreme. The man purchased a first class plane ticket just so he could freeload meals at the VIP lounge at Xi’an International Airport – for an entire year. Read more here: http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx
Why don’t airline passengers, sitting inches apart for hours on end, utter a single word to one another? Most likely, because we assume that the other person doesn’t want to talk and we rather not risk annoying anyone.
Since the ups and downs of air travel always pique our interest, we were drawn in by a recent New York Times article written by Jeff Kaye, a co-C.E.O. of the executive search firm Kaye/Bassman-Sanford Rose Associates and C.E.O. of the recruiting training company, Next Level Exchange. Since the 1990s, Jeff has been contradicting the assumption that our seat mates don’t want to engage. In fact, he says, about 90% of people DO like to chat and share. Since Jeff travels all the time and all around the world for business, he makes a regular habit of greeting fellow passengers and asking a few polite questions. In addition to interesting company, he’s been rewarded with advice, recommendations and anecdotes that made the trip fly and in many cases left him a little bit smarter.
Next time you’re on a plane, say hello to your seat mate. You never know where the conversation will take you. Read the entire story here: http://ht.ly/t21aq
Thankfully, as travelers, we don’t have to get beneath the layers of complexity associated with the merger process of American Airlines and US Airways into one mega air carrier. As the airlines take initial steps toward integrating their flights, pricing structure and human resources, there’s bound to be fallout. This week, TravelWeekly.com reported, “American and US Airways began offering codeshare flights last week, but savvy agents and fare watchers quickly noticed wide disparities in ticket prices, depending on where they searched or which code they used.”
“In some instances, seats on US Airways flights booked as American flights were more than twice the price displayed for the same seats on the US Airways site…” Read the full story here: http://ht.ly/sQQMg
Voices of pilots and consumer groups gave sway against taxing airlines on international arrivals as additional fees have been dropped from a recently approved spending bill. USA Today reports, “Immigration inspection user fees had been poised to rise from $7 to $9 on each ticket under the Senate version of the legislation. But the final compromise dropped the fee, which would have raised $185 million per year.”
Read the full story here: http://ht.ly/sCVEP