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Opinion: U.S. Airports Should Follow the Lead of Those Abroad

Each year, over 3 billion passengers pass through each of the world's airports, all of them following what is essentially the same path to get from the curb to their gate. That path from the check-in desk to aircraft is the one every passenger knows and is filled with security checkpoints, shopping opportunities and other amenities to keep travelers busy until they can board their aircraft. There are approximately 5,000 public airports in the U.S., according to the FAA. That…

Opinion: Norwegian is a Win for Both Travellers and Airlines

Norwegian Air Shuttle has proved controversial since their introduction to the international market in 2013. In the United States especially, the airline has been met with criticism from legacy carriers and unions. Groups in the U.S. accuse the airline of circumventing labor laws by basing their subsidiaries in other countries…

Opinion: Why Southwest Airlines Matters — A Five-Part Series

As the battle between ultra-low-cost carriers and legacy carriers in the United States continues, few have taken time to pause and reflect on how Southwest Airlines, the largest domestic airline based on passengers flown in the U.S. in 2017, continues to thrive. This five-part series will discuss the overall state…

Opinion: How Heathrow’s Expansion Could Affect the Entire U.K.

Earlier this week, Members of Parliament in the U.K. voted in favor of expanding London Heathrow airport, which could bring an extra runway. Already Britain’s busiest airport with roughly 78 million passengers in 2017, a third runway is likely to encourage more airlines to go to the country’s capital from…

Opinion: Airlines are Failing to Properly Utilize Big Data

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal published an article detailing how airlines are using big data to improve onboard experiences. The article discussed various strategies airlines such as United Airlines are using to leverage passenger data that ultimately help the airline better cater to its customers.  John Slatter, Senior…

A Ramp Agent’s Response to Uproar of Hawaiian Video

A video posted on Twitter by Australia's The Courier-Mail reporter Vanessa Marsh on her account @vanessaleemarsh earlier this month recently caught the public’s attention. The video shows a Honolulu International Airport ramp agent working a Hawaiian Airlines flight to Phoenix unceremoniously toss luggage down a slide attached to the jet…

An Old Airplane is Not an Unsafe One

The recent crash of a leased-Cubana Boeing 737 has caused the media to focus on the age of the aircraft. The Mexican registered airplane crashed on takeoff from Havana on a domestic flight to Holguin. The aircraft involved in the accident was a thirty-nine-year-old Boeing 737-200 that was manufactured in…

Opinion: Gaining American Airlines Elite Status Made Me Less Loyal

For my entire traveling career of nearly 10 years, I’ve managed to never attain elite status on any airline that I’ve flown on. As a frequent traveler and avid reader of travel blogs, I’ve noticed the disparency between regular passengers and those with elite status but didn’t care enough to…

Opinion: We Brought Tomato Juice-gate Upon Ourselves

For those who aren’t in tune with this week in airline outrage, the bean counters at United came up with a brilliant idea to cut costs. United Airlines announced that it will no longer cater tomato juice on any of its flights. This announcement comes at the heels of their…

Opinion: The Unaccompanied Minor Program Needs Reform

If you go the website of virtually any U.S.-based airline and try to buy a seat for anyone under the age of 15, you're met with a message that goes a little like this: "Tickets for travelers under the age of 15 cannot be booked online. To book a flight…