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A Delta Air Lines A319 holds short as an American Airlines A321 departs Los Angeles (Photo: AirlineGeeks | James Dinsdale)

Jobs the Main Focus As Congress Considers Aviation Bailout

As airlines across the United States feel the increasing weight of the COVID-19 pandemic on sales, Congress is considering a $58 billion bailout that they say should prioritize the preservation of jobs. Lawmakers say that any money airlines receive should come with conditions that no job is lost at the expense of bailing out shareholders. “The [bailout] money has to be used for the continued operation of the company,” said Representative Rick Larsen (D-Everett) who chairs the Aviation Subcommittee of…

It’s Official: FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Signed Into Law

Over the next few years, the airline industry can look forward to new changes both big and small as President Trump quietly signed into law the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 on Oct. 5. The law makes official some of the most sweeping changes to hit airlines, passengers…

U.S. Congressional Bill Removes Restriction on Baggage Fees

U.S. airlines will be unrestricted with regard to baggage charges and change fees after a bill authorized by a congressional board removed a clause from the FAA reauthorization bill to mandate “reasonable and proportional” fees. The disclosure comes after a month in which U.S. airlines raised baggage fees and it…

SEAT Act Heads to Congress to Combat Shrinking Seat Sizes

Congress will be taking a vote on a previously introduced act this week, the Safe Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act. The bill, which has failed several times before, is hoping to direct the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to study past aircraft evacuations and issue regulations for minimum seat sizes.…