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Insta Q&A: Turquoise Coast Is a Turkish Delight

My only regret after spending 10 fantastic days in Turkey last fall is that I didn't experience it by sea. Between the mosques and mystery of Istanbul and the country's spectacularly beautiful interior, I just ran out of time. Reader Carol Stern, on the other hand, is planning a visit...

By Christina Talcott | February 19, 2009; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

Bird Strikes, Cell Phones on Planes, Refunds and More

Here are some of the latest flying-related stories, big and small: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's... Avian Radar! The Seattle-Tacoma Airport is the first airport in the world to install avian radar. The goal is to detect bird movements to avoid avian collisions like the kind that caused...

By Christina Talcott | February 19, 2009; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Severe Weather Shuts Down British Airports

While President Obama scoffed at Washington area schools closing because of snow last week, nearly all of Great Britain took a snow day on Monday after the biggest snowstorm in decades. Men create a giant snowball in Kensington Gardens in London. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) Even London's famed Underground had problems...

By Christina Talcott | February 2, 2009; 04:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Thursday News Round-Up

Two major stories about discrimination on airlines: You probably heard about the nine Muslim passengers who were pulled off their AirTran flight from DCA to Orlando, subsequently denied re-boarding, then offered an apology by AirTran on New Year's Day. And how about the $240,000 T-shirt? Jet Blue settled with Iraqi-born...

By Christina Talcott | January 8, 2009; 04:34 PM ET | Comments (6)

What's in a Name?

Welcome back! I hope you had a nice Christmas, Hanukkah and/or start to Kwanzaa last week, and all your holiday travels went smoothly. Yesterday I read with great interest this story in the Outlook section by Juan Fernando Gómez. Gomez is a Colombian-born international development consultant who keeps getting stopped...

By Christina Talcott | December 29, 2008; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

Airport Security Explained

Are you one of those airport security line grumblers? You know the type. "I can't believe we still have to take off our shoes. The floor is filthy. My feet are cold." Or "You've got to be kidding me about the size of my shampoo bottle. I paid $24 for...

By Carol Sottili | December 16, 2008; 02:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

Monday News Roundup

In the news this afternoon: New WiFi service on planes: USA Today reported this morning that Delta is rolling out its new on-board Internet service on Washington-New York and New York-Boston flights. For the next two weeks, the service (called GoGo) will be free. Eventually, the airline plans to offer...

By Christina Talcott | December 15, 2008; 01:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eco-Friendly Travel Options

"One Vacation Can Be Worse Than Commuting for a Year." So reads a troubling headline of a study released last week by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit organization that's been doing research into which modes of vacation transport are the most environmentally-friendly. The full report, "Getting There Greener:...

By Christina Talcott | December 11, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (4)

Foiling Fees

Did you see the Onion's story about the American Airline's newest fees? Does it make you feel better about getting charged for phone reservations? Also in the news, last Sunday's The Ethicist column had a question about avoiding an unbelievably high name-change fee. It made me wonder: Has anyone out...

By Christina Talcott | December 4, 2008; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (3)

Traveling to India? A Mumbai Update

Needless to say, the tragic events in Mumbai last week have made that city a potentially dangerous destination for American citizens, among others. The situation remains fluid but it's unlikely that things will return to normal in the foreseeable future. As a statement on its Web site puts it, "The...

By Scott Vogel | December 1, 2008; 01:48 PM ET | Email a Comment

Thanksgiving, Inauguration and You

Here are a few items I've come across this morning: * Southwest is adding new flights for Inauguration weekend. Guess your sister didn't need to buy her tickets the minute CNN called Virginia on Nov. 4 after all. * In other Inauguration news, the L.A. Times cautions travelers to buy...

By Christina Talcott | November 25, 2008; 02:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bush Moves to Free Up Airspace for Holiday Crush

This holiday, give a little thanks to President Bush, who is committed to getting Americans home for turkey and pie. In a Transportation Department speech earlier this week, the president ordered the military to open its airspace to commercial carriers, which will ease traffic in the higher atmospheres and hopefully...

By Andrea Sachs | November 20, 2008; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (1)

Raving, Not Ranting, About Air Travel

We're all used to the travails of flying. Delays, cramped planes, random fees, missed connections -- you know the drill. But it may not be a bad idea to share when things go right. Last week, I flew to San Jose, Costa Rica from Reagan National, connecting in Houston, on...

By Carol Sottili | November 17, 2008; 07:53 AM ET | Comments (6)

AirTran Joins the Bag Fee Movement

Say it ain't so! Low-cost airline AirTran has joined the legacy carriers in charging for the first checked bag. Starting Dec. 5, the first checked bag will cost $15 to check; the second one will remain $25. I'm saddened by the news, because I really like no-frills AirTran. It's partly...

By Christina Talcott | November 13, 2008; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (4)

Act Now: New Airfare Deals

Two airlines today announced three-day sales that will end Thurs., Nov. 13. Southwest has launched a system-wide Web-only sale for travel Dec. 2-Feb. 11. For example, fly round trip from BWI to Salt Lake City for $239, including taxes. A 21-day advance purchase is required, and the lowest fares apply...

By Carol Sottili | November 11, 2008; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

United's New Door-to-Door Baggage Program

Yesterday, United announced that it's starting a new door-to-door bag delivery service for flights within the continental U.S. Here's how it'll work: You can either drop your bags at the nearest FedEx, or the Door-to-Door Baggage service will pick them up at your home and office. They'll get shipped overnight...

By Christina Talcott | October 30, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (4)

Are Restrictions on Liquids Coming to an End?

Tired of the 3-1-1 rule? Frustrated by paper boarding passes? Relief may be around the corner. The Transportation Security Administration announced in its blog on Friday its plans to ultimately do away with the restrictions on liquids in carry-on luggage. With new X-ray machines, it hopes to eliminate the size...

By Christina Talcott | October 28, 2008; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

One-Day Airfare Sale to Europe

Today (Wed., Oct. 22) only, Lufthansa is offering rock-bottom fares from Washington Dulles to several cities in Europe. Fare is $568 round trip, including all taxes and surcharges, to Frankfurt and Munich. Slightly higher sale fares are available on flights to Athens, Budapest, London, Paris, Warsaw and Zurich. You must...

By Carol Sottili | October 22, 2008; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

AirTran's On-Board Upgrades

More from the Department of In-Flight Sales: We all know that feeling: You board a plane, juggling your carry-ons, and feel twinges of jealousy walking past the business class seats to your tiny seat in coach. If you've ever thought, "If only I could sit there," AirTran is now selling...

By Christina Talcott | October 21, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Virgin America Gets Creative: Coffee, Tea, Energy Drink?

Airlines need to make money, and selling seats on the plane is no longer the only way to raise a buck. Many now charge extra for bags, snacks, drinks and assigned seats. But Virgin America is getting even more creative, partnering with a company called Vitalize Labs to sell its...

By Carol Sottili | October 20, 2008; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (3)

Savings for Students

College students seem to develop a knack for the cheap and the free, but if you or yours hasn't yet discovered STA Travel and Student Universe, go there before booking that trip home for the holidays. Both companies have been around for a while, starting out as bricks-and-mortar travel agencies,...

By Christina Talcott | October 16, 2008; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

What Not to Pack

If you think you've heard it all, wait till you hear what someone packed while traveling through a New York airport: Yesterday morning, JetBlue had to evacuate a terminal at JFK because officials found suspicious items in someone's checked luggage. What were they? According to Reuters, they were "a couple...

By Christina Talcott | September 23, 2008; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

Spirit Airlines Uses Ads to Cut Fares

Why didn't someone think of this earlier? Spirit Airlines will be the first airline to sell advertising space inside its planes, the company announced yesterday. Michael Pewther, Sales Director of the program dubbed Mile High Media, is quoted as saying that inviting companies to use cabin space to advertise will...

By Christina Talcott | September 18, 2008; 01:39 PM ET | Comments (4)

Airplane Safety and the FAA

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration released a study of airplane safety that cited eleven airlines -- including Southwest -- with flying old planes that the FAA deemed unsafe. Facing a fine of more than $10 million, Southwest may have to pay up for flying planes without checking for fuselage...

By Christina Talcott | September 17, 2008; 01:19 PM ET | Comments (5)

Please Sir, May I Have Another (Plane)?

I have a wonderful friend named Pilot Bill. He used to fly for American Airlines, but now steers planes laden with packages. The man knows his aircraft and noises. When Pilot Bill and I took a trip together years ago, we played the "What's That Sound?" game. He was able...

By Andrea Sachs | September 16, 2008; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (5)

Act Now: Short-lived Airfare Deals

Virgin America has a decent sale between Washington Dulles and Los Angeles or San Francisco. Round-trip fare is $271 including taxes. Travel must be completed by Oct. 29. Deadline to buy is today (Thurs., Sept. 11). Also, OpenSkies, a premium discount airline that was recently purchased by British Airways, is...

By Carol Sottili | September 11, 2008; 01:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

United's Food Service Changes . . . Again

United Airlines has just announced that it's dropping its experiment to charge customers for food on transatlantic flights. The airline was planning to stop serving free food on flights from Dulles to Europe beginning Oct. 1, testing out customers' reactions before it started charging for meals on all transatlantic flights....

By Christina Talcott | September 3, 2008; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (12)

Stay Longer or Pay Higher Airfares

Once upon a time, before discount airlines became major players, the legacy airlines typically required Saturday-night stays to discourage business travelers from scooping up the cheaper leisure fares. That changed when airlines such as Southwest and Airtran started gaining market share with cheap fares, and far fewer restrictions. The legacy...

By Carol Sottili | September 2, 2008; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

No (Airline) Food For You

Starting Oct. 1, there will be no such thing as a free meal on United Airline's flights between Washington Dulles and Europe. The airline will become the first major carrier to start charging economy seat passengers for food on transatlantic flights (first and business-class passengers will continue to receive free...

By Carol Sottili | August 22, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (33)

Airline Deals Are Getting Rare

Less than five years ago, you could fly to Europe for $298 round trip off season, including taxes. And, in 1977, I flew the now defunct Peoples Express, one of the first post-deregulation discount carriers, for $99 each way from New York to Los Angeles: I paid a similar price...

By Carol Sottili | July 22, 2008; 06:23 AM ET | Comments (9)

Net Gains? American Adding Internet, for a Price

Starting today, some American Airlines passengers can test out the airline's new internet service on flights from New York to L.A. The broadband service, provided by Aircell, will offer free access to AA.com and a few other sites. American says it plans to install Aircell in 15 of its Boeing...

By Christina Talcott | June 25, 2008; 06:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: Is It Fair?

As CoGo reported in the Travel section's Coming and Going column Sunday, travelers can start signing up this week for a new, $100-a-year program that will allow them access to a special lane to get through U.S. customs quickly. It's similar to the already existing "registered traveler" program. For $128,...

By Cindy Loose | May 13, 2008; 06:08 AM ET | Comments (14)

Insta-CoGo: Even Higher Airfares?!?

Shopping for summer airfares, shocked at the prices, and wondering if you should wait for a sale? You could do that, and maybe you'd get lucky, but the experts aren't betting on it. Big reason: jet fuel prices. You may be thinking, "But they've already added some hefty fuel surcharges,...

By Cindy Loose | May 8, 2008; 06:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: Skycaps, Tipping and You

The income of skycaps who check bags at curbside is said to have dropped drastically when many airlines began charging $2 a bag for checking at curbside. The workers depend on tips, with salaries generally at minimum wage or less. According to testimony in a recent lawsuit, many passengers stopped...

By Cindy Loose | May 6, 2008; 06:36 AM ET | Comments (14)

Travel Alert: Heading to Reagan National?

Garage construction at Reagan National will likely cause traffic backups, especially during peak times, as of Monday. The left lane of the airport entrance road will be closed for the duration of the two-year, $54 million project. Motorists coming from Washington on the southbound George Washington Parkway are advised to...

By Cindy Loose | May 2, 2008; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: The Dulles Rail Extension and You

In an unexpected reverse move, the Feds announced today that they're funding the Dulles rail extension, which we all but left for dead a few months back. Now that things are back on track (so to speak), it's looking up for Dulles, which is considered Washington's international hub (never mind...

By Christina Talcott | April 30, 2008; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Delta/Northwest Marriage: What Does It Mean?

Should the Delta/Northwest merger go through, the jury is still out on what type of effects it will have on the regular schmoe trying to make his way back home. Will frequent-flier mile programs change? Will more fees be charged? Will there be less competiton and higher fares out of...

By Carol Sottili | April 15, 2008; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Monday Rant: Air Wars, Part II

Let me see if I've got this straight. Airport security lines are longer than ever, flights are more expensive than ever, planes are more crowded than ever and more often delayed than ever. Meanwhile, a second checked bag costs more, food costs more, legroom costs more. And best of all,...

By Scott Vogel | April 14, 2008; 06:45 AM ET | Comments (15)

Insta-CoGo: Flight Cancellation Rights

If you're one of the tens of thousands of passengers whose plans are being disrupted because of American Airlines' flight cancellations, you're probably wondering exactly what the airline owes you -- since, after all, the disruptions were caused by the airline as it scrambled to make sure its planes met...

By K.C. Summers | April 10, 2008; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (6)

Your Turn: Cell Phones in the Air?

The EU is finally doing it: It has decided to allow passengers to use cellphones on airplanes. Hmmmmm. The Associated Press reports reports that phone calls will be routed through "an onboard base station -- like a miniature cellphone tower -- linked to a satellite and then to ground networks,"...

By Christina Talcott | April 8, 2008; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (31)

Clear Lane: A Clarification (and Apology)

We published a contribution from a reader last week complaining about inefficiency and bad signage at the new Clear security lanes at Dulles Airport -- a contribution that we've since learned was in error. The reader implied that he tried to use the Clear lane the weekend after it opened...

By K.C. Summers | March 31, 2008; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Monday Rant: You Pierced What?!?

Should you have to remove body piercings to pass through security? Well, now you apparently don't, but not before an ugly incident in Texas. According to an Associated Press story, Mandi Hamlin, 37, of Texas says she wasn't given a patdown option when her nipple piercings set off alarms last...

By Cindy Loose | March 31, 2008; 06:31 AM ET | Comments (17)

In the News: What's Going on in the Skies?

It's turning out to be a particularly difficult week if you're an air traveler, though isn't every week particularly bad these days? In case you missed it, some developments: * Today, American Airlines has canceled about 200 flights, according to a report by the Associated Press, "so its crews can...

By John Deiner | March 26, 2008; 01:18 PM ET | Comments (4)

First Look: The Clear Lexus Lane? Not So Much

Last week we reported on the new Clear security lanes debuting at National and Dulles airports, and how officials touted them as time-saving boons to humanity. For $128 a year, frequent travelers can bypass the regular security lanes, enjoying the services of special "concierges" who help them with bins and...

By K.C. Summers | March 26, 2008; 06:43 AM ET | Comments (7)

What's the Deal?: What You Need to Know About Summer Airfares

Farecast, a Web site that analyzes airfare trends and offers predictions and pricing, has issued its summer forecast, concluding (no surprise here) that summer fares to Europe are 10 percent higher this year. But the analysis also concludes that there are ways around paying sky-high fares, as long as you're...

By Carol Sottili | March 21, 2008; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: Delta to Charge $25 for Second Checked Bag

Delta is the latest carrier to add a $25 fee for a second piece of checked luggage. The carrier hasn't made a formal announcement (and Delta's Web site still says that you're allowed two pieces of checked baggage), but Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott confirmed today that the fee will go...

By Cindy Loose | March 20, 2008; 02:25 PM ET | Comments (13)

Insta-CoGo: Clear Security Lanes Debut at DCA

When did being special get ... special-er? First there were HOV lanes on the highway, then came EZPass for tolls. Denver and Salt Lake City airports just got separate security lanes for casual, family and "expert" travelers. And as of today, Reagan National has Clear lanes for registered travelers, courtesy...

By Christina Talcott | March 19, 2008; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Monday Rant: Who Owns The Window?

Window Dictators, you know who you are! And if you don't, I am going to tell you. On airplanes, I am an aisle person by choice, because I cannot stand to be squeezed in. Plus, I hate to bother others with my constant need to stretch my legs, visit the...

By Andrea Sachs | March 17, 2008; 07:13 AM ET | Comments (39)

Insta-Cogo: Southwest Airlines' 'Pretty' Incident

Oh, Southwest, you never fail to entertain. The airline seems to have a knack for attracting interesting, if not exactly bad, press. Last summer, several female passengers complained that the airline imposed a dress code on them, asking them to cover up their skimpy attire. Now, two college coeds claim...

By John Deiner | March 3, 2008; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: Frequent-Flier Changes at US Airways

In response to a recent post on the Travel Log, CoGo did a little research on changes in US Airways' frequent-flier program, and this is what we found. If you earn U.S. Airways Dividend Miles on short hops, you won't be earning as many miles as before on tickets purchased...

By Cindy Loose | February 29, 2008; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

Travel Health: That Water on the Plane

A few days after I returned from South Africa, I got sick -- really sick. At first I wondered if I was suffering from drinking bad water, from, say, the ice cubes at that cute café in Jo'burg. But that's unlikely: Unlike many African countries, South Africa's drinking water is...

By Christina Talcott | February 20, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (8)

What's the Deal: An Airfare Crystal Ball?

Farecast has been on the leading edge of geeky, yet incredibly useful, analysis of airfares for a few years. But up until yesterday morning, the site's claim to fame -- predicting whether a specific airfare would go up, down or stay the same -- was restricted to certain domestic cities...

By Carol Sottili | February 8, 2008; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (3)

Insta-CoGo: You're Bumped, and Out of Luck

This just in: Not only was 2007 the second worst year ever for flights being late, but airlines bumped passengers at the highest rate in 11 years. The 18 largest airlines last year found 621,717 people willing to switch to other flights voluntarily; they typically offer incentives like a voucher...

By Cindy Loose | February 7, 2008; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (17)

It Came From the Chat: Cats on a Plane!

Boy, we didn't know what we were getting into last week on our Internet chat when we answered a reader's question about taking her cat on a plane. The fur hasn't stopped flying since. The poor woman was innocently inquiring about flying with her cat to Texas. We told her...

By K.C. Summers | February 6, 2008; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (60)

Insta-CoGo: Secure Your Shoes

Knowing my shoes and my sandals have no metal in them, I'm irritated every time I have to take them off to go through security. What is the point? Yeah, I know about that nutcase Richard Reid, who put plastic explosives in his shoes and tried to set them off....

By Cindy Loose | February 5, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: Direct Flights vs. Nonstop

CoGo recently received a letter from a reader apoplectic about US Airways. When calling the airline three times about a ticket from Phoenix to BWI, she wrote, she was distinctly told three times that the flight from Phoenix to BWI was "direct" -- which she assumed meant, well, direct, as...

By Cindy Loose | January 31, 2008; 01:06 PM ET | Comments (19)

The Monday Rant: Getting Groped in the Air

Today we inaugurate a new weekly feature on the Travel Log: The Monday Rant. And as anyone who travels knows, we won't be lacking for material. The process of getting from here to there ain't exactly a walk in the park these days -- it's more like running from a...

By K.C. Summers | January 7, 2008; 07:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's Showtime: In-Flight Movies and Oscar

It's the most wonderful time of the year: awards season. It all starts with the Golden Globes nominations, which were announced last week, and ends with Oscar Sunday. In between -- for me anyway -- is a frenzied schedule of watching as many of the nominated films as is humanly...

By Christina Talcott | December 20, 2007; 07:12 AM ET | Comments (3)

Holiday Air Travel

The special attention given to air travel by top officials, including President Bush, seems to have paid off. The big question: Will the same measures be instituted over the Christmas holidays? It looks like YES. First, Thanksgiving travel. Major measures included the opening of military air space for commercial flights,...

By Cindy Loose | December 4, 2007; 07:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

Unclogging the Airways: A Modest Proposal

The three New York airports take the three bottom slots on the list of airports with the worst on-time arrivals and departures, and the delays there ripple throughout the country. In fact, an astounding 75 percent of delays nationwide originate in New York, according to a study by the Business...

By Cindy Loose | November 28, 2007; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (5)

Park and Cry

Hourly: "Closed" Express: "Closed" Long Term: "Closed" Overflow: "Closed" (Okay, so Overflow is never open, but it still freaked me out.) This was the Thanksgiving greeting I received when I drove to BWI last Thursday at noon, looking for a cozy spot for my car. I felt fairly confident that...

By Andrea Sachs | November 26, 2007; 08:27 AM ET | Comments (8)

The Local Airports: Zagat Weighs In

Is Dulles the new BWI? Just a few years ago, ranting about BWI was a common practice, but since it's multi-quadrillion-dollar makeover, many of the complaints have gone away. And now comes the 2007 Zagat Survey on airports, in which BWI and Reagan National are clear favorites over Dulles. According...

By John Deiner | November 23, 2007; 07:23 AM ET | Comments (22)

Boarding Card Scare on Southwest

This weekend, I thought my mother was going to disown me, and I was ready to blame Southwest for my being orphaned. But, alas, Southwest was completely innocent; I was the misinformed culprit. I arrived at BWI Friday at 12:27 p.m. for a 1:35 fllght, allowing myself what I thought...

By Andrea Sachs | November 20, 2007; 06:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

More on the Carol Gotbaum Case

For those who've been following the case of Carol Gotbaum, the New York woman who died in police custody at the Phoenix airport after being denied boarding on her connecting flight to Tucson, here's more. The Post Outlook section, if you recall, carried a piece by freelancer A.L. Bardach that...

By K.C. Summers | November 1, 2007; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (6)

Food Tester at Cruising Altitude

Flight Attendant: "Welcome to American Airlines. Care to hear our specials of the day?" Me (playing a passenger): "Why, of course. I have only eaten an Annie's pretzel in the terminal and am ravished." F.A.: "We have three new sandwiches that will rinse that salty party mix taste right out...

By Andrea Sachs | October 30, 2007; 06:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Gotbaum-US Airways Case, Cont'd

If you've been following the case of Carol Anne Gotbaum, the US Airways passenger who died while in police custody at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Sept. 28, here's an update. First, the undisputed facts: Gotbaum became distraught after not getting on her connecting flight. The police were called. She...

By K.C. Summers | October 18, 2007; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Should There Be Mercy?

A recent email raises again the question: When there are rules, should airlines just stick with them, or should mercy ever be shown? The email was from a woman who took her family of four from Washington on British Airways to visit relatives in India. On past visits, all flights...

By Cindy Loose | October 17, 2007; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

When Flying Kills

If you haven't seen it, take a look at yesterday's Outlook story on the death of Carol Anne Gotbaum, the US Airways passenger who died shackled to a bench in the Phoenix airport. It's distressing on several levels. Gotbaum was flying US Airways and its subcontractor, Mesa Airlines, from New...

By K.C. Summers | October 15, 2007; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (19)

Security Lines for Early Flights: A Rude Awakening

When I have a 6 a.m. international flight from Dulles, I expect: 1. No traffic. 2. Easy parking in the airport lot. 3. No security lines. 4. Hot coffee at the concession stand. I was right on three of four accounts; I totally miscalculated on No. 3. Last Friday, I...

By Andrea Sachs | October 11, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (7)

Overbooked Flights: What's It Worth to You?

Airlines routinely overbook flights, figuring from experience and no doubt complicated computer programs that there will be a certain number of no-shows. But what happens when they guess wrong, and what do you think they should pay you if you're the guy who doesn't get a seat due to their...

By Cindy Loose | October 3, 2007; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (19)

Columbus, Ohio, for $10?!

Got $10 to spare? If so, and you don't mind driving to Richmond, you can fly to Columbus, Ohio, on Skybus, a new low-fare carrier that recently started service between the Old Dominion and the Buckeye State. On every flight, the carrier sells 10 seats for $10 (not including taxes)...

By Andrea Sachs | September 28, 2007; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reclining Seat Wars

There are two types of airline passengers in the world: those who think it's their God-given right to recline their seats all the way back because they paid for their space, and if that's going to make the poor slob behind them uncomfortable, that's just too bad; and those who...

By K.C. Summers | September 14, 2007; 09:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cutting in Line

Last time I checked, many months ago, authorities at Reagan National, Dulles and BWI airports were considering a Registered Travelers program -- the mechanism by which you pay about $100, agree to provide info like fingerprints or eye scans, then go through an expedited security line at the airport. Called...

By Cindy Loose | September 12, 2007; 07:04 AM ET | Comments (15)

Southwest's Revealing Incident

Another flying conundrum has been cast upon us: How revealing is too revealing when it comes to air travel? Southwest Airlines recently tried to evict passenger Kyla Ebbert from a San Diego-to-Tucson flight because she was "dressed inappropriately," Ebbert told the "Today" show's Matt Lauer on Friday. Ebbert, a Hooters...

By John Deiner | September 10, 2007; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (26)

Air Travel Gripe No. 1,234: Loud DVDs

Those airline complaints just keep coming and coming. Each Monday during our weekly 2 p.m. chat at www.washingtonpost.com/travel, we garner our share of vents from troubled fliers (which is just about all of us, no?). This week a lot of folks were complaining about long waits for baggage once they...

By John Deiner | August 21, 2007; 01:14 PM ET | Comments (12)

 

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