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Why Don't All Airlines Have a 13th Row?

by David Parker Brown. Posted Apr 15th 2011 11:00 AM
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Have you ever noticed while flying that some airlines have a 13th row and others don't? Some of the reasons why might surprise you.
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JetBlue to Add Satellite Based Wi-Fi Fleet Wide

by David Parker Brown. Posted Apr 12th 2011 02:00 PM
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JetBlue confirmed it will install satellite based Wi-Fi on its entire fleet of 170 aircraft starting in mid-2012, at a cost of about $30 million.
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Airlines Test Out iPad in the Cockpit for Pilots

by David Parker Brown. Posted Apr 11th 2011 03:00 PM
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Airlines have looked at offering iPads to customers for in-flight entertainment, and now carriers are moving toward allowing pilots to use iPads to replace charts and bulky computers in the cockpit.
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FAA Requires Boeing 737 Inspections

by David Parker Brown. Posted Apr 5th 2011 04:00 PM
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The Federal Aviation Administration will issue an airworthiness directive today at 5pm EST that will require US airlines that operate early Boeing 737 models to conduct, "initial and repetitive electromagnetic inspections for fatigue damage."
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Southwest Airlines Inspects Additional Boeing 737s After Hole in Plane

by David Parker Brown. Posted Apr 4th 2011 09:00 AM
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After a Southwest Airlines plane split open with a hole inflight over Arizona, inspectors are looking for more cracks in the carrier's 737-300 fleet, and have found at least three. Boeing is reportedly putting together a service bulletin for all such planes, with metal fatigue believed to be the cause.
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Passenger Kicked Off Horizon Air Flight For Being Too Tall

by David Parker Brown. Posted Apr 1st 2011 06:24 PM
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Horizon Air admits that it removed a 6'9" passenger for being too tall to fit into his seat, upsetting his travel plans and causing him unneeded humiliation.
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Ryanair and Other Airlines Offer April Fool's Jokes

by David Parker Brown. Posted Apr 1st 2011 12:00 PM
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While quite a few airlines have pulled April Fool's jokes today, Ryanair, a budget airline based in Ireland, had one of the best. They announced they would operate "child-free" flights on some of their busiest routes starting in October.
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Spirit Airlines: Reserve Early or Pay Higher Baggage Fees

by David Parker Brown. Posted Mar 31st 2011 11:00 AM
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Spirit Airlines has announced, starting April 1st, if passengers wait until the last minute, they will have to pay more for checked or carry-on bags.
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Alaska Airlines Recovering After Computer Outage

by David Parker Brown. Posted Mar 28th 2011 11:00 AM
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Seattle based Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air is recovering after a computer outage on Saturday caused about 150 flights to be canceled, impacting more than 12,000 passengers. A blown transformer caused the computer system used to plan flights to go offline and affected 18 percent of Alaska's flights.
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Do Electronic Gadgets Really Affect an Airplane's Instruments?

by David Parker Brown. Posted Mar 25th 2011 12:00 PM
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Shortly after boarding, flight attendants are required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to tell passengers to turn off all electronic devices including cell phones and laptop computers. But is it really necessary and what really happens if you don't?
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