A plea for transparency on airline fees

Consumer Reports Contributing Editor and FAA-licensed aircraft dispatcher Bill McGee shines an ugly spotlight on the big airlines’ opaque and unfair pricing practices for their myriad of outrageous fees and how Trump's DOT is playing right along.



Delta employees detail a pattern of anti-Semitic abuse at airline

Yet another disturbing allegation of serious passenger mistreatment by the big airlines. From reports of racism and anti-Semitism to weak responses to in-flight sexual assault and harassment, these are the last companies that we should put in charge of our air traffic control system.


Southwest Airlines Settles Suit but Denies Colluding to Keep Ticket Prices High

Southwest ponies up $15 million to settle allegations that it conspired with Delta, American and United to limit the number of seats and keep airfares high.This is just the latest evidence that we need much stronger passenger protections from our elected officials, including stopping the...

Your Turn: We need private air traffic control like a hole in the head

Economist and public finance expert Max Sawicky starkly reveals the serious pitfalls of air traffic control privatization. 


Women detail sexual assaults and harassment on commercial flights

Multiple brave women have stepped forward to report highly disturbing incidents of sexual harassment and assault during commercial flights - and an incompetent and often dismissive response from the big airlines: "I felt like no one, no one that was supposed to be in charge could handle the...

Flyer’s Rights: Fee Fie Ho Hum

Last week, the Department of Transportation (DOT) abolished an Obama-era proposal that required carriers to disclose baggage fees. The reversal is a gift for the airlines’ bottom line and a slap in the face for flyers who deserve transparency when buying a ticket.  

Flyer's Rights: DOT’s gift to the big three airlines is coal in passengers’ stockings

The Big Three airlines just got an early Christmas present from the DOT and airline passengers got scrooged. The fees juggernaut driven by the legacy airlines that saddles consumers with add-on fees shows no sign of slowing. In 2017, the Big Three U.S. airlines -- American, Delta, and United --...

Rules Requiring Airlines to Disclose Fees Killed by Trump's DOT

In yet another anti-consumer move, the Trump administration killed two critical efforts to make airline fare information easier for customers to understand. “Having the DOT step back from developing rules to allow consumers to know the full price of travel and to be able to comparison shop is an...

American lacks pilots for more than 15,000 December flights after computer glitch gave too many time off

With epic logistical fails like this increasingly becoming the norm, the big airlines are the last folks we want to put in charge of managing air traffic control.


GOP wants to privatize air traffic control and let airlines run it. That’s terrible for Americans

Congressman Garamendi: “A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to keep existing air traffic control modernization programs on pace and provide consistent funding for the FAA  to implement all of its safety programs. This strategy would decrease delays, improve efficiency, and allow the FAA...