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The power of flight attendants

Police meets Southwest planeCrew members may retain or lose their sense of humor in case of a long delay. This might turn nasty for passengers, but above all it may illustrate their power. Flight attendants can use it at any time, even if it doesn’t serve any reasonable goal. They have the power to kick you off the flight.

Flight delay

A passenger who makes a joke on a delayed Southwest Airlines flight finds it out to his cost, reports local station Fox 40. The passenger is sitting...
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After 2 crashes and 346 fatalities

Debris of Ethiopean Airlines flight 302 On March 11, 2019, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues a continued airworthiness notification to the international community with regard to the Boeing 737 MAX.

Crashes

This comes 1 day after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashes into the sea 6 minutes after departing Addis Ababa. And it comes despite the fact that a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX crashed into the sea 4.5 months earlier on October 29, 2018. The FAA declares that it “continues to review extensively all available data and aggregate safety...
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Don’t stick to 1 airline

Lufthansa A380A reader is a senator (or gold card member) of Miles & More, Lufthansa’s loyalty program. He makes a roundtrip on TAP Portugal that like Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance. On his Miles & More account he observes that the miles for the round trip have been credited. However, the 25% bonus miles for senators are lacking.

How many miles to earn?

Before his departure he makes a screenshot of the Miles & More page when he checks how many miles...
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A litmus test for Boeing

Boeing is facing turbulence as a result of 2 crashes, each with a Boeing 737 MAX. First, on October 29, 2018, Lion Air flight 610 crashes into the sea 13 minutes after departing Jakarta. All 181 passengers and 8 crew members are killed.

Two crashes take 346 lives

Second, on March 10, 2019, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashes into the sea 6 minutes after departing Addis Ababa, killing all 149 passengers and 8 crew members. This second crash - less than 5 months after the first - prompts a worldwide grounding of all...
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How smart are airline bosses?

On April 23, 2019, ABC News had a curious interview with Oscar Munoz, the boss of United Airlines. In fact, the interview raises the impression of sponsored content, as advertisements in online media nowadays are called. The interviewer is ABC News' Senior Transportation Correspondent David Kerley. He raises the point of the ever shrinking seat.

Seats can get smaller

"I think we are nearing a point certainly that we can't do that anymore," says Munoz. Passengers won't be happy with this response. We are nearing a point...
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The true character of Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary

Ryanair's boss Michael O'Leary is not known for his civility and diplomacy. He has called customers stupid. Likewise, he calls authorities insisting on passengers using seatbelts 'plonkers.' He wants to make more profits by creating standing seats in Ryanair planes. And he puts improper pressure on pilots.

EU regulation

Ryanair breaks EU Regulation EU261/2004 on a regular basis by refusing to compensate passengers on delayed flights. And he attempts to dismiss employees who think they have certain rights. But the latter may cost Ryanair almost €3 million ($3.5 million). In 2017,...
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