Articles tagged “congress”

Some U.S. Lawmakers Balk at Privatizing the Air Traffic Control System

Some U.S. Lawmakers Balk at Privatizing the Air Traffic Control System

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Several major airline CEOs, including American's Doug Parker and JetBlue's Robin Hayes, have been in D.C. this month to offer support for air traffic control reform. And someday, it might even happen. But it does not appear imminent.

4 weeks ago

U.S. Senators Criticize Airline Customer Service in Committee Hearing

U.S. Senators Criticize Airline Customer Service in Committee Hearing

Matthew Daly , Associated Press

Earlier this week, a House of Representatives Committee interrogated airline executives about service failures. On Thursday, a Senate committee also weighed in. But will Congress take meaningful action? Don't bet on it.

6 months ago

Congress Warns 5 Airline Execs They Must Improve Customer Service

Congress Warns 5 Airline Execs They Must Improve Customer Service

Brian Sumers, Skift

Congress is not happy with U.S. airlines. That's for sure. But how much will Washington do about it? Here's a prediction: Probably not much.

6 months ago

The FAA’s Air Traffic Control Plan Has No Price Tag or End Date

The FAA’s Air Traffic Control Plan Has No Price Tag or End Date

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

We'll likely hear much more about the FAA plan in the coming months and years as President-elect Donald Trump said he plans to make infrastructure, including airports, one of the hallmarks of his domestic policy.

11 months ago

Trashing a Hotel on TripAdvisor May Soon Be Protected, Thanks to U.S. Congress

Trashing a Hotel on TripAdvisor May Soon Be Protected, Thanks to U.S. Congress

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Let's be clear: Not all hotel guests and review-writers are angels. But the solution is not dodgy hotel contracts and taking punitive actions against customers. Business owners, as well as consumers, should remember the wisdom of the crowds is pretty good at protecting from one-sided and impure reviewers.

1 year ago

Senate Bill Would Mandate Refunds for Checked Bags That Arrive Late

Senate Bill Would Mandate Refunds for Checked Bags That Arrive Late

Associated Press

Which provision in the Senate aviation bill is less likely to become law: Putting flight attendant rest rules on par with pilots or mandating that families with young kids be able to sit together? Both provisions have merit but we're talking about the U.S. Congress here.

1 year ago

President Obama and Congress See Centennial as Chance to Improve National Parks

President Obama and Congress See Centennial as Chance to Improve National Parks

Kevin Freking, Associated Press

Knowing this Congress, it's probably best to not expect much by way of national park improvements in the near future.

2 years ago

U.S. Senator Seeks Drone Ban Near Airports and Big Events

U.S. Senator Seeks Drone Ban Near Airports and Big Events

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press

Just about everyone realizes that there have to be restrictions on small drones to thwart an unwitting tragedy at an airport or even a terrorist incident. Mandating geo-fencing may be an answer although hackers could undoubtedly find away around this sort of technology, too.

2 years ago

U.S. Senator Sides With Booking Sites on Airfare Transparency

U.S. Senator Sides With Booking Sites on Airfare Transparency

Associated Press

Does Apple have to sell its computers and iPhones on every retail site? Senator Schumer is arguing that airlines have to display their fares on major online travel agency sites although Southwest hasn't done so for eons.

2 years ago

Amtrak Crash Becomes Political Flashpoint

Amtrak Crash Becomes Political Flashpoint

Meghan Barr , Associated Press

A lack of U.S. federal funding for rail turns Amtrak passengers into death statistics whether it is from accidents on steep turns or rail crossings.

2 years ago

Amtrak Funding Bill Isn’t Good News for Northeast Corridor Passengers

Amtrak Funding Bill Isn’t Good News for Northeast Corridor Passengers

Dan Peltier, Skift

This isn't a perfect bill for Amtrak, but at this point it's better than stalling its passage for years because of partisan gridlock.

3 years ago

The Transparent Airfares Act Goes Back to Square One

The Transparent Airfares Act Goes Back to Square One

Dan Peltier, Skift

Never say never, but the Transparent Airfares Act looks like it's been grounded with little hope of ever being cleared for take-off.

3 years ago