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In-Flight Calling: DOT Considers Passing New Rules

In-Flight Calling: DOT Considers Passing New Rules

Brian Sumers, Skift

The DOT doesn't have as much regulatory power as other government agencies, so it's doing what it can to try to protect consumers. At the least, if an airline permits voice calls, it will have to tell consumers what it's doing — before they buy a ticket.

2 days ago

Significance of Norwegian Air’s Recent DOT Victory Is Overstated

Significance of Norwegian Air’s Recent DOT Victory Is Overstated

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's nice that the DOT finally got around to approving Norwegian's Irish unit to fly to the United States. But this is not as big of a game-changer as some have suggested. Norwegian was going to grow in the United States and offer low fares on transatlantic flights, regardless of whether this happened.

4 days ago

As DOT Secretary Elaine Chao Would Likely Ease Airline Regulation

As DOT Secretary Elaine Chao Would Likely Ease Airline Regulation

Joan Lowy and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press

Don't expect prospective Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to get aggressive with airlines or private industry in general. Calls to force airlines to distribute their ancillary services and fares to outlets they disdain are likely to go nowhere.

2 weeks ago

6 Highlights From the DOT’s New Passenger-Friendly Airline Guidelines

6 Highlights From the DOT’s New Passenger-Friendly Airline Guidelines

Brian Sumers, Skift

Some consumer protections are better than no consumer protections. But the steps outlined this week by the Obama Administration are relatively minor. They won't do much to change the travel experience.

2 months ago

Airlines Ask DOT for Permission to Collude Over a Debt Collection

Airlines Ask DOT for Permission to Collude Over a Debt Collection

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

This is a highly unusual request for U.S. carriers to seek a reprieve from antitrust immunity from the Department of Transportation so they can figure out how to be more powerful debt collectors in Venezuela. It shouldn't cause too many antitrust concerns although it's difficult to see how the group effort to pressure Venezuela would do much good.

2 months ago

Norwegian Air Is Dealt a Setback on U.S. Flights by the DOT

Norwegian Air Is Dealt a Setback on U.S. Flights by the DOT

Brian Sumers, Skift

The Norwegian Air saga has taken another unusual turn. But fear not, travelers. The airline will keep flying between the U.S. and Europe, and the airline will continue offering low fares.

5 months ago

DOT Auditor: Government Should Scrutinize Frequent Flier Program Changes

DOT Auditor: Government Should Scrutinize Frequent Flier Program Changes

Brian Sumers, Skift

When it comes to regulating frequent flier programs, the U.S. Department of Transportation has little authority.

6 months ago

The U.S. Set a New Record for Airline Passengers in 2015

The U.S. Set a New Record for Airline Passengers in 2015

Dan Peltier, Skift

American Airlines claims the largest piece of the pie in the U.S. but low-cost carriers like Southwest, JetBlue and Spirit all showed strong growth in passenger numbers in 2015 as these types of carriers continue their resurgence around the world.

9 months ago

On-Time Arrivals and Complaints Rise for U.S. Airlines in November

On-Time Arrivals and Complaints Rise for U.S. Airlines in November

Associated Press

We will remain consistently dubious of the on-time rankings as we're not convinced that airlines aren't padding their schedules by a significant measure.

11 months ago

U.S. Department of Transportation Bans E-Cigarettes in Checked Luggage

U.S. Department of Transportation Bans E-Cigarettes in Checked Luggage

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

The number of needless consumer product carryons and checked items that can hurt an aircraft grows and grows.

1 year ago

Smart Vehicle Technology Could Making Driving More Interactive

Smart Vehicle Technology Could Making Driving More Interactive

Associated Press

Technology is providing plenty of ways to make driving safer for drivers and driverless cars when they show up.

1 year ago

U.S. Airlines Carried Record Number of Passengers During First Half of 2015

U.S. Airlines Carried Record Number of Passengers During First Half of 2015

Dan Peltier, Skift

U.S. airlines still had a record number of enplanements, and some of their best months ever for passenger traffic during the first half of 2015 even as they continue limiting their capacity growth to protect fares and profits.

1 year ago