After Germanwings, is budget air travel an endangered species?

Budget airlines have a reputation for pushing for the lowest pilot pay and the most arduous working conditions to keep a cap on costs.

Of course consumers want cheap airfare, and sometimes they do get what they pay for. For example, flights that used to have three qualified pilots — a captain, first officer, and flight engineer — went down to two.
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My fellow passengers don’t follow the rules – should I tattle on them?

Nobody likes to be a tattletale, do they? Well, that’s the predicament in which Dave Marshak found himself.

Marshak, a veterinarian in Duluth, Minn., was aboard a flight from Minneapolis to Chicago recently. Just before takeoff, the door was closed and the cabin was readied for takeoff. The normal safety announcements were made, including the call to turn off cell phones or put them in airplane mode.

But the woman next to Marshak refused to obey.
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An airline seat dispute quickly spirals out of control

Economy class airline seats are small and getting smaller — of that there is no doubt. But if you do have doubts, consider what happened to Sally Rosoff on a recent American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Miami.

Rosoff purchased her economy class seat, believing she’d have an adequate amount of legroom, as she has in the past. But times change. She found herself on a Boeing 777 with about 31 inches of seat “pitch” — a rough measure of leg room.
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How the airline subsidy fight will affect your next flight

When the Big Three US airlines — American, Delta and United — claim that foreign carriers are being improperly subsidized and that treaties negotiated over the past two-plus decades need to be revoked or renegotiated, the American public needs to be wary.

Believe the airlines at one’s peril when they inform passengers that the frequent flier programs are being “improved,” or seats are being squeezed together with less legroom, “because of passenger demand.”
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