As American Airlines pilots formed picket lines at airports across the country last week and the nation's third-largest air carrier canceled hundreds of flights, David Ludt made the difficult decision to redeem all of his AAdvantage miles for a flight to Europe next year.
It's easy to be an airline industry critic in an era of "no waivers, no favors" and fees on top of fees. It's easy to paint airlines as heartless corporations that treat us like self-loading cargo.
An airline pilot who posted a series of videos online that exposed shortcomings in airport security has been punished by the Transportation Security Administration, which included a visit to his home by federal agents and sheriff's deputies.
United Airlines Captain Denny Flanagan had his 15 minutes of fame -- and then some -- when he was "discovered" by several prominent print and broadcast outlets two years ago and profiled for his many random acts of kindness. But long after the TV crews left, Captain Flanagan continues to do good at United. I caught up with him recently.
The average cockpit wage cost per average passenger fare per hour of flight is just $3.73 -- almost half the minimum wage -- according to analysis by Robert Herbst of the Web site Airlinefinancials.com.