Leaning leaners and the airlines that let ‘em

The first thing I noticed about the passenger in seat 9C on a recent US Airways flight from Orlando to Washington was that he was carrying a light sabre.

Why lying is wrong — even when an airline does it

To the airline apologists who rushed to the defense of an industry that lies by pretending other companies' products are its own -- a dirty trick called "codesharing" -- I have just one thing to say: meet Lisa Waters.

Should I feel guilty for refusing to give up my seat to a family?

There are at least two sides to every story, and in the recent controversy involving kids and airline seating, the […]

Are new airline fees anti-family?

If you didn’t know any better, you might think that the airline industry crossed yet another line just before the Memorial Day holiday, the traditional start of the busy summer travel season.

I have a seat but I don’t have a seat assignment

If you have a seat on a plane, shouldn't you also have a seat assignment?

US Airways charges family extra to sit together

When Molly Todd tried to secure seat assignments for a recent US Airways flight from Philadelphia to Cancun, Mexico, she made a disappointing discovery.

Ridiculous or not? A game of musical chairs no one likes to play

John Koehn planned his cross-country trip from Washington to Medford, Ore., with his wife and three-month-old daughter carefully. He booked their flight a year in advance to make sure they could sit together.
Open Popup
  • shutterstock_43621333

    Whoa there!

    Did you know that you’re missing the very best part of this site? Elliott’s E-Mail, my weekly newsletter, tells you how to be a smarter consumer, how to avoid scams and swindles, and contains the most insightful commentary online.

    Already subscribed? Just click the “x” and I’ll ride off into the sunset. Please enable cookies on your browser, and this notice will disappear forever.