The Chance to Regulate Airline Seats Is Before Us

Hamilton Nolan · 02/17/16 12:30PM

The first elected official who is able to pass a law ensuring that airplane seats are large enough for human beings to sit in will be incredibly popular. At the moment, we are still moving in the opposite direction.

Delta Forces Customers to Agree to Shitty Service Before Purchasing Ticket

Jay Hathaway · 08/18/15 10:35AM

Air travel is the fucking worst, everyone agrees, but it is sometimes a necessity. And, when it is, most people just book the cheapest economy flight available to them, regardless of airline, and suck up the indignity of layovers, limited legroom, and cramped baggage space. Now, Delta has introduced an additional indignity to which you must agree before taking your place behind some seat-reclining asshole.

Woman Arrested for Smoking on Plane, Yelling About Venezuela for 2 Hours

Jay Hathaway · 03/16/15 05:30PM

On a flight from Nicaragua to Miami Sunday, a woman decided to test American Airlines' "no smoking" rule by lighting up on the plane. Even though everyone had seen her (and some of her fellow passengers were taking video), she tried to pin it on the guy sitting next to her. As in-flight annoyances go, smoking in an enclosed cabin is pretty bad—but that's just scratching the surface of what happened in this airborne waking nightmare.

What Was "First Class?"

Hamilton Nolan · 08/27/14 11:04AM

Those who keep a close eye on the airline industry tell us that many airlines today are considering doing away with "First Class," in favor of, I suppose, either more ultraluxury seats, or more tiny hell seats. What was "First Class," anyhow?

How Are Airlines Making So Much Money?

Hamilton Nolan · 07/24/14 01:52PM

If you've taken a commercial airline flight recently, you could be forgiven for assuming that airlines are broke as hell, forced to penny-pinch and slash service to the bone. Not so! Several airlines reported record profits this week. But how?

Aerial Nightclub Virgin America Is Named Best US Airline

Dayna Evans · 04/07/14 09:07PM

In a yearly industry ranking of U.S. airlines, high-flying iPad simulacrum Virgin Airlines stole the top spot for the second year in a row, due to its baggage handling and capability to show up mostly on time. Its unfettered access to hot new tracks and complimentary "welcome cocktails" was not counted.

How Is Air Travel Getting More Awful Today?

Hamilton Nolan · 03/05/14 04:18PM

Flying, once a quirky luxury, has not completed its transition into an unavoidable descent to hell. The experience of flying on commercial airlines grows more excruciatingly painful by the day.

Airline Pilots Get Paid Crap

Hamilton Nolan · 02/12/14 12:01PM

Republic Airways announced this week that it's grounding 27 of its planes due to a "shortage of qualified pilots." Possibly related: many airline pilots get paid jack shit.