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Unruly passengers on planes can face fines and other consequences — but it’s not clear how many reports lead to punishment
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Unruly passengers on planes can face fines and other consequences — but it’s not clear how many reports lead to punishment

The rapid growth in the number of unruly, disruptive or downright violent passengers aboard planes was — and still is — a hot topic in the airline business.And the number of incidents was — and still is — alarming. Cellphone videos taken by other passengers show onboard fights, flight attendants being assaulted, other passengers being punched, offenders often duct taped to their seats and law enforcement escorting passengers off planes. Many incidents result in flights being diverted.In 2021, the number of these incidents were north of 6,000. In 2022, while the numbers dropped, they are still more than 10 times higher than in decades past. In 1995, there were 146 reports of unruly airline passengers. So far in 2022, the Federal Aviation Administration has received 1,944 reports....
Just in time for Labor Day: Online dashboard lets flyers compare airlines’ policies on flight delays and cancellations
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Just in time for Labor Day: Online dashboard lets flyers compare airlines’ policies on flight delays and cancellations

Washington — Amid months of mass flight cancellations and delays, the Department of Transportation has launched a customer service dashboard to help vacationers ahead of the travel-heavy Labor Day weekend.Travelers can check the dashboard to see what kinds of guarantees, refunds or compensation the major domestic airlines offer in case of flight delays or cancellations. It's designed to enable travelers to shop around and favor those airlines that offer the best compensation. The dashboard is part of an extended pressure campaign from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who has publicly challenged the major carriers to improve service and transparency after a summer marred by cancellations and flight delays. As summer travel returned to nearly pre-coronavirus pandemic leve...
Travelers urged to take advantage of falling airline ticket prices, experts say
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Travelers urged to take advantage of falling airline ticket prices, experts say

Inflation finally slowed in July, a shift that could be due in part to declining fuel prices. That, in turn, appears to have corresponded to a drop in airfares, which are down 7.8% in July compared to June, according to the latest numbers released this week from the Labor Department.Flights from San Diego are $230 cheaper on average than the peak they reached in May, according to the travel site Hopper. Flights to Hawaii have dropped $154, and a flight to Prague will cost you about $300 less."I feel like it went up, but now it's going back to like normal prices," traveler Sharrie Scott said. Airline ticket prices peaked in May as pent-up pandemic demand filled planes and fuel prices soared. To find a deal, Ranada Young and her mom took a ridic...