Airlines Updates

Breastfeeding Mom Booted Off Spirit Airlines Flight: 'A Baby Crying Is Not a Crime'

December 11th 2017 4:52PM
A mother who was breastfeeding her child during a delayed Spirit Airlines flight was kicked off of the aircraft, according to a new report. Mei Rui, a concert pianist and cancer researcher based out of Houston, was supposed to catch a flight on the carrier to Newark on Friday, according to the Washington ...

Airlines earn $1.2B in baggage fees over three-month period

December 11th 2017 4:41PM
Airlines collected a record-high $1.2 billion in baggage fees from July to September of this year, according to new data from the Department of Transportation (DOT). That represents a 10 percent increase from the same the period in 2016 and marks the sixth straight quarter that baggage fees topped the ...

A passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight was arrested on a felony charge after threatening to kill ...

December 11th 2017 4:03PM
A passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight threatened to kill the flight's passengers and crew on Saturday. The passenger had tampered with a bathroom smoke detector, and a flight attendant caught her smoking a cigarette, the airline told Business Insider. The passenger was arrested on a felony ...

A Woman Threatened To 'Kill Everybody' Aboard A Southwest Airlines Flight After She Was Caught ...

December 11th 2017 3:45PM
On Saturday, a woman was caught smoking in the bathroom aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Portland, Oregon to Sacramento, California. When the flight crew confronted Valerie Curbelo about her actions, she went into a rage and threatened to “kill everybody” on board. Portland's CBS affiliate ...

Can US Airlines Continue Strong Performance?

December 11th 2017 3:45PM
U.S. airlines are ending another year of record profits and were once again responsible for a good chunk of the global industry's earnings. But the costs of fuel and labor are rising, prompting questions whether the good times will roll on in 2018 and beyond. Amid the record profitability, the industry's ...

Grandmother collapses and dies during flight from Miami to Venezuela

December 11th 2017 3:33PM
A 77-year-old grandmother died while on an American Airlines flight from Miami to Venezuela Saturday after suffering a heart attack, according to various news reports. According to American Airlines, the company “requested medical personnel to meet flight 967 upon arrival in Caracas.” The airline ...

Major airlines set to ban 'smart luggage'

December 11th 2017 3:11PM
The IATA expected announcement, according to Smart2Zero, follows several U.S. airlines, including America Airlines, which have put in place restrictions on smart bags. The concern here is safety, particularly in relation to the way smart luggage is powered, since many have integrated lithium ion battery ...

Woman Threatens to 'Kill Everyone on This Plane' After She Was Caught Smoking on Southwest ...

December 11th 2017 3:00PM
On Saturday, a female Southwest Airlines passenger threatened to “kill everyone on this plane” after she was caught smoking on a flight, PEOPLE can confirm. The woman — who was later identified as Valerie Curbelo, 24 — went into a rage after she was discovered smoking in the bathroom on a ...

A Woman Says She Was Kicked Off A Flight For Breastfeeding

December 11th 2017 2:59PM
"Our records indicate a passenger was removed from Flight 712 after refusing to comply with crew instructions several times during taxi to runway and safety briefing," the airline said. "To protect the safety of our guests and crew, FAA regulations and airline policies require all passengers to stay seated ...

Friday Night, Gaga Was Lady Liberty and American Airlines Center Was Her Ellis Island

December 11th 2017 2:37PM
Out of all the big names to grace the American Airlines Center stage this past year: Adele, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Lionel Richie, Jay-Z, Bon Jovi — and out of all their fantastic set designs, costuming, backup dancers and performances by the artists themselves — Lady Gaga rose to the top as the ...

Ugly Christmas sweater wearers get early boarding on Alaska Airlines

December 11th 2017 2:26PM
NATIONWIDE – On Dec. 15 travelers wearing ugly Christmas sweaters will get priority boarding on Alaska Airlines flights. The day is National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day and to celebrate Alaska Airlines will allow festive passengers early boarding. The one-day promotion will be offered across the country ...

Breastfeeding Mom and Crying Son Removed From Spirit Airlines Flight, Video Shows

December 11th 2017 2:15PM
Spirit Airlines removed a Houston mom and her 2-year-old son from a New York-bound flight after the mother said she asked for more time to breastfeed her child. In a viral video, the mother, Mei Rui, can be seen questioning airport, and airline authorities for kicking her off of her flight as her son cries out ...

Clear Skies Ahead for Airlines? 3 Stocks to Scoop Up

December 11th 2017 2:03PM
It seems that airline stocks are back in favor after facing multiple challenges for the greater part of 2017. Sector participants have been hampered by a number of headwinds like disruptions from back-to-back hurricanes, the devastating earthquake in Mexico, issues related to customer dissatisfaction and ...

Mom Says She Was Kicked Off Spirit Airlines Flight for Breastfeeding Her Son Before Takeoff

December 11th 2017 1:52PM
A Houston mom says she was kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight after trying to breastfeed her son before putting him in his seat for takeoff. Mei Rui, a cancer researcher and pianist, was traveling to New York with her 2-year-old son and elderly parents to work on a cancer research trial. To settle him down ...

Woman arrested after threatening to kill everyone on Southwest Airlines flight to California: report

December 11th 2017 1:41PM
A woman was arrested and charged with making criminal threats after authorities say she threatened to kill everyone onboard her Southwest Airlines flight Saturday (Dec. 9), according to CBS Sacramento. CBS reports the flight was en route from Portland, Oregon to Sacramento, California when the ...

PSA: Three US Airlines to Start Banning Smart Luggage

December 11th 2017 1:07PM
Three airlines in the United States will start banning smart luggage starting in January. Other airlines will most likely follow suit. By smart luggage, it means luggage with built-in batteries. Luggage with removable batteries will be accepted, as long as you take the batteries with you in the airplane cabin.

Houston mom says her family was 'kicked off' Spirit Airlines flight after breastfeeding

December 11th 2017 1:07PM
A Houston woman claims that she was asked to leave a Spirit Airlines flight to New York City after requesting a few extra minutes to finish breastfeeding her son. A report from the Washington Post states concert pianist Mei Rui, her elderly parents, and her two-year-old son were on their way to New York ...

Breastfeeding Houston mom says Spirit Airlines kicked her off flight

December 11th 2017 12:56PM
Mei Rui hoped to put her son to sleep by breastfeeding him on a Spirit Airlines flight that had been repeatedly delayed by weather. The trip was for work and the three-hour flight from Newark was taking Rui -- an acclaimed concert pianist and cancer researcher -- home Friday to Houston with her ...

Texas Mom, 34, Thrown Off Spirit Airlines Flight For Breastfeeding 2-Year-Old Son

December 11th 2017 12:26PM
A Houston pianist and cancer researcher has spoken out after she feels she was mistreated on a Spirit Airlines flight. Mei Rui, 34, was trying to fly from Houston to Manhattan on Dec. 8 along with her elderly parents and two-year-old son, Lukas, when she and her family were forced off the plane, CBS ...

Southwest Airlines passenger arrested after threatening to kill everyone on flight

December 11th 2017 12:00PM
SACRAMENTO -- A woman was arrested and charged after she threatened to kill fellow passengers on a Southwest Airlines flight from Portland to Sacramento. The chaotic scene was captured on video that a fellow passenger sent to CBS Sacramento. The incident on Saturday began after a woman ...