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Now United: Is 2018 The Year of Masturbating On Airplanes? (Gross)

Last year, clogged airplane toilets strangely became a figment of popular news feeds. This year, pervy men wanking in economy class seem to be vying for the spot atop air travel nuisances. The epidemic’s latest victim, 26-year-old United passenger Genevieve Pascolla, has taken the airline’s flight attendants to task for, as she claims, joking and turning…

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Paying $400 to Avoid Basic Economy on United

United Airlines Economy Seat Basic Economy

  Whether you view Basic Economy as a draconian measure to make travel even more miserable or an easy way to ‘save’ money (basic fares aren’t cheaper – the regular fares just got more expensive), the trend is here to stay. Delta was the first U.S. airline to experiment with “We’d like to offer you more…

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Fired for Speaking Korean? Delta Says No

Delta 777 Premium Select Cabin

Four terminated Delta employees filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination against their employer for “speaking Korean.” The former employees – fired in May 2017 – claim a manager directed them ‘not to speak Korean’ because it made other workers feel uncomfortable. The lawsuit also claims the employees were sexually harassed and reprimanded after reporting it to Delta…

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United’s Chicago Polaris Lounge Was Just Named Best in the U.S.

United Polaris Lounge Chicago ORD

United, which once operated lounges renowned for pretzel snack mix, now operates the best airport lounge in the U.S., at least according to more than 20 million airline customers. United’s Chicago O’Hare Polaris Lounge won Best Business Class Lounge in the Passenger’s Choice World Airline Awards, the culmination of a poll of global airline customers.…

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Alaska Dumping Priority Pass Lounge Access in Seattle

Alaska Lounge SeaTac Seattle Priority Pass

Alaska Airlines Lounges have been one of the biggest bright spots for Priority Pass holders in North America. The lounges have a decent food selection, open bar, pancake machines and are professionally staffed. They also reliably admit pass holders — until now. The Seattle Times reports that Alaska will stop admitting Priority Pass holders to…

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🚨 Breaking: Delta and WestJet Sign Joint Venture Agreement

WestJet Delta Joint Venture

Delta Air Lines and Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet signed U.S.-Canadian transborder joint venture today. The combined transborder service of the two carriers will connect over 30 cities and cover approximately 95 percent of transborder demand. ・WestJet serves 27 U.S. cities with 500 weekly flights ・Delta serves 10 Canadian cities with 540 weekly flights In December 2017,…

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United Will Continue Onboard Credit Card Pitches ‘Indefinitely’

United Polaris Dessert Cart Ice Cream Sundaes

You’ve settled in on a (perhaps yet another) long United Airlines flight. The seat belt sign is off, the flight attendants have wrapped up service and everyone with an overactive bladder seems to have taken care of things and settled in. The calm of high-altitude cruise is setting in. Then, the loudspeakers ping. “We’d like…

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And the Winner Is… Seattle! Cathay Pacific Announces HKG-SEA

Cathay Pacific Seattle

Cathay Pacific’s Next U.S. Destination: Seattle Just yesterday, Cathay Pacific teased a new U.S. destination on Twitter. Cathay hinted at new service to Houston, Las Vegas, Honolulu, Salt Lake City, Denver, Miami, Dallas, Austin…and Seattle. — Cathay Pacific US (@cathaypacificUS) July 18, 2018 I was secretly rooting for Denver but unsurprisingly, Seattle is the…

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United’s 43% Increase in Fuel Costs – 2Q18 Results

United 2Q Net Income Profit and Quarterly Earnings

・UAL reported $684M net income for 2Q18 ・Flight attendant groups will integrate in October ・Fuel costs increased 43% ($2.4B YoY) ・United recovered 75% of increased fuel costs United’s better-than-expected quarterly results  United Airlines parent company United Continental Holdings (UAL) beat analysts’ expectations and reported largely positive second-quarter results today. Phew! Revenue increased 7.7% to $10.78B, although rising…

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