What we’re reading: Fee-happy Delta, exploding coffee filters, 787 gets full review

by Stephanus Surjaputra on January 14, 2013

Delta Air LinesBoeing 757-232 (N670DN) departing Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

Delta Airlines collected the most fees of any U.S. airline in 2012

Fees collected by the airlines increased slightly in 2012. Delta led the pack, according to statistics from the Bureau of Transportation.

[I]n the 3rd quarter of 2012 Delta had collected over $1.2 million in fees. In 2011 the airline collected nearly $1.7 million in total fees. United Airlines was ranked number two with a little over $1 million in total fees.

FAA warns flight attendants about exploding coffee filters

The FAA has issued an alert warning flight attendants that prepackaged coffee filters are subject to pressure buildup and can explode.

When the filters are incorrectly placed in the coffee maker the water can become blocked from dripping into the coffee pot below and pressure builds up within the container holding the filter and coffee grounds.

Boeing 787 to undergo full regulatory review

The US Department of Transportation and the FAA have placed the 787 under full regulatory review following recent incidents involving the aircraft.

The review’s aim is to “validate the work we did in the [787] certification process,” FAA administrator Michael Huerta said during a press conference at DOT offices in Washington DC. He said there was no reason to ground any aircraft.

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