US Airways fined $1.2 million by DOT for failure to provide wheelchair assistance
The US Department of Transportation fined US Airways $1.2 million for failing to provide adequate wheelchair assistance to passengers at Philadelphia and Charlotte airports.
In one of its periodic reviews of airline compliance with DOT rules, the Department’s Aviation Enforcement Office found that US Airways committed a significant number of violations of the requirements for wheelchair assistance during 2011 and 2012 at Philadelphia International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Alligator found inside O’Hare airport
A small alligator was found at baggage claim 3 at O’Hare International Airport over the weekend.
Officials said the alligator was spotted by maintenance workers underneath an escalator at Baggage Claim 3.
Police said the alligator was captured in the terminal, contained in a trash can and turned over to the Chicago Herpetological Society.
Flight turns unforgettable when passengers learn of fallen soldier
To Johnny Jet and other passengers aboard, Delta Flight 2255 from Atlanta to Los Angeles seemed like any other flight until the captain made an announcement.
We later learned, when the captain got on the PA system about 45 minutes prior to landing, that we were transporting a fallen soldier. The plane went quiet as he explained that there was a military escort on-board and asked that everyone remain seated for a couple of minutes so the soldiers could get off first. He also warned us not to be alarmed if we see fire trucks since Los Angeles greets their fallen military with a water cannon salute.
Fees help U.S. carriers log four consecutive profitable years
Ancillary fees, like baggage fees, seat assignment fees, buy-on-board meals, are what helps the airlines become profitable.
Ancillary revenue has made “the difference between profitability and loss in the airline industry,” said Jay Sorensen, president of IdeaWorksCompany, a consultancy that began analyzing nonfare sales in 2007. “It is here to stay, and is only going to grow. It is no longer the frosting, it’s part of the batter.”