DOT Fines Southwest Airlines for 2022 Holiday Meltdown

The largest-ever penalty for violating consumer protections. The Department of Transportation has issued a civil penalty against Southwest Airlines, requiring the company to pay $140 million for canceling…

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State Department Seeks Regulation of Higher Airspace Operations

The agency joins allies in a call for action from the International Civil Aviation Organization. The Department of State recently called for the development of international rules of…

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New FAA Committee Focuses on Pilot Mental Health 

They want to reduce stigmas and barriers.  The Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General issued a report in July that discussed the state of the mental…

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Senate Subcommittee Investigates Airline Bag, Seat Fees

Begins probe into additional fees imposed by five major airlines. The Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations launched a probe this week into airlines’ use of fees for baggage,…

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U.S. Aviation Authorities Implement Reforms for Holiday Travel

The industry still faces staffing shortages. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have launched efforts to modernize and enhance the country’s aviation…

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Senators Ask Transportation Department About Frequent Flyer Practices

Airlines have reportedly changed point systems in ways that make rewards more difficult to achieve. Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois and Roger Marshall of Kansas have requested the…

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Senate Confirms FAA Administrator

Position authorized after 18-month vacancy. The Senate voted unanimously to approve Michael Whitaker as the next administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The FAA has been operating…

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Nearly 1,000 U.S. Citizens Evacuated from Israel

President’s administration partners with airlines to offer flights to Europe. The U.S. Department of State has transported nearly 1,000 Americans from Israel to Europe, purchasing chartered flights from…

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Senator Cruz Supports FAA Nominee

He says independent leadership is needed to ensure safety in the industry. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas recently expressed his support of President Joe Biden’s nominee Michael Whitaker…

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Transportation Department Announces Airline’s Wheelchair Improvements

United Airlines implementing wheelchair access and information. The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced that United Airlines is beginning to implement the terms of a disability complaint brought…

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