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Bag delivery fee worth it for some fliersupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 19:14:00

Dick Sebion packed his carry-on bag and his golf clubs Wednesday morning and headed to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, excited about his trip to the Washington, D.C. area combining business with a little pleasure.

Understanding airplane turbulenceupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 19:24:00

HLN's Evening Express team talks with aviation expert Jim Tilmon about turbulence and how pilots prepare for it.

Drug raid targets baggage handlers, airline workers in Puerto Ricoupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 03:55:00

Federal agents arrested dozens of airline workers and baggage handlers at Puerto Rico's busiest airport, targeting what authorities say are two drug smuggling rings working together to move cocaine into the United States aboard commercial aircraft.

Pilot breakdown draws attention to mental health standardsupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 22:48:00

The midflight breakdown of a JetBlue pilot has sparked concerns about psychological screening for flight crews.

Fight attendant rant 911 calls releasedupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 05:25:00

Audio of 911 calls made by passengers on an American Airlines flight during a flight attendant's rant are released.

Quest: No danger American Airlines will stop flyingupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 12:47:00

Speculation about the future of American Airlines has been swirling for months. Still, many travelers were stunned Tuesday to learn that the carrier and its parent company have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

American Airlines files for bankruptcyupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 12:47:00

American Airlines' parent company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. CNN's Richard Quest reports.

CNNMoney: If you're flying American, don't worryupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 12:23:00

As the holiday travel season kicks into high gear, American Airlines' CEO says it will be "business as usual" for passengers, despite filing for bankruptcy.

American Airlines loosens checked-bag restrictions for service membersupdated: Thu Jun 09 2011 13:57:00

In the wake of an online video in which soldiers returning from Afghanistan complained that Delta Air Lines charged their unit more than $2,800 in bag-check fees, rival carrier American Airlines on Thursday announced it will allow military personnel to check an extra two bags with no out-of-pocket expense.

Airline drops salads from Europe flightsupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 09:55:00

Salads are off the menu for all American Airlines flights departing from Europe.

Increased screening on flights from Japan yields radiation blipsupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 12:36:00

Heightened radiation screening on flights arriving in the United States from Japan has triggered several low-level alerts.

U.S. radiation levels monitored 24/7updated: Fri Mar 18 2011 12:36:00

A system deployed decades ago monitors radiation levels around the clock. CNN's Dan Simon reports.

Bracing for winter weatherupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 16:08:00

Snow begins to fall in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as the city braces for a major winter storm.

Airlines ground planes as monster snowstorm moves inupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 16:08:00

Airlines canceled more than four thousand flights Tuesday as a massive snowstorm of historic proportions coated the nation's heartland with a thick blanket of snow.

Airline, ticket distributor call truceupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 14:51:00

The parties in a contentious battle over airline ticket distribution have agreed to a temporary truce, according to a joint statement released Monday.

CNNMoney: American Airlines joins forces with Priceline.comupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 15:38:00

American Airlines said Tuesday it is entering into a ticket-selling deal with, after the airline severed a similar deal with Orbitz last month.

Another blow in airline ticketing warupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 17:58:00

A company that provides airfare information to travel agents announced plans to end its relationship with American Airlines Wednesday, the latest move in a heated dispute between the airline and companies that distribute fares.

Online travel site Expedia removes American Airlines flightsupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 06:36:00

The online travel site Expedia has removed American Airlines fares and schedules, the latest move in an ongoing legal squabble between travel websites and airlines.

CNNMoney: No American Airlines flights for sale on Orbitzupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 11:55:00

Looking for cheap flights on Orbitz? Don't expect to score one on American Airlines. The airline and the online travel company have severed their relationship.

CNNMoney: American Airlines to recall pilots, flight attendantsupdated: Wed Oct 06 2010 09:05:00

American Airlines on Wednesday said it is recalling hundreds of furloughed pilots and flight attendants after forming joint businesses with several other airlines.

American Airlines rolls out fee for coach seatsupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 18:36:00

Even the cheap seats are getting pricey.

CNNMoney: American Airlines adds another fee!updated: Wed Aug 18 2010 15:22:00

American Airlines has discovered a new way to charge passengers for something they used to get for free: sitting near the front of the plane.

Seven dogs dead after American Airlines flightupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 10:40:00

Authorities were investigating the deaths of seven dogs after an American Airlines flight to Chicago.

Airline sued for $5 million over bag feeupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 16:41:00

Lots of fliers hate paying for checked bags, but one air traveler was so frustrated by the fee and a lost bag that she's taking an airline to court.

Feds open gate to airline dealupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 21:33:00

Federal authorities granted antitrust immunity Tuesday to five airlines from five countries, allowing them to collaborate on transatlantic flights.

Help! My refund is missing in actionupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 12:45:00

Dara Chuang's flights are rescheduled, and eventually canceled. But her airline can't refund the money back to her credit card because she closed her account. It's been months, and there's still no sign of the money. Can this refund be saved?

Boeing will recommend more frequent maintenance checks on 767 aircraftupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 18:34:00

Boeing says it has notified all 767 aircraft operators about cracks found on two American Airlines 767-300 planes, and by mid-July will recommend more frequent maintenance checks.

Latest airline fee? Early boardingupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 12:21:00

Do you like to be one of the first people to board a plane, avoiding crowded aisles and getting your pick of overhead bin space? There's a fee for that.

Flight attendant downplays role in helping land airlinerupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 18:02:00

A flight attendant with a pilot's license who stepped in for a sick co-pilot said the experience was "not your ordinary workday," but downplayed her role in the safe landing of an American Airlines flight in Chicago, Illinois.

Confessions of a frequent-flier program skepticupdated: Tue May 18 2010 12:37:00

Call me a frequent-flier program skeptic.

Commercial flights to Haiti to resume Fridayupdated: Tue Feb 16 2010 17:23:00

American Airlines announced Tuesday it will resume commercial flights into Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday, making it the first airline to do so.

Will passengers pay for pillows?updated: Wed Feb 10 2010 16:05:00

Starting in May, American Airlines will charge passengers $8 for a blanket and pillow pack. Would you pay?

Some prices can be too good to be trueupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 16:05:00

Royce Smith planned to visit Sydney, Australia, during spring break to attend an arts festival and work on a book, when he found an unbelievably good fare on American Airlines' Web site: A round-trip ticket from Wichita, Kansas, to Sydney for just $1,198.

American raises checked-bag feesupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 19:25:00

American Airlines has joined its competitors in raising checked luggage fees.

American Airlines to stop offering free blankets on domestic flightsupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 19:22:00

Chilly on the plane? Bring a sweater, or $8 for a blanket-and-pillow pack, if you're on a domestic American Airlines flight.

CNNMoney: American Airlines to furlough up to 175 pilotsupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 14:03:00

American Airlines announced Friday it will furlough up to 175 pilots in the first half of 2010.

Witness: 'It's pretty horrifying'updated: Wed Dec 23 2009 21:24:00

Travelers returning from Kingston, Jamaica, tell what they saw as an American Airlines plane overshot the runway.

Dozens hurt as plane runs off end of runway at Jamaican airportupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 21:24:00

Ninety-one people were taken to a hospital Tuesday evening after an American Airlines plane overran a runway near Kingston, Jamaica, during bad weather and crashed into a fence, officials said.

A canceled flight, a missing refundupdated: Thu Dec 10 2009 17:20:00

When Sarah Paynter's honeymoon flight is delayed by two days, she buys a ticket on another carrier with the promise of a refund from her first airline. But now that the honeymoon is over, there's no sign of the money. What now?

Staying safe from hidden germsupdated: Mon Nov 23 2009 14:46:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen shows us places where germs could be lurking that people often overlook.

Continental, American expand peak-day surchargesupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 17:45:00

Major U.S. airlines' "going to see Grandma" surcharges are piling up this holiday season, and my, what big teeth they have.

American Airlines workers among 23 held in drug flightsupdated: Tue Sep 15 2009 17:44:00

Twenty-three suspects, including nine American Airlines employees, were arrested Tuesday for allegedly transporting nearly $20 million worth of cocaine on flights into and out of Puerto Rico, federal authorities said.

American Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Canadaupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 05:06:00

An American Airlines flight with 206 passengers and crew aboard landed safely in eastern Canada on Tuesday night after reports of smoke in the cabin, an airport official said.

American Airlines pilot arrested after failing Breathalyzer testupdated: Thu May 21 2009 15:32:00

Police arrested an American Airlines pilot who failed a Breathalyzer test at London's Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, the airline and police said Thursday.

CNNMoney: Delta to cut more flights in 2009updated: Tue Dec 02 2008 14:36:00

Delta Air Lines said it plans to cut overall flight capacity by 6% to 8% next year due to "the global economic recession and weaker demand for air travel." As result, passengers can expect flights to be crowded and fare deals to be scarce.

Passenger: Plane slide 'fun'updated: Wed Sep 03 2008 10:58:00

Two passengers describe the scene during the American Airlines plane evacuation.

Transatlantic airline dealupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 01:25:00

ITN's Paul Davies reports on two European airlines seeking a transatlantic deal with American Airlines.

CNNMoney: American Airlines fined $7M for safety violationsupdated: Thu Aug 14 2008 17:00:00

Federal regulators announced Thursday they will seek fines totaling $7.1 million against American Airlines over maintenance issues and problems with its drug- and alcohol-testing programs.

Passenger plane flies with laser system that repels missilesupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 09:33:00

The first passenger plane equipped with a system to repel shoulder-fired missiles successfully completed its flight, a British defense and aerospace company announced Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Airlines: Curb oil speculationupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 18:18:00

Hundreds of grounded planes. Thousands of lost jobs. Nearly two dozen price hikes. Record oil prices have battered the airline industry, and Wednesday the airlines called on Congress to act.

CNNMoney: American Airlines to cut 8% of staffupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 11:27:00

American Airlines said on Thursday that it plans to cut nearly 7,000 full-time employees, or 8% of its total staff, by the end of 2008. New Airline Surcharge: A Bag Too Far?updated: Thu May 22 2008 22:00:00

American's fee on checked luggage is a calculated gamble that consumers would rather shell out at the airport than pay higher ticket prices

CNNMoney: AA to pay pilots for military reserve dutyupdated: Thu Apr 17 2008 13:45:00

Pilots for American Airlines who had been denied vacation and sick leave benefits for short-term military reserve duty will receive back pay in a settlement between the airline and Justice Department lawyers seeking to protect military employment rights.

CNNMoney: American: Back to normal on Sundayupdated: Sat Apr 12 2008 22:59:00

The chaos facing air travelers on American Airlines is almost over.

Flying nowhereupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 10:55:00

Sandra Endo has the latest on flight cancellations by American Airlines.

What to do if your flight is canceledupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 10:55:00

American Airlines canceled more than 2,500 flights in the past three days because of inspections. Over the past three weeks, U.S. carriers overall have shut down about 3,700 flights, leaving travelers stranded and struggling to find ways to get home.

CNNMoney: Turbulence looms for summer travelersupdated: Thu Apr 10 2008 07:39:00

Attention airline passengers: Fasten your seatbelts. The spring flying season is experiencing turbulence - and may continue to be bumpy for awhile.

Pilots: Cockpit dangers being ignoredupdated: Wed Apr 02 2008 22:49:00

Regulators have largely ignored a series of dangerous incidents in which cockpit windshields in commercial airliners shattered in midflight, sometimes forcing emergency landings, according to an American Airlines pilots' group.

Delta, American cancel flights to inspect planesupdated: Thu Mar 27 2008 13:55:00

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines announced Thursday the cancellations of hundreds of flights so the companies can conduct inspections on bundles of wires in some of their jets.

Airline defends 5-passenger flightupdated: Fri Mar 07 2008 05:09:00

Five people got the lavish ride of a lifetime as the only passengers on a transatlantic flight, causing environmental groups to criticize the major carrier for leaving a wasteful carbon footprint.

Oxygen death reports conflictupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 15:31:00

There are conflicting reports about whether a woman who died was given oxygen on an American Airlines flight.

Don't feel great? Rethink flying, company saysupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 15:31:00

The death of a passenger last week aboard an American Airlines flight underscores the importance of taking precautions before flying, a travel health industry representative said Monday.

Anti-missile system to be tested on passenger planesupdated: Fri Jan 04 2008 14:30:00

In first-ever tests for commercial airplanes carrying passengers, as many as three American Airlines jets will be equipped with a shoulder-fired missile defense system.

Fliers beware: 2007 set to be worst year for delays, report saysupdated: Fri Sep 28 2007 11:41:00

Frequent and lengthy flight delays are increasing and worsening, putting 2007 on track to break records set in 2000, according to a Department of Transportation inspector general report.

TSA: Fears about passenger taken off plane unfoundedupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 05:04:00

The Transportation Security Administration said that a passenger taken off an international flight in an emergency stop on Thursday, because of a crew member's suspicions, had done nothing wrong and had posed no security threat. Flying the Precarious Skiesupdated: Wed Jun 13 2007 16:15:00

After another bad weekend, concerns mount over airport delays this summer. Will a Passenger Bill of Rights help?

Fortune: Courting the gay consumerupdated: Wed Dec 06 2006 17:15:00

"Whether you're planning to spend Gay Ski Week in Whistler with your friends, or take your partner to Boston so you can hop over to Provincetown to enjoy Lesbian Week, we have terrific options for you..."

Fortune: A first-class packageupdated: Tue Nov 28 2006 11:10:00

Most elite travelers would never dream of booking a prepackaged vacation. Maybe they should. By booking the hotel of your choice but reserving your flight and rental car through programs like Ameri...

Fortune: A shorter route to 'elite' statusupdated: Mon Jul 10 2006 00:01:00

Any serious business traveler covets "elite" frequent-flier status.

July show: Air miles specialupdated: Thu Jun 15 2006 09:31:00

In July, we take an in-depth look at air miles, an issue close to the heart of all business travelers.

Money Magazine: Ask the Insiderupdated: Wed Feb 01 2006 00:01:00

Jackie Cutlip, managing director of reservations for American Airlines, oversees the training of 4,000 agents.

Suspicious note diverts flightupdated: Tue Jul 19 2005 02:14:00

An American Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan, Puerto Rico has been diverted after a passenger found a suspicious note written on a napkin behind her tray table, an FBI spokeswoman told CNN.

CNNMoney: United, others raise fares to cover fuelupdated: Thu Jun 23 2005 08:14:00

United Airlines, citing rising fuel costs, has joined a growing list of airlines that have hiked fares on domestic and international flights.

CNNMoney: United raises fares by 3 percentupdated: Wed Jun 22 2005 10:34:00

United Airlines added itself to a growing list of airlines instituting fare hikes on domestic and international flights Tuesday, citing concerns over the rising cost of fuel.

American Airlines workers arrested in drug stingupdated: Mon Feb 23 2004 12:27:00

At least 14 current and possibly former American Airlines employees at Miami International Airport have been charged with drug conspiracy in a suspected smuggling operation after a four-year investigation, U.S. government sources said.

Nuns among six passengers kept off American flightupdated: Thu Feb 12 2004 17:29:00

Four California nuns say they were among six passengers kept off an American Airlines flight in January after crew members complained of a sulfur smell in the cabin and ordered passengers off the plane.

Fortune: Blastoff or Bust? AMERICAN AIRLINESupdated: Mon Oct 28 2002 00:01:00

American Airlines sure picked a strange time to start flying shuttles. In late September the company launched ten daily shuttle flights between Boston's Logan and New York City's LaGuardia airports...

Money Magazine: News Briefsupdated: Fri Mar 01 2002 00:01:00

TAX-BREAK EXPANSION. Starting this year, you can give up to $11,000 a year to a child or anyone else without triggering the gift tax. Married couples can give one person up to $22,000 a year. This ...

Fortune: A Wing And A Prayer Numb from disaster, American Airlines just keeps coping and flying.updated: Mon Dec 10 2001 00:01:00

On the Veterans Day when he became an even more grizzled veteran of disaster management, American Airlines CEO Donald Carty stared incredulously at the television in his Fort Worth office. Smoke bi...

Money Magazine: News Briefsupdated: Mon Oct 01 2001 00:01:00

--CREDIT REWARDS. There's no shortage of cards that reward you with loyalty points, but in most cases you can redeem them only at certain retailers. With the new no-fee I-Card from Chase (www.credi...

Fortune: Why Is First Class Hidden By a Curtain?updated: Mon Jun 26 2000 00:01:00

The ugly poly-blend curtain separating coach and first class is a fixture on airplanes. But ever wondered what purpose it really serves?

Money Magazine: Soft Landing Ahead? Airline stocks look sturdier this time around.updated: Thu Oct 01 1998 00:01:00

To understand why investors are wary of airline stocks, consider this: Since deregulation in 1978, the industry has never made money for more than three years in a row. So with the airlines poised ...


Sometime in the next few months, American Airlines and the union that represents its pilots will probably end their 32 months of bickering and agree to a contract. But no matter how things turn out...


After months of transcontinental bickering among American, British, and European trade officials, the proposed alliance between British Airways and American Airlines looks all but dead. In Washingt...

Fortune: The case for stereotyping, Domesticrats uncork one, monopoly in the cockpit, and other matters. THIS IS YOUR PASSENGER SPEAKINGupdated: Mon Apr 22 1991 00:01:00

In which Kindly Dr. Keeping Up escalates an argument that has thus far consisted of one published item (March 11) that groaned extensively about the / overpayment of unionized airline pilots, with ...

Fortune: A script for Donald Trump, the case of the vanishing database, economics for pilots, and other matters. AN EMPLOYER'S LAMENTupdated: Mon Mar 11 1991 00:01:00

We recently flew American Airlines to St. Martin, in the Caribbean, and happened to spend a certain amount of flight time reading about the pilots' plans to strike this carrier in the spring. As we...

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