Flying While Intoxicated: Drunk Pilots Grab Headlines, But Are a Rare Occurrence

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

David Hans Arntson had been a captain for Alaska Airlines for more than 20 years when the airline randomly administered him a test for drugs and alcohol on June 20, 2014. The test results showed the longtime pilot had put passengers in serious danger that day. After flying two flights for the airline, Arntson’s blood alcohol …

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Norwegian Axes All Flights to Caribbean

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Amid a constant flurry of cost-cutting measures, budget airline Norwegian announced Tuesday it will stop all of its Caribbean routes by March 31. After a period of fast expansion, the now-cash-poor carrier has been recently on a mission to slow its growth and focus on turning a profit. Norwegian reported huge losses in 2018, totaling a …

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Southwest Is Introducing New Fees Next Year. What Will It Start Charging For?

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Southwest Airlines is beloved by flyers for allowing two free checked bags and not charging fare-change fees. It’s also famous for not assigning passengers seats. Even without charging these ancillary fees that are the basis of many other airlines’ profits, the budget carrier still raked in a cool $645 million from extra fees in 2018, …

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Norwegian Just Posted Huge Losses, and Now Emirates Is Trying to Poach Its Pilots

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

On Thursday, Norwegian Air posted a net loss of 1.5 billion Norwegian kroner ($175 million USD) for 2018. Now another airline, Emirates, is trying to poach its pilots. An internal memo from the Dubai-based carrier on Jan. 29 states that Emirates is eyeing fellow Gulf airline Etihad as well as struggling Norwegian to help patch its …

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Should Airlines Stop Cooking Fish Inflight for Allergic Flyers?

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

In the long list of feuds between airline staff and passengers, flyers’ allergies have always been a hot button issue. That battle, however, has historically been waged by passengers with peanut allergies who could accidentally come in contact with remnants of the salty snack that could trigger a reaction. Now, a new allergy seems to …

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Why Do Some Passengers’ Ears Bleed When Plane Cabins Have Pressure Issues?

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Last Friday, an issue with the pressure in the cabin of a Southwest Airlines flight forced the aircraft to return to its airport of origin, Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport (BDL). Part of the reason the flight turned around, the Hartford Courant reported, was because passengers’ ears were in pain. At least one passenger was bleeding …

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See the Pictures: Southwest’s First Hawaii Test Flight Lands in Honolulu

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Southwest Airlines’ first test flight in its quest to launch routes to Hawaii landed at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) Tuesday afternoon local time. The Boeing 737-800 was being tested as part of the Extended Range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards (ETOPS) certification process with the Federal Aviation Administration to launch flights over oceans. There …

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Southwest’s First Test Flight to Hawaii Is En Route — Here’s How to Follow It

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Southwest’s first-ever test flight to Hawaii is officially underway. The carrier confirmed it would operate its first test flight to Hawaii on Tuesday, the next step it must take in order to get certified to fly over the ocean to the islands. An airline flying twinjets, like Southwest does, needs to go through an Extended Range Twin-engine …

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Ryanair Reports $22 Million Loss as Brexit Hardships Loom

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Irish ultra-low-cost carrier Ryanair reported a €19.6 million ($22.4 million USD) profit loss for the third quarter of 2018. Ryanair also painted a bleak outlook for future earnings with Brexit complications looming over the industry, calling risks from a no-deal Brexit “worryingly high.” Blaming low fares on the stiff competition throughout the European market, the Dublin-based …

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Southwest Set to Operate First Hawaii Test Flight on Tuesday

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Southwest Airlines will take a massive step toward its much-anticipated Hawaii service on Tuesday. The budget carrier has confirmed it will operate its first test flight to Hawaii on Tuesday, the next step it must take in order to get certified to fly over the ocean to the islands. An airline flying twinjets, like Southwest …

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Plane Wreckage of Soccer Star’s Fatal Flight Located

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

The aircraft wreckage of soccer star Emiliano Sala’s downed flight has been located, the scientist leading the search effort said Sunday, according to an AP report. Two weeks ago, the 28-year-old athlete was flying on a Piper PA-46 aircraft from Nantes, France, where he played for the city’s team. The light aircraft was only carrying Sala — …

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This Glamping Startup Just Raised $115 Million and Is Coming to a Campsite Near You

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Glamping startup AutoCamp wants to make sure your next camping trip is filled with luxury — and just raised a boatload of cash to do it. The 5-year-old company is based in San Francisco, and known for its selection of modernized RV campers and luxe tent accommodations in popular camping areas in California, including Yosemite, …

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A Florida Man Drove Through an Airport Fence to Do Doughnuts Near Runway

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

A Florida man was arrested Wednesday afternoon when he crashed his car through a perimeter fence at Pensacola International Airport (PNS), drove onto an active runway and did doughnuts in a grassy area nearby. Zane Alexander Carlson, 20, drove through the fence near the passenger terminal at about 12:50pm Wednesday, police said, according to the …

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Qatar Is Buying More Long-Range Jets as Diplomatic Blockade Wears on

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Qatar Airways is amending an order for 50 Airbus A321neo jets to swap in 10 of the long-range models as a diplomatic feud in the region, a so-called “blockade,” wears on. The blockade began in June 2017 when neighboring countries Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic relations with Qatar and essentially boycotted …

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Fire Rages at Newark Airport Parking Garage

Written by Jessica Puckett @ The Points Guy

Firefighters battled a severe blaze on the roof of a parking garage at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on Thursday morning. More than a dozen vehicles were severely damaged in the fire, which was spitting thick columns of dark smoke into the air over the New York City area airport. There were no …

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