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Unruly passengers on planes can face fines and other consequences — but it’s not clear how many reports lead to punishment
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Unruly passengers on planes can face fines and other consequences — but it’s not clear how many reports lead to punishment

The rapid growth in the number of unruly, disruptive or downright violent passengers aboard planes was — and still is — a hot topic in the airline business.And the number of incidents was — and still is — alarming. Cellphone videos taken by other passengers show onboard fights, flight attendants being assaulted, other passengers being punched, offenders often duct taped to their seats and law enforcement escorting passengers off planes. Many incidents result in flights being diverted.In 2021, the number of these incidents were north of 6,000. In 2022, while the numbers dropped, they are still more than 10 times higher than in decades past. In 1995, there were 146 reports of unruly airline passengers. So far in 2022, the Federal Aviation Administration has received 1,944 reports. ...
Travelers urged to take advantage of falling airline ticket prices, experts say
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Travelers urged to take advantage of falling airline ticket prices, experts say

Inflation finally slowed in July, a shift that could be due in part to declining fuel prices. That, in turn, appears to have corresponded to a drop in airfares, which are down 7.8% in July compared to June, according to the latest numbers released this week from the Labor Department.Flights from San Diego are $230 cheaper on average than the peak they reached in May, according to the travel site Hopper. Flights to Hawaii have dropped $154, and a flight to Prague will cost you about $300 less."I feel like it went up, but now it's going back to like normal prices," traveler Sharrie Scott said. Airline ticket prices peaked in May as pent-up pandemic demand filled planes and fuel prices soared. To find a deal, Ranada Young and her mom took a ridiculo...
Welcome to a summer of travel hell
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Welcome to a summer of travel hell

Fasten your seatbelts: there's travel turbulence ahead. What started as a summer of so-called "revenge travel," after two years of the pandemic, has turned into travel hell."I'm extremely frustrated and disappointed," said one flier. "They got a few people on board, and then all of a sudden, canceled the flight," said another. Kyndal Young and her kids weren't about to risk losing a minute at Disney World this weekend. "In case we did miss this [flight], I had an extra day to catch up … I built in an extra day," she said. Forty-eight million people are expected to be on the move this Independence Day weekend, the busiest of the pandemic, and the nation's airlines are struggling to keep up. Since Memorial Day, in the U.S. alone more than 200,000 ...