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Airlines restore tiny perks, like pretzels, to pacify fliers

NEW YORK — After 15 years of near austerity, U.S. airlines are restoring some small perks for passengers crammed into coach.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Business

Sea-Tac Airport sees record passenger traffic again in 2015

SEATTLE — Officials say 2015 passenger traffic at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport set a record — again.Port of Seattle officials said in a news release more than 42 million people traveled through the airport last year, an increase of 12.9 percent over the previous year.

Date: 01/30/2016 | Northwest

Oregon-based airline postpones air service in Washington

PORT ANGELES — A Portland, Oregon-based airline has postponed planned air service in Washington state.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Northwest

TSA finds more guns in carry-on bags in 2015

Airport security screeners in the U.S. found a record high number of firearms in carry-on bags last year, and most of them were loaded, officials said.The Transportation Security Administration said it found 2,653 firearms, 20 percent more than in 2014, and that 83 percent...

Date: 01/22/2016 | Nation & World

New ID rules don’t affect Washington residents’ flight access yet

TACOMA — The standard-issue driver’s licenses carried by most Washington residents are still accepted at the airport, but that could change following a federal warning that passengers on commercial air flights may need more proof of identity.

Date: 01/04/2016 | Northwest

TSA changes policy on full-body screening of passengers

Under a new policy for screening airline passengers, Transportation Security Administration officers at the airport can now require that you go through a full-body scanner even if you ask for a pat-down search instead.

Date: 12/29/2015 | Nation & World

Airlines prepare for the holiday crush

DALLAS — Airlines are shifting the timing of thousands of flights, even adding dozens of redeyes, as they try to avoid delays while hauling millions of passengers from now through the Christmas weekend.Success or failure could all depend on the weather and Mother...

Date: 12/24/2015 | Business Wire

U.S.-Mexico expand air travel opportunities

WASHINGTON — The United States and Mexico have agreed to open their air markets so that airlines from both countries can operate the routes they want with no restrictions.

Date: 12/19/2015 | Business Wire

Alaska Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Spokane

SPOKANE — A smoke-filled cabin forced an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Spokane to make an emergency landing.Alaska spokeswoman Halley Knigge said flight 2372 landed safely in Spokane at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday with 75 passengers and 4 crewmembers on board. There were no injuries.

Date: 12/15/2015 | Northwest

Man pleads guilty to assault on flight from Seattle to Maui

HONOLULU — A college student in a Honolulu courtroom Monday used a soft voice to recount his drunken behavior on a flight from Seattle to Maui, which included hitting a flight attendant.

Date: 12/14/2015 | Northwest

Lawyers: Process to contest no-fly list is still inadequate

PORTLAND, Ore. — The federal government has not sufficiently improved the process for people barred from flying over the U.S. to challenge their placement on the no-fly list, lawyers for six people on the list told a federal judge Wednesday.

Date: 12/09/2015 | Northwest

Rudder problem, pilot action blamed for Airbus A320 crash

A rudder control system problem that had occurred 23 times in the previous 12 months coupled with the pilots’ response led to last year’s crash of an AirAsia plane that killed all 162 people on board, Indonesian investigators said Tuesday.

Date: 12/01/2015 | Business Wire

Thanksgiving air travel to be highest in 8 years

Thanksgiving air travel in the U.S. is expected to rise 3 percent this year with 25.3 million people hopping planes, the most crowded the skies have been since the Great Recession. The good news for travelers is that airfares have been on a distinct decline since summer, according to a forecast...

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire

Alaska Airlines cancels flights to Puerto Vallarta

SEATTLE — Seattle-Tacoma International Airport-based Alaska Airlines has canceled all passenger reservations into the southwestern Mexico resort town of Puerto Vallarta Saturday due to Hurricane Patricia.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Northwest

Grant County airport to get passenger service to Seattle

MOSES LAKE — People will be able to fly out of Grant County International Airport for the first time since 2010 through a new commercial air service.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Northwest

Southwest warns travelers to plan ahead after delays

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines said hundreds of flights have been delayed by technical issues and warned passengers flying Monday to arrive two hours early and print boarding passes before coming to the airport.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

VIP planes of the world

China has a 747; here’s what others fly

Date: 09/21/2015 | Nation & World

Grant might get Sioux Falls nonstop flight to Seattle

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A federal grant may soon make it possible for travelers in the southeast South Dakota region to get to Seattle without the hassle of a layover.

Date: 09/20/2015 | Northwest

Girls get a glimpse of a future in aviation

SNOHOMISH — Harvey Airfield is kicking off a world-wide effort aimed at getting girls involved aviation.

Date: 09/19/2015 | Local News

American Airlines accidentally flew the wrong plane from L.A. to Hawaii last month

In late August, American Airlines accidentally flew the wrong plane from Los Angeles to Hawaii, a mix-up that violated Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Nation & World

United says CEO Jeff Smisek is out, effective immediately

The chairman and CEO of United Airlines is stepping down in connection with an investigation into the airline’s dealings with the former chairman of the agency that operates New York-area airports.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Business Wire

Airport art? An app will guide

Tired of perusing magazines and shaking snow globes in the airport gift shop?Now you can explore the 65-piece public art collection at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.Sixty-five pieces? Who knew?

Date: 08/09/2015 | Life

US official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777

WASHINGTON — Air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

Date: 07/29/2015 | Nation & World

Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice

NEW YORK — The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel.They have no other choice.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire

First-class airport terminal ... for critters

NEW YORK — Jet-setting stallions and high-flying hounds at New York’s Kennedy Airport can look forward to a new luxury terminal that will handle the more than 70,000 animals flying in and out every year.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Off the Wire

Iran could buy $20 billion in airliners

The historic nuclear deal with Iran gives Boeing and Airbus Group a rare opportunity to reshape a civilian aviation industry.

Date: 07/15/2015 | Business Wire

Tips for sending young travelers soaring on their own

School breaks mean more kids are on the move. Often, solo flights become part of a family’s travel plans. Here are five tips to consider when putting your child on a plane:

Date: 07/04/2015 | Life

Solar plane lands in Hawaii after 5-day flight

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World

Feds probe possible collusion to keep airfares high

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Business Wire

Flight at Sea-Tac held while ill passenger checked

SEATAC — A Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokesman says passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Chicago were held on the plane for more than an hour after landing Monday night while a doctor assessed a sick passenger’s ailment.

Date: 06/30/2015 | Northwest

Airline group scraps plan for smaller carry-on luggage

You probably won’t need to buy a smaller carry-on suitcase after all.

Date: 06/17/2015 | Business Wire

EPA to regulate U.S. airliner emissions

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration proposed Wednesday to regulate aircraft emissions in much the same way as power plants, saying they are a threat to human health because they contain pollutants that help cause global warming.Using its authority under The Clean Air...

Date: 06/10/2015 | Business Wire

U.S. airlines step up attack on Middle East carriers

Leaders of the three largest U.S. airlines are stepping up their attack against Middle Eastern competitors that they say get unfair government subsidies.

Date: 05/16/2015 | Business Wire

Bellingham airport sees fewer passengers, fewer flights

Traffic at Bellingham International Airport dropped for the first time in more than a decade last year and could fall even further this summer. An airport consultant expects a 35 percent year-over-year decline in traffic this June.In 2012 and 2013, the Bellingham...

Date: 05/14/2015 | Business

Denver airport beats peers as its city ranks near top for growth

DENVER — Denver International Airport posted lower borrowing costs than most of its peers last year while generating higher returns, although it operates in a state with the 22nd-largest population.

Date: 05/11/2015 | Nation & World

Alaska Airlines adds flights from Seattle to Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Alaska Airlines is beginning nonstop flights from its Seattle hub to Charleston in November.The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Tuesday that the airline is also adding nonstop service to Nashville, Tennessee, and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina.

Date: 04/29/2015 | Business Wire

Bellingham airport could see big dip in passengers this year

BELLINGHAM — This summer could see as large as a 35 percent dip in passengers at Bellingham International Airport due to lost flights and fewer Canadian passengers.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Business

U.S. airlines rattled by success of Mideast rivals

Qatar Airways, the national airline of the Persian Gulf sheikdom, arrived June 26, 2007, at Newark Liberty International Airport for the first time from the tiny nation’s capital of Doha.

Date: 04/26/2015 | Business Wire

Increased screening planned for airline, airport employees at Sea-Tac

SEA-TAC — Officials are tightening security for airline and airport employees at Sea-Tac Airport after a baggage handler in Atlanta was accused of smuggling guns on to a plane.

Date: 04/21/2015 | Northwest

Expert: Tale of worker asleep in cargo hold is a warning

SEATTLE — The misadventure of a baggage handler who fell asleep in the cargo hold of a jetliner should be a warning for airlines to improve security procedures, safety experts said Tuesday.

Date: 04/14/2015 | Northwest

Flight returns after worker trapped in cargo hold

SEATTLE — A Los Angeles-bound Alaska Airlines flight had to return to Seattle on Monday after a worker reportedly fell asleep and found himself trapped in the plane’s cargo hold.

Date: 04/13/2015 | Northwest

A snapshot of perimeter breaches at major US airports

An Associated Press investigation documented 268 instances in which people hopped over, crawled under, drove cars through or otherwise breached the fences and gates protecting the perimeters of 31 of the nation’s busiest airports between January 2004 and January 2015. Here’s a look at some of those...

Date: 04/09/2015 | Nation & World

Investigation details perimeter breaches at US airports

Several hundred times over the last decade, intruders have hopped fences, slipped past guardhouses, crashed their cars through gates or otherwise breached perimeter security at the nation’s busiest airports — sometimes even managing to climb aboard jets.

Date: 04/09/2015 | Nation & World

US says India’s aviation oversight is up to snuff

U.S. aviation authorities say India’s aviation safety oversight system is safe again, reports the Associated Press. Wednesday’s announcement clears the way for Indian airlines to add flights to the U.S.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Southwest Airlines CEO gets 24 percent pay raise

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines Co. earned a record profit last year and the CEO benefited with a 24 percent increase in compensation, to $5 million.Southwest detailed 2014 compensation for Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly in a regulatory filing Monday.

Date: 04/06/2015 | Business Wire

Travel seminars

The Savvy TravelerTravel seminars Saturdays at 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. Call 425-744-6076, 877-225-1994, or go to Africa: Namibia, Botswana & Zambia: 10 a.m., April 11

Date: 04/05/2015 | Life

Internet connection issue delays 22 Alaska Airlines flights

SEATTLE — An Alaska Airlines spokeswoman says an Internet connectivity problem temporarily delayed 22 departing flights Thursday night.Spokeswoman Nancy Trott said the problem delayed the flights by as much as an hour. It was resolved by 11:20 p.m.

Date: 04/03/2015 | Northwest

Southwest diverts flight to Idaho over burning smell

BOISE, Idaho — A Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Spokane was diverted to Idaho after a burning electrical or smoke smell was reported in the passenger cabin.The plane landed in Boise at about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Date: 04/01/2015 | Northwest

Drawing the line between privacy and protection

The pilot who crashed the Germanwings plane, taking 150 lives, was too ill to work, according to doctors' notes found at his home. But Germany's strict medical privacy laws barred the doctors from conveying that judgment to the airline.A horrific event that could have been...

Date: 03/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Travel seminars

The Savvy TravelerTravel seminars Saturdays at 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. Call 425-744-6076, 877-225-1994, or go to

Date: 03/29/2015 | Life

Unsettling questions follow co-pilot’s murderous suicide

The apparently intentional downing of a Germanwings airliner by the co-pilot has us riveted, as commercial plane crashes usually do.In each terrible instance, we put ourselves in the cabin, imagining what our last thoughts or actions would be. Would we close our eyes and...

Date: 03/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Co-pilot was terrorist with an unknown message

We don't need to know the political or religious views of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Gunter Lubitz to call his crashing of a crowded airliner into a mountainside an act of terrorism. And we don't need any further evidence to recognize a cruel irony: Legitimate fear of potential...

Date: 03/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Disney parks offer more ‘Frozen’ fun in Florida and California

ANAHEIM, Calif. — After the success of Disney’s 2013 movie “Frozen” and its introduction of Arendelle sisters Elsa and Anna, it’s largely forgotten that an early trailer for the movie didn’t even show Elsa and Anna; it was all about Olaf the snowman and reindeer Sven.

Date: 03/28/2015 | Life

European air authority recommends 2 crew in cockpit

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Europe’s aviation safety agency recommended Friday that airlines always have two people in the cockpit of a flying aircraft after it emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in the cockpit to crash the plane.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Nation & World

Travel seminars

The Savvy TravelerSeminars Saturdays at 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. Go to and Palaces of India: 10 a.m., March 28India, Incredible India!: 1 p.m.,...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Life

Mukilteo mayor: Give county earful about airport

MUKILTEO — Mayor Jennifer Gregerson is asking residents here to voice their opposition to commercial air service at Paine Field by contacting Snohomish County officials.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Local News

Canceled Antarctica cruise leaves her in the cold

Q: It’s been a goal of mine to travel to all seven continents. Antarctica is no easy feat, so I’ve been saving and doing research for several years. A few months ago, I booked a cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula with G Adventures. I was set to leave for the trip last fall, so I had...

Date: 03/06/2015 | Life

Big step for Paine Field

County Council clears way for passenger terminal

Date: 03/02/2015 | Local News

Would passenger flights work?

Only way to know for sure is to try at Paine Field

Date: 03/01/2015 | Local News

Hope rises for wildfire victims

North Creek Presbyterian Church lends a helping hand

Date: 02/27/2015 | Local News

Southwest grounding 128 planes over missed inspections

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines Inc. says it has grounded 128 planes after failing to inspect backup hydraulic systems used to control the rudder if the main system fails.The airline said Tuesday night that it had canceled 90 flights so far. The grounding covers about one-fifth its fleet.

Date: 02/25/2015 | Business Wire

Passenger service proposal deserves fair look

The last time an airline sought to offer regular commercial flights to and from Paine Field, the company, Allegiant Air, offered to build its own terminal but wanted the space at the county's airport for free, with no lease payments.

Date: 02/20/2015 | Editorials

No-fly tone

Paine Field commercial flights met with opposition

Date: 02/18/2015 | Local News

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