The annual World Airline Awards conferred by the U.K.’s Skytrax – based on input this year from almost 20 million participating global travelers – have something notably missing from their list of the world’s best economy class. The list of the ...

 

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What’s wrong with U.S. airlines’ economy class?

Typical Thai Airways economy cabin. (Image: Thai)

The annual World Airline Awards conferred by the U.K.’s Skytrax – based on input this year from almost 20 million participating global travelers – have something notably missing from their list of the world’s best economy class.

The list of the Top 20 economy class airlines doesn’t include a single U.S. carrier.

The reasons why are...

 
 

New facial scans of air travelers trigger controversy

Here's a look at Delta's facial recognition scanners at gates (Image: Delta)

As the Department of Homeland Security continues to expand the use of facial recognition cameras at U.S. airports, and as more airlines test the technology at boarding gates, a new report has cast doubt on the effectiveness and legitimacy of the entire project.

DHS is already using biometric facial scanning of some...

 
 

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Can you guess which city subway system I'm riding? Hint: It's on the Danube river- see Viking post below for the answer (Photo: Barkley Dean)

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Trip Report: Viking River Cruise through Europe

The Viking Gullveig is 443 feet long and carries 190 passengers. Here docked in Krems, Austria on the Danube River (Photo: Chris McGinnis)

One of the hottest travel trends of the last decade has been the rapid rise in popularity of European river cruises. I've been reading about them, writing about them, seeing the ads when watching Downton Abbey and wondering about them for years. But I...

 
 

United cramming more seats into its 757s

United plans to put more economy seats in its 757-300s. (Image: BriYYZ/Wikimedia Commons)

A few months ago, we reported on United’s plans to refit its international 777-200 fleet by adding about two dozen seats per aircraft, as it installs its new Polaris front cabin and reconfigures economy seating from nine-across to 10-across. And now it is cramming more seats to another aircraft...

 
 

 

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