Germanwings Co-Pilot May Have Deliberately Caused Tragedy

In a horrible turn of already tragic events, it appears that Tuesday’s crash of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 over a remote, snow-bound stretch of the French Alps may have been intentionally caused by its 28-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz. All 144 passengers and six crew aboard the Airbus A320 were killed. After recovering one of the black box voice recorders from…

One Million Americans Now Enrolled in TSA Precheck

This morning, the Transportation Security Administration announced that enrollment in its TSA Precheck program has crossed the one million mark. Roughly 4,000 travelers per day now sign up for TSA Precheck, which enables low-risk travelers to move more efficiently through select screening lanes at 133 U.S. airports. Have you signed up for TSA Precheck yet—or for that matter,…

Mom Tries to Sneak Baby through Airport Security X-Ray

Security officials at Nino Aquino International Airport (NAIA/MNL) in Manila, Philippines were recently surprised by a bizarre image on one of their X-ray scanners—a sleeping infant zipped inside a backpack. According to Manila’s ABS-CBN News, Jenifer Pavolaurea, a 25-year-old single mother and nursing graduate student, confessed that she had failed to obtain necessary immigration clearance for her 2-month-old son…

Hotel Alternatives: Booking Rental Homes For Travel

As a companion piece to Ryan Gargiulo‘s post on reasonably priced long-and-short term accommodation, TPG International Contributor Lori Zaino shares a few more websites that will help you rent a house or apartment for your next trip. Although AmEx Membership Rewards partner Airbnb may be the most popular rental site, several other websites offer a variety of rental options, as well. HomeAway, VRBO &…

Insider Series: What Flight Attendants Know About Passengers

Flight attendants have a few tools at their fingertips to give them as much information about their passengers as possible—from their actual elite status to whether or not they really ordered a special meal, and even what they do for a living. As part of our new Insider Series, TPG Contributor (and working flight attendant) Carrie A. Trey shares a behind-the-scenes peek at what your flight attendant…

Insider Series: Should You Tip Your Flight Attendant?

Tips for flight attendants aren’t unheard of on a plane—many attendants have received a few bucks on an alcohol sale, a box of chocolates or candy around the holidays, or more rarely, something nice off the duty free cart. But is tipping expected, or even something you should do? As part of our Insider Series, TPG Contributor (and working flight attendant) Carrie A. Trey…

Insider Series: The Turbulent World of Flight Injury Law

Following last week’s news of a Southwest Airlines passenger who’d been hit on the head by a suitcase falling from an overhead bin suing the carrier for $49,000 in damages, the TPG Team was surprised to learn that there are whole law firms dedicated to airplane accident and flight injury cases. The Points Guy mentioned one such…

Mom and Baby Booted Off Frontier Flight For “Rudeness”

Crawling right behind Air Asia’s “Hot Watergate” and the Korean Air “‘nutroversy,” Tennessee mom Nicki Gazlay and her baby were kicked off a Frontier Airlines flight yesterday for arguing with a flight attendant. Gazlay and her five-month-old son were boarding their connecting flight from Denver (DEN) to Memphis (MEM) when a flight attendant demanded Gazlay take her son out of…

Now Boarding: An Aviation-Themed Bar in L.A.

An exciting new cocktail bar has landed in Los Angeles, not too far from TPG Travel Editor Melanie Wynne. For all you fans of aviation history (and booze), here is her review.  Several miles north of LAX, Los Angeles now has a fun version of a first-class airport lounge that costs nothing to enter. Now Boarding, a new cocktail bar…

Passenger Sues Southwest for $49,000 After Getting Hit With Bag

Upon landing, plane passengers have come to expect a flight attendant warning them to open overhead bins carefully in case luggage has shifted during the journey. But what about before the flight? A man named Jeffery Reinhardt claims that during the boarding process on his recent Southwest Airlines flight from Portland (PDX) to Las Vegas (LAS),  he…