Should the U.S. government approve the American Airlines – US Airways merger? Yes/ No? Why?
This is a topic that doesn’t come up very often. In fact, since the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) doesn’t have jurisdiction over airline reservation systems and travel agencies, it has not been part of the overall Internet privacy discussions. Your privacy with airlines exists at the whim of the airlines with little government oversight. Next week, for the first time, travel privacy will be under the microscope at a hearing being held by the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections.
While touting only 12 conflicting non-stop flights, AA/USAir actually overlap on connecting-flight routes between more than 760 markets
While the FAA sequestration fiasco had been brewing, airline and pilot lobbyists together with the Consumer Travel Alliance were furiously working behind the scenes in unprecedented unity to head off what each group saw as a possible pending disaster involving delays and misuse of earmarked aviation system funds.
In an audacious request to the Department of Transportation (DOT), Airlines for America (A4A) and the Regional Airline Association (RAA) have requested a temporary exemption from “tarmac-delay regulations for a period of 90 days or until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sequestration furloughs end, whichever is longer…” The response from the Consumer Travel Alliance (CTA) is, “No exemptions” in the strongest terms.