Barbara Peterson

Senior Aviation Correspondent for Conde Nast

Barbara Peterson appears in the following:

Germanwings Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Plane

Thursday, March 26, 2015

According to reports, there was a terrifying life and death battle between members of the crew in the final moments before the crash.

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AirAsia Flight 8501 Vanished Over Ocean

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Malaysia-based AirAsia jet was flying from Indonesia to Singapore when it dropped out of contact Sunday, 6:24 AM local time. The jet had 162 people on board and is still missing.


Who's to Blame for the Torture of Reclining Airline Seats

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The person in front of you has a choice whether or not to lean back and crush your legs, but it's the airlines themselves that are packing more seats closer together.

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Flight Plans Over Conflict Zones

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's been a busy week in the world of aviation - MH17 shot down in Ukraine and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banning US-airlines from flying to Tel Aviv for 24 hours. Barbara Peterson, senior aviation correspondent for Conde Nast Traveler and Jacques Astre, an airline transport pilot with over 30 years experience as an aviation safety inspector with the FAA, talk about how flight plans deal with conflict zones.

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How Does a Plane Go Missing?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It's the mystery that has captured the world's attention for the last four days: The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 a Boeing 777 carrying 239 people on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. How does a plane simply vanish? Barbara Peterson, senior aviation correspondent and a contributor to Condé Nast Traveler, weighs in.

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FCC May Lift Cell Phone Airplane Ban

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission is poised to make a decision on whether to lift the ban on cell phones in flight. Now the cell phone proposition has flight crews up in arms—and passengers aren't so sure how they feel about it, either. Barbara Peterson, senior aviation correspondent for Condé Nast Traveler, looks at the changes ahead, and what we can expect as the holiday travel season kicks off.

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Looking at What Went Wrong on Asiana Flight 214

Monday, July 08, 2013

Following the crash landing of Asiana Flight 214 that was travelling from Seoul, South Korea to San Francisco, details are now emerging about went went wrong abroad the Boeing 777, and the errors that may have been made by the flight crew. The 11-hour journey is reported to have gone relatively smoothly as the 291 passengers traveled across the Pacific. That is until the very last few moments. The Takeaway examines what went wrong on Asiana Flight 214.


Why a Falling Euro Might Not Make for a Cheaper Vacation

Friday, June 08, 2012

The Eurozone is in complete disarray, and the Euro has fallen against the dollar. Does that mean it will be cheaper for American to travel to Europe? Not exactly, says Barbara Peterson, senior aviation correspondent at Conde Nast Traveler. Airfare costs depend on more than the exchange rate. 

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American Airlines Seeks to Lay Off 13,000

Thursday, February 02, 2012

On Wednesday, American Airlines declared that it would lay off 13,000 workers or 15 percent of its workforce. The company is attempting to emerge from bankruptcy, which it filed last November. Along with the layoffs, the company is seeking to cut employee pensions and some health benefits. AA CEO Tom Horton called the decisions "painful" but said in the end, the moves would preserve tens of thousands of jobs that would have otherwise been lost.


New York City Airports Ready to Resume Operations after Hurricane Irene

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene made landfall in New York Sunday morning, downgraded to a tropical storm after hitting the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Philadelphia, and New Jersey particularly hard over the weekend. Last night, the storm reached New England, triggering floods in Vermont. At least 16 deaths have been reported as a result of the storm. This morning, after being grounded through the weekend for Hurricane Irene, airlines at New York City's three major airports are readying their planes and crews for departures.

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The Unfriendly Skies

Monday, April 18, 2011

Barbara Peterson, Conde Nast Traveler’s Senior Aviation Correspondent, discusses the trend of air traffic controllers falling asleep, problems with plane maintenance and planes losing their cabin roofs, rising airplane prices, last-minute canceled flights, and other aviation matters. She’ll also be answering questions from callers! If you have a question about air travel, call us at 646-829-3985!

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Are Air Traffic Controllers Overworked?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

After another incident of an air traffic controller falling asleep while on the job alone, the FAA announced yesterday that it will now post an extra staffer on overnight shifts in 27 control towers across the country. The incident in Nevada early Wednesday morning is the sixth time this year an air traffic controller has fallen asleep while working alone during a night shift.

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Reassessing Airline Maintenance

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

A Sacramento bound Southwest Airlines flight declared an in flight emergency on Friday when five feet of paneling ripped out of the 737's ceiling. Flight 812 made a rapid descent from its cruising altitude of 36,000 feet down to 11,000 feet and later landed safely at Yuma Marine Corps Air Station.  

In the recent past, airlines have been caught being lax in their adherence to maintenance inspections. In 2008, the FAA levied a $7.5 million penalty against Southwest for its failure to do mandatory inspections for fuselage fatigue on some of its planes. Southwest wasn't the only airline.

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Airlines Struggle to Mop Up Blizzard's Delays

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

We’ve been reporting on the devastating East Coast snowstorms all week, hearing your stories and seeing your photos. Today we take a look at how the blizzard has affected post-holiday travel. Yesterday, hundreds of passengers bound for Vancouver sat on the tarmac at JFK Airport in New York for over 11 hours — and that’s not the only horror story circulating between airline terminals.

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How Seriously Should We Take Airport Security Boycotts?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Many air travelers, both passengers and pilots, have expressed their frustration with the full body scanners and enhanced pat-downs enacted by the Transportation Security Administration earlier this month. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano say our privacy is a small sacrifice for our safety, but many people don't think this is a tradeoff they want to accept.

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The Challenges of Terrorism Security

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The investigation continues into how Uma Farouk Abdulmutallab was allegedly able to smuggle explosives onto Northwest Airlines Flight 253. President Obama from Hawaii said in a press conference that "we need to determine just how this suspect was able to bring dangerous explosives aboard an aircraft and what additional steps we can take to thwart future attacks." At The Takeaway, we want to find the answers to that, too: What exactly went wrong, and how can it be prevented in the future? To help with the answer is Barbara Peterson, a senior aviation correspondent for Conde Nast Traveller, and Chris Yates, and aviation security analyst for defense publication Jane's.


An FAA Whistleblower and the Question of Airline Safety

Friday, June 05, 2009

After Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, flown by Colgan Air, crashed in Buffalo, New York, earlier this year, a federal safety inspector at Colgan Air said he had reported to his supervisors that planes were flying at incorrect speeds, with a broken radio, and failing multiple attempts at landing properly. That safety inspector is Chris Monteleon, who says his complaints were ignored; he was relegated to a desk job.

Monteleon joins The Takeaway to talk about his experience with Colgan Air. Barbara Peterson, a Senior Aviation Correspondent for Conde Nast Traveller, also joins the show to talk about airline safety.


A look ahead to travel in 2009

Friday, December 26, 2008

During the holidays, weather problems have stranded passengers throughout the nation. But what does future travel have in store for passengers? To tell us about what 2009 may bring is Barbara Peterson, the senior aviation correspondent for Conde Nast Traveller.