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!


Barbara Peterson

Comments [9]

Robin from Queens

I'm sorry I missed this program when it aired live, because I just got back yesterday from a cross-country trip out of EWR, and the outbound flight was a terrible experience. Long, uncomfortable, rude service at the gate before boarding, seats being changed on me without notification, and on and on. I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling that flying is an awful experience all around now.

Apr. 18 2011 12:59 PM

So is this what the US consumer is stuck with? Any silver lining? Will anything remedy the current state of the US airline industry?

Apr. 18 2011 12:35 PM
Clinton from Manhattan

I was also on a Jet Blue flight (JFK-San Francisco), and we were told it was cancelled "due to weather" when there were plenty of flights on other airlines going there that morning. I thought it was really about the flight not being full.
They simply said we were out of luck.

Apr. 18 2011 12:31 PM
Marcio from Brooklyn

How come international tickets bought in Europe are much cheaper than when the same tickets are purchased in the US?

Apr. 18 2011 12:31 PM
maude from Park Slope

the last two flights I was on everyone seemed to try to take their bags on the plane to avoid fees for checking baggage I assume. both times held up the plane for so long and irritated everyone, mostly the poor flight attendants trying to stuff peoples bags into already overstuffed bins. their job must be absolutely horrible at this point, any thoughts on the flight attendants pain and suffering?

Apr. 18 2011 12:29 PM
Harvey from Manhattan

In light of how air travel has changed since September 11, 2001, will the price of flying always be costly due to the rise of a bureacracy now in place to assure the safety of flight?

Apr. 18 2011 12:26 PM
Sara from LES

Hi there,

Can you asked your guest about missing bags? Isn't that a threat to security? It seems crazy missing luggage happens at all with such heightened security.

Apr. 18 2011 12:25 PM
geo from astoria

I just flew in from Bahamans last night and i went through immigration and customs check in the bahamas instead of on my arrival at JFK.
Ive never had that happen before. What was that all about?

Apr. 18 2011 12:22 PM

Seems like ever since deregulation, air travel in the US has become a race to the bottom price wise at the expense of safety and comfort. What can a consumer do other than take the train?

Apr. 18 2011 12:21 PM

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