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Congress Just Voted To Regulate the Size of Airline Seats (Here’s the Catch)

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.  There’s cheering in certain quarters. There’s rejoicing at the idea that sanity might (for once) have prevailed when it comes to air travel. You see, on Friday the House of Representatives passed the FAA Reauthorization Bill. Yes, …

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United Airlines Just Made a Shocking Decision To Make Passengers More Comfortable (Well, Some Passengers)

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.  This is strange. I’m so used to airlines doing everything they can to squeeze more seats onto planes that I’m feeling a touch light-headed. You see, FlightGlobal just revealed that United Airlines is actually going to have …

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Alaska Airlines Just Decided Your Carry-On Has to Be 32 Percent Smaller (the Reason Why Is Eye-Opening)

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.  In the realm of annoying airlines, Alaska doesn’t generally win, place or even show. It’s often voted the best U.S. airline. Which may not be saying that much, but certainly shows a spirited attempt at customer service. …

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This Brilliant New Design Makes the Middle Seat the Best One on the Plane (Guess How Many U.S. Airlines Have Ordered It)

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. The future of flying is uncomfortable. The only real question is how uncomfortable. Seats are getting smaller, humans are getting larger and tempers are getting hotter. Remember, American Airlines’ latest plane, the Boeing 737 MAX, actually reduces …

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This Passenger Just Claimed He Was Forcibly Dragged Off a Plane By His Collar (No, It Wasn’t United Airlines)

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.  For United Airlines, the anniversary of dragging a paying, bloodied passenger, Dr. David Dao, down a plane brought nothing more than a few fond remembrances and claims that the airline is so much better now. This doesn’t …

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A Mom Speaks Out After She Says an American Airlines Plane’s Ceiling Panel ‘Fell on My Son’s Head’

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. American Airlines is modernizing its planes.  Well, some of them. Yet it only takes one serious incident to make you wonder how well any airline’s planes are being maintained, when the pressure is, these days, placed forcefully on …

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This Famous Airline Just Made a Stunning Decision to Be a Little More Civilized (but There’s a Catch)

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.  Airlines have rules. Upon rules. Upon rules. Some might even make sense.  Others belong to times when men (thought they) were men and women were treated even less equally than they are today. I suppose, therefore, that …

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Southwest Airlines Had a Brilliant Reaction When a Passenger’s WiFi Wouldn’t Work

Meet Mike, who works for Southwest Airlines. Actually, we’ll probably never truly meet Mike. We don’t even know his last name. All we know is that he’s part of the Southwest Airlines Social Care Team–the group of people on the other side of the Southwest Airlines Twitter feed. Oh, and we also know that he was working …

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This Famous Airline Is Putting a Waist-Size Restriction on Passengers (Business Class Passengers, That Is)

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.  Broadly speaking, airlines are happy to annoy customers if they feel they can make money out of it. What, though, should one make of a curious decision taken by an airline with a reputation for gentle hospitality? …

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United Airlines and the Dead Dog. The Airline Offers an Explanation (and a Bizarre Suggestion)

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.  You know what happened, don’t you, on flight 1284 from Houston to LaGuardia on Monday evening? A United Airlines Flight Attendant insisted a passenger’s carrier be put in the overhead bin. The carrier had a dog inside. The …

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A Dog Died On a United Flight. Here’s What Happened To Another Dog On Another United Flight

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.  It’s hard to know whether these things happen predominantly on United flights, or whether the airline’s lagging brand reputation makes such stories emerge more readily. Yesterday, ululations were emitted in horror after a woman told the story …

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