Still hurting for revenue, carriers are constantly coming up with new ways to separate passengers from their money.
Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano says cuts to workers' hours and overtime are delaying flights at major US hubs.
Ridership is at an all-time high along its short-haul corridors. But the story is quite different on the longer routes.
Rapid technology advancements keep driving broadband speeds and availability on planes, but passengers seem less than eager to connect.
The giant grounded planes are taking up lots of precious space near the assembly plants, but they're tough to move considering the 787 can't fly.
The deal between US Airways and American Airlines should continue the recent trend of lower capacity and higher fares. Passengers might gripe, but profits will rise.
A planned marriage between American Airlines and US Airways would likely produce the same delays and complaints as the deals before it.
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