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After weeks of waffling and speculating, several news outlets report that the $11 billion merger between US Airways and American Airlines will arrive as soon as this week.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to fly bareback on a bald eagle? If you're looking for the purest American flight experience, look no further than the coming merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways — forming the most American airline to ever exist, at least in name.
Want to fly the jingoistic skies? Look no further American Airlines, whose parent company filed for bankruptcy in 2011, but which revealed today a new, vaguely patriotic logo and flag-heavy planes.
American Airlines canceled 50 flights Thursday and plans to cut around 40 more Friday so that it could get to work on fixing seats on 48 planes, seats which had a habit of coming off the floor mid-flight.
America's most beleaguered airline has finally figured out why seats on three of its flights have come loose mid-flight: someone installed the clamp the the wrong way. Feel better?
A row of seats coming unbolted off the floor of an aircraft mid-flight should be a freak occurrence. It isn't for American Airlines, and now that it's happened twice, the Federal Aviation Administration is getting involved.
People will always complain about flying, but one airline appears to have surpassed the rest in sheer high-profile annoyance. Thanks to epic delays, rows of seats coming undone, and a scathing op-ed from a literary star in The New York Times, American Airlines—slogan: "We Know Why You Fly"—may have sealed the title of the country's least liked airline.
On his radio show Tuesday, Glenn Beck told the tale of his harrowing Labor Day visit to New York City, capped by a journey home in he was subjected to "subhuman" treatment by an American Airlines flight attendant who didn't open his soda for him.
Alec Baldwin, prolific tweeter and anti-paparrazi activist, (who is also -- we've heard -- an actor), quit Twitter on Monday. His parting words: "It's been fun." Instead of wallowing in grief, let's remember the good times.
A flight attendant who told a plane full of passengers that their flight was going to crash will not engender the kind of sympathy that America's famous Jet Blue flight attendant's freak-out.
In upstate New York, the supermarket chain Wegman's was happily running commercials featuring an anecdote Alec Baldwin told about his mom on Late Night, but after just "a few dozen" customers complained, the chain pulled the ad spots.
Alec Baldwin threw a hissy fit on an airplane when he was told to turn off his cell phone before takeoff, American Airlines says, reportedly stalking off to the bathroom and slamming the door.
Thanks to two heavily retweeted witnesses who said that he'd been kicked off a plane, the Internet has been full of speculation about what was going on with 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin on an American Airlines flight before he responded on Twitter.
At least one airline is getting its comeuppance for those hours-long, pre-liftoff runway waits that have passengers scratching their heads while they sit on the tarmac.
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