Category Archives: Aviation

What Airlines Not To Fly This Holiday Season

Mary Schiavo   December 16, 2016   Comments Off on What Airlines Not To Fly This Holiday Season

As the holidays approach, our thoughts (or more likely the thoughts of our college-age children on winter break) may turn to exploring the far-flung corners of the world. As your family plans its travel, you would be wise to make a list and check it twice—against the European Union list of banned carriers and the FAA list of nations which fail to meet the international safety standards of aviation. Checking these two lists may be the most important thing you do before you travel.

Baby on Board? Pregnant passengers should ask their doctor — not their airline — whether it’s safe to fly. And by the way, where is the baby a citizen?

Mary Schiavo   August 22, 2016   Comments Off on Baby on Board? Pregnant passengers should ask their doctor — not their airline — whether it’s safe to fly. And by the way, where is the baby a citizen?

The birth of a baby girl on board a Cebu Pacific flight last week made international headlines and was met with well wishes and an airline gift of one million frequent flier miles for the baby. Despite delivering several weeks before her due date, the mother and baby are reportedly doing well. The flight crew nevertheless decided to divert the Dubai… Read more »

Remembering ValuJet Flight 592 — and how its legacy lives on

Mary Schiavo   May 11, 2016   Comments Off on Remembering ValuJet Flight 592 — and how its legacy lives on

Twenty years have passed since a DC-9 operated by budget carrier ValuJet crashed into the Florida Everglades, taking the lives of 110 people. After months of investigation, the NTSB determined that an illegal shipment of uncapped oxygen generators (secured only by duct tape) fueled a cargo fire which included tires and other ValuJet company materials, and brought down the Atlanta-bound airliner shortly after takeoff from Miami International Airport on May 11, 1996. The NTSB never determined the ignition source that started the fire.