parking lot trouble — This is what your captain is talking about. You’ll be on a bumpy road…even if you manage to get out of the airport.
The truth is that airline passengers rarely hear a status report coming through the cockpit intercom due to an increase in cancellations and delays.
Travel surged last year following the pandemic’s downturn, but now air travelers are returning from jetways frustrated, confused and downright angry.
Snap storms, computer meltdowns and FAA glitches have disrupted the industry over the past few weeks, with major airports still struggling to meet passenger surges, chronic airline overbooking and pre-pandemic demand. There is tension in the working force.
A series of unforeseen problems have swept Texas in recent days. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, home to American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, conditions are dire, with mixed ice and snow making runway operations nearly impossible.
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has previously lost power due to snow, sleet, and ice, halting operations. But this time, passengers have witnessed preemptive cancellations from two airlines, one of which was already in a doghouse with customers due to poor performance during Christmas week and passengers sleeping at the airport. , thousands of bags misplaced, leaving flyers looking for another airline baffled. how to get home.
It’s the Southwest that suffered the infamous holiday meltdown. NBC’s Saturday Night Live publishes new airline tagline: “If it’s that important, walk.”
Today alone, American Airlines canceled or delayed more than 1,200 flights. Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines has canceled or delayed more than 950 flights. According to his FlightAware flight tracking website, most of these cancellations occurred at or were destinations at either DFW or Dallas Love Field Airport, both of which are major transfer points for people traveling across the country. am. Even if the passenger’s final destination is nowhere near, the sheer number of aircraft that have to pass through causes a cascade of delays.
Southwest Airlines told POLITICO that it has “made schedule adjustments” to support operations at airports affected by this week’s winter storms to keep flights running safely and smoothly.
Brewing in the background is Southwest’s larger goal of getting things right with its passengers and regaining trust, or at least approval, after the Christmas week debacle. The Department of Transportation has vowed to make “extraordinary efforts” to ensure customers are compensated for these troubles, questioning whether airlines set the schedules knowing they could not be properly staffed. We are investigating.
But at some point, this all sounds the same, doesn’t it? Buzzwords about aggressive scheduling measures, decongesting runways, limiting overbooking, preparing airports for the next big travel rush, increasing so-called government oversight — concerns of passengers seeking normalcy from airlines They frequently do little to quell.
To them it always seems like something. Bad weather and extreme weather events that only get worse, IT systems down, planes requiring unscheduled maintenance, the list goes on and on.
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— The Fed will hike rates again, even though inflation is falling. The Federal Reserve today raised interest rates by a quarter percentage point, bringing policymakers one step closer to a pause in the inflationary struggle expected later this year. For now, the central bank’s interest rate-setting committee has said rate hikes are “ongoing,” suggesting further increases in borrowing costs. However, today’s move is the smallest price hike since last March and reflects the fact that price spikes have been cooling off for months.
— Biden and McCarthy hold White House meeting on debt ceiling. President Joe Biden met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy today to explore ways to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and avert possible economic catastrophe. , agreed on at least one thing. “The president and I had our first good meeting. There is no agreement, no commitment, except to continue this conversation.”
— FBI searches Biden’s beach house in Delaware: Federal agents today searched Biden’s vacation home in Rehoboth, Delaware, as part of an ongoing investigation into his handling of classified documents, officials said. Biden’s personal attorney, Bob Bauer, said in a statement that the president’s team did not seek advance notice of the operation. He confirmed a search was underway by the Justice Department after being reported by CBS News who observed a black car arriving outside.
— Mark Zuckerberg defeated an FTC antitrust challenge. Meta got early court approval for its bid to acquire Within Unlimited, makers of virtual reality fitness app Supernatural. U.S. District Judge Edward Davila issued a preliminary injunction against the transaction in his two sealed judgments while the FTC pursued another lawsuit in an internal administrative court, according to people familiar with the matter. refused to issue orders.
— The Federal Reserve is investigating Santos’ role in its service dog charity program. FBI agents are investigating the role of Rep. George Santos, RN.Y., in a GoFundMe scheme that allegedly involved a disabled U.S. Navy veteran’s dying service dog.Today, 2 agents reached out to former military officer Richard Ostoff on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Osthoff told his agent a 2016 text message to Santos. Santos says he used his plight to raise $3,000 for life-saving surgery for his pitbull mix, Sapphire. A questionable fundraising scheme is he one of the many scandals plaguing freshman Republicans.
EU partition of Ukraine — Brussels is expected to pour cold water on Ukraine’s hopes of joining the EU quickly during the two-day summit in Kyiv, writes the EU leaders’ draft statement. Barbara Moens When Suzanne Lynch.
The statement did not specifically mention the ambitious timeline set by Ukraine, with the country’s Prime Minister Denis Shmykal even saying this week that he wants POLITICO to join within two years. In addition, the document offers only vague assurances that the process will move forward once all EU-mandated milestones have been achieved.
“Once all the conditions specified in the Commission’s opinion have been fully met, the EU will decide on further measures,” the draft states. “Ukraine emphasized its determination to meet the necessary requirements to start accession negotiations as soon as possible.”
The document also emphasizes the need for “comprehensive and consistent implementation of judicial reform” in line with the advice of the Venice Commission, citing in particular the need to reform Ukraine’s Constitutional Court.
According to several EU diplomats and sources, the wording has been met with strong backlash from some EU member states for overpromising Ukraine’s potential EU membership.
Last June, EU leaders recognized Ukraine as a formal candidate in record time, but opinions remain divided over how quickly the European Union will move Ukraine through the EU accession process. ing.
dangerous altitude — Nearly 50 years ago, Nanda Devi Unsold, daughter of alpinist Willy Unsold, died while hiking on the Indian peak Nanda Devi, after which Nanda Devi was named. Nanda Devi Ansold was 22 when she left on an expedition with her father in 1976. Her death was the result of a blood clot caused by the high altitude. (Her father died in an avalanche on Mount Rainier three years later). Nanda Devi, a hiker who survived the dangerous and controversial climb that killed young Ansold, explains how things went wrong and who Nanda Devi really was. Svati Kirsten Narula Reported “The Himalayan tragedy that changed mountaineering forever” for Outside Magazine.
don’t blow it away — Sen. Kirsten Cinema’s departure from the Democratic Party should be a golden opportunity for Republicans. But his two celebrities, the losers of his 2022 election in Arizona, are eyeing his 2024 Senate candidacy, blowing an increasingly winning race among Republicans. It is written that it is causing anxiety that it may not be. Holly Otterbein, Burgess Everett When Ally Mutnick.
Republican Blake Masters, who fell five percentage points short of running for the Senate last year, is talking to consultants and calling about another potential run. Some Arizona Republican strategists think it’s a foregone conclusion for him to jump in, but people familiar with his move say he hasn’t really made a decision at this point and is testing the situation. He said only
Unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is also considering a Senate campaign. It is expected that
The possibility of Lake and Masters re-entering politics complicates the renewed optimism felt by Republican officials about capitalizing on cinema’s recent switch to party independence. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D.) , Arizona) are already running for election, so Republicans see a golden opportunity to win a three-way election with a majority vote.
Now it threatens to tamper with opportunities by putting out unsuccessful candidates who align themselves with former President Donald Trump or cling to election denial.
“The 2024 candidates whose main campaign theme is stolen elections will probably have the same problems that some of the 2022 candidates had,” said the second-ranked Senate Republican leader.
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