FROM Seth Kaplan
United Airlines under fire after passenger was dragged off plane On Sunday, United Airlines forcibly removed a man from an overbooked flight. Videos of the event have gone viral and United is reeling from the public backlash they’ve caused. The airline randomly selected the man to be “involuntarily” bumped to a later flight to make room for its own staff. This practice of “re-accommodating,” as United put it, is legal. We discuss what this incident says about the airline industry.
Airline Collusion and Price Fluctuations This fourth of July weekend, millions of Americans will be flying somewhere, and those holiday plane tickets probably didn’t come cheap. So this week’s announcement that the Department of Justice is investigating the four major airlines for collusion caught our attention. Given the turbulent history of the airline industry, consumers may always be in for a bumpy ride when it comes to fares.
Air Safety and Cockpit Protocol During a press conference earlier today, French officials said that Tuesday’s crash of the Germanwing Airbus was deliberately caused by the plane’s co-pilot, a 28-year-old German man named Andreas Lubitz. According to voice recordings, in the minutes before the plane slammed into the Alps, Lubitz locked the captain out of the cockpit. Some of the many questions people are asking today include how something like this could technically happen and what the security protocols are for cockpits. We look at what rules are in place and how they might change in the wake of this accident.
Airline Profits Soar Summer travel season is in full swing. Good news for the airlines. For us? It generally means long lines at the airport, extended stays on the tarmac, and figuring out the best way to origami ourselves into ever-smaller airplane seats. But while passengers complain, U.S. airlines are reporting record profits.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.