Seth Kaplan

aviation journalist

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Editor and managing partner of Airline Weekly

Seth Kaplan on KCRW

President Trump announced today that the U.S. is grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes. This is an about-face for the FAA, which insisted the planes were safe.

U.S. grounds Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes

President Trump announced today that the U.S. is grounding Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes. This is an about-face for the FAA, which insisted the planes were safe.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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.

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.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

This fourth of July weekend, millions of Americans will be flying somewhere, and those holiday plane tickets probably didn’t come cheap.

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.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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