Sunday, December 16, 2012
USAir Makes AA Merger Offer
Tuesday December 11, 2012

If you'd told us ten years ago that the only legacy carriers left standing would be United, US Airways and Delta, we'd tell you you were nuts!
Yet last Friday US Airways formally proposed a merger with American Airlines, with US Airways' CEO, Doug Parker, running the combined company.

In a separate development, pilots at AA approved a new labor contract. That marks a key step in the company's recovery and could give added momentum to a merger.

The merger proposal from US Airways would give creditors of AA 70 percent of the combined company. Analysts say the pilots' vote gives AA creditors certainty about the company's labor costs, making it easier for them to weigh which deal gives them more money: American on its own, or a merger with US Airways.

In a message to employees after the pilot vote, American CEO, Thomas Horton, said they were wrapping up work on whether to remain independent or merge with US Airways. 

AA filed for bankruptcy in November 2011. Read more here.
Beware of Airlines Bearing Gifts!

This holiday season, the airlines have a gift for you: Hidden fees!  These fees are waiting for you at the airport and will add to the other fees you paid when you bought the ticket.

So sign our White House petition to demand DOT restore true comparison shopping for airline customers. Sign the petition here:

Great FlyersRights Partnerships

Flybag™ - the must-have TSA-compliant toiletry kit for the efficient traveler. From now until the end of the year, when you purchase a Flybag™ at regular price ($16) and enter code ISTILLFLY, you will receive one dollar off AND another dollar will be donated to For more info, visit

Get into the holiday spirit with a visit to the FlyersRights online wine shop!  A wonderful glass of wine AND support airline travelers everywhere.  You can't miss with any of these wines.

Thank you as always with all your help and assistance to FlyersRights!
Kate Hanni  

Thursday, December 6, 2012

TSA Vendor Faked Tests of Naked Body Scanners 
'Allegations of contractor malfeasance'
December 5, 2012
The latest outrage was revealed by a TSA official during a grilling from members of a House panel Nov. 15 over information that one of the vendors of the body scanners may have falsified tests on software that was supposed to eliminate naked images of passengers moving through the machines at airport checkpoints.

During the hearing, which was held by the House Homeland Security subcommittee on transportation and entitled, "TSA's Recent Scanner Shuffle: Real Strategy or Wasteful Smokescreen?" lawmakers raised the question of whether the company, Rapiscan, manipulated operational tests.

Reports said it's possible that the discovery of the phony tests prompted TSA to remove 90 or more body scanners from major airports, as FlyersRights reported in October, following months of complaints.

TSA claimed the revealing machines were being moved to smaller airports to speed up lines at the larger airports. Now, it's been revealed that the machines, which are worth about $14 million altogether, have actually been placed in storage at a warehouse in Texas.

In his opening statement, the chairman of the subcommittee, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., made reference to the potential "malfeasance."

"At this time, I'd like to insert a letter for the hearing record that I sent to [TSA] Administrator [John] Pistole yesterday expressing concern about recent allegations of contractor malfeasance that may have led to the failed tests that put us in this situation," he said. "I hope we can get some answers today on this extremely disturbing situation."

To date, the federal government has sunk about $1 billion into some 800 scanners. Moreover, the agency has outline plans to buy and deploy a thousand more over the next two years.
Remember FlyersRights!

We are fast approaching Christmas and the end of the fiscal year, and for many people and companies this is also a time to make a charitable contribution.

That's why we would like to propose the possibility of sending a tax-deductible contribution to Flyers' Rights Education Fund (FREF).  

Your End of Year Gift of financial support will be a tremendous asset in helping us move forward in 2013 promoting the dignity, safety and well-being of air travel within the United States.
Flyers' Rights Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Your donation is tax deductible.

There is no amount too large or too small. Whether you can contribute $5, $100 or more, it will make a difference.  Make your charitable donation online before the end of the year, or mail your check to:, 159 Silverado Springs Drive, Napa, CA 94558.

Great FlyersRights Partners!
Goosecross Cellars, a Napa winery, produces a perfect spectrum of wines to cover everyone's flavor preferences, with proceeds going to support FlyersRights. A wonderful glass of wine AND support for airline  travelers everywhere. You can't miss with any of these wines.   
Flybag - the must-have TSA-compliant toiletry kit for the efficient traveler. From now until the end of the year, when you purchase a 
Flybag™ at regular price ($16) and enter code ISTILLFLY, you will receive one dollar off AND another dollar will be donated to For more info, visit 

Kathleen Hanni