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Best US Airlines in 2018

If you’re not a frequent flyer and thought that all airlines offered the same exact sardine can experience, think again! Just like different car manufacturers have different perks for their cars, each airline has ways in which they’re better or worse than the competition. Some airlines are never on time, but they offer the most leg room. And some flights offer great amenities, but their destinations are limited.

When we factored in all of the things that matter to people who fly frequently (things like punctuality, customer service, best prices, cabin comfort, etc.) we came up with a comprehensive list of the best (and worst) airlines of 2018. Read our guide below before booking your next flight so you can fly with the best of the best. 

Is There a Pilot Shortage?

It seems like every time travel is mentioned nowadays, people are quick to point out the “pilot crisis.” Everyone seems to assume flying will become cost prohibitive in the next few decades thanks to statistics released by Boeing and Airbus that claim we’ll need over 600,000 new pilots by 2035. But, there’s more to these statistics than initially meet the eye. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a pilot, you may want to take advantage of the shortage, but is it worth it? Read on if you are clamoring for facts about the pilot shortage and if it’s worth enrolling in flight school amidst the deficit.

What are your rights on an airplane?

With all of the negative press major airlines have been receiving lately for their treatment of paying customers, it’s not hard to imagine what you would do if something similar happened to you while traveling. From flight cancellations to lost luggage, what exactly are you entitled to as a passenger of an airplane? And what rights do you automatically terminate when you purchase your ticket or board the aircraft? To help clarify these issues, we’ve detailed 4 common scenarios and what your rights are for each situation.

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1. If you get involuntarily bumped from your flight

Airlines frequently over-sell seats on their planes to make up for inevitable “no-show” passengers. This, in of itself, is not an illegal practice. When an airline overbooks a flight and there aren’t enough seats for all of the passengers, the Department of Transportation requires that the airline ask passengers individually if anyone would be willing to voluntarily give up their seat in exchange for compensation. If enough people volunteer, you’re in the clear. But even if you don’t volunteer (and no one else does,) it is possible that you could STILL find yourself bumped off of your flight, even if you are in desperate circumstances.

What You Need to Know About The Laptop Ban

Many people who are hearing about the recent carry-on electronics ban are freaking out and rightfully so. Laptops and tablets help provide hours of entertainment on grueling flights, allow employees to work on important tasks and keep parents from losing their minds when cooped up with their toddler in an airborne sardine can. But, before you join the throngs of angry masses, we’ve outlined what you need to know about the laptop ban so you can get all of the facts first.

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The State of In-Flight Wifi

If you’ve ever tried getting some work done while on a flight, you’ve probably experienced the horror that is known as “in-flight wifi!” Some airlines don’t even bother with this particular “perk” and others charge ludicrous amounts for their agonizingly slow connections. Despite the airlines’ yearly promises of significant improvements, this market just doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Will passengers ever get any work done while flying? Let’s take a look at the state of in-flight wifi and keep our fingers crossed.

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