Missouri may be a no-coast state, but Southwest Airlines is expanding its service to add more direct flights to the East and West coasts.
Last week, footage of Transportation Security Administration officials at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport trying to pat down a three-year-old girl in a wheelchair went viral -- and brought national attention to TSA in St. Louis. Nathan Forck, the father trying to get his family to Disney Wor ... More >>
Last Friday evening, American Airlines flight 1186 roared out of Lambert International Airport, headed for Chicago-O'Hare. But by the time it hit 5,000 feet, it had collided with a bird, and had to turn back (this has happened at Lambert more than a couple dozen times so far this year). Here's how i ... More >>
The holiday weekend brought out the idiots again, as bozos with laser pointers lurking somewhere near Lambert International Airport shined their technological gewgaws into the cockpits of two aircraft on successive days.
The airline industry needs cash in a major way. Overall profits were down some $3 billion last year, and so airlines have started rolling out well-publicized, much-maligned fees for things like checked bags and carry-on luggage. (Enjoy using that armrest for free while you still can.) Thankfully, ... More >>
The Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Commission announced today that TSA Pre, its passenger pre-screening program, will expand to more airports in 2012 -- including Lambert, a.k.a., TSA's Airport of the Year.TSA Pre allows passengers to provide information about the ... More >>
Lambert Field weathered the storm this year -- and came out on top!We know what you're thinking: Lambert Airport is the airport of the year?! The judges must really like plywood windows!Whoa! Easy now. Those blown-out windows from the tornado last April are being replaced, thank you very much. An ... More >>
TwitterLeish Hailey was not laughing yesterday at Lambert Field.Update 3 p.m. Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend, Camila Grey, released a statement today saying that they "were not making out" or creating any spectacle. "It was one modest kiss." The couple plans to file a formal complaint with the ... More >>
A US Airways flight form New York to Phoenix this morning made an unexpected stop at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Jeff Lea, spokesman for the airport, tells Daily RFT that the plane landed at 7:50 a.m. because of a "security-related concern." Passengers were taken off the plane. An in ... More >>
Update 10:45 a.m.: The Transportation Security Administration today released a statement saying there was no security threat on United flight 3681 last night and no fake federal air marshals. The flight returned to the gate at the pilot's discretion. Original story follows...We're taking this sto ... More >>
A former Blues player is among the 43 people dead following the crash of an airliner Wednesday carrying the KHL hockey team, Locomotiv Yarslavl. The Russian-built airliner crashed in western Russia shortly after liftoff. Just two people survived the accident.Pavol Demitra was not one of the survi ... More >>
tsa.comThe new "gingerbread" scanners at airports.The Transportation Security Administration announced last week that it's rolling out "privacy" enhancement for its controversial full-body scanners. The software upgrades mean that the scanners will no longer reveal a realistic, semi-nude image of ... More >>
kveo.comRobert Hedrick was denied bail, so maybe he still has available that $50 million for St. Louis Aerotropolis.Wow. Rough couple weeks for St. Louis officials hoping to turn Lambert Field into a major cargo hub with China and Latin America. First, industry experts assail the project (Exhibit ... More >>
courtesy of Lambert-St. Louis International AirportThe airport's bringing sexy back.OK, so they're not quite as glorious as the bathrooms at the Fountain on Locust -- which famously won an award last summer for having the best damn loo (or two) in the nation.But the new bathrooms at Lambert-St. L ... More >>
What will they think of next? petairways.comToday Lambert - St. Louis International Airport announced that Pet Airways will add the city to the 14 other destinations currently served by the airline. Pet Airways offers to ship your pet in style for fares starting as low as $99. According to the ai ... More >>
All the buzz about stepped-up airport security during the Thanksgiving travel-palooza seems to have been much ado about nothing. Media reports stoked fears of huge delays, gropings, protests and all-around mayhem, but it didn't really happen, here in St. Louis or in other airports around the coun ... More >>
Sexy? Maybe if you're Terminator 2.The Transportation Security Administration has been rolling out full-body imaging machines at the nation's airports for the past couple years. Now the scanners have finally arrived in St. Louis (a.k.a. terrorist target #499 on a list of 500 cities). The X-ray de ... More >>
image viaAmerican Airlines announced today that it would rehire 545 furloughed TWA flight attendants, and Sen. Claire McCaskill is pumped. TWA and American Airlines merged in 2001, and 2,500 flight attendants, many of them employees for the former TWA, were laid off with the right to reclaim ... More >>
It is high time the TSA get its comeuppance for airport screening indignities.On March 29, 2009, Steve Bierfeldt was detained in a small room at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and interrogated for a half-hour by the Transportation Security Administration. Bierfeldt's ... More >>
Alaska? She'll take you there.Lambert-St. Louis International Airport announced today the addition of its 14th commercial carrier: Alaska Airlines. The company will begin service in September with a once a day flight to Fairbanks, Juneau, Anchorage, Nome, Ketichikan, Seattle. That's Seattle, Wash ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsAccording to AAA, travel during this Memorial Day weekend is slated to be up five percent over last year. Personally, I decided to get out of town this weekend - in fact, I'm already in Cleveland visiting my parents and my boyfriend, while tying up loose ends for my RFT work ... More >>
Image sourceThe skies aren't so friendly anymore.And it wasn't even Annie! On a completely different Southwest flight last night, this one from Seattle to Lambert, a St. Louis man went batshit crazy and started pounding on the cockpit door. The plane had to be diverted for an emergency landin ... More >>
About 50 members of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots landed at the Four Seasons hotel this week for their annual convention. The society was founded in Las Vegas in 1978 to provide moral support for women in a heavily male-dominated field. (It still is; in the U.S., less than five p ... More >>
Should this plane have been grounded? According to a new study, more than 65,000 flights should have been over the past six years.Since 2003, at least 65,000 U.S. airline flights should never have been permitted to leave the ground because shoddy repair work and improper maintaina ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/The Picture HouseIn 1957, amid the true glory days of air travel, Frank Sinatra came out with a hit song, "Come Fly With Me," which evoked the glamour and exhilarating anticipation of climbing aboard an airplane.Come fly with me, lets' fly let's fly awayIf you can use s ... More >>
This just in from the media arm of Mansion Theatre, home of "Branson's biggest shows."A junket of Branson-based singers and a few Branson favorites (i.e. Tony Orlando) just returned from a trip to Iraq and Germany to visit and entertain U.S. troops. The group also handed out Crocs sandals to the Ira ... More >>
You may have had your fill of the Boeing vs. Northrop Grumman/European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) air force tanker brouhaha. But I don't recall reading as many specifics of Boeing's protest as former RFT staffer Mike Seely offers in a blog post at our sister paper Seattle Weekly. Seely sp ... More >>
DMX gets a wake-up call at an airport, and the Pussycat Dolls are more pre-fab than you think. Plus: the debut of St. Louis scene trading cards!
The Lambert Airport expansion
With bills coming due at Lambert, St. Louis considers drastic change
The Lambert Airport expansion
Lambert's billion-dollar expansion hangs on a wing and a prayer: The numbers no longer add up
Porn star parties, broken promises and layoffs at Lambert: there are so many ways for St. Louisans to get screwed!
Bridgeton Mayor Conrad Bowers fails to persuade Lambert Airport officials to buy him out
High-dollar airport expansion rolls on despite fewer flights, loss of TWA
Stepped-up airport security is more sizzle than steak
On this flight, the biggest threat seemed to be a gassed-up, grabby pilot
Thursday, Aug. 9; Rocket Bar
The only thing St. Louis can count on is uncertainty
Once reviled as a last recourse, airport food has gone upscale
The number of flight operations at Lambert drops, raising new doubt about W-1W
Why TWA keeps losing money and how Carl Icahn keeps cashing in at the airline's expense
Don't try to sneak home, or TWA will take your luggage hostage
Did Tom Brown's tough stance against the W-1W Lambert expansion plan cost him his union position?
Twenty minutes from downtown, the $300 million MidAmerica Airport is ready and waiting for business -- any business. Trouble is, Lambert is killing its chances of attracting commercial traffic.