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2008-06-18 15:00:00

By Donna Hogan, The Tribune, Mesa, Ariz. Jun. 18--Consumers were unhappy with U.S. airlines even before they slashed flights, services and jobs, and started charging for previously free amenities. And they dislike Tempebased US Airways more than any other big carrier except Northwest and United. That's according to J.D. Power's annual survey of airline satisfaction, conducted between April 2007 and March and released Tuesday. The survey takers talked with nearly 20,000 passengers,...

2008-06-18 06:00:20

By Jessica Hopper, The Miami Herald Jun. 18--Customer service, not higher fares and additional fees, is the reason passengers' satisfaction with airlines is at its lowest level in three years, according to a new study by J. D. Power and Associates. The decline in satisfaction with "people" factors -- courteousness, helpfulness, friendliness and knowledge of airline staff -- was more than twice as great as the decline in satisfaction with price, the consumer research firm reported. "We...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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