Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY

Dawn Gilbertson


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Recent articles by Dawn:

Southwest Airlines cuts nonstop routes from Los Angeles, Boston, Orlando, Dallas

The airline is eliminating nonstop flights on several routes, including Los Angeles-Cancun, Boston-Atlanta and Dallas-Oklahoma City, effective Jan. 6. → Read More

Allegiant Air adds new warm-weather destinations from Knoxville

Allegiant Air is gearing up for the busy winter travel season with 24 new nonstop routes. Take a look → Read More

Louisville airport will get a direct flight with Allegiant to new Florida location

A new Allegiant nonstop flight to and from Sarasota, Florida, will be added the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. → Read More

American Airlines adding first flights to Africa, Poland, returning to Tel Aviv

American plans to begin service between Philadelphia and Morocco and Chicago and Poland next summer. Flights to Israel will resume next fall. → Read More

7 Spirit Airlines flights in 5 days: The good, the (not too) bad and the annoying

USA TODAY took seven Spirit Airlines flights in five days to test the budget airline's fledgling turnaround. The trip went off with few hitches. → Read More

Spirit passengers spooked by bat on flight to New Jersey

The bat was flying through the cabin on a 6 a.m. flight from Charlotte to Newark. Someone captured it and put it in the bathroom, one passenger said. → Read More

Southwest Airlines exiting Newark, adding Hawaii, Cozumel flights

Southwest Airlines said it will cease operations in Newark, New Jersey, on Nov. 3. It is also adding more Hawaii flights and plans new service to Cozumel, Mexico. → Read More

Check your reservation: American joins United in extending Boeing 737 Max cancellations into November

American Airlines and United have removed the Boeing 737 Max from their schedules through early November. → Read More

'We kind of couldn't believe it:' American passenger recounts 21-hour delay as airline struggles

American Airlines blames flight woes on a slowdown by its mechanics to gain leverage in contract talks. The union denies it and blames management. → Read More

Southwest updates safety information cards to avoid Boeing 737 Max confusion

Southwest has stopped using combined safety information cards following the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft due to fatal crashes. → Read More

Miranda Lambert, Mookie Betts and TSA PreCheck: Sign up at music fests, Red Sox games

The TSA is trying to boost enrollment by offering sign-ups at nontraditional venues. → Read More

More Boeing 737 Max travel trouble: Southwest cancels flights into October

The airline said the move will result in 150 daily flight cancellations. Southwest is the largest U.S. operator of the Boeing 737 Max. → Read More

Flying United in August? Check your reservation for new 737 Max cancellations

The airline has removed the Max 9 from its schedule through Sept. 3, a move that will cancel 60 flights a day. → Read More

Rethinking a Dominican Republic vacation? Airlines waive change fees after tourist deaths

Travelers can change their flight without the usual penalties. Other airlines are working with concerned travelers on a case-by-case basis. → Read More

Got a question or gripe about your Delta flight? Soon, you'll be able to 'text' for help

The airline is testing an option for travelers to reach out via text message with flight questions or concerns. → Read More

Frontier Airlines growing again: 9 new nonstop routes, including Las Vegas flights, $29 intro fares

The Denver-based discount airline is expanding heavily in Las Vegas, with new flights from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland and other cities. → Read More

Booking fall travel or holiday flights? Here's how to find out if it's on a Boeing 737 Max

Southwest, American, United and Alaska airlines are all selling flights scheduled on the Max for post-Labor Day travel. → Read More

Interested in TSA PreCheck? It might soon be cheaper and easier to sign up

TSA, trying to boost enrollment in the expedited security program, is studying options including a shorter, cheaper membership and mobile enrollment. → Read More

Move over, Waikiki and Hanauma Bay: Here are 10 must-see beaches on Oahu

Visitors to Honolulu who don't venture out will miss sea turtles in their own habitat, sweet surfing spots and secluded sunrise and sunset spots. → Read More

Allegiant adds 10 nonstop routes, including service to three new cities

Low-cost carrier Allegiant is adding flights from State College, Pennsylvania; Traverse City, Michigan; and Redmond, Oregon. → Read More