Fake travel insurance? 6 questions to ask before buying a policy

George Fredrickson never suspected the travel insurance he bought for his transatlantic cruise last year was fake. But it was. Here are six questions to ask if you don't want the same thing to happen to you.

Airline pre-boarding is a joke no one is laughing at

As the population of travelers rises with the temperature outdoors, it is more apparent every day that we have become a nation of "needy" people. Either that, or the airlines have greatly relaxed their definition of what it takes to board early.
By |March 31st, 2009|Today|11 Comments|

Arnold should be terminating airline alliances — not supporting them

The Oneworld alliance has gained the support of California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in its application for antitrust immunity status, or ATI. But has the Governator seen this issue from the travelers' side?
By |March 31st, 2009|Today|2 Comments|

United, Chase stir up class envy, don’t even serve cake

Airlines and credit card companies are offering all kinds of bonuses and deals, designed with the recession in mind. But not at Chase. They aim for the bigwigs who are still spending.
By |March 31st, 2009|Today|3 Comments|

European Union set to sign open skies agreement with Canada

Earlier we reported that the European Union and Canada have reached a deal that will open up the aviation market to each other. Now the European Union Transport Ministers and Canada are set to sign the agreement. This means that Canadian and European airlines have the freedom to fly between any Canadian airport and any European airport.

Long on-board delay focus won’t solve air traffic crisis

Long on-board delays. Perfect fodder for yellow journalists and for government officials looking for easy causes to help with reelection. But they are not the right focus for those hoping to convince government officials to fix our ailing national Air Traffic Control (ATC) system.
By |March 31st, 2009|Today|1 Comment|

Bad landings: 5 amazing plane crashes caught on tape

The astounding footage of a crash-landing FedEx plane in Tokyo is just the latest in a series of plane accidents that have been caught on tape. Here are five clips worth watching.

First job for FAA’s new chief? Stop the bickering

The Obama administration is set to nominate Randy Babbitt, a prominent aviation consultant and former head of the largest U.S. commercial-pilot union, as the next head of the Federal Aviation Administration. It's about time.
By |March 30th, 2009|Today|0 Comments|

Shhh, quiet! Railroads are listening — but will the airlines?

While America's passenger railroads listen to passengers and add "quiet cars," US airlines are considering permitting inflight Internet phone use. Ned explores the problems of inflight phone communication.
By |March 30th, 2009|Columns|3 Comments|

Coming soon: a “no talking” section on planes?

Airplane flights are the last bastion of escape from being available 24/7. Which is one reason that Internet access on planes is a mixed blessing. While the FAA seems in no hurry to allow cellphone use in the sky, there's already a way around the phone ban.
By |March 30th, 2009|Today|4 Comments|