Cruise safety and personal responsibility

Ned Levi examines shipboard crime for cruisers in light of recent cases of sexual assault aboard cruise ships, and how cruisers might take personal responsibility for their safety by using awareness, “streetsmarts,” and commonsense. — a “Seatguru” for hotel rooms?

Many frequent travelers and most good travel agents who book airline tickets have become very familiar with While not perfect, the site gives seat maps of most aircraft with major carriers and points out particularly good and bad seats on the plane. Is there room for a site that attempts to do the same for hotel rooms?

Crunch time in Washington for passenger rights and fee transparency

We are entering the endgame for the proposed passenger rights regulations and for Congressional action to mandate airline fee transparency. Nothing is set in stone at this time. Department of Transportation (DOT) activities with the rulemaking evidently have been moved from the depths of the department to the Secretary’s office and will be sent to the Office of Management and Budget. The FAA bill is moving through Congress.

Remarks before the ABA Forum on Air and Space Law

Yesterday, I spoke before the American Bar Associaton Forum on Air & Space Law update conference in Washington, DC. I was part of a panel discussing airline consumer rights and the state of the industry after the tarmac-delay rules. I was part of the panel because I have been clear about my belief that there is far more to passenger rights than simply tarmac-delays.