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Ned’s summer 2012 top 10 tech accessory gear list

In this "Tech Travel Age" many business and leisure travelers bring along multiple electric and electronic devices on their sojourns. Tech accessories can enhance the use and enjoyment of these devices. Ned Levi offers his summer, 2012 top ten list of accessories for the electric and electronic devices used by travelers while away from home.
By |June 25th, 2012|Columns|8 Comments|

What we’re reading: S. America airline merger, the perfect plane, historic Las Vegas museum

LAN/TAM complete merger, the perfect plane, Clark County Heritage Museum celebrates historic Las Vegas

Sunday musings: Not-so-ethnic foods, travel agency comeback, selfish tipping

Here are ethnic foods that are as American as apple pie. Are travel agencies on the road back when it comes travelers? Finally, selfish tipping rules to get what you want rather than as a reward for good service. Is it bribery? Is it wrong?

Weekend what we’re reading: 3 AA unions support USAir merger, private TSA approved for Orlando, new airport hotels

This weekend we examine the AA/USair merger possibilities. We look at the efforts to privatize TSA airport inspections by Rep. John Mica (R, FL). And, we review some excellent airport hotels around the world that can make a big difference in travel stress, if you have the money.

Do you trust GPS directions?

We’d entrusted our route to the Google Maps app on my iPhone; it had never steered us wrong. The program assured me that yes, the winding road between Santa Maria and Interstate 5 was the fastest, most direct route to our destination. It even showed me the gas stations along the way: a Texaco, an Exxon and a Chevron. Wrong on all counts.

What we’re reading: Food carts that don’t block aisles, safer skies for airplanes, best & worst cities for your skin

Food cart design that doesn't block aisles, even safer skies for airplanes, best and worst cities for your skin and sunburn

Price of oil is dropping, what about fuel surcharges?

The financial news has been filled with news about dropping oil prices and anyone who drives a car can see the drop in gasoline prices. In Washington, DC, taxi fares have dropped because oil prices have. What's happening with fuel surcharges? I haven't heard of any rollbacks. Am I missing something?

What we’re reading: Air France all-female crew, ultimate carry-on for kids, Dreamliner’s windows too bright

Air France is flying with an all-female crew, the ultimate carry-on for kids, ANA may put blinds on Dreamliner's windows to totally block out light

The airline market is not working

Imagine you are in your favorite supermarket, but this time something is different. The overhead index says "Bread - Aisles 2, 5, 8, 11, 15" and Milk says "Aisles 1, 4, 9, 13, 16" and so on. The owner has the idea that if he makes it harder for shoppers to compare products and prices, more will buy higher priced items than they might have under the old layout where most comparable products were displayed side by side or very close to each other.
By |June 20th, 2012|Today|15 Comments|

What we’re reading: Ryanair bids for Aer Lingus, Delta won’t sell jet fuel on open market, 14 top airport amenities

Ryanair makes another bid for Aer Lingus, Delta claims it won't sell jet fuel on open market from its refinery, 14 airport amenities for long layovers that will make you drool