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About Charlie Leocha

Charles Leocha is a nationally recognized expert on affordable travel and the publisher of Consumer Traveler. He is the author of Travel Rights and a series of guidebooks covering the USA and Europe. In 2009 he founded the Consumer Travel Alliance together with Christopher Elliott. It was renamed Travelers United in 2014. During his time with Travelers United, he has testified regularly before Congress and serves on consumer advisory committees with DOT and TSA.
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    Sunday musings: Austrian “culture advice,” Flying is still safe, 7 top airports,

Sunday musings: Austrian “culture advice,” Flying is still safe, 7 top airports,

Should tourists get "cultural advice"? Is flying still safe? 7 top airports
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    Travelers United and Business Travel Coalition duel with airlines in Pittsburgh media

Travelers United and Business Travel Coalition duel with airlines in Pittsburgh media

An op-ed in the local paper of the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee gets a rise from the DC Airline Association. Here's the editorial battle.

Why privacy is important for travelers

It doesn't take much consideration to realize that the security of your travel data is important, very important.
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    Sunday musings: Air Traffic Control to music, London to Vienna visually, LCCs go international

Sunday musings: Air Traffic Control to music, London to Vienna visually, LCCs go international

The new air traffic possibilities put to music, a train ride from London to Vienna and long range international low cost airlines. A potent brew.
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    Tourism Videos: Exploring Canada, Catalan Coast, Coca for altitude, Cool Holland

Tourism Videos: Exploring Canada, Catalan Coast, Coca for altitude, Cool Holland

Great fun with creative advertisements. These companies are spending money in the right places.

Stop dressing police and TSA like storm troopers

The closest that most Americans come to feeling the oppression of police is at TSA airport checkpoints. No one enjoys the experience.

A day in the life of the Department of Homeland Security

All 22 DHS components have unique missions. Exactly how much is illustrated in DHS' daily to-do list. When citizens look at the scope of this giant agency, it is hard not to be impressed.
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    Sunday musings: Why airline maps look the same, NY Port Authority image, UberX cheaper than electric car

Sunday musings: Why airline maps look the same, NY Port Authority image, UberX cheaper than electric car

NY's Port Authority protect its image, Exploring the world of airport maps, UberX use saves over electric cars
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    (Not so) high-speed rail, Travel agents matter, New Southwest Dallas routes

(Not so) high-speed rail, Travel agents matter, New Southwest Dallas routes

High-speed rail disappoints many with imperceptible results, benefits of working with travel agents, Southwest soon free to fly from Dallas

TSA to eliminate freebies in Pre-Check lanes

TSA is scaling back its random selectees for pre-check. The goal is to, soon, only allow paid pre-check-screened passengers into the system.