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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.

Consumer leaders to airline CEOs: Cut airfares, now!

Prices are plummeting at gas pumps every day, yet airfares have remained steady or even increased over the past

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    Sunday musings: How commercial flight has changed over 100 years

Sunday musings: How commercial flight has changed over 100 years

Here is a fascinating infographic that serves up 100 years of flight. It was created by Icelandair and provides a lot to think about from costs of flying to speeds of travel and from glamor to being packed into planes like sardines.
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    Delta Air Lines disputes DOT fines after misleading and deceiving consumers

Delta Air Lines disputes DOT fines after misleading and deceiving consumers

Delta Air Lines is contesting a fine imposed by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The fine was imposed for

Dear new Congress, Don’t forget travel competition

Congress should take a look at enhancing competition in the aviation market. Airlines and their unions are looking to squelch competition at the consumers' expense.
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    Sunday musings: The price of waiting, banning tipping? Paying it forward

Sunday musings: The price of waiting, banning tipping? Paying it forward

Various ways society deals with waiting. Should tipping be banned in favor of a living wage? Helping the homeless with pizza slices takes off organically.

Food trails across America

Food trails have been a part of American touring for some time. But now, with foodies in control of some travel planning, food trails may be something to take more seriously.
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    Sunday musings: Distracting windshields, Is too much choice good? Driverless cars changes

Sunday musings: Distracting windshields, Is too much choice good? Driverless cars changes

Instrument displays on car windshields, confusion in pricing by providing too many options, and driverless cars changing city planning. Lots to think about.
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    What we’re watching: KLM/Airbnb plane apartment, song for Tampa, Expedia searches for “something”

What we’re watching: KLM/Airbnb plane apartment, song for Tampa, Expedia searches for “something”

Video clips showing an amazing apartment, a Gulf-coast Florida town in a different light and a quest for "something" by travelers everywhere.
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    On-duty pilots, mechanics and air traffic controllers test drunk!

On-duty pilots, mechanics and air traffic controllers test drunk!

An astounding 160 pilots, air traffic controllers and mechanics as well as other safety personnel tested as drunk in 2012, the latest year that statistics have been released by the FAA. Why is this a secret?

We condemn intimidation of journalists

Journalists around the world fight every day for the right to report the news without fear of reprisal. We condemn violent attacks such as the shootings at the French newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, and all intimidation by those who silence truth and other opinions.