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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.

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.
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    What we’re reading: DOT plans rule to ban cellphone use inflight, comedy rules, Airbus 350XWB

What we’re reading: DOT plans rule to ban cellphone use inflight, comedy rules, Airbus 350XWB

DOT plans rule to ban cellphone use inflight, comedy rules inflight entertainment and Airbus shows off its newest plane.
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    Sunday musings: Tipping Culture, Standing airplane seats, Best Airport WiFi

Sunday musings: Tipping Culture, Standing airplane seats, Best Airport WiFi

Where did tipping come from? Bicycle seats on airplanes are coming. Fastest airport wireless connections.
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    Travelers United, now with Hertz, MedJetAssist and Park & Ride discounts

Travelers United, now with Hertz, MedJetAssist and Park & Ride discounts

We are more than travelers helping travelers — we also let you help yourself to a growing collection of travel deals negotiated with companies which have customer service in their DNA. Join us. We can use your support.
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    Safety video competition — United, Virgin America, New Zealand, Aeroflot

Safety video competition — United, Virgin America, New Zealand, Aeroflot

Airlines seem to have an ongoing competition over safety videos. Which one of these four do you like best?
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    When Congressmen swallow bald-faced airline lies, consumers lose

When Congressmen swallow bald-faced airline lies, consumers lose

Consumers are getting the brown of the stick as the House of Representatives prepares to vote on the the Orwellian-named Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 with no debate in committee or on the House floor.

Become part of Travelers United and enjoy new travel deals

We are more than travelers helping travelers, we also let you help yourself to a growing collection of travel deals that can help you save when you travel.

FAA is trying to hold back a tide of drones — it can’t

Rather than dealing with the reality of drones coming into the nation's airspace, the FAA has its head in the sand. This time, technology will overwhelm the FAA.

TSA fees jump more than 100% today

Today TSA begins imposing higher security fees. One way fees jump from $2.50 to $5.60 for a nonstop and more for round trips.
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    Travelers United — become a Founding Member, help us do good

Travelers United — become a Founding Member, help us do good

Join together with us so that we can aggregate travelers to help one another with problems on the road and head off bad rules and laws in Washington.