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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.

DOT—Don’t keep stalling competition across the Atlantic

Isn’t it about time that some low cost airlines start flying between the US and Europe with a significant network of flights?
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    Is Uber the future of urban transport – or is it a menace?

Is Uber the future of urban transport – or is it a menace?

Should car-sharing operators brought together through Uber.com and Lyft.com be regulated just like taxicabs and limousine operators?
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    TSA defies Congress, duns consumers with increased security fees

TSA defies Congress, duns consumers with increased security fees

TSA has decided to defy the will of Congress, airline consumers and the aviation community as it implements the collection of the recently increased 9/11 Security Fee.

Does Airbnb.com need regulating?

It is not easy being a disrupter, organized to share, when it comes to long-established, highly regulated businesses like hotels and taxis.
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    What’s better for traveling in Europe — train or rental car?

What’s better for traveling in Europe — train or rental car?

The truth is, there’s no “best way” to travel through Europe. Sometimes it’s better to rent a car, and sometimes it’s better to hop on the train. Here are 10 European travel situations, with advice on which way to go.
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    When are passengers going to see new air traffic control benefits?

When are passengers going to see new air traffic control benefits?

Though technology has changed for the rest of the world, our aviation system is still mired in the past. As many may or may not know, the air traffic control system in America is cobbled together with a collection of 1950 and 1960 technology.

Why do airlines hate competition?

Norwegian Shuttle already has routes landing in New York, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. As it seeks to expand its low-cost service, it is facing a barrage of criticism and political pressure from legacy airlines and their unions.

When a “Big Lie” gets legs in Congress

Consumers and the free market are facing a full frontal attack from the airlines. Their minions have swarmed through the House of Representatives casting an untruth that members, both Republican and Democrat, are swallowing hook, line and sinker. It is shameful or discloses gross ignorance.
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    Nickel and diming — a path to consumer discontent and DOT assistance

Nickel and diming — a path to consumer discontent and DOT assistance

The airlines should strongly support the most recent DOT NPRM that calls for more ancillary fee transparency. These proposed DOT rules will improve customer service rankings and ultimately make the skies friendlier for the free market and for the flying public.
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    Sunday musings: What makes art great? EU passenger rights, Germs on planes

Sunday musings: What makes art great? EU passenger rights, Germs on planes

This weekend we ponder the essence of art, the new European Union views on privacy and learn about the existence of germs on aircraft. Oh my!