4 reasons new carry-on bag sizes won’t fly

After creating conditions that have led to overcrowding of inflight luggage bins, the airline solution is to make allowable carry-on bags smaller. Fees for checked bags and more passengers packed into planes means smaller carry-ons are in order.

Consumers say "No" to increases in government fees and taxes on air travel

This is a letter that was sent to all members of the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding calls to increase fees on airline passengers. Let Congress clearly hear, “We don’t want any increases in airport, agriculture inspection or customs and immigration fees.” TO: Members of the Senate Commerce Committee […]

How Congress is betraying American air travelers

The American people would be saddened and sickened to learn that some members of Congress not only put their own personal interests before their constituents’ but also can go much further and inflict financial harm on the traveling public, mid-size communities and those seeking employment in the travel and tourism industry. Members are allowed to […]

Three steps towards more, better, safer train travel in America

The hearts of all who care about passenger trains are heavy with the losses suffered in last week’s tragic derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional train 188 in Philadelphia. I am very thankful that neither I, nor any of my family or friends, were aboard train 188, and my thoughts are with the families of those […]

Benefits of Open Skies Agreements

This question and answer article was published in a special edition of the Emirates Open Skies inflight magazine. Charles Leocha is Chairman of ‘Travelers United’ (formerly Consumer Travel Alliance), which advocates for travelers to US legislators, regulators and industry associations. The US Secretary of Transportation has appointed Mr. Leocha to the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer […]

Senate rattles the airlines’ personal airfares and privacy plans

Last week a group of senators, after conferring with the Senate Commerce Committee, decided to speak out about personalization of airfares and privacy issues. Fairness, privacy, common carrier and basic deception issues are involved with plans for personalized pricing by the airlines. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has created an entire information technology structure […]