On airports and airport security outside the US

I’ve been traveling constantly throughout the last month, spending time in Europe and Africa. During that time, I’ve passed through a number of airports and came in contact with airport security procedures and security officials considerably unlike those which we find in the US at TSA (Transportation Security Administration) checkpoints. For years I’ve heard complaints […]

Will your driver’s license be accepted by TSA at the airport in 2016?

US citizens and residents generally use their state driver’s licenses or state issued non-drivers IDs to board US domestic commercial airline flights. Looming in the near future for air travelers is the Real ID Act of 2005. The law sets requirements for ID cards accepted by the federal government for “official purposes,” including state driver’s […]

Coping with flight delays and cancellations

If you fly enough, eventually you’ll be scheduled on a delayed or canceled flight. Last year, more than 766,000 flights (~22 percent) in the US were delayed (arrived or departed the gate 15 minutes or more late), while more than 98,000 flights (~2.9 percent) were canceled. About one-third of cancellations occur due to maintenance or […]

10 tips about how to survive and stay comfortable on long-haul flights

Flying for 10+ hours, staying seated most of the time, especially in a dry, pressurized cabin and having little to do, is boring and can make travelers’ bodies ache. Without preparation and taking care of yourself during the flight, air travelers can arrive at their destinations exhausted, hungry and disheveled. Here are ten tips to […]

What to do if your checked luggage or contents are missing or damaged

Last week, I wrote about air travelers preventing their checked luggage from being lost, missing, stolen or delayed. Unfortunately, while my suggestions can help, in the world of travel, nothing’s a sure thing. I’ve experienced delayed luggage myself, more than once. A number of years ago, my wife and I purchased a Mediterranean cruise. We flew […]

15 carry-on essentials for air travel

Ned Levi has a list of his 15 essentials for you to pack in your carry-ons when you fly. He takes a look at everything he finds important from eye masks and wipes to a tablet and battery backups.