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Is maintenance failure endemic at Southwest Airlines?

Last week, Southwest Airlines confessed that they didn't comply with required FAA maintenance schedules. Ned Levi examines the issue and the FAA's poor enforcement.

Severe air turbulence at 30,000 feet

Severe air turbulence while flying can cause severe injuries to flight crew members and passengers alike. Learn about clear-air turbulence and what passengers can do to protect against its effects.
By |February 2nd, 2015|Getting there|4 Comments|

Planes versus high speed trains in the US

Most people who fly in the economy section of US airlines are uncomfortable, unhappy about extra fees, and/or feel hassled at the airport. Ned Levi discusses why northeastern US travelers often choose America's only high speed rail, Acela, over flying.
By |January 12th, 2015|Getting there|9 Comments|
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    Infants on parents’ laps and other infant air travel safety issues

Infants on parents’ laps and other infant air travel safety issues

A new study of pediatric medical emergencies of children flying has brought to light more dangers for infants flying in their parents' laps.
By |November 24th, 2014|Getting there|11 Comments|
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    Top 15 tips for surviving economy class travel on long distance flights

Top 15 tips for surviving economy class travel on long distance flights

Travel isn't easy and long distance flying in economy can be especially hard. Here are 15 tips to survive a long flight in economy.
By |November 10th, 2014|Getting there|11 Comments|

10 annoying airplane passenger peeves

Flying is stressful enough without thoughtless passengers making the flight worse while aloft. Ned Levi discusses his top 10 annoying airplane peeves
By |October 27th, 2014|Getting there|10 Comments|

10 annoying airport traveler peeves

Air travel is already stressful enough without other travelers adding to it. Here are Ned Levi's top 10 annoying airport peeves.
By |October 20th, 2014|Getting there|11 Comments|

A dozen tips to combat back pain while flying

Back pain is one of the most common ailments for all adults, and it's particularly problematic for air travelers, especially in economy seating. Ned Levi has a dozen suggestions to help you reduce the problem of inflight back pain.
By |September 15th, 2014|Getting there|11 Comments|

8 tips for sleeping well on long-distance night flights

Countless passengers never sleep while flying, even on long night flights. Unfortunately, by staying awake all night, whether through multiple time zones, or just one or two, fliers exacerbate their potential jet lag. Here are eight tips to help you sleep while flying.
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    Can fully automated self-serve passenger check-in systems make travel easier?

Can fully automated self-serve passenger check-in systems make travel easier?

Halifax Stanfield airport in Canada introduced the first fully automated airport-wide passenger and luggage check-in system in North America. Ned Levi explains how these systems work and discusses their potential for passengers.