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IATA’s bogus motive to reduce size of carry-ons

IATA has proposed smaller limits for carry-on bags to ensure all air travelers will have space in planes’ overhead bins. Ned Levi examines the problem and the IATA solution. He concludes the guideline is about profit, not helping passengers.


TSA security test results: Replace humans with machines

TSA recently failed 96% of the Inspector General’s security checkpoint tests. Ned Levi examines DHS Secretary Johnson’s directives to improve TSA to determine if they address their systemic problems which caused the checkpoint test failures.


Choosing business and leisure travel luggage — Part 1

Over the years, I’ve been given more recommendations than I can count about the type, brand, factors and features of luggage one should consider before purchasing it. On my last trip to Europe I came home with my checked bag literally held together with duct tape. So, I coalesced the luggage information I’ve noted over […]


New carry-on size limits causing problems for some air travelers this summer

Last week, a friend of mine found out about United’s new carry-on size limits the hard way: he was asked to put the carry-on bag he had used for the last five years in United’s “sizer.” Then, because it was about an inch too wide, he had to run back to the ticket counter to […]


Why don’t airlines enforce their carry-on baggage rules?

You’re used to seeing Ned Levi’s column here on Monday, but today it gets a new name: Getting Around. Ned will explore the rules, regulations and policies that make travel better — and worse — and will offer his expert insights into having a better trip.


Lessons learned about “ultra-cheap” airlines now charging for carry-ons

When Frontier Airlines announced they would begin charging for carry-on luggage this summer, Ned Levi’s curiosity was piqued and he decided to look into flying the “ultra-cheap” airlines, Frontier and Spirit, and compare them to US Airways, the dominant airline at his home airport. Take a look at how the comparison worked out.


6 carry-on flight essentials for comfort, delays and problems

After encountering an aborted take-off recently, requiring a rebooked fight and a long delay, Ned Levi talked with fellow frequent fliers about what essentials they take into the cabin in their carry-ons for in-flight comfort and to counter delays and problems. Ned discusses those six essentials in this week’s column.


Pocket knives, golf clubs, hockey sticks and TSA: Another viewpoint

TSA has proposed permitting air travelers to bring pocket knives, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, ski poles and other previously banned items into aircraft cabins. Aviation and law enforcement officials, and members of the flying public are loudly complaining almost solely about pocket knives. Ned Levi examines potential problems with the new policy which few are discussing.