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Airlines howl about taxes, but they don’t pay them

As we come into the holiday season, when the spirit of giving spreads across the world, airlines are doing all of the taking. Stories about the airlines taking space from their passengers in order to squeeze in more seats on each plane have been printed in paper after paper. Stories about new ancillary fees are […]


LAX passport kiosks, O’Hare may take back title, SWA to use biofuels

LAX unveils automated kiosks for international travelers International travelers going to Los Angeles may be able to use automated kiosks, thereby reducing their wait time. The 40 Automated Passport Control kiosks at the Tom Bradley International Terminal will allow international travelers to submit biographical information and customs declarations electronically, cutting down on the time spent […]


Large numbers of non-members in TSA Precheck lines reveal TSA humbug

Pre-Check is the security program offered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which allows some air travelers to use “expedited security lanes” at some airport security checkpoints for both domestic and international travel. Those passing through Pre-Check security lines avoid full body scanners and/or enhanced pat-downs and instead pass through metal detectors or are scanned […]


TSA Pre✓improved — now open for everyone

Recently there have been major changes in TSA’s Pre✓ program for air travelers. Ned Levi discusses TSA Pre✓ generally and highlights the changes in the program, as well has how to be eligible to use TSA Pre✓ security lines at TSA airport security checkpoints. Also discussed is the combination of TSA Pre✓ with Global Entry for international travelers.


US judge dismisses challenge to suspicionless laptop searches at the border

Judge Edward Korman dismissed the ACLU suit, Abidor v. Napolitano, allowing the US Customs and Border Protection program of random border searches and seizures of electronic devices to continue with no requirement of warrants, probable cause, or reasonable suspicion. Ned Levi discusses the CPB program, court rulings which have affected it, and advice for international travelers entering the US.


Airline passenger rights, a casualty of government gridlock

Today, the government shuts down. If it were one day of shutdown, two or three, it might not make much difference. But, one day of the government closing affects months of hard work and benefits no one. For travelers, it means passengers will have a harder time learning about their rights. Citizens returning from overseas and visitor arriving in the US will wait in longer lines. Future privacy protections will be put on hold possibly for months. And, airlines will be allowed more time to obscure airfares and fees.


Court has ruled some Customs Border Protection searches and confiscations illegal

The Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, has made a new ruling concerning searches and seizures of passenger belongings at the border of the US, stating that CBP agents need to recognize there is an expectation of privacy and can’t do a search without a reason. Ned Levi discusses the new ruling and what its effect might be for international travelers.


Caribbean cruises: US citizens should get a passport!

Are you a US citizen thinking about taking a Caribbean cruise without having a US Passport as identification and proof of citizenship? Ned Levi suggests that would be a mistake, and that you should get a passport, even for a short WHTI country exclusive cruise.


Avoiding the long wait at Customs and Border Protection when returning to the US

Ned Levi discusses the serious problem of the long delays passengers are enduring at US international airport entry points at Customs and Border Protection, this year, and how to shorten wait time for Customs via Global Entry and even the Model Ports program if you have a tight connection you might miss.


Reduce your TSA and border control airport hassle with Global Entry

Ned Levi reports that for those who enroll in Global Entry, getting through CBP passport control and customs at Global Entry equipped airports is a breeze, and as TSA rolls out its “Precheck” program nationally, Global Entry members will find it far easier, and less time consuming to proceed through TSA airport security.