Consumer Traveler Newsletter – October 26, 2014

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Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 1

Purchasing a summer vacation well, by carefully making vacation choices, and reservations is only the beginning of carefully considering vacation financial issues. Ned Levi discusses many of the potential financial mistakes vacationers can make and how to avoid them.
By |March 31st, 2014|Columns|13 Comments|

8 lessons we can learn from the aborted flight of US Airways flight 1702

US Airways flight 1702's flight was aborted at Philadelphia International Airport last week. Exactly what happened is not yet known, but we can learn much for the way passengers evacuated from the plane, which had one engine spewing smoke during the evacuation. Ned Levi discusses the lessons we can learn by examining the evacuation.
By |March 17th, 2014|Columns|4 Comments|

What we’re reading: Turn off cell phones, hurricane season tips, Six Flags Texas debuts hybrid coaster, airlines get $6B in fees

Cell phones may actually interfere with airline navigation, hurricane season tips, Six Flags Texas debuts hybrid coaster, airlines collected $6B in fees

Keep a cell phone operating during a power outage while traveling

Over the last several years in the US, major power outages have occurred due to serious weather activity affecting residents and travelers alike. In many cases, cell phones became "life-lines" for travelers needing rescue and medical assistance during the power outages despite some cellular service interruption, but only if the traveler's cell phone had a charged battery. Ned Levi discusses methods you can use to keep you phone charged while traveling during a power outage.
By |December 17th, 2012|Columns|3 Comments|

Ned’s TSA holiday tips: at the airport

Last week Ned Levi discussed tips for actions you can take at home to assist you in getting through TSA security in the airport. This week Ned discusses what to do to get through TSA security with as little angst and hassle as possible once you're at the airport.
By |December 10th, 2012|Columns|6 Comments|

What we’re reading: Boeing adds cell phone compatibility, ANA orders more 787s, avoiding AA

Boeing adds cell phone compatibility, ANA orders 11 more 787s, why you might want to avoid American Airlines
By |September 24th, 2012|Today|0 Comments|

Sunday musings: World’s tallest building, seat space vs. in-flight entertainment, mobile payments

These are some articles to make you think. By prefabricating sections of a building a Chinese construction company is planning to raise the tallest building in the world in only 90 days. Though passengers are asking for more space, airlines are packing in more travelers and providing more entertainment. Finally, get ready for mobile (cell phone) payments coming to a story near you.

What we’re reading: New DOT rule violates free speech? Enroute plane u-turn because of cell phone, Bellagio completes renovation

Airlines say new pricing rule violates free speech, Air France plane makes u-turn enroute because of cell phone, Las Vegas Bellagio completes renovation

What you need to know about sending your child on a plane flight alone

Sometimes parents have little choice, but to send their children to a distant location via airplane, alone, unaccompanied by a parent or other relative. Ned Levi follows up his column about serious problems of Chloe Boyce's Southwest Airlines trip, unaccompanied by her mother, with information and suggestions about sending your child on a plane flight alone.
By |January 2nd, 2012|Columns|6 Comments|