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Do you have a right to a little peace and quiet?

There’s no worse form of torture for travelers like Jeanne Marchadie than having to endure the sound of people yakking on a cellphone in close quarters.

Allowing cell phones on planes is not the end of the world

Get a grip, America. Or, rather, get a grip, Congress and the media. From the sounds of things, allowing passengers to speak on cell phones aboard aircraft would be horrendous. Chatty Cathy would be let loose. Strong-arming salesmen would have a field day. Teenage lovers would coo and woo each other while flying across the country. I doubt it.

The USA is a free country. We do not need congressmen telling us when we can speak on the phone and when we can not. Nor do we need the Department of Transportation to chime in with a new rule.

By |December 13th, 2013|Today|0 Comments|

What we’re reading: US needs to improve travel infrastructure, to talk or not to talk? Radio AIR Chicago debuts

US needs to improve travel infrastructure, to talk or not to talk? AIR Chicago radio station debuts

Sunday musings: Airline data mining, cell phones in national parks, DC squirrel engineering

This Sunday we ponder important questions. Just how much data does an airline need to provide us with prices and customer service? Do we need to be able to speak on our cell phones while hiking in the Grand Canyon? And, we expose the secret life of squirrels on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
By |November 10th, 2013|Today|0 Comments|

What we’re reading: Unique way to charge your cell phone, Ryanair to sell ads on planes, Korean pilots avoid manual flying

Unique way to charge your cell phone, Ryanair to sell advertisements on its planes, Korean pilots tend to avoid manual flying

What we’re reading: Alaska package adds value, texting on planes, JAL 787 burns in Boston

Alaska rail and cruise package adds value, allow cell phones for texting on planes, parked JAL 787 catches fire in Boston

Sunday musings: Competing cell phone fates, hotels unbundling room rates, rental car collision damage

From planes to hotels to rental cars, here are issues that have different facets. Is using a cell phone on flights heaven or hell? How much can hotels deduct from their room rates in their drive toward a la carte prices? When do you need rental-car collision damage waiver?
By |December 30th, 2012|Today|3 Comments|

What we’re reading: AA seeks to cancel pilots’ contract, meal discount sans cell phone, Amelia Earhart’s plane?

American Airlines seeks to cancel pilots' contract while in bankruptcy, get a discount off your meal when conversing sans cell phone, have they found Amelia Earhart's plane?

The FAA owes travelers a no-nonsense answer about “everything with an on and off switch”

Airline pilots do it. Military pilots do it. Private pilots do it. JetBlue does it. Alec Baldwin tried to do it. Why can't we do it? Use electronic items during take off and landing?
By |March 23rd, 2012|Today|27 Comments|

Restaurant peeves; from servers, and from diners

When we travel, we go to restaurants for most meals. Ned Levi explores the top pet peeves of restaurants' servers, and lists a few of his own as a restaurant diner.
By |September 12th, 2011|Columns|20 Comments|