Travel theft: smartphones are the #1 target

Smartphones for travel, especially international travel, have almost become de rigueur. Ned Levi discusses the issues and problems of smartphone thefts for travelers, and how to prevent it, as much as possible.
By |April 14th, 2014|Columns|6 Comments|

What we’re reading: Orlando to offer first automated passport control, Aussie slang 101, improved cellphone service at Disney

Orlando to offer first APC kiosks, Aussie slang 101, improved cellphone service at Disney

An update: cellular service on planes, yea or nay

We've been reading a lot about the FCC possibly lifting their ban on inflight cellular services. Ned Levi has written about the prospect of lifting the ban in past columns. In this column Ned has an update about the FCC's position on the ban, and data from a recent survey released by the FAA concerning European inflight cellphone use.
By |December 16th, 2013|Columns|8 Comments|

Will airlines need to install “Phone Booths of Silence?”

The FCC is considering lifting its ban on cellphone use for phone calls on airplanes inflight. Ned Levi explores the problem of cellphone use inflight, in part, by examining cellphone use on Amtrak, and proposes a possible solution which would allow airline passengers to make phone calls without disturbing fellow passengers.
By |November 25th, 2013|Columns|12 Comments|

Is it time to bring wireless services to the US national parks?

The US National Park Service (NPS) is under growing pressure to provide WIFI and cellular services for park visitors, at least, in the developed areas of the national parks, roads, and trailheads. Ned Levi discusses the pros and cons of the NPS installing these services.
By |February 25th, 2013|Columns|21 Comments|

What we’re reading: Republic looks to sell Frontier, Boise woman arrested after flight incident, ANA found first 787 glitch

Republic may sell Frontier, Boise woman arrested after flight incident, ANA finds first 787 glitch in landing gear problem

Attention Hoteliers: A clean comfortable bed just isn’t enough

Providing a clean comfortable bed is fundamental for hotels, but Ned Levi doesn't think that's enough in the 21st century. Ned discusses his own hotel needs and peeves, plus those of travelers he knows, and of readers who have written him.
By |September 26th, 2011|Columns|14 Comments|

Choosing a cellphone headset for travelers

Last week Ned Levi discussed risks which come with traveler cellphone use, which headsets may overcome, as well as practical entertainment and touring uses for cellphone headsets for travelers. This week Ned discusses choosing a cellphone headset for travelers.
By |June 20th, 2011|Columns|3 Comments|

Should travelers purchase a headset for their cellphone?

Ned Levi examines why travelers should consider the purchase of a headset for their cellphone, including to mitigate health risks, problems of using cellphones while driving, and to permit the use of cellphones for entertainment and touring when the use of cellphones could unfairly disturb others.
By |June 13th, 2011|Columns|6 Comments|

Travel technology and privacy — how vulnerable are you?

Ned Levi looks at the privacy issues travelers face using electronic devices which hold personal data, or access the Internet, and for travelers which post travel photos on the Internet while traveling.
By |May 2nd, 2011|Columns|8 Comments|