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3 additional rules for packing checked luggage defensively

Not only is packing defensively essential for air travelers due to government and airline liability standards, but due to the amount of electronic gear most air travelers take when away from home, rough treatment of checked and sometimes carry-on luggage, and airline luggage mishandling. Ned Levi discusses packing defensively to counter these problems.

5 rules for packing checked luggage defensively

Many air travelers think there’s nothing worse than having arrived at their destination airport, waiting at the baggage carousel while everyone else picks up their luggage, only to find their bag was lost, ripped or torn; or, when they open their baggage in their hotel, find broken or missing items.

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.
By |April 8th, 2013|Columns|4 Comments|

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.
By |March 18th, 2013|Columns|8 Comments|

10 tips for retrieving your luggage at baggage claim

At some airports, theft of luggage from baggage claim areas is literally out of control. Ned Levi has his top 10 tips to help you to successfully retrieve your luggage at baggage claim and prevent thieves from ruining your journey.
By |March 11th, 2013|Columns|14 Comments|

What you shouldn’t pack in your checked luggage when flying

Many have heard horror stories about delayed, lost, stolen, missing or damaged checked luggage. Unfortunately, too many travelers exacerbate their checked luggage loss by packing the wrong items in them. Ned Levi discusses what not to pack in your checked luggage. when flying, and why,
By |March 4th, 2013|Columns|20 Comments|

How business travelers can dump their laptops for an iPad

Many business travelers are using iPads for entertainment, touring, and some communication when away from home. Many are now trying to decide if they can leave their business laptops at home while traveling and instead use their iPads for work. Ned Levi examines whether or not that's possible for business travelers, and what hardware and software they might need to accomplish the transition.
By |February 11th, 2013|Columns|4 Comments|

Delta backs down — for now — on transferring checked bags to other airlines

For many airline travelers, this would have been a big change with little fanfare. Delta Air Lines announced in October that starting January 15, 2013 they would no longer transfer bags for passengers to another airline if the trip was not all on one ticket, even when it involved their Skyteam partners.
By |January 22nd, 2013|Today|8 Comments|

Tripods — TSA and the Airlines, updated

Many travelers are taking high quality camera gear while traveling including tripods. While tripods aren't prohibited by TSA from carry-on, into airplane cabins, sometimes TSA agents and airline gate agents have refused to permit them into the airplane cabin. Ned Levi updates the tripod situation for air travelers and suggests how to take a tripod while traveling.
By |January 21st, 2013|Columns|11 Comments|