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|

Unaccompanied minors flying — potential nightmares around every corner

Ned Levi examines Southwest Airlines unaccompanied minor policies and actions, in light of the problems of Chloe Boyce, who was flying on their airline from Nashville to New York. Chloe, a 9 year old was inexplicably taken off her flight in Baltimore and rebooked on a later flight without notifying her mother or anyone else in her family.
By |December 26th, 2011|Columns|18 Comments|

GPS navigation and communication at risk in 2011 and 2012

Currently the Sun is in its peak years of its 11 year solar cycle, during which massive solar flares can shoot off the sun's corona disrupting GPS navigation, civilization's electric power grids, and world wide communication. Ned Levi examines this phenomenon and its potential affects on travel and travelers.
By |August 8th, 2011|Columns|2 Comments|

5 hints to make life easier with your travel agent or other travel arranger

Some trips are complicated and take a lot of time no matter how an agent books them. On the other hand, travel colleagues and travel arrangers agree that some trips become complicated and/or a waste of time, when the whole process could have been much simpler.
By |April 12th, 2011|Today|5 Comments|

What we’re reading: US government considering aiding airlines for NextGen, FAA examines reliability of communications network, Aer Lingus a takeover threat

Will FAA provide financial aid to airlines, studying the country's communication network, Aer Lingus gets weaker.

A quest for an international travel capable smartphone

In his quest to find a an international travel capable smartphone, Ned explains his criteria, and how he made his smartphone purchase decision.
By |August 10th, 2009|Columns|28 Comments|

Airlines and airports should welcome the 21st Century Technology Age

After examining the airlines' and airports' adoption of new technologies, Ned has some suggestions for improvements which would help passengers, reduce lost luggage, and the increase the bottom line.
By |April 13th, 2009|Columns|4 Comments|

Faulty iPhone 3Gs frustrate travelers — but is the fix just a download away?

Dropped calls and poor reception are frustrating frequent travelers who upgraded to Apple's new iPhone 3G. But a fix is just a download away. Maybe.
By |August 19th, 2008|Today|1 Comment|