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.
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.
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.
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Will FAA provide financial aid to airlines, studying the country's communication network, Aer Lingus gets weaker.
In his quest to find a an international travel capable smartphone, Ned explains his criteria, and how he made his smartphone purchase decision.
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.
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.