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When a “Big Lie” gets legs in Congress

Consumers and the free market are facing a full frontal attack from the airlines. Their minions have swarmed through the House of Representatives casting an untruth that members, both Republican and Democrat, are swallowing hook, line and sinker. It is shameful or discloses gross ignorance.
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    Same flight, different prices; SWA eschews fees; no first class for congressmen

Same flight, different prices; SWA eschews fees; no first class for congressmen

Same flight, different prices; SWA eschews fees; no first class for congressmen

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.

Aviation industry joins with Consumer Travel Alliance to oppose increase in TSA security tax

Budget negotiations are going on in DC. And, wouldn't you know it, Congress wants to double the TSA security tax from $2.50 to $5. But, that's not the least of the budget deal — the increased funds will not even go toward airport and flight security, the government will put it into the general fund to balance the budget. That is unfair, deceptive and abuses the flying public.
By |November 21st, 2013|Today|0 Comments|

US Congress needs to tackle transportation funding…for real

The US Highway Trust fund, funding highways and mass transit in the US is quickly going broke, and is expected to run out of money in fiscal 2014. Ned Levi examines road travel, the US Highway Trust Fund, and the problems of financing the fund, and therefore the important projects it funds for the nation's roads and transit infrastructure.
By |September 30th, 2013|Columns|0 Comments|

Election results and consumer travel rights

The reelection of President Obama and the new group of Democratic Senators coming to Washington is good news for consumers in terms or consumer protections. The current administration, especially in the Department of Transportation, has been the most consumer-friendly in the history of the country. But turnovers in leadership both in DOT and Congress will be changing the legislative and regulatory landscape.
By |November 9th, 2012|Today|0 Comments|

Will international pressure stop Europe’s new environmental tax against air travel?

The airline world has been in a turmoil for months as airlines, corporate jet owners and governments have struggled with the unilateral imposition of an environmental tax by the European Union (EU).
By |March 29th, 2012|Today|4 Comments|

Congress grumbles about TSA

In the past, a few congressmen like Rep. John Mica (R-FL) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) have been thorns in the side of TSA. They have raged against the giant bureaucracy that the agency has become and the invasiveness of TSA searches. Today, other members of Congress from the Senate and House are joining the anti-TSA crowd.
By |December 16th, 2011|Today|2 Comments|

Do travelers need new federal protections?

It’s not your imagination. Congress seems to be paying closer attention to travelers’ welfare. But do we need their attention? Or, will common sense do?

New year’s resolutions: aviation safety and service

Ned Levi has surveyed the state of the commercial airline industry in light of a year of serious security and service failures. To combat those problems Ned has suggested New Year's resolutions for the government and the airlines.
By |January 4th, 2010|Columns|1 Comment|