New technology could put an end to drunken driving, officials say The next two news stories look at driverless cars. This story deals with one of the biggest problems of drivers — drunk driving. New systems are being proposed that will keep automobiles from running whenever a drunk driver is behind the wheel. Technology exists […]
In DC, two recent political scandals that have touched the tourism world. But the answer — or the lack of an answer — may be far more troubling than the alleged misconduct.
Congress needs to keep moving forward with the FAA bill. Extensions will hurt development of UAV integration and other issues.
In this last session of Congress, Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Republican from Georgia, introduced a bill that would prohibit any federal dollars from being used to subsidize food and beverage service on Amtrak trains. Good heavens! It’s hard to know where to begin in dealing with that lunacy. Does Amtrak lose money on its food […]
Pat Busovicki’s Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Dream almost ended in a nightmare. One afternoon, after plummeting down its Twister water slide, she says, she found herself trapped in a dangerous undertow. “I couldn’t get out,” remembers the retired librarian from Westlake, Ohio. She says that crew members didn’t assist her, and only after […]
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. The airline’s big lie is that the Department of Transportation (DOT) rules require them to hide taxes […]
Airfare riddle: same flight, different prices During the merger machinations of US Airways and American Airlines, there are plenty of price differences for the same flight between the two parts of the same airline. Of course, there is some fine line that separates these airlines as they merge, but it is a line that requires […]
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. “I shudder to think about what’s going to happen on planes if cellphones are allowed,” says Marchadie, a programmer from Jacksonville, Fla. “What a nightmare — except, of course, […]
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.
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.