8 lessons we can learn from the aborted flight of US Airways flight 1702

By now, you’ve likely read about US Airways flight 1702, Philadelphia (PHL) to Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), scheduled for late afternoon on March 13th. Initial news reports indicated the Airbus A320 with 149 passengers and five crew on board, blew a tire during the takeoff. With the nose gear already off the ground, the pilot aborted […]

Carnival claims your ticket doesn’t guarantee a safe, sanitary cruise?

Carnival’s Triumph had a serious fire while at sea in February, 2013, knocking out power, propulsion, sewage and numerous ship’s systems causing health and safety problems for passengers. Ned Levi examines Carnival’s responsibility in light of their statement that passengers’ tickets provide no guarantees for safe, seaworthy vessel or sanitary cruise.

Fifteen passenger airplane crash survival tips

Saturday an Asiana Airlines’ Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco International Airport. Fortunately all but two of the 307 on the flight have survived. Ned Levi has fifteen air crash survival tips for you, if you are unfortunately involved in an airplane mishap.

Is it time to bring wireless services to the US national parks?

The US National Park Service (NPS) is under growing pressure to provide WIFI and cellular services for park visitors, at least, in the developed areas of the national parks, roads, and trailheads. Ned Levi discusses the pros and cons of the NPS installing these services.

Like the mythical Phoenix, Catalina is rising from the ashes

Catalina Island is making a comeback. Last spring, a contractor on the California island illegally used an open-flame torch to cut some steel cables. A spark set off a grass fire which quickly spread. 4,800 acres of chaparral, grassland and woods, parched by two years of drought, went up like a wad of newspaper.

Fire that flight attendant! Tales of the pyromaniac steward and other naughty crewmembers

We may never know if Eder Rojas, the flight attendant on a recent Compass Air flight from Minneapolis to Regina, Saskatchewan, was trying to bring down the plane or just barbecue it a bit when he set fire to the paper towels in the airplane’s rear lavatory, forcing an emergency landing in Fargo, N.D. What we do know is that his misdeeds are just the latest episode of Stewards Gone Wild.