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What is the future of the new American Airline’s hubs?

The suit by the Department of Justice and various states to block the merger of US Airways and American Airlines has been settled. It's highly unlikely the merger can be derailed. Ned Levi examines the potential future of the new American Airlines' hubs and their chances of survival as hubs.
By |November 18th, 2013|Columns|0 Comments|

6 carry-on flight essentials for comfort, delays and problems

After encountering an aborted take-off recently, requiring a rebooked fight and a long delay, Ned Levi talked with fellow frequent fliers about what essentials they take into the cabin in their carry-ons for in-flight comfort and to counter delays and problems. Ned discusses those six essentials in this week's column.
By |April 8th, 2013|Columns|4 Comments|

Off the beaten path Los Angeles: The Watts Towers

Often when we travel to cities, there are wonderful locations and sights to visit not on the "top attraction" lists. Ned Levi has a recommendation for one of those sights in Los Angeles, the Watts Towers, an often overlooked location despite it being on the US National Register of Historic Places, and a National Historic Landmark.
By |March 25th, 2013|Columns|1 Comment|

What we’re reading: United 787 international service, drunk women on BA, Avis buys Zipcar

United starts 787 international service, BA flight diverted by drunk women, Avis to buy Zipcar

What we’re reading: Apps for Las Vegas, AA and pilots to continue talks, Vegas to LA train in works

New apps for Las Vegas visitors, AA and pilots to continue mediated talks, Vegas to LA train in works for new high-speed rail line

What we’re reading: TSA sings at LAX, Typo blamed on Emirates’ botched takeoff, where germs lurk on planes

100 ton typo blamed on Emirates' botched takeoff, where germs lurk on planes, TSA choir sings at LAX

What we’re reading: thousands of security breaches, California-Las Vegas train gets environment ok, carmageddon in Los Angeles

Figures show thousands of security breaches at U.S. airports

Citing information it received from the TSA, a House committee said that the nation’s airports “have suffered more than 25,000 security breaches since November 2001.”
The breaches — amounting to about seven a day, or about five per year at every airport — include everything from people who accidentally leave a bag on a checkpoint conveyor belt to those who purposefully evade security and get onto airplanes without proper screening.

A TSA spokesman did not contest the figure, but questioned its significance, saying all breaches are investigated and resolved. The agency said it did not have a breakdown of breaches by severity.

Easiest airport to miss a flight in the U.S.? Dulles and other contenders

It's the call no travel agent wants to get, and no traveler wants to make — "I'm going to miss my flight, what's the next one." Sometimes agents get the happy task of informing travelers that the flight is also late; more often, it's a scramble for alternatives.
By |March 14th, 2011|Today|13 Comments|

What we’re reading: Southwest studies larger 737s, Emirates ups service to LAX and Houston, book Europe tours early

Southwest looks to fly larger planes, Emirates to double service to Los Angeles and Houston, book Europe tours early say tour operators

What can airplane passengers learn from UA flight 967

Ned Levi examines the severe turbulence event which hit United flight 967 over Missouri, which injured 30 and caused the plane to land prematurely in Denver to treat the injured. For the event, Ned found four lessons all air travelers need to learn to improve their safety.
By |August 2nd, 2010|Columns|7 Comments|