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Travel theft: smartphones are the #1 target

Smartphones for travel, especially international travel, have almost become de rigueur. Ned Levi discusses the issues and problems of smartphone thefts for travelers, and how to prevent it, as much as possible.
By |April 14th, 2014|Columns|0 Comments|

Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 1

Purchasing a summer vacation well, by carefully making vacation choices, and reservations is only the beginning of carefully considering vacation financial issues. Ned Levi discusses many of the potential financial mistakes vacationers can make and how to avoid them.
By |March 31st, 2014|Columns|0 Comments|

What we’re reading: Orlando to offer first automated passport control, Aussie slang 101, improved cellphone service at Disney

Orlando to offer first APC kiosks, Aussie slang 101, improved cellphone service at Disney

TSA Pre✓improved — now open for everyone

Recently there have been major changes in TSA's Pre✓ program for air travelers. Ned Levi discusses TSA Pre✓ generally and highlights the changes in the program, as well has how to be eligible to use TSA Pre✓ security lines at TSA airport security checkpoints. Also discussed is the combination of TSA Pre✓ with Global Entry for international travelers.
By |January 27th, 2014|Columns|0 Comments|

What we’re reading: All-you-can-fly airline, Dinner in the Sky in Vegas, defending Dreamliner, fake passports

All-you-can-fly airline, Dinner in the Sky coming to Vegas, defending the Dreamliner, passing through customs with fake passport

What we’re reading: Orlando to streamline border control, couple lands in wrong continent, Supreme Court to hear FF case

Orlando to streamline passenger processing, mix-up sends couple to wrong continent, Supreme court to hear frequent flier case

Don’t be a pickpocket victim in Paris and the Louvre

The Louvre Museum was shutdown by a walkout of employees protesting the aggressive gangs of pickpockets targeting both visitors and staff. Ned Levi discusses pickpocketing in Paris generally, and how to avoid being a pickpocketing victim.
By |April 15th, 2013|Columns|10 Comments|

Emergency preparedness for cruise ship passengers

The Carnival Triumph passengers are home from their ordeal, but many unanswered question are still left. It's possible to learn from the passengers' experience to become better prepared to handle cruise emergencies. Ned Levi discusses concrete suggestions for cruise ship passengers to help them get through a cruise ship emergency at sea.
By |February 18th, 2013|Columns|7 Comments|

Cruise passengers should have passports — period

For the nearly 3,000 passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph, their dream vacation already has become something of a nightmare. For about 900 cruisers (according to Carnival) the situation almost got much worse, because they had traveled without a passport.
By |February 13th, 2013|Today|26 Comments|

United Airlines at EZE: Is this any way to run an airline and an airport?

Ned Levi tells his story of a United Airlines flight leaving Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the US, and the trouble encountered at check-in, security, and gate rescreening. It's a story of absurdity, surreal circumstances, crazy security, and airline officials gone mad.
By |January 7th, 2013|Columns|19 Comments|