5 personal conduct rules while flying

In light of the story about the Southwest Airlines passenger who tried to use an electronic cigarette on his flight, and later threw peanuts and pretzels at flight attendant, Ned Levi discusses his top five rules for airline passenger conduct.

Consumer groups meet with DOT Secretary Ray LaHood to push for full transparency of airline fees

Consumer and travel groups including the Consumer Travel Alliance, the National Consumers League, and the Business Travel Coalition met with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood yesterday to offer their support for his efforts to require transparency in airline ticket pricing. Participants in the meeting presented Secretary LaHood with a letter from organizations representing more than 300 U.S. and Europe consumer groups urging the mandatory disclosure of all airline fees.

Consumer Travel Alliance finds major U.S.airlines not disclosing most fees on web sites

The Consumer Travel Alliance (CTA) today released a video analysis showing that major U.S. airlines are not disclosing the vast majority of existing ancillary fees on their websites, despite regular statements to the contrary by the airlines. CTA and other leading consumer and travel organizations are meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today to support his efforts to bring full transparency to airline fees.

Should the tarmac delay rule be extended to international flights?

A recent Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Newark was diverted to Bradley International and sat on the tarmac for almost 4 hours. Ned Levi looks at the problems of the flight and discusses applying the “3 hour tarmac limit” to international flights and carriers flying to and from the US which are currently not covered by the rule.

Ray LaHood: “We’re in the era of full disclosure”

In part two of their interview with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Christopher Elliott and Charlie Leocha explore the new tarmac-delay restrictions for airlines and pending rules for the disclosure of surcharges, such as baggage fees, that have spread through the airline industry.