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What are you thinking TSA?

The recent arrests for guns carried on to planes by an FAA inspector, and airline employees point to a serious deficiency in TSA's "Twenty Layers of US Aviation Security." Ned Levi investigates.
By |February 9th, 2015|Getting there|0 Comments|

Air travel security: guns, explosives, and hidden weapons

The number of weapons being attempted to be illegally brought on-board planes in carry-on bags has ballooned in recent years. Ned Levi discusses this problem which is causing passengers major inconvenience and delays.
By |January 26th, 2015|Getting there|0 Comments|

Is Marriott’s Wi-Fi hotspot U-turn a hollow victory?

Marriott announced they will no longer block guests' personal Web hotspots but a close look at their release reveals this reprieve may be a short-lived.
By |January 19th, 2015|Getting there|0 Comments|
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    Sunday musings: TSA Genius video, knowing travel rights, travel fees to avoid

Sunday musings: TSA Genius video, knowing travel rights, travel fees to avoid

Enjoy a spoof about TSA. Be aware of your rights as a traveler — it easier to consider than do. And, here are six travel fees that hit travelers when flying, renting cars or staying in hotels.
By |January 4th, 2015|Musings|0 Comments|
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    Google and Microsoft join the fight against Marriott blocking guests’ MIFI

Google and Microsoft join the fight against Marriott blocking guests’ MIFI

When Marriott blocked guest MIFI units at one of their hotels to ostensively protect guests from hackers, guests complained. The FCC found indiscriminate illegal MIFI blocking by Marriott, and fined them. Now Marriott has petitioned the FCC to legally let them block guests' MIFI despite the law.
By |December 29th, 2014|Getting there|0 Comments|

10 annoying airport traveler peeves

Air travel is already stressful enough without other travelers adding to it. Here are Ned Levi's top 10 annoying airport peeves.
By |October 20th, 2014|Getting there|0 Comments|
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    Sunday musings: Corvette’s illegal recordings, Air rage, slow electric-car sales

Sunday musings: Corvette’s illegal recordings, Air rage, slow electric-car sales

Corvette installs spyware that may be illegal. Air rage is examined. And, education deemed essential for electric car sales.

Wireless safety tips for travelers

Consumers should understand that the dangers associated with using wireless hotspot are paramount.

Large numbers of non-members in TSA Precheck lines reveal TSA humbug

Unscreened, unvetted, members of the general air traveling public are regularly being shunted into the under utilized TSA Precheck lines at airport security checkpoints. Ned Levi discusses what this means about US airport security, and what issues it infers.
By |April 21st, 2014|Columns|0 Comments|

What the end of Windows XP support means for travelers using it on their computers

Microsoft is ending support of Windows XP on April 8th ending security update availability for newly discovered vulnerabilities. As a result, as time moves forward, travelers' computers and data on Windows XP computers will become more and more susceptible to hackers, viruses and spyware. Ned Levi discusses these issues and offers possible methods to mitigate Windows XP vulnerability temporarily.
By |March 24th, 2014|Columns|0 Comments|