Travel theft: smartphones are the #1 target

When we travel, we often take valuable gear to better enjoy our trip, work while away, capture the memories we make in exotic lands and be prepared to handle emergencies. We bring music players, game devices, laptops, tablets, still and video cameras, and, of course, smartphones. In fact, smartphones for travel, especially international travel, have […]

Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 2

With summer vacations not far away, many are actively investigating new vacation plans, while other are finalizing the details for their upcoming travels. Last week, I spoke about a number of important measures for vacationers to employ to help ensure that once home, the great memories of their vacation aren’t ruined by financial blunders made […]

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

April arrives later this week. Summer vacations start just a few months from now. Many are actively investigating summer vacation plans, while others are finalizing their travel plans. There are, of course, many ways to lower one’s costs of vacation and increase their enjoyment too, but there are also many important measures vacationers can and […]

US judge dismisses challenge to suspicionless laptop searches at the border

Judge Edward Korman dismissed the ACLU suit, Abidor v. Napolitano, allowing the US Customs and Border Protection program of random border searches and seizures of electronic devices to continue with no requirement of warrants, probable cause, or reasonable suspicion. Ned Levi discusses the CPB program, court rulings which have affected it, and advice for international travelers entering the US.

FAA finally permits gate-to-gate PED use, but continues the phone call ban; whew!

The FAA will now permit the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) from gate to gate, but is continuing their ban on using them for phone calls while inflight. Ned Levi discusses the new rules for PED use in depth, and the continued ban on passengers using their PEDs to make phone calls while flying.

Should the airlines eliminate seats that recline?

Some airline passengers take great exception to passengers in front of them, reclining their seat back, and are asking the airlines to eliminate seat recline. Sometimes, these passengers complain loudly while in flight and take other actions when they believe the passenger in front of them, has invaded their space. Ned Levi discusses the issues of airplane seat recline.

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.

What you shouldn’t pack in your checked luggage when flying

Many have heard horror stories about delayed, lost, stolen, missing or damaged checked luggage. Unfortunately, too many travelers exacerbate their checked luggage loss by packing the wrong items in them. Ned Levi discusses what not to pack in your checked luggage. when flying, and why,

How business travelers can dump their laptops for an iPad

Many business travelers are using iPads for entertainment, touring, and some communication when away from home. Many are now trying to decide if they can leave their business laptops at home while traveling and instead use their iPads for work. Ned Levi examines whether or not that’s possible for business travelers, and what hardware and software they might need to accomplish the transition.