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    Traffic jam over NYC, autonomous car cross-country trip, waiting for FAA weather upgrades

Traffic jam over NYC, autonomous car cross-country trip, waiting for FAA weather upgrades

JFK summer runway repairs may cause air traffic jams

If you’ll be traveling to New York this summer, you’ll encounter

Newsletter – February 1, 2015

A look at the most important posts from last week. Airline compassion in times of trial, the link between airfares and low oil prices, TSA battle against fools and better ways to travel.
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    6 safety tips for travelers when viewing and photographing wildlife

6 safety tips for travelers when viewing and photographing wildlife

This summer many will be traveling to locales to see wildlife in its native habitat. Viewing animals in the wild can be dangerous at times. Ned Levi has six tips to stay safe while traveling to see wildlife.

Rental car tips for winter travel

Winter weather is upon the US, especially in the South and Northeast. Frigid temperatures, snow, ice, and sleet have caused canceled flights and shutdown roads. Many accidents and huge vehicle pileups on US highways have increased. Ned Levi has a dozen tips for travelers taking to the road in winter to consider when renting a car.
By |February 17th, 2014|Columns|9 Comments|

How travelers can challenge the industry’s “act of God” excuses

It’s the time of year when the travel industry likes to play the weather card. Couldn’t check into your hotel? Blame it on that distant tornado. Flight canceled? It’s the hurricane’s fault, even though it’s hundreds of miles away. A big repair bill for your rental car? Thank last week’s hailstorm.

Usually, the weather — often referred to as an “act of God” in a ticket contract — is a perfectly legitimate reason for a delay or a service interruption. But not always.

Shannon Duane remembers a recent US Airways flight from Jacksonville, Fla., to Charlotte on a holiday weekend. As she prepared to board, she saw a bolt of lightning across the airfield. The airline announced that it would delay boarding for another 15 minutes because of the thunderstorm.

What we’re reading: New lounge at JFK, guaranteed travel weather, United delays Denver-Tokyo flight

New lounge for JetBlue at JFK, guaranteed travel weather may be possible, United delays Denver-Tokyo flight because of 787 problems
By |February 27th, 2013|Today|1 Comment|

Are airlines bending the truth about weather delays?

A few minutes after Michele Loftin's recent commuter flight from Sacramento to San Francisco pushed back from the gate, it made an abrupt U-turn and returned to the terminal. A United Airlines crew member told passengers that the aircraft's de-icer test had failed, and the airline eventually canceled the flight.
By |February 26th, 2013|Today|2 Comments|

Is it time to bring wireless services to the US national parks?

The US National Park Service (NPS) is under growing pressure to provide WIFI and cellular services for park visitors, at least, in the developed areas of the national parks, roads, and trailheads. Ned Levi discusses the pros and cons of the NPS installing these services.
By |February 25th, 2013|Columns|21 Comments|

15 travel emergency kit basics

Superstorm Sandy stranded countless travelers in the northeastern area of the US, which points to the need for all travelers to have an emergency kit. Ned Levi has information for you to create an emergency kit for travelers with his list of his top 15 traveler emergency kit basics.
By |November 5th, 2012|Columns|9 Comments|

Unaccompanied minors flying — potential nightmares around every corner

Ned Levi examines Southwest Airlines unaccompanied minor policies and actions, in light of the problems of Chloe Boyce, who was flying on their airline from Nashville to New York. Chloe, a 9 year old was inexplicably taken off her flight in Baltimore and rebooked on a later flight without notifying her mother or anyone else in her family.
By |December 26th, 2011|Columns|18 Comments|