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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|0 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|6 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|

Ned’s top 7 cruise packing tips

Cruise ship packing has a lot to do with what clothes you'll need for the cruise and your excursions off the ship, but there are many other issues which significantly affect what you pack and how you pack it. Ned Levi examines many of the issues which affects packing for cruises and offers his top 7 cruise packing tips.
By |August 1st, 2011|Columns|4 Comments|

10 reasons you may decide not to board a plane

You’re at the airport and ticketed. You've gone through security and your flight has been announced. What could cause you not to board or to bail?
By |January 17th, 2011|Today|7 Comments|