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New Hilton brand, WiFi in NY subway, airport food trucks

New Hilton announces new brand, WiFi added to stations in NY subway system, airport food trucks make an appearance at Portland airport.

Should hotels be allowed to block competing WiFi?

Marriott's Gaylord Opryland was caught blocking WiFi hotspots to force guests on to their expensive network. Ned Levi asks if that should be allowed.
By |October 6th, 2014|Getting there|0 Comments|

Wireless safety tips for travelers

Consumers should understand that the dangers associated with using wireless hotspot are paramount.
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    Sunday musings: Tipping Culture, Standing airplane seats, Best Airport WiFi

Sunday musings: Tipping Culture, Standing airplane seats, Best Airport WiFi

Where did tipping come from? Bicycle seats on airplanes are coming. Fastest airport wireless connections.
By |August 3rd, 2014|Today|0 Comments|

Shouldn’t Internet access be free at all hotels?

Why is it that economy hotels have free in-room Internet access and luxury hotels charge for the service?

My WiFi left me on vacation

When traveling in Europe and elsewhere, don't take getting a good wireless signal for granted.

An update: cellular service on planes, yea or nay

We've been reading a lot about the FCC possibly lifting their ban on inflight cellular services. Ned Levi has written about the prospect of lifting the ban in past columns. In this column Ned has an update about the FCC's position on the ban, and data from a recent survey released by the FAA concerning European inflight cellphone use.
By |December 16th, 2013|Columns|0 Comments|

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.
By |November 4th, 2013|Columns|0 Comments|

Amtrak improvement at its New York Penn Station is essential

Train travel is an important mode of travel for many traveling the world, including in the US. Amtrak is the nation's largest rail system and carries more than 30 million passengers each year. Ned Levi discusses Amtrak and an important and essential change in their New York Penn Station boarding process which should be implemented immediately.
By |October 7th, 2013|Columns|0 Comments|

Would you use more WiFi in the air if it were faster?

That's the several million dollar question these days. Airlines are convinced that passengers want WiFi even though the usage rates are far lower than predicted. The Internet providers served up analysis that claimed 70 percent of passengers would log into the Web. But, history is showing far less — more in the 20 percent range.
By |September 18th, 2013|Today|10 Comments|