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DOT ignores child sexual assaults on planes

DOT ignores child sexual assaults on planes

The FBI has noted the increase in child sexual assaults on planes, specifically citing issues of 8-year-old children being targeted. Plus, Congress passed a law specifically telling DOT to conduct a rulemaking about how to ensure that families could sit together. Unfortunately, the law has two small words in its language — “if necessary.”

TRAVEL

Learning about ridin’ and ropin’ at the Arizona Cowboy College

Learning about ridin’ and ropin’ at the Arizona Cowboy College

Heels down. Toes out. Squeeze with calves, not knees. Lighten up on the reins. Sink your butt into the saddle. So began my first riding lesson at the Arizona Cowboy College in Scottsdale which was followed by instructions in grooming, shoeing, advanced riding techniques, and roping.

How the watchdog FTC allows false hotel advertising

When a hotel advertises that the nightly room rate is $120 and then insists on collecting $150 a night, consumers can claim that they were a victim of false hotel advertising. According to an FTC study, consumers are harmed by the practice. Yet, this false advertising continues every day while the FTC turns a blind eye. Our advertising watchdog sleeps while hotels take advantage of deceptive and misleading ads.

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Why travelers need to know the middle-name rule

When making reservations for a trip to Europe, I had an opportunity to purchase a flash airfare for myself and a friend. The normal price of $1,000 had been reduced to $700 for several hours. I did not know my friend’s middle name but wanted to purchase the tickets. I believed that because of the 24-hour rule, I could always change the middle name. The rule isn’t quite that simple. I learned an important lesson.

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Read this before you make a vacation mistake

You’ve probably read one or two travel stories that advise you to become a vacation contrarian. By zigging when everyone else zags, you can save money and avoid crowds, they claim. But that could be a serious vacation mistake. I know because I’ve taken that advice.

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TRAVEL SAFETY

Learn about the importance of secure WiFi via a VPN

Learn about the importance of secure WiFi via a VPN

Travelers United offers one of the best Virtual Private Network (VPN) deals on the Internet as part of its Plus program. The Travelers United Plus VPN will secure WiFi whenever and wherever members travel.

TRAVEL TIPS

How to find the best hotel deals when booking a room

How to find the best hotel deals when booking a room

Dozens of travel websites promise best hotel deals and discounts. Checkbook’s researchers analyzed more than 3,500 hotel rates on 18 different online travel agencies, plus hotel websites. They requested rates for stays of one night, three nights and seven nights in 46 U.S. cities and 12 foreign ones.

How to know when driving is better than flying

Airlines need to keep in mind that passengers often have choices. These choices may include other competing airlines, taking trains or buses, and driving. One of the biggest changes has been in the competition between driving and planes. Many consumers are choosing to drive when given a choice to take a trip where a drive is compared to a plane to travel for up eight hours.

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Learn how secure WiFi can make a whopping difference

Having secure WiFi is important for travelers, whether they are traveling in their neighborhood or to the other side of the planet. From Starbucks to Marriott, to Segovia or Milano, secure WiFi is important. Failure to secure your Internet connection allows anyone to track your Web activity.

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It’s time for travelers to help with human trafficking

Combat human trafficking with your smartphones The full scope of human trafficking is almost impossible for the average person to comprehend. According to the International Labor Organization's (ILO) latest report (2017) on Global Estimates of Modern Slavery, there...

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How to take the mystery out of airline attempted upgrades

As airline travel becomes increasingly less pleasant in economy class, upgrades are looking increasingly appealing to travelers. However, understanding how the deck is stacked will help with any attempted upgrades. Even booking well in advance and being willing to spend miles and serious money, may not be enough for average travelers. With the airline focus on elite big spenders, many frequent fliers are being shut out of attempted upgrades.

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Keep belongings safe and secure at the airport

Here are 11 tips to keep you and your belongings safe and secure when traveling by air. Take easy, commonsense measures to keep yourself and your belongings safe and secure. While airport emergencies are rare, they aren’t unknown, but while most travelers aren’t affected by thefts, they aren’t rare.

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Accomplishments

These accomplishments have been achieved by working closely with our members, national media, the travel industry, the Department of Transportation (DOT), Congress and many other agencies.

  • Creation of the Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protections
  • Advertised airfares now include airfare plus, mandatory taxes and fees
  • Lost/damaged/delayed luggage compensation limit increased to $3,500
  • Passengers have 24 hours to change or cancel their nonrefundable tickets without penalty
  • Once an airfare is purchased, that airfare and ancillary fees cannot be increased
  • Families flying together act passed by Congress that requires family members 13 years of age and younger to sit with other family members at no additional cost.