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Seven tips you need to know about taking connecting flights

Allow extra time. If you’re already booked for this year it might be too late, but in general, you really want to book a flight with more than usual connecting time. It’s not just winter weather that can cause problems, but around the holidays since flights are particularly full, the “next available flight” may be a long time day, possibly even the next day.

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POLICY

The value of life depends on where you die

The value of life depends on where you die

Passengers are “worth” different amounts of money in different countries. The value of life varies. The line-up of the value of life is not what many would expect, though a US life does register higher in value than other countries.

TRAVEL

How to turn passenger protection into airline security

Consumer groups: DOT’s aviation consumer protection advisory committee tilted in favor of industry Washington, DC—America’s leading consumer and passenger rights organizations today expressed deep concern at the lack of appropriate balance in the new membership of the...

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DOT to Consumers: Drop dead, no protections for you!

Sec. Chao strips Consumer Protection Advisory Committee of all aviation consumer experts. If you were around in 1975, you may remember that New York City was in dire financial straits. The Ford administration rejected the city's bailout request, reported by the New...

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TRAVEL SAFETY

TSA banned items that security fails to detect will blow your mind

TSA banned items that security fails to detect will blow your mind

Even with security layers, TSA banned items get through airport security. Did you hear about the guy who tried to spirit a .40 caliber rifle past Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents in Baltimore? He blamed his mother for packing the weapon in his...

TRAVEL TIPS

Seven tips you need to know about taking connecting flights

Seven tips you need to know about taking connecting flights

Allow extra time. If you’re already booked for this year it might be too late, but in general, you really want to book a flight with more than usual connecting time. It’s not just winter weather that can cause problems, but around the holidays since flights are particularly full, the “next available flight” may be a long time day, possibly even the next day.

Top 10 travel mistakes and how to avoid them

Over the years, I’ve been collecting a list of the travel mistakes I’ve made and ways to avoid them, when planning for a trip and while traveling. I’ve also saved a list of the advice that readers have taken the time to send me over the years. I’m very grateful for that advice.

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Can you smuggle guns by TSA security screeners?

Do travelers smuggle guns by TSA? A new survey that puts the issue into troubling perspective. The research found that a shocking 88% of passengers smuggled prohibited items onto domestic flights. Among the most popular items: marijuana, alcohol and unauthorized weapons like the .40 caliber rifle Mom packed.

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16 easy rental car hacks to prevent trouble for you

Rental car hacks to get a better deal  There are many choices that car renters must make for their road trips. There are also hidden issues car renters should consider to ensure they have a cost-effective journey in their rental cars. I've got 16 rental car hacks for...

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Here it is: The best holiday travel advice

You won’t find this holiday travel advice anywhere else. It includes tips on how to behave, how to book, what to pack and how to travel. Be nice to everyone. You trip will go a lot smoother and take plenty of patience.

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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.

CURRENT TRAVEL POLL

Do you think airlines have gone too far with adding more seats and reducing their size?

  • No, they don’t bother me 3% 3%
  • Yes, I’m tall and/or overweight so seating is cramped and painful 22.6% 22.6%
  • Yes, I’m short but still find it difficult to get comfortable 28% 28%
  • Yes, when the passenger reclines it is almost claustrophobic 46.4% 46.4%