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Why unmanned aerial systems need airspace rules to grow by

Why unmanned aerial systems need airspace rules to grow by

The drone industry today needs more data, new regulations, and a definition of problems. And, they need airspace rules to grow by. The pandemic slowdown was a perfect time to get rules set for unmanned aerial systems (UAS). However, the US is still behind the eight-ball when it comes to the establishment of an UAS system.

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POLICY

Today, honesty in airline advertising is more important than ever

Today, honesty in airline advertising is more important than ever

A year after the airlines’ began this epic struggle to stay in business during the pandemic, they are suffering financially. After 9/11 and the recession downturns, this is another financial pummeling being taken by airlines. And, consumers are not getting any honesty in advertising.

TRAVEL

Fossils, Fishing, Finding Gold and more at a Gateway to Yosemite National Park

Fossils, Fishing, Finding Gold and more at a Gateway to Yosemite National Park

Following the hilly, curvy road that snakes through Yosemite National Park in California, every turn elicits another “wow” moment. Dramatic overlooks, soaring mountains, rushing waterfalls, or other breathtaking examples of Mother Nature’s magnificent handiwork spring from the landscape. The Yosemite region continues the drama of the National Park.

Should airlines be liable for missed connections?

Should airlines be liable for missed connections?

Travelers United wants the Department of Transportation (DOT) to hold airlines responsible for maintaining their schedules. If airlines were required to fly within two to three hours of their normally scheduled times, passengers could book connecting flights on other airlines without fear of missed connections.

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U.S. COVID border protection is broken! It must be fixed.

U.S. COVID border protection is broken! It must be fixed.

Current U.S. travel and border policies for COVID-19 protection are broken and failing the nation.  The U.S. border has been closed to citizens of the European Union and the United Kingdom for more than 540 days. Our COVID border protection system has been open to...

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Pandemic or IT failures mean no flight delay compensation

Pandemic or IT failures mean no flight delay compensation

The airline industry is facing a major test with the coronavirus pandemic. However, not all airlines are working to help passengers. DOT sent out an enforcement memorandum that reminded airlines they must refund all payments for flights if the airline canceled the flight.

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Dad, Thanks for the love of travel

Dad, Thanks for the love of travel

Sunday is Fathers’ Day. I was lucky, I had a father who gave me the love of travel. Plus, besides travel and a chance to see another side of the world, his advice on work and life still rings true. My dad was an Air Force officer. Traveling was a major influence in my life and living in other countries was a gift.

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Hawaii’s Big Island — a continent of activities

Hawaii’s Big Island — a continent of activities

The Big Island means big adventure and plenty of activities Some vacationers soak up the sun on Hawaii's Big Island beaches with white, black, and even green sand. Nearby, skiers speed down snow-covered slopes of a dormant volcano. Other people check out a surreal...

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TRAVEL SAFETY

Why less airline seat pitch means less room for emergencies

Why less airline seat pitch means less room for emergencies

In the 2018 FAA Bill, Congress directed the FAA to do a study on less airline seat pitch. Did aircraft seating and more passengers in planes, affect plane evacuations? Can passengers be evacuated in 90 seconds with half of the doors blocked? And, why is fainting the most common infight medical emergency?

TRAVEL TIPS

A dozen tips to help when flying with young children

A dozen tips to help when flying with young children

Successfully flying with young children means parents need to anticipate their children's needs and prepare for those needs long before leaving for the airport. Flying with young children can be difficult, especially on long flights. Youngsters are easily bored, don't...

Is rapid virus testing as good as a vaccine for control?

Is rapid virus testing as good as a vaccine for control?

The advent of COVID-19 rapid testing is allowing many airlines to dream of opening flights prior to the introduction of a vaccine. Travelers United travel to begin again. Ultimately, we want to get a vaccine. However, until then, knowing who is sick and contagious and who is not may be the best we can do.

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News of the death of travel is premature

News of the death of travel is premature

It seems that reports of the death of travel are greatly exaggerated. Staycations, nearcations, and such just aren’t satisfying for many tavel junkies. More than 50 percent of those polled by Travelers United said, “a vacation to me is going far away.”

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The most important pandemic lessons learned about travel

The most important pandemic lessons learned about travel

We know that COVID-19 is transmitted through the air, that masks stop it. It infects people everywhere. Governments failed travelers and that misinformation about COVID kills. Today, we know more pandemic lessons that will make dealing with the next spike more successful.

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How to make child safety a priority during the pandemic

How to make child safety a priority during the pandemic

Some parents continue to endanger infants by flying them on their laps.  While flying during the COVID pandemic, I've seen parents try to evade the face mask mandate for their children while other parents try to fly with their infant or toddler in their lap, likely in...

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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.

  • Bi-partisan bill to eliminate hotel resort fees introduced into House of Representatives
  • 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.