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Passenger Activist Calls for Relief Package to Bar Airline Cancellation Fees When Flyers Are Sick Skift March 26, 2020
Can you get an airline ticket refund due to postponed Olympics or coronavirus crisis? Los Angeles Times March 24, 2020
Travel industry grapples with cancellations, changes amid COVID-19 outbreak MarketPlace, March 2, 2020
Critics: Airlines’ proposed would make regulation harder Texarkana Gazette February 29, 2020
Caesars Raises Resort Fees at 4 Las Vegas Properties Best US Casinos, February 28, 2020
Critics say airlines’ proposed rule on unfair practices would make regulation harder LA Times, February 27, 2020
What You Should Know About Travel Refunds Amid Coronavirus Outbreak NBC 10 Philadelphia, February 27, 2020
Caesars raising resort fees at 4 Las Vegas properties Las Vegas Review-Journal, February 27, 2020
Canceling A Trip Due To Coronavirus? Here’s What Travelers Need To Know. Huffington Post, February 26, 2020
Petition asks Delta, United and American airlines to seat families together without extra fees Washington Post, February 26, 2020
How the Spread of Coronavirus Could Affect Your Travel Plans Consumer Reports, February 24, 2020
DOT proposes to clarify rule on airline deceptive practices Travel Weekly, February 21, 2020
Airline Flight Delays Got Worse in 2019. Here’s a Scorecard. New York Times, February 19, 2020
It’s not you: 2019 was a bad year for US air travelers New York Times, Febu=ruary 19, 2020
How Will Brexit Impact on the UK’s Travel and Tourism Sector? Chart Attack February 18, 2020
Airlines Now Worry Their Passengers Could Be ‘Flight Shamed’ Air Talk, KPCC Los Angeles NPR, February 10, 2020
Help! How Do I Get Out of Resort Fees? New York Times February 8, 2020
What Are Your Rights as a Traveler Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak? NBC 10 Philadelphia, February 6, 2020
Rental Cars and Cashless Tolls: Convenience Might Cost You New York Times, January 23, 2020.
21st Century Flights Still on 20th Century Time The Well News December 17, 2019
Former flight attendant Jan Brown on a lifelong mission to ban lap infants on airplanes December 12, 2019, MSN on Facebook, Microsoft News
Delayed Departure: Flying Smarter This Holiday Season NBC Connecticut December 12, 2019
‘Influencer’ shares details of inside discussions of 737 MAX safety at Boeing Sky Statement December 8, 2019 and Herald Journalism December 10, 2019
U.S. airports want to nearly double passenger user fees added to ticket prices; airlines say ‘no‘ Valliant News, December 6, 2019
Airline fines have fallen to historic lows. That could be bad news for travelers.
Washington Post, December 4, 2019

Nevada resort officials mum on new legislation on lodging fees, Denton Daily, November 29, 2019
Yes, you are being asked if you want travel insurance more often Marketplace, November 28, 2019
FAIR Fees Act seeks prohibition on excessive airline charges Transportation Today November 26, 2019
This Is The Real Reason Why Your Flight Is Late Forbes Magazine, November 21, 2019
With Travel Season Ahead, Senator Markey, and Reps. Cohen and Garcia Reintroduce Legislation to Stop Rising Airline Fees Aviation Pros, November 21, 2019
Wyden Introduces Bill to Curb Surprise Baggage Fees Charged by Airlines Willamette Week, November 20, 2019
Hidden travel fees Federal News Network, November 3, 2019
The travel website you’re using says there’s ‘only 1 room left’ — is that true? NBC BETTER October 29, 2019
Do You Know Your Airline Rights? Probably Not, Says Survey Forbes Magazine, October 24, 2019
Consumer groups apprehensive about test of aircraft evacuation standards Travel Weekly, October 23, 2019
Fliers are bigger, seats are smaller: Consumer groups say airline safety tests are outdated LA Times and Omaha World-Herald, October 21, 2019
Consumer groups: Outdated FAA evacuation standards put passengers at risk KTVA Anchorage, Alaska, October 21, 2019
Travel Agency Group ASTA Aims to Shield Hotel Guests From Resort Fee Pain Skift October 15, 2019
Las Vegas resort fees continue to rise with Caesars Entertainment Reno Gazette-Journal October 11, 2019
Congress takes on ‘hidden fees’ at hotels and resorts. Here’s what it could mean for travelers USA Today and Chicago Sun-times October 8, 2019
With little FAA direction, vaping devices add to fire dangers on planes Washington Post & Washington Post Syndicate October 7, 2019
Resort fees are facing a fresh crackdown from members of Congress Washington Post October 4, 2019
Congress members looking to put an end to ‘the most-hated fee in travel’ Fox Business October 3, 2019
New Resort Fee Legislation Would Disrupt How Hotels Are Sold Online Skift & Yahoo Finance October 1, 2019
U.S. House intros bipartisan legislation on resort fees Hotel Management September 30, 2019
Analysts: Including Las Vegas Resort Fees in Advertised Room Rate Would Hurt Gaming Industry September 30, 2019
Nevada resort officials mum on new legislation on lodging fees Las Vegas Review Journal September 27, 2019
‘The most hated fee in travel’ hits Congress SF Gate September 27, 2019
Those hidden resort fees you hate paying? Travel websites fight back Los Angeles Times August 27, 2019
Is Now The Time For An Airline Passengers’ Bill Of Rights? August 25, 2019
Marriott and Hilton Sued Over ‘Resort Fees,’ Long a Bane for Travelers New York Times August 23, 2019
Resort fees are the center of suits that could change travel booking experience Los Angeles Times August 9, 2019
Department of Transportation clarifying its rules on flying with emotional support animals CNYCentral August 9, 2019
United Airlines Confronts Ticketing Ploy That Nets Travelers Cheaper Fares Skift, August 1, 2019
Florida hotels have been charging deceptive, hidden fees for decades. Two state attorneys general are suing to stop them Orlando Weekly, Jul 29, 2019
Hidden Hotel ‘Resort Fees’ Under Fire AARP July 25, 2019
Hotel ‘resort fees’ face a second legal challenge San Francisco Gate July 24, 2019
Q & A with Charles Leocha of Travelers United (Leading Change in Travel), July 2, 2019
Can airlines force travellers off a plane for being sick? Montreal Gaxette, Washington Post, Alton Telegraph June 28, 2019
What we’re reading LA Times, May 30, 2019
5 things you need to know about booking a budget airline ticket, according to experts CNBC May 17, 2019
Southwest flight canceled? That’s why reason the Airline won’t book you on another carrier GlobeStats, April 10, 2019
Southwest flight canceled? Here’s why the airline won’t book you on another carrier USAToday, April 8, 2019
Consumer, Taxpayer and Air Traveler Advocates: No Airport Tax Increases March 25. 2019

FAA grounds Boeing models involved in crashes Boston Herald March 13, 2019
Hey Congress, Increased Taxes On Airline Tickets Won’t Fly Real Clear Policy March 12, 2019
Is travel insurance worth it? NBC News March 6, 2019
7 key changes travelers can expect in 2019 January 23, 2019
You bought your airline ticket, now pay to pick a seat CBS News December 21, 2018
Airlines, consumer groups ready for fight over proposed bill Atlanta Journal Constitution August 7, 
Avoiding airline fees: Tips to fly with the ones you love for less Boston 25 News Augut 6, 2018
Settlements in air fare collusion suit puts pressure on Delta, United The Atlanta Journal-Constitution June 28, 2018
Who will save passengers from the greedy airlines? The Saunders Report June 25, 2018
Hidden or unexpected travel fees can break your vacation budget NBC News June 12, 2018
Dear Travel Industry, Please Pardon our Current Disruption Medium June 1, 2018
Taking care of kids while traveling, LA Times, May 30, 2018
Capture of Regulatory Agencies — Kluwer Law Online, May 31, 2019
New software lets airline websites selectively display competitors’ fares Travel Weekly, May 24, 2018
How to tell the age of the plane you’re flying on Fox News April 25, 2018
Southwest emergency: Did the FAA wait too long to order engine checks? April 20, 2018
Getting There: Plan ahead to get best seat at right price Connecticut Post April 2, 2018
In wake of Iowa family’s deaths from toxic gas, experts remind travelers to be vigilant Omaha World-Herald March 27, 2018
Airlines Ask the U.S. Government to Keep Certain Fees Hidden Wings Journal March 26, 2018
United can’t avoid customer service scandals — and it’s becoming the company’s greatest crisis Business Insider, March 23, 2018
Airlines Are Asking the Trump Administration to Help Hide Fees From You, Bloomberg News, March 23, 2018
COMMENTARY: Don’t pile more airport taxes on Las Vegas flyers Las Vegas Review-Journal, March 17, 2018
12 times United was America’s most hated airline March 16, 2018
Lawmakers Take Aim at Airfare Pricing, Transparency March 14, 2018
Consumer groups applaud U.S. Senator Susan Collins for supporting airfare transparency ETN, March 12, 2018
Leocha: Oklahoma flyers don’t need higher airport fees The Journal Record, March 9, 2018
Air passengers get bigger, airline seats get smaller USA Today Editorial, March 7, 2018
Study exposes that more than 90% of U.S. air passengers do not know their rights March 6, 2018
Florida flyers don’t need higher airport fees March 6, 2018
Why You May Want to Fly a European Airline on Your Next Trip Consumer Reports March 2, 2018
New bill would mean foreign airlines could invest more in US carriers Business Tourism News, Australia, March 1, 2018
Trade groups battle over foreign investment in US airlines Washington Examiner, February 27, 2018
Nevada flyers don’t need higher airport fees Elko Daily Free Press, February 15, 2018
Bill proposes lifting restrictions on foreign ownership of U.S. airlines Travel Weekly, February 14, 2018
Report: Senator Collins Looking to Revive DOT Rulemaking on Airline Fees Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal, February 12, 2018
Leocha: Wyoming flyers don’t need higher airport fees Casper Star Tribune, February 7, 2018
How to save money on your mid-winter or spring getaway NBC News, February 1, 2018
Reno flyers don’t need higher airport fees: Leocha</strong> Reno Gazette-Journal, January 31, 2018
Eight disturbing travel trends you’ll confront in 2018 USAToday, January 31, 2018
Groups say passengers should be compensated when flights are delayed Washington Examiner, January 30, 2018
Twist in US-Canada commerce relations: Boeing loses case in Bombardier dispute Kaplan Herald, January 28, 2018
Mississippi flyers don’t need higher airport fees Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi, January 26, 2018
U.S. trade body backs Canadian plane maker Bombardier against Boeing Reuters Business News, January 26, 2018
Nevadans Could Pay Millions In Extra Airport Fees CBS Las Vegas, January 24, 2018
Airline Passengers Are Victimized by Boeing’s Crony Protectionism Real Clear Markets, January 19, 2018
A plea for transparency on airline fees USA Today, January 10, 2018
Massive airport delays put federal rule in focus Washington Post, January 9, 2018
DHS to start requiring enhanced IDs to fly in US Andalolu Agency, January 9, 2018
Groups vow to fight Trump administration’s decision to scrap new airline fee rules Washington Examiner, January 9, 2018
Trump Says His Regulations Have Saved Lives After Bragging He Has Removed More Regulations Than Any President Ever The New Civil Rights Movement January 2, 2018
How to survive flying on US planes as lax regulations make for a turbulent 2018 South China Morning News, December 29, 2017 • from Washington Post Syndicate
Traveling By Air Was Frustrating In 2017, But Trump May Make Air Travel A Real Bummer In 2018 Wings Journal, December 28, 2017
Airports want to nearly double passengers’ user fees Herald Net, December 13, 2017
Consumer groups push back after DOT scraps airline fee transparency efforts Dallas Morning News, December 13, 2017 • Also pubiished in • and in Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Schumer seeks restoration of baggage-fee disclosure plan Newsday, December 10, 2017
Airports Want to Raise Ticket Fees. Airlines Say No. Fight Ensues Wall Street Journal December 9, 2017
DOT scraps airline fee transparency proposal, December 8, 2017
DOT axes proposed rules for ancillary revenue, baggage fee disclosure Air Transport World, December 8, 2017
It’s Official: Airlines Can Keep Burying Sneaky Fees in the Fine Print Time, December 8, 2017
DOT Withdraws Ancillary Fee Rule; ASTA Weighs In Travel Agent, December 8, 2017
US DOT withdraws proposed rulemakings on airlines’ ancillary fees, December 8, 2017
Hate airline fees? Well, the DOT is dropping effort to make them more transparent USA Today, December 8, 2017 • Also on
Travelers United: DOT withdraws truth in airline pricing rulemaking from consideration, December 8, 2017
Airports Want to Raise Ticket Fees. Airlines Say No. Fight Ensues Fox Business, December 8, 2017
DOT drops proposal to force airlines to disclose bag fees, December 7, 2017 • Also in Chicago Tribune.
It’s been a wild year for travel. What’s ahead for 2018? Washington Post, December 7, 2017
Oversold flight? The burden should be on the airline USA Today, December 6, 2017
Travel and airline groups clash over raising cap on ticket fees Washington Examiner, November 28, 2017
Travel Groups Push for TSA, PreCheck Revamps Now Associations, November 15, 2017
The Dark Side of Basic Economy Conde Nast Traveler, November 7, 2017
Should you get travel insurance for your honeymoon? Policy Genius, October 31, 2017
Travel groups urge Congress to pass TSA modernization bill The Hill, October 24, 2017
Marriott: Multi-State Investigation into Company’s Use of Resort Fees; A Closer Look at Regulatory Risk Associated with Resort Fees The Capitol Forum October 20, 2017
Airlines, airports at odds over fee hike before Congress USA Today Oct. 18, 2017
Increased Passenger Facility Charge cap totally unnecessary, say consumer advocates Transportation Today, October 3, 2017
Airplane Mode — Elbow-to-elbow seating, oversized comfort pets, midcabin standoffs — and passengers armed with their smartphones. A new era in air travel has some Americans tweeting mad., September 26, 2017
Boeing’s battle against Bombardier punishes consumers USA Today, Sept. 22, 2017
‘Resort’ Fees Are No Longer Only for Resorts Wall Street Journal, Sept. 22, 2017
Travelers United: Representing the Interests of All Travelers, September 18, 2017
Those On-Time Flight Numbers? They’re Expected to Decline Next Year New York Times, Sept. 18, 2017
Not everyone’s on board with a proposal to raise passenger facility charge cap Transportation Today, August 31, 2017
Dropping off a friend at Logan? It could cost you Boston Globe, August 27, 2017
NTU and Travelers United issue joint argument in favour of US ATC reform CAPA August 24, 2017
NBAA Comes Under Fire in ATC Battle ANIonline August 23, 2017
Taxpaying consumers deserve Air Traffic Control reform eTurboNews, August 22, 2017
Critics try to change U.S. airline policies to favor passengers 12News, August 22, 2017
Taxpayer, traveler groups rank ATC high transportation legislative priority on Capitol Hill Transportatin Today, August 18, 2017
Air traffic control must modernize or tourism suffers News Press, August 17, 2017
Air travel tips: 5 things to know about your rights on flights August 16, 2017

How To Cancel Your Flight: These Details Matter Barron’s August 9, 2017
Here’s how to fly the friendly (and crowded) skies with kids this summer CNBC June 11, 2017
What airlines don’t want you to know: Our view Editorial Board USA Today May 3, 2017
Despite the United furor, airlines are booting fewest passengers in decades McClatchy News, April 14, 2017″
Charlie Leocha discusses overbooking and the United fiasco — KPCC AirTalk April 14, 2017

What do airline passengers complain about the most? Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 12, 2017
Should Overbooking Flights Be Illegal? Time Magazine April 10, 2017
Money Magazine April 10, 2017
United Airlines incident: Why do airlines overbook? BBC News April 10, 2017
Everyone wants better airports, but who pays? USAToday, March 29, 2017
Trump’s budget calls for higher passenger fees and a privatized air traffic control system Los Angeles Times, March 16, 2017
Trump proposes to hike TSA fee on airline tickets USAToday, March 16, 2017
Trump budget proposes privatizing air traffic control, hiking TSA fee Philadelphia Inquirer, March 16, 2017
Airlines boost tech spending to combat glitches USA Today, March 8, 2017
Air Travelers frustrated with waiting in lines USAToday, March 6, 2017
What should travelers expect following Trump’s travel ban? Even experts say it’s hard to know. Washington Post, February 1, 2017

This fee could triple the cost of your reward flight — Washington Post, August 16, 2016
More legroom? Fewer surprise fees? Wave of consumer-friendly legislation gives travelers new hope. Washington Post, March 16, 2016
‘Air Rage’ Forces Delta Flight to Land as Cases Soar — NBC News
NPR Interview regarding RealID
Resort Fees Come Under Fire From The FTC — Travel Pulse
FlyersRights, Travelers United seek reversal of Federal Appeals court decision — Fianacial News
Transportation Department Weighs Allowing Phone calls during Flight — WSJ
Conde Nast Traveler
Fortune Magazine
Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia
WSB-TV — Atlanta
The Seattle Times
Money Magazine — Airlines Will Have to Refund Baggage Fees for Delayed Luggage
New DOT initiatives target airlines’ baggage fees and price transparency. Are they enough? Washington Post, October 27, 2016
CBS This Morning — July 14, 2016 — Biometric screening service helps flyers “clear” long security lines
Reports of air rage took off in 2015 — CTV News — September 28, 2016
Newly passed air travel legislation is ‘an amazing win for consumers’ Washington Post, July 14, 2016

Traveller — What could Brexit mean for travellers? June 22, 2016
What Could Brexit Mean for International Travelers? Bloomberg June 20, 2016

‘A very pro-consumer’ reform could make minimum sizes for airline seats a real thing Washinton Post, February 10, 2016
Airplanes’ space wars are shifting to the human rights front Washington Post, September 17, 2015
Why consumer groups want the government to do more about hotel fees Washington Post, June 26, 2015
Is Washington ignoring air travelers? Washinton Post, June 4, 2015
Connecticut Student Writers — Volume XXXVII, May 15, 2015
Dems: Airlines ‘nickel-and-diming’ passengers with fees The Hill August 6, 2015
Transparency sought on airline baggage fees Washington Post, September 30, 2014
Fortune — Delta Air Lines Just Abolished One of the Most Hated Fees April 14, 2014
The Post-TSA Airport: A Constitution Free Zone? Pepperdine Law Review 2014
RESEARCH & COMMENTARY: ONLINE TRAVEL TAXES – Heartland, org, November 11, 2013
US government seeks to block American-US Airways merger CNN, August 13, 2013
US Airways CEO Disputes Need for Reagan National Divestiture The Street, June 20, 2013
Flying with the kids? Take your seats — but not necessarily together Washington Post, December 20, 2012
House members criticize TSA Washington Post, November 29, 2012
Technological Leap, Statutory Gap, and Constitutional Abyss: Remote Biometric Identification Comes of Age Minnesota Law Review, 2012
Asbury Park Press
Christian Science Monitor
Huffington Post — Big win for passengers
Wall Street Journal — How Booking Sites Influence Which Hotels You Pick

Op-Ed., Airlines in Bankruptcy Land, MSNBC (Mar. 30, 2007)


Air Talk with Larry Mantle
The Effects of Coronavirus on travel and meetings across America
Charlie Leocha, president and co-founder of the consumer travel group Travelers United
Dave Brooks, senior director of touring and live music at Billboard; he’s the founder of Amplify Media, which covered the music and live entertainment industry; he tweets @RealDaveBrooks
CLICK HERE for the entire program. Charlie Leocha starts speaking at 17:45 of the program podcast.