Charlie Leocha

This weekend we enjoy an inflight safety briefing from a creative Southwest flight attendant, we see a new way of lighting roads being tested in the Netherlands and Baltic Air shows us how a fascinating view of how they prepare customized meals for their flights — both business and coach.

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) knows that the careful screening of passengers at airport checkpoint is bit of overkill. They know that if a terrorist makes it to the airport and as far as the TSA checkpoint with a bomb, more than a score of security systems have been bypassed. When they randomly shift passengers into the Pre-Check program, they are admitting the obvious.

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Customer service has been suffering since American Airlines began charging for checked bags and the rest of the legacy carriers jumped on the ancillary fee bandwagon. Now, airlines are abandoning their coach passengers when it comes to their frequent flier programs. Every improvement for business-class and first-class passengers is coming at the expense of coach passengers. (Reprinted from last Sunday with corrected links.)

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This survey is one of a series of surveys being done in conjunction with Travelers United and the George Washington University’s Travel and Tourism Department. The focus is on travel amenities. Again, if you have any comments on the survey and its questions, please add them to the comments section below. This is an educational […]

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Today, an anti-consumer bill about airline pricing was marked up by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Amazingly, the bill was introduces with bipartisan backing from some of the Democrats’ supposedly top consumer-friendly legislators. The bipartisan cabal of representatives added a most Orwellian name to the bill, “The Airfare Transparency Act of 2014.” This bill does nothing to help transparency. It only allows airlines to make understanding the full price of travel more difficult.

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A previous post noted that the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee had introduced the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014. This is a reprint of our earlier story about this misguided bill designed to make airfares more confusing. The committee just announced yesterday afternoon that it would bring this bill to “mark-up” tomorrow, […]

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High-speed trains challenge airplane in China, complaining about airline service doesn’t pay, etags may mean less lost baggage.

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I have to agree that sometimes a window seat is a wonderful and beautiful thing. For the most part, I am an aisle seat person when I can score one, and better yet, an exit row traveler when the stars aligned. Both types of seats aren’t of much use when viewing the sky panorama and the changing landscapes. However, on some flights I make an effort to sit by the window so that I can check out the view.

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When traveling, drinking wine with meals, especially across the U.S. and Europe, is part of the experience. After a lifetime of drinking wine and then watching friends fumble and stress with ordering wine from restaurant menus, I have some simple suggestions.

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