Carnival’s Triumph had a serious fire while at sea in February, 2013, knocking out power, propulsion, sewage and numerous ship’s systems causing health and safety problems for passengers. Ned Levi examines Carnival’s responsibility in light of their statement that passengers’ tickets provide no guarantees for safe, seaworthy vessel or sanitary cruise.
We’ve been reading a lot about the FCC possibly lifting their ban on inflight cellular services. Ned Levi has written about the prospect of lifting the ban in past columns. In this column Ned has an update about the FCC’s position on the ban, and data from a recent survey released by the FAA concerning European inflight cellphone use.
We’re in holidays’ mode in the world these days. For some, they’ve received their holiday presents, while for others, they are still to come. Many will be receiving new digital cameras over the holidays to use for travel. Ned Levi discusses the two issues he’s asked about more than any others, about getting great images from digital cameras.
Now that the bankruptcy judge has approved the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the last hurdle is gone and shortly the two airlines will merge. Ned Levi examines who the winners and losers are as the merger is completed.
The suit by the Department of Justice and various states to block the merger of US Airways and American Airlines has been settled. It’s highly unlikely the merger can be derailed. Ned Levi examines the potential future of the new American Airlines’ hubs and their chances of survival as hubs.
The FBI, Homeland Security, and law enforcement agencies throughout the US are documenting the activities of citizens and visitors in a national database of suspicious behavior, which they deem could be the precursor of criminal or terrorism activities. Ned Levi has examined the NSI program, and found that far too often, the actions of the general public and travelers documented in the database, wouldn’t be considered suspicious at all, by a reasonable person.
The FAA will now permit the use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) from gate to gate, but is continuing their ban on using them for phone calls while inflight. Ned Levi discusses the new rules for PED use in depth, and the continued ban on passengers using their PEDs to make phone calls while flying.
Vacationers sometimes miss great photo opportunities, are challenged when photographing their children, have problems photographing in churches and museums due to poor lighting, and trouble photographing museum collections protected by glass due to reflection. Ned Levi has 4 techniques for solving these problems of travel photography.
The recent shutdown of the US government closed the entire US National Park System. While rarely mentioned during the shutdown, it also closed the US National Wildlife Refuge System. Ned Levi discusses visiting both, with special emphasis on the less known National Wildlife Refuge System and what the refuge system has to offer travelers.