air travel

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.

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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.

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Some airline passengers take great exception to passengers in front of them, reclining their seat back, and are asking the airlines to eliminate seat recline. Sometimes, these passengers complain loudly while in flight and take other actions when they believe the passenger in front of them, has invaded their space. Ned Levi discusses the issues of airplane seat recline.

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When Frontier Airlines announced they would begin charging for carry-on luggage this summer, Ned Levi’s curiosity was piqued and he decided to look into flying the “ultra-cheap” airlines, Frontier and Spirit, and compare them to US Airways, the dominant airline at his home airport. Take a look at how the comparison worked out.

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At some airports, theft of luggage from baggage claim areas is literally out of control. Ned Levi has his top 10 tips to help you to successfully retrieve your luggage at baggage claim and prevent thieves from ruining your journey.

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Many have heard horror stories about delayed, lost, stolen, missing or damaged checked luggage. Unfortunately, too many travelers exacerbate their checked luggage loss by packing the wrong items in them. Ned Levi discusses what not to pack in your checked luggage. when flying, and why,

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The Carnival Triumph passengers are home from their ordeal, but many unanswered question are still left. It’s possible to learn from the passengers’ experience to become better prepared to handle cruise emergencies. Ned Levi discusses concrete suggestions for cruise ship passengers to help them get through a cruise ship emergency at sea.

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Many travelers are taking high quality camera gear while traveling including tripods. While tripods aren’t prohibited by TSA from carry-on, into airplane cabins, sometimes TSA agents and airline gate agents have refused to permit them into the airplane cabin. Ned Levi updates the tripod situation for air travelers and suggests how to take a tripod while traveling.

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Last week Ned Levi discussed tips for actions you can take at home to assist you in getting through TSA security in the airport. This week Ned discusses what to do to get through TSA security with as little angst and hassle as possible once you’re at the airport.

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During the holiday season, many who rarely travel take to the air to travel to be with family, and families take the chance to vacation while their children are on their winter holiday break from school. This week, Ned Levi has tips on what to do at home before going to the airport to get through TSA airport security during the busy holiday travel period.

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