When a gridlocked Congress shuttered vast sections of the federal government on Oct. 1 and furloughed 800,000 workers, its decision touched tourists in unexpected ways, from abruptly canceling a camping trip in a national park to foiling a destination wedding. It drained visitors from popular attractions, causing hotel occupancy rates to plummet and hurting other travel-related businesses. Along the way, many travelers have discovered the important — and often underappreciated — part that the federal government plays in travel.
Are we entering a new period in the U.S. where our government has become out religion? God is dead! Long live the government and our hallowed institutions!
A disturbing new poll says 51 percent of air travelers say they’d rather fly while infected than pay a $150 airline change fee.
When it comes to fines, the Transportation Department is on a roll. Last month saw an unprecedented number of actions against airlines for deceptive fare advertisements. And now, the government has put a cruise line in its crosshairs.
The federal government charges airline passengers a $2.50 per leg “September 11th Security Fee.” In its latest budget proposal, which includes big spending increases for transportation projects, the Obama administration drops a bomb on travelers: it’s not enough. Not by a long shot.
The CEOs of the big three automakers have promised to cut their salaries to $1 if they get a government bailout. If the plan works, will the airlines try it the next time they plead with the taxpayers for a rescue?
If you are a U.S. citizen crossing the border over land, your information may be retained by the Department of Homeland Security for 15 years. That information may be used for criminal and intelligence investigations.
America’s transportation network is broken. Now what? Transportation Secretary Mary Peters thinks she has the answer. Late yesterday, she unveiled a new plan to “refocus, reform and renew” the national approach to highway and transit systems.
Headlines scream about airport problems, flight cancellations, air traffic jams, aircraft maintenance glitches, lost luggage, a passengers’ bill of rights, pilot shortages, cramped seating – the list goes on and on. We all know the problems. But where is the leadership in the travel industry or in the government offering solutions? Charlie Leocha lets off some steam.