Ray LaHood

LaHood to step down as Secretary of Transportation, Delta’s Sky Deck opens up lounges, weddings at Vegas’ Neon Museum

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Charlie Leocha, director of the Consumer Travel Alliance (CTA), has been appointed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as the public interest representative to the Department of Transportation (DOT) Advisory Committee on Consumer Protections.

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Last month the FAA finalized its rule changes dealing with pilot work and rest hours to keep fatigued pilots out of the cockpit. Ned Levi examines the new rules to see if they fulfill Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s promise to “do everything possible to make sure pilots are rested when they get in the cockpit.”

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I never thought the day would come when I would be happy to see tax collections return. But, today is that day. After rumors that I reported on three days ago of the possibility of a deal on the stalled FAA extension, the extension passed.

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In light of the story about the Southwest Airlines passenger who tried to use an electronic cigarette on his flight, and later threw peanuts and pretzels at flight attendant, Ned Levi discusses his top five rules for airline passenger conduct.

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New Hoover Dam bridge will cut 14,000 cars and trucks a day from the two lanes over the Hoover Dam. Drug-sniffing customs dog finds pot in boxes of chocolate. Miracle on the Hudson movie on its way.

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Consumer and travel groups including the Consumer Travel Alliance, the National Consumers League, and the Business Travel Coalition met with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood yesterday to offer their support for his efforts to require transparency in airline ticket pricing. Participants in the meeting presented Secretary LaHood with a letter from organizations representing more than 300 U.S. and Europe consumer groups urging the mandatory disclosure of all airline fees.

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The Consumer Travel Alliance (CTA) today released a video analysis showing that major U.S. airlines are not disclosing the vast majority of existing ancillary fees on their websites, despite regular statements to the contrary by the airlines. CTA and other leading consumer and travel organizations are meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today to support his efforts to bring full transparency to airline fees.

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A recent Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Newark was diverted to Bradley International and sat on the tarmac for almost 4 hours. Ned Levi looks at the problems of the flight and discusses applying the “3 hour tarmac limit” to international flights and carriers flying to and from the US which are currently not covered by the rule.

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In part two of their interview with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Christopher Elliott and Charlie Leocha explore the new tarmac-delay restrictions for airlines and pending rules for the disclosure of surcharges, such as baggage fees, that have spread through the airline industry.

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