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.


Just as when the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed its complaint against the America Airlines/US Airways merger, the announcement of a settlement surprised many in the aviation world. Lawyers, salivating at seeing an antitrust case go to trial, were disappointed and consumers looking at a dramatic cutback in airline competition on overlapping connecting routes felt thwarted. But, upon closer examination, the DOJ settlement may develop into a competitive benefit for consumers.


Previous merger cases are not comparable to this giant merger. To begin with, this is the biggest airline merger ever attempted and each of the prior mergers changed the aviation landscape.


Train travel is an important mode of travel for many traveling the world, including in the US. Amtrak is the nation’s largest rail system and carries more than 30 million passengers each year. Ned Levi discusses Amtrak and an important and essential change in their New York Penn Station boarding process which should be implemented immediately.


The Department of Justice (DOJ) is in its final deliberations about the antitrust implications of the merger between US Airways and American Airlines to form The New American Airlines. The US Airways’ stockholders have approved the merger, it appears that American Airlines’ stockholders and bondholders will as well, and the Department of Justice is the big question mark. DOJ is the single entity that can scuttle this misguided (from a consumer’s point of view) merger.


Many travelers are already hitting the road to see countries up-close. Renting a car may seem straight-forward at first, but there are many issues to consider before you rent a vehicle for your next journey. Ned Levi has 6 tips to consider before you make a reservation for your next car rental.


More and more often, travelers, even using simple point and shoot cameras are accosted by police if they attempt to take photos of children in public, such as in parks, playgrounds, and in athletic events. Ned Levi discusses the problems of travel photographers making images of children in public. and explains how they can stay clear of problems with parents, and police officers.


Ned Levi explores the problems US travelers are having using their magnetic stripe technology based US credit cards in Europe, which uses “chip and pin” technology, and what plans, if any, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express have to mitigate their US cardholders’ problems who travel internationally.


Arizona has enacted a new immigration law, widely considered to be the toughest in the nation. Ned Levi examines the new law, and considers the comments of its supporters and critics in determining its effect on travelers going to or through Arizona.