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Travel Tip: The Consequences of Charging for Coach Seats
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: The Consequences of Charging for Coach Seats

Last year, traveler complaints jumped 34 percent to the highest level since 2000. One particular growing complaint comes from parents who are finding it increasingly difficult to sit next to… Read More…

Travel Tip: Which Airlines Have the Most Award Seats Available?
Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Which Airlines Have the Most Award Seats Available?

When it comes to frequent flyer awards from the airlines, some seats are, well, freer than others. Some airlines are downright stingy when it comes to rewarding you for all… Read More…

Travel Tip: New Ways to Track Your Luggage
Airlines & Airports / Luggage & Packing / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: New Ways to Track Your Luggage

If you’re like me, you’ve always believed that there are two kinds of airline bags: carry-on and lost. Airlines will tell you they’re doing a better job with checked bags—losing,… Read More…

Travel Tip: DOT Cracks Down on Airlines for Damaged Luggage
Airlines & Airports / Luggage & Packing / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: DOT Cracks Down on Airlines for Damaged Luggage

Most of us think that an airline has some liability if it loses our baggage. But what happens if the airline damages your bag? For years, airlines have routinely denied… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why TSA PreCheck May Not Fix Long TSA Lines
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Why TSA PreCheck May Not Fix Long TSA Lines

TSA security lines grow longer—and slower—and frustration mounts. A growing number of passengers are applying for TSA PreCheck in the hopes that by becoming members they can shorten the lines…. Read More…

What’s Behind the TSA Delays?
Airlines & Airports / CBS News

What’s Behind the TSA Delays?

We’ve been hearing about long delays at the airport at TSA security lines. There’s a good chance if you’re flying this holiday weekend—or for that matter, the rest of the… Read More…

The Science Behind Airplane Food
Airlines & Airports / Culinary Travel / The Travel Detective Exclusive

The Science Behind Airplane Food

Now I know what some of you think about airline food. You don’t eat it because you’re hungry, you eat it because you’re bored—or you just don’t like it. But… Read More…

Travel Tip: What One New Bill Could Change About Travel
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: What One New Bill Could Change About Travel

The U.S. Senate recently passed a long-delayed bill reauthorizing funds for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). While the bill is yet to be signed, it contains provisions that will actually… Read More…

Travel Tip: TSA Delays Begin Before Summer
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: TSA Delays Begin Before Summer

We’ve all seen reports about predicted TSA delays at security checkpoints in airports around the U.S. But at a number of airports, the problem is already here—before summer. Consider my… Read More…

The Truth About the Cost of Airfare
Airlines & Airports / The Travel Detective Exclusive

The Truth About the Cost of Airfare

If you haven’t noticedi, airfares drive people crazy. They change all the time. Short trips are sometimes more expensive than long trips. Round-trip tickets can be cheaper than one-way, and… Read More…

Secret Airlines You Might Not Know About
Airlines & Airports / The Travel Detective Exclusive

Secret Airlines You Might Not Know About

When it comes time to book an international flight, you probably go to the major carriers. But it turns out that there are other options—if you know where to look…. Read More…

Travel Tip: Stressed at the Airport? Therapy Dogs are Here to Help
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips / Travel with Pets

Travel Tip: Stressed at the Airport? Therapy Dogs are Here to Help

We’ve all heard reports of upcoming delays at airports and the stress those will inevitably cause. At least one airline is doing something about it, in a very interesting way…. Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: The Continuing TSA Delay Saga
Airlines & Airports / The Travel Detective® Blog

Travel Detective Blog: The Continuing TSA Delay Saga

Here’s an update to my story on excessively long waits, delays, staff shortages, and mismanagement by the TSA—and my own ordeal at LAX last week. Shortly after my story appeared,… Read More…

How More Travelers are Flying on Private Jets
Airlines & Airports / The Travel Detective Exclusive

How More Travelers are Flying on Private Jets

If I wanted to fly from LA to San Francisco, I could go to LAX and catch a flight. Or I could go to the Hawthorne airport in LA County… Read More…