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Travel Tip: TSA Delays Begin Before Summer
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Travel Tip: TSA Delays Begin Before Summer

We’ve all seen reports about predicted TSA delays at security checkpoints at 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
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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
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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
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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
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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…

Travel Tip: Who is Responsible When a Flight is Delayed?
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Travel Tip: Who is Responsible When a Flight is Delayed?

Who is liable when a flight is delayed or canceled? What if the airline didn’t cause the problem? A recent court case in England ruled that the airline is still… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: The Problem with TSA Staffing Shortages
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Travel Detective Blog: The Problem with TSA Staffing Shortages

It’s one thing to receive warnings of long delays at TSA security lines for this coming summer. It’s another thing to experience it, and to watch the total disorganization by… Read More…

Travel Tip: United Airlines Promises Better On-Time Performance
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: United Airlines Promises Better On-Time Performance

Every airline likes to boast they are the on-time carrier. We all know those claims mean nothing if you’re on a flight to Cleveland and it’s three hours late. Now,… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why You Shouldn’t Make Jokes at the Airport
Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Why You Shouldn’t Make Jokes at the Airport

There’s a great story about the late American comedian Groucho Marx. As he returned to New York from a trip to Europe in 1933, he filled out his customs arrival… Read More…

Travel Tip: Changes for Airport Security After Terrorist Attacks
Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Changes for Airport Security After Terrorist Attacks

After the terrorist attack at the airport in Brussels, the subject of airport security became Topic A. No surprise there. It’s also no surprise that more solutions are being suggested… Read More…

How Airline Mergers Changed Travel Within the U.S.
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How Airline Mergers Changed Travel Within the U.S.

As eight of the largest air carriers have merged into four major airlines, many smaller connecting hubs have been downsized or shut down—and some routes have been eliminated entirely. While… Read More…

Does the Price of Oil Affect the Price of Your Plane Ticket?
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Does the Price of Oil Affect the Price of Your Plane Ticket?

If oil prices decrease, does that mean you can save on airfare? Unfortunately, no. Scott McCartney, Travel Editor for The Wall Street Journal, explains why that’s not the case in… Read More…

Why You Might Have to Pay to Avoid the Dreaded Middle Seat
Airlines & Airports / CBS News

Why You Might Have to Pay to Avoid the Dreaded Middle Seat

Some veteran travelers have a name for it: agony by design. There are first class, business class, premium economy, and economy seats. If you happen to get stuck in the dreaded… Read More…