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Travel Tip: Feeling the Pinch? Space on Airplanes Continues to Shrink

If your flight seems full, it is. If it feels crowded, you’re right again. The average flight now has 142 seats. That’s compared with 137 seats just 2 years ago…. Read More…

Travel Tip: Airports Include More Services for Traveling Families
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Travel Tip: Airports Include More Services for Traveling Families

Most airports have never been known to provide real, common sense services for travelers. But now, a number of them are coming to their senses. Many airports now offer very… Read More…

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Travel Tip: Resources You Can Use for Air Travel Mishaps

If necessity is truly the mother of invention, then help may be on the way if you miss your flight connection—or an airline loses or delays your bags. Freebird is… Read More…

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Travel Tip: More Airlines Embrace Basic Airfare

If it looks like some airfares are decreasing, they are. If you’re only interested in getting on a flight, don’t care where you sit, have no baggage, or don’t want… Read More…

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Travel Tip: Some of the Craziest Items Seized by the TSA

Most air travelers remain concerned about which items they can carry on the plane that won’t violate security rules. This includes everything from pocket knives, scissors, nail clippers, and even… Read More…

Donald Trump’s Boeing 757 vs. Air Force One: What’s the Difference?
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Donald Trump’s Boeing 757 vs. Air Force One: What’s the Difference?

When Donald Trump takes the oath of office in two days, he’ll become the first president entering the Oval Office to already have his own plane. But as of Friday,… Read More…

Travel Tip: Are Mileage Runs Actually Worth the Cost?
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Travel Tip: Are Mileage Runs Actually Worth the Cost?

It happens every year. Travelers look at the frequent mileage they’ve accrued during the year, and if they’ve fallen short of elite status, many of them go on something called… Read More…

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Travel Tip: New Year’s Resolutions for the Travel Industry in 2017

It’s a new year, so it’s time for my 2017 travel resolutions—or, my hopes for the travel industry in the upcoming year. I’d like some truth in scheduling. Ask any… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: Turkish Airlines, Sleeper Airline of the Year
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Travel Detective Blog: Turkish Airlines, Sleeper Airline of the Year

Some of the the ways we fly are still the same. We endure increasingly uncomfortable seats, delays, missed connections, excessive ancillary charges, and poor airport infrastructure. But there is some… Read More…

Travel Tip: Have a Fear of Flying? These Aids Might Help
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Travel Tip: Have a Fear of Flying? These Aids Might Help

Are you afraid to fly? A surprising number of people report they are still terrified of flying, despite the best 15 years of aviation safety in history. In fact, the… Read More…

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Travel Tip: FAA May Reconsider Use of Cell Phones on Airplanes

It’s the news that frequent flyers like me hoped would never come. There has been an announcement that the FAA is considering allowing in-flight cell phone calls from airplanes. For… Read More…

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Travel Tip: United Airlines Introduces Basic Economy Fare

I’ve argued for years that the branding message for many airlines should be “we’re not happy until you’re not happy.” Just about every time we turn around, the airlines are… Read More…

Travel Tip: Space on Airplanes Continues to Shrink
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Travel Tip: Space on Airplanes Continues to Shrink

In the last few years, airlines have reduced the pitch—the distance between the back of the seat in front of you and your knees. Many narrowed the width between coach… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Often Do You Watch the Inflight Safety Video?
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Travel Tip: How Often Do You Watch the Inflight Safety Video?

When was the last time you paid attention to the inflight safety video, or read the placard placed in the seat-back in front of you? Chances are high that both… Read More…

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Travel Tip: The Authority of Flight Attendants on Airplanes

This incident recently happened on a Delta Airlines Flight. A woman was carried down the aisle—and taken off the plane—by two police officers. It was captured by another passenger on… Read More…

Trains, Planes, & Hotels: Where You Can Find Travel Deals Right Now
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Trains, Planes, & Hotels: Where You Can Find Travel Deals Right Now

It happens every four years leading up to a U.S. presidential election—domestic and international travel tends to drop off as Americans stay home. This year, we’ve also experienced global disruptions such… Read More…

The Importance of Following Emergency Landing Procedure
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The Importance of Following Emergency Landing Procedure

Flying is arguably the safest way to travel, but when it comes to runway emergencies and safe airplane evacuations, there are still challenges and real risks. Two Southwest jets made emergency landings… Read More…

Travel Tip: U.S. Airlines Set to Retire Boeing 747
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Travel Tip: U.S. Airlines Set to Retire Boeing 747

It’s been called the Queen of the Skies ever since it first rolled off the assembly line in 1969. It’s the iconic, first real jumbo jet—the Boeing 747. Now, after… Read More…