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Travel Tip: How More Airports are Incorporating Biometric Scanning
Airlines & Airports / Apps & Technology / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How More Airports are Incorporating Biometric Scanning

Could traditional ID cards someday be obsolete? Alaska Airlines is testing out a biometrics program that scans retinas or fingerprints of frequent travelers who fly out of San Jose International… Read More…

Travel Tip: Another Airline Changes Its Frequent Flyer Miles Program
Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Another Airline Changes Its Frequent Flyer Miles Program

Airlines are seriously changing how they play the frequent flyer mile game, which could impact how you travel. The biggest change is that Delta no longer sells tickets for a… Read More…

NTSB Most Wanted List Highlights Ignored Safety Issues
Airlines & Airports / CBS News / Travel Safety

NTSB Most Wanted List Highlights Ignored Safety Issues

For more than 40 years, any time there’s an accident with a commercial plane, train, bus, or limousine, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is charged with investigating the disaster… Read More…

Travel Tip: More Airlines Add Checked Bag Fees
Airlines & Airports / Luggage & Packing / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: More Airlines Add Checked Bag Fees

JetBlue has announced that it’s now charging for checked bags, which marks the end of an era. Here’s what’s happening in the world of airline nickel-and-diming. JetBlue charges $20 to… Read More…

Airlines & Hotels Push Against Online Travel Agencies
Airlines & Airports / CBS News

Airlines & Hotels Push Against Online Travel Agencies

There’s a big battle brewing between the OTAs (Online Travel Agencies)—such as TripAdvisor, Expedia, and many others—and the suppliers, the airlines, and the hotels. Why are some airlines pulling their… Read More…

Travel Tip: Apps That Help You Order Food at the Airport
Airlines & Airports / Apps & Technology / Culinary Travel / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Apps That Help You Order Food at the Airport

Amazingly enough, airport food is finally improving, and now it’s even easier to get that food without waiting in line. San Francisco airport just launched a new app called AirGrub…. Read More…

Travel Tip: Why More Airports are Using Beacon Technology
Airlines & Airports / Apps & Technology / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Why More Airports are Using Beacon Technology

Airports are investing big money into making the travel experience a little better. Why? Because they’re counting on captive audiences to spend money. Hong Kong International Airport is doing a… Read More…

Travel Tip: IATA Proposes New Dimensions for Carry-On Luggage
Airlines & Airports / Luggage & Packing / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: IATA Proposes New Dimensions for Carry-On Luggage

On June 9, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced something called the Cabin OK initiative, which was immediately met with resistance by many U.S. airlines, not to mention passengers…. Read More…

Travel Tip: How to Board a Plane Faster
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How to Board a Plane Faster

Did you know that for every minute an airplane idles on the ground, it costs the airline about $30? Translation: It’s in the airline’s best interest to get you on… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / The Travel Detective® Blog / Travel Safety

Travel Detective Blog: How My Luggage Was Hijacked With TWA Flight 847

Thirty years ago this week, TWA Flight 847 was hijacked on a flight from Athens to Rome, and I was a very small and indirect part of that story back… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How to Take Advantage of Your Connecting Flight

It’s one thing to kill time at the airport on a layover, but I’ve got even more creative ways to take advantage of your connecting flight. One little-known secret is… Read More…