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Rule 240 Explained
Travel News / Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Rule 240 Explained

If you’ve seen Peter on the Today show or heard his radio show, you’ve probably heard him mention something called Rule 240. With 27 million Americans expected to travel this… Read More…

Fake Bombs, Stowaways and the TSA
Travel News / Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety / Terrorism

Fake Bombs, Stowaways and the TSA

Recently, USA Today’s Thomas Frank wrote the eyebrow-raising feature story Most Fake Bombs Missed by Screeners. His article details the shocking findings that the majority of “fake bombs” and bomb-making… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: The Trouble With Traveling Near Thanksgiving
The Travel Detective® Blog / Airlines & Airports / Thanksgiving

Travel Detective Blog: The Trouble With Traveling Near Thanksgiving

If you think it’s too soon to talk about Turkey Day, you’re wrong. It’s less than a month away. That’s right, November 22 is Thanksgiving. And that means Wednesday, November 21 will… Read More…

Travel Gadget Spotlight: Packing More In Your Carry-On
Travel Gear / Airlines & Airports / Luggage & Packing

Travel Gadget Spotlight: Packing More In Your Carry-On

In order to have the maximum flexibility with last-minute cancellations and flight changes, I’ve always carried on my luggage, even for 10-day business trips to Asia. I’ve tried all sorts… Read More…

Travel Tip: Goodbye Online Booking Fees
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Goodbye Online Booking Fees

Thanks to intense competition among online sellers of travel, booking fees are being rolled back by some websites, so here are which ones are now offering free booking. There currently… Read More…

An Airport Bathroom Rant Unrelated to Larry Craig
Airlines & Airports / Accessible Travel / Ask Peter

An Airport Bathroom Rant Unrelated to Larry Craig

Here’s a rant that I never see addressed, but that millions of women travelers (and perhaps men, too) deal with every day: WHY don’t airport bathroom stalls have room for… Read More…

Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Budget Travel

Budget Carriers International

Looking to travel for less within a foreign country? Forget about shaky buses and lengthy train rides. Low-cost air carriers are spreading their wings in many countries around the world,… Read More…

Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Sleeping on Planes

The airplane may not be first on your list of most comfortable sleeping places. Believe it or not, there are some unusual, but natural, ways to help you sleep better… Read More…

On the Air: Kate Hanni, Coalition for Airline Passengers Bill of Rights
Travel News / Airlines & Airports

On the Air: Kate Hanni, Coalition for Airline Passengers Bill of Rights

Sometimes being stranded on an airline flight can change your life. No, really. For many, a delayed or canceled flight means aggravation, exhaustion and bad memories. For Kate Hanni, 47,… Read More…

Avoiding Airborne Illnesses
The Travel Detective® Blog / Airlines & Airports

Avoiding Airborne Illnesses

June 28, 2007 If you’ve been reading the stories, then you know that the U.S. government — for the first time in 40 years — imposed a quarantine on a… Read More…

Inside American Airlines Now on DVD
Travel News / Airlines & Airports

Inside American Airlines Now on DVD

Inside American Airlines: A Week in the Life, a two-hour documentary featuring unprecedented access to the world’s largest airline, is out on DVD today! Find out more about the DVD… Read More…

Finding Cheap International Flights
Travel News / Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Finding Cheap International Flights

While the number of low-cost airlines has proliferated in recent years, finding flights on them can still be a chore. The truth is, most major travel search engines, such as… Read More…

Airport Design and You
The Travel Detective® Blog / Airlines & Airports

Airport Design and You

April 25, 2007 So much about U.S. airports and airport design is counterintuitive. Not long ago, I remember seeing a billboard as I was driving to the Fort Lauderdale airport… Read More…

Love Your Skycaps
The Travel Detective® Blog / Airlines & Airports / Luggage & Packing

Love Your Skycaps

April 9, 2007 There was a time, in the not too distant past, when skycaps worked for the airlines. They wore the airline uniforms. They had health and pension plans…. Read More…

Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Family/Kids Travel / USA

Kids’ Time in Airports

It used to be that a long airport layover with kids was something parents dreaded. These days, airports are actually catering to tiny travelers. Airports have finally begun to recognize… Read More…

Travel Tip: Average After-Ticket Costs
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Average After-Ticket Costs

Federal taxes, security taxes, baggage fees, airport landing fees — all of these are part of the costs of flying, but they’re rarely disclosed on your ticket price. But they… Read More…

Travel Detective Blog: Common Sense Airline Security?
The Travel Detective® Blog / Airlines & Airports

Travel Detective Blog: Common Sense Airline Security?

Two items in the news recently underscored — in fact, screamed — for common sense and intelligence when it comes to airport and airline security. News item number one: The idiot… Read More…

Travel Tip: Frequent Flyer Miles…for Pets
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Travel with Pets

Travel Tip: Frequent Flyer Miles…for Pets

For those travelers who dread leaving their pets with the local kennel, or even with friends or family, there’s a frequent flyer solution that might work for you. Several airlines… Read More…

Travel Tip: Just How Clean Are Airplanes?
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Just How Clean Are Airplanes?

Just how clean are airplanes? A new survey asked passengers to rate the cleanliness of major American air carriers. This recent survey asked flyers to rank cleanliness on a scale of… Read More…