July 14, 2013 |
In the foreseeable future, fliers can expect to be "randomized" by the Transportation Security Administration. That means an electronic device would randomly direct travelers to different screening lines. One reason these "randomizers" are needed, federal officials said, is so TSA officers can't be accused of profiling passengers when they direct some fliers to a line for regular screening and others to a line for a faster, less-intrusive search. In many airports, the TSA operates special screening lines where travelers don't have to remove their shoes, belts and jackets or take laptops and liquids out of carry-on bags.
July 10, 2013 |
Budget carrier Allegiant Air will operate between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Honolulu (HNL) starting Oct. 30 with $99 fares each way for a limited time. The deal: The $99 one-way fares are real, but note that Allegiant charges fees for baggage, carry-on luggage and other amenities that could increase the cost . Some examples: Expect to pay $14.99 to $35 per bag for a first and second checked bag if you book in advance. Those fees increase to $50 or $75 a bag if you pay at the airport.
July 6, 2013 |
Trakdot is a new battery-powered device designed to help travelers keeps tabs on their luggage. You tuck Trakdot into your checked bag, and the palm-sized, Federal Aviation Administration-compliant device switches to “airplane mode” during flight, but upon landing, transmits its airport location to a mobile phone via text, email or app. The app also also sends an alert when bags are approaching the carousel. The $49.99 device works with any cell phone globally. It requires an $8.99 activation fee and $12.99 annual service fee. Info: Trakdot
June 30, 2013 |
Airlines in the U.S. lose or damage about 140,000 bags a month, or about three for every 100,000 passengers. It's a relatively small loss rate. Still, several companies hope to capitalize on the frustration you feel waiting by the baggage carousel only to realize your luggage didn't make it onto your flight. Los Angeles-based GlobaTrac plans to begin shipping next week a palm-sized device that you toss into your bag to track your luggage, via the internet or a smartphone app. The device, called Trackdot, sells for $50, plus fees from www.Trakdot.com.
June 22, 2013
To keep everyone entertained on a car trip, take a list of songs with lyrics. It's a fun way to make the time pass. Ruth Kramer Ziony Los Feliz Take jars of peanut butter and jelly on international trips. Good local bread is always enhanced by a little PB&J on the road. And we've concocted berry syrup out of jam when we made French toast one morning in Tuscany. Debbie Musser La Habra Take an extra pair of socks for long flights. Your feet tend to swell when you fly so plan to take off your shoes and stretch your toes during a long flight.
June 15, 2013 |
A tarpaulin has long served campers who use it as a ground cover and a wet-weather shelter. Now Hideo Wakamatsu has upgraded the material to a more glamorous use - as luggage. Taking advantage of tarp's water resistance, durability, light weight and flexibility, the travel-ware designer has introduced a roomy 25-inch wheeled tarpaulin bag in shiny red, white, blue or black. There's no metal frame to weigh down the bag or take up precious space, and built-in straps let you cinch down the sides when you need less storage.
June 1, 2013 |
If you are traveling alone, find a restaurant where you can eat at the bar. You can talk to the other people and to the bartender. Better than reading at a table by yourself. Kathleen Milnes Pacific Palisades Always carry an extra pair of socks and underwear in your carry-on bag. That way, you're somewhat prepared if the airline loses your luggage. Bridget Regea North Hollywood Whether it is for domestic or international travel, carry an extension cord. This helps if you have multiple devices that need charging and means you have to access that inconvenient wall outlet only once instead of over and over.
May 18, 2013 |
Dear SOS: My husband and I are completely in love with the LGO Chopped Salad at the Luggage Room in Pasadena. We moved an hour away from the restaurant and dream about it. Is there anyway you could get the recipe? Karim Wasson Corona Dear Karim: A little cheddar, some cubed pepperoni, olives, raisins, cucumber, crunchy pistachios and delicate lettuce strips are tossed with a bright yet creamy Champagne vinaigrette in this colorful take on the classic salad. The Luggage Room was happy to share its recipe, which we've adapted below.
May 12, 2013 |
Some answers to readers' airline questions: Question: I understand that London's Heathrow Airport has a horrendous arrival fee. Is the same true for Stansted and Gatwick, London's two other airports? Answer: I'm not sure if you're referring to the airport landing fee, which is assessed based on the size of the aircraft and does vary from airport to airport but is paid directly by the airline, or Britain's air passenger duty, which is, essentially, a tax levied on airline tickets and varies depending on the class of service (economy or premium)
May 4, 2013 |
Always pack a flat rubber water-stopper for leaky bathtub and sink drains. I've needed it even in highly rated hotels. Bob Myers Lake Arrowhead When traveling with a child in diapers, prepare a grab-and-go package of diapers and wipes. Put three or four wipes in a snack-size plastic bag, then put that and one diaper in a quart-size bag. Place these single packages in a carry-on or diaper bag. For a diaper change, grab one pack and go. Save the leftover wipes in their bags for the return trip.