January 18, 2011 |
Continuing a recovery from one of the worst economic slumps in airline industry history, the nation's air carriers in the weeks ahead are expected to report robust profits for 2010. Financial reports for the last few months have pointed to a strong industrywide recovery as ticket demand increased and air carriers continued to collect huge revenue from extra fees, such as charges to check luggage. The International Air Transport Assn., the trade group for the world's airline industry, projected last month that North America's airlines would collect a combined $5.1 billion in profits in 2010.
December 13, 2010 |
If you are flying during the holiday season, airline statistics show that the chances of having your luggage lost, misplaced or pilfered increase as the number of passengers boarding planes goes up. But the rate of lost luggage may not be as high as it has been in the past. FOR THE RECORD: Airport security: An item in the Dec. 13 Travel Briefcase column in Business about security checkpoints reported that actress Donna D'Errico complained to KLTA about her treatment by Transportation Security Administration officials at Los Angeles International Airport.
November 14, 2010
A local's view of bicycling tours Regarding Chris Reynolds' "It's Downhill From Here" [Nov. 7]: I know of no one who lives upcountry (or on Maui for that matter) who looks favorably on downhill bicycle tours. We may not complain, but we see it as a few local companies who are making a living off taxpayers by turning our beautiful island into a Disneyland to benefit a handful of tourists. Thank you for mentioning that this ride can hurt you or even kill you. It's very dangerous — period.
November 14, 2010 |
Balanzza pioneered digital luggage scales that strap to bag handles, then when hoisted, register and lock in the weight on a backlit LCD screen. The new Balanzza Mini version ($24.85) is just 5 inches long and weighs only about 3 ounces. But it can measure weights up to 100 pounds. It runs on two included watch batteries. Info: Magellan's (800) 962-4943
November 7, 2010 |
If you plan to fly with your favorite board to catch gnarly surf, get ready for a wild ride — financially, that is. Many airlines charge $100 or more each way to take surfboards as checked baggage. A few charge nothing. So check it out before you check it in. And be glad you're not a professional surfer. "It's mind-blowing how expensive it is to travel with surfboards," said Hawaiian pro surfer Fred Patacchia Jr. "I just recently went to Europe on American Airlines and was charged $150 per board, traveling with nine boards.
October 30, 2010 |
Question: Why don't the airlines ? at least the U.S. carriers, if not all airlines ? get together and standardize their policies for the size of carry-on items? This would make a traveler's life much easier. And why isn't enforcement given to the Transportation Security Administration staff who check everyone and their baggage anyway? Daniel Fink, Beverly Hills Answer: When he ran the Commerce Department in the 1920s, Secretary Herbert Hoover was a big advocate of standardized sizes.
September 6, 2010 |
I have to travel in a couple of weeks and stay in a hotel for several days. I have been reading and hearing a lot about the bedbug epidemic in New York, Washington and Baltimore. Do you know of any way I can make sure I do not pick up any bedbugs while I am traveling and bring them home with me? We don't have any tips that are completely foolproof, but you can stack the odds in your favor. Before you leave, check the online ratings of the hotel where you plan to stay. People who have found bedbugs in a hotel room usually complain about them.
August 31, 2010 |
Two Yemeni men arriving in Amsterdam on a flight from Chicago were arrested Monday on suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack after peculiar items turned up in their luggage, Dutch officials said. U.S. authorities asked the Dutch to make the arrests after discovering that one of the men had checked his luggage from Chicago to Dulles International Airport in Virginia, then taken a flight to Amsterdam, said a Dutch official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the case.
HOME & GARDEN
August 28, 2010
Geriatrics physician Evelyn C. Granieri says traveling with elderly parents can be simplified. Her suggestions follow. Granieri is chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Aging at Columbia University College of Medicine and New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. • Gear your trip to your parent's health, stamina and mental state. Those who suffer from dementia can become more confused when they travel. • Avoid vacations that involve too much walking if your parent tires easily.
July 5, 2010 |
Only days after federal officials announced that the nation's airlines had collected 33% more revenue this year from checked luggage fees, UPS offered its alternative to the hassle and expense of lugging a suitcase through an airport. The world's largest package delivery service announced last week that it was selling specially designed boxes that resemble suitcases. Passengers can ship the "luggage boxes" to their final destination to avoid the airlines' check-in lines and luggage fees.