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Arthur Frommer: Recent Tax Cuts Will Force Reductions in Travel Services

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/23/2018, 5:15 PM

Some commentators have rejoiced over the recent reduction in federal taxes enjoyed by American corporations and the wealthy. Fewer of those pundits have pointed out that those reductions have been achieved in part by reducing our government’s expenditures for programs that improve our quality of life.   The U.S. travel world—and especially our trains and passenger aviation—has suffered in parti...

In the Works: Robot Airplane Pilots

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/19/2016, 4:00 AM

We all know that self-driving cars are well on their way to moving into the mainstream. Now there's an equivalent in aviation.  The Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System, otherwise known as ALIAS, is a program being developed by the government and a private contractor to replace airplane pilots with robots.  At the moment, ALIAS requires a human copilot in the cockpit to punch in ...

Bill to Tighten Airport Security and Speed Up Lines Gets the Go-Ahead

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/07/2016, 12:00 PM

A bipartisan aviation bill designed to heighten airport security measures while shortening security lines was approved by the transportation committees in both houses of Congress on Wednesday. The bill would also require airlines to give you a refund for fees for checked bags when luggage is lost or delayed 12 hours or more on domestic flights or 15 hours or more on international flights. ...

New York City Copter Tours Chopped

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/02/2016, 7:00 PM

  New York authorities just took a blade to the city's tourist helicopter industry: In an agreement that was jointly announced by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Helicopter Tourism and Jobs Council, helicopter operating companies agreed to reduce flights by about 50% annually within a year. All tourist flights would end on Sundays beginning April 1. Over...

Unless We Make Immediate Investments in our Airport Infrastructure, We Are Bound to Face Horrendous Conditions in 5 to 10 Years

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/28/2013, 6:30 PM

     If you were at your local airport on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, you probably recall the visit as one of discomfort and dread.      Crowds pushing and shoving, lines endlessly forming, mobs awaiting service, waits of more than an hour, T.S.A. personnel pushed to exhaustion, angry confrontations, people begging to skip the lines to catch their flights, elderly persons passi...

Soon You Can Use Electronic Devices During Most of the Flight, the FAA Declares

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/31/2013, 3:00 PM

The FAA has decided it's safe to operate most electronics for the duration of a commercial flight. In a press release issued on Halloween, it said that although mobile phone use will still be banned, it will advise airlines that it's safe to allow other items. The exact wording of the announcement puts it like this: "Electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the...

Keep That Kindle On! The FAA Likely Will Relax Rules for On-Board Electronics

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/21/2013, 2:45 PM

It's not a done deal. But both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are reporting that a group working for the FAA on a study of airline safety issues is currently drafting a document that will allow the use of most electronics during take off and landing. I say "most" because that most controversial of devices, the ubiquitous cellphone, was not part of the study, so rules wont chang...

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