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Seating Company Patents Fresh Hell for Economy Flyers

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.09.2016 | Travel
Van Winkle's

Zodiac wants to sit passengers in a mile-high version of sleeping head-to-foot. For those of us who enthusiastically refuse to chit-chat with fellow passengers, the Hexagon is a game-changing hell.

Where in the World Are My Bags?

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 06.21.2015 | Travel
Lois Alter Mark

We paid for our bag as we were boarding the plane (if we could do this, why couldn't we have just paid at the Air France counter?) and noticed that half of the overhead bins were empty.

How to Reduce Jet Lag

Don Saladino | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Don Saladino

For the past 15 years, I have been dealing with clients who change time zones on a weekly basis. In fact I have done a bit of traveling myself and know firsthand that jet lag is vicious and can wreak havoc to the body. Here are a few simple ways to be proactive about jet lag and get your body back to normal as quickly as possible.

Aruba, where the tourist is king : Holland's Caribbean ABC on the Looney Front - Part 4

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.12.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

In search of reasonable digs in Aruba - relatively speaking, that is, at about $85 a night - I've found an establishment that is clean but near waste ...

Bonaire, less frequented, has its own charms: Holland's Caribbean ABC on the Looney Front - Part 3

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.03.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Better get to the airport at least two hours early, they say in Willemstad, because they don't exactly move very fast here in Curaçao. So I arrive at...

Before I Even Get Started: Holland's Caribbean ABC on the Looney Front - Part 1

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.18.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

I'm actually on my way to Greenland in the depths of winter, wondering what the hell I'm up to, so for the time being here are some tales from warmer ...

Airline Courtesy: Shrinking Seat Etiquette

Diane Gottsman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

As airplanes become increasingly cramped and uncomfortable, good etiquette is more important than ever. Here are the new rules for air travel.

Traveling with Aloha

Kelly Mitchell | Posted 11.04.2013 | Hawaii
Kelly Mitchell

We all have a choice and some control as to how unexpected moments are going to affect us. At any point we can choose to ignore the things beyond our control and have some fun with the situations we do have control over.

TSA PreCheck Expanding, Breezes You Through Airport Security

George Hobica | Posted 09.06.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

Since 2001, multiple schemes have been floated to get passengers through lines at security and customs more quickly. Some were marginally successful, ...

Read This Before Your Next Connecting Flight

George Hobica | Posted 04.18.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

You missed your connection -- but why was your return flight cancelled?

What Are the Best Southwest Airlines Hacks?

Quora | Posted 08.06.2012 | Travel

This question originally appeared on Quora. By David H. Lawrence Xvii, Actor, voice talent, and technologist 1. I personally think the equivalent o...

Dreadful Deaths: Cycling Through Fear

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.29.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

The dread risk effect remains the best explanation for London's cyclists, and it raises the possibility that terrorism leads to other discretionary but harmful choices that are as yet unknown.

Travel Woes: The Airline Edition

Millie Kerr | Posted 06.06.2012 | Travel
Millie Kerr

Are bags lost that often? Is travel actually more relaxing when you carry your grand piano through the airport?

Baggage Delayed? What You're Entitled To

George Hobica | Posted 04.30.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

It happens to hundreds of airline passengers every day. They arrive at a destination far from home, but their bags don't.

Playing Catchup: Are We Even Really Ready for the Current Mobile Tech?

John Bergquist | Posted 04.28.2012 | Technology
John Bergquist

Remember the first time you tried to use the automatic check out aisle? The poor employee standing there was almost as busy as a regular cashier, helping people when the system failed or the customer did something wrong.

From The Mailbag: Airfarewatchdog Answers Your Questions About Flying

George Hobica | Posted 03.11.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

What happens when airlines cancel not just flights but entire routes? And will a drop in airfare lead to a partial refund? Airfarewatchdog answers these tough questions about flying.

I'm Afraid To Fly, Unless It's First Class

Jennifer Evans Gardner | Posted 03.10.2012 | Travel
Jennifer Evans Gardner

Today, sadly, air travel has become an awful, dignity-sucking ordeal as we are forced to stand in long lines without shoes on, subjected to pat downs and body scans. This all for the privilege of being crammed like sardines into a tin can where we might sit on the tarmac for hours, with nary a pretzel or cup of tap water in sight.

Only An Airline Could Get Away With This

George Hobica | Posted 02.04.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Have a question about air travel or airfares? Airfarewatchdog is here to help.

Help! Someone Is Spilling Into My Airline Seat

George Hobica | Posted 12.26.2011 | Travel
George Hobica

Although some airlines have rules addressing such situations, including Southwest, which requires "passengers of size" to purchase a second seat, there's no standardized regulation. What can be done?

Where's the Fun in Flying? Turning Guff Into Guffaws

Christine Negroni | Posted 07.12.2011 | Travel
Christine Negroni

As far as I'm concerned, laughter-as-a-corrective-force has never been more needed than in commercial aviation today, where there's an oversupply of cranky people and an under supply of laughs.

New Protections Coming For Air Travelers

AOL Travel | David Jones | Posted 06.20.2011 | Travel

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a series of new consumer protection measures that will force airlines to disclose hidden fees, ...

When a Deceptive Airline Gets an Unfair Fine

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Christine Negroni

What exactly will American Airlines have to ante up? Not the $90,000 being reported in other publications and on television.

Ow, My Aching ... Everything

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Lloyd Garver

I thought it was a joke when I heard that an airplane seat manufacturer was trying to sell airlines seats that are more uncomfortable than the ones we're used to. But it's not a joke.

Too Much Information!

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

When is enough of a good thing way too much? When you're flying American (AMR). Somewhere along the line somebody must have done a focus group or some...

Taking Flight: Top Strategies to Look and Feel Your Best at 30,000 Feet

Dr. Nicholas Perricone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Nicholas Perricone

Blood clots can form in the lower legs from sitting for long periods in cramped spaces -- such as coach or economy seating. Try to get up and walk around when possible.