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Department Of Transportation Isn't Sure In-Flight Phone Calls Are 'Fair To Consumers'

AP | Posted 12.12.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — As one part of the U.S. government looks to remove restrictions on making phone calls from airplanes, another agency is apparently...

Caught by the Fine Print, But Whose Fault Is It?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 02.01.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Who is responsible when we get stuck with a worthless voucher? The company -- or the customer? I'm not fond of the term "the customer is always right," but in this particular case, it's a fitting phrase.

Randi Zuckerberg: Wired Women Are Conquering Our 'Dot Complicated' World

Randi Zuckerberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Randi Zuckerberg

There are enormous benefits to technology, obviously -- but also a whole new set of challenges, especially for those of us raising children in the digital world, or navigating a complex work environment in which our colleagues now know everything about our personal lives as well.

We the Sensorily Deficient

Anneli Rufus | Posted 09.02.2013 | Taste
Anneli Rufus

Can we improve or heighten our senses of taste and smell -- "training" them, just as we might train for a sport?

3 Surprises Lurking In Every Airfare

Christopher Elliott | Posted 03.09.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Your airline ticket isn't what it seems to be.

Fly First Class To Hong Kong For $33

AP | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Posted 07.19.2012 | Money

NEW YORK -- It was an airfare deal too good to be true: fly first class to Hong Kong for just 4 frequent flier miles and $33 in taxes. Clearly, it wa...

Pigs, Horses And Monkeys On A Plane, Oh My!

Posted 07.11.2012 | Travel

The U.S. Department of Transportation might soon allow exotic pets to fly on planes, so long as they are used as service animals, or to provide emotio...

Do New Airfare Rules Help Or Hurt Consumers?

Posted 03.06.2012 | Travel

In February, the Department of Transportation enacted new rules requiring airlines to reveal all mandatory taxes and fees. The new rules will force ai...

New Rules: Surprising Changes Coming To Airline Ads

George Hobica | Posted 03.27.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

If you're an airline, January 26, 2012 is a day that will go down in infamy.

Paul Brady

Fliers May Be Sticker Shocked Thanks To New Pricing Regs | Paul Brady | Posted 01.19.2012 | Travel

Airline customers are in for sticker shock. New Department of Transportation rules will force airlines to advertise higher, all-inclusive prices be...

Feds Shutter Chinatown Bus Co. For Safety Violations

AP | Posted 12.29.2011 | Travel

PHILADELPHIA -- Concerns over vehicle and driver safety led federal regulators to shut down a bus company that took passengers from several cities to ...

Southwest Airlines Calls New Airfare Advertising Rule Unfair | Posted 12.28.2011 | Travel

Southwest Airlines Co. and some other carriers are fighting the U.S. Department of Transportation over a new airfare advertising rule scheduled to tak...

12 (More) Airline Regulations We Need Now

George Hobica | Posted 01.31.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Many of the airline shenanigans I hear about raise my blood pressure. And although the US DOT has recently come up with some new regulations, I think we need some other rules to protect passengers.

Time for a New Gauge

Harris Silver | Posted 01.18.2012 | Green
Harris Silver

The way you drive affects your efficiency performance. With an efficiency gauge you experience this in real time. By watching the gauge, you learn how to drive more efficiently.

Airlines Play The Victim After Hefty Delay Fine

Kate Hanni | Posted 01.18.2012 | Travel
Kate Hanni

The fact is that American Eagle was fined for loading 15 aircraft that they knew had no chance of making an on-time departure and for those flights' passengers spending hours on the tarmac.

Colgan Air Gets a Bitch-Slap from the NTSB. Ouch!

Christine Negroni | Posted 01.10.2012 | New York
Christine Negroni

It's apparent that the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board is a beauty. I've heard people describe her as "angelic." Here's her photo...

Lucia Graves

State Department Moves Forward On Construction Of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline | Lucia Graves | Posted 10.26.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The State Department on Friday released its final environmental assessment of the Keystone XL, removing a major barrier to the construct...

Crisis Philanthropy: Partnerships & Co-Investment

Michael Likosky | Posted 09.05.2011 | Impact
Michael Likosky

Tough economic times demand that not only foundations but also individuals and governments embrace this leveraging. I call this new approach to giving Crisis Philanthropy.

Sam Stein

Ray LaHood Dons Helmet And Bikes To Work | Sam Stein | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Continuing his very public campaign to encourage urban biking as an alternative to automotive transportation, U.S. Transportation Secret...

Tarmac Rules Trap Passengers and Airlines on a Flight to Nowhere

Christine Negroni | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Negroni

The largest expense categories for airlines are those most difficult to control; fuel and labor. They simply can't fly a planeload of passengers for what they make on tickets alone.

Obama Bicycle Policy Wins Love From Cyclists, Scorn From Trucking Industry

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a weekend bicyclist, might consider keeping his head down and his helmet on. A backlash is bre...

DOT: Airlines should offer bumped passengers greater consumer protection

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Airline passengers would receive as much as $1,300 for being bumped from a flight and would have 24 hours to cancel reservations wi...

Weekly Mulch: Off-shore drilling, auto emissions, mountaintop mining from Obama administration

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger President Barack Obama announced this week that his administration would open areas from Delaware to Florid...

Tarmac Rule Exemptions: JetBlue, Delta Seek Escape From New Rule

AP | SAMANTHA BOMKAMP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — JetBlue and Delta want temporary exemptions from a new government rule that will limit the time passengers can be held on the tarmac....

Sam Stein

Ray LaHood: Obama's GOP Ambassador And Stimulus Spearhead | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Among the members of Barack Obama's cabinet, Ray LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation, is perhaps the least glorified. A former member of Congress,...